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How Crowdfunding Saved 722 Square Miles of Rainforest
In 2007, Rafael Correa, president of Ecuador, made an offer to the rest of the world. Underneath his country’s Yasuni National Park, one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, lie 846 million barrels of oil valued at $7.2 billion. If the rest of the world could provide Ecuador with half that sum, Correa proposed, the oil would stay in the ground and the rainforest above it would stay intact. By August 2010, with the help of the United Nations Development Programme, Ecuador had set up a trust fund to receive whatever funds it could raise and set a deadline of Dec. 30, 2011. If donors, both public and private, gave $100 million by that date, the project would go forward. If not, the deal was off. And by the time the deadline passed last Thursday, the world had stepped up: A suite of business people, national governments, and... Continue Reading
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Name Bubbles Bag-Tag Campaign Benefits Water For People
Name Bubbles announces today a $24,000 dollar donation made in support of Water For People, a global organization committed to building a world where all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation Saratoga Springs, NY (PRWEB) December 13, 2011 Name Bubbles, the award-winning personalized name labels company, announced the results of their global giving program to support Water For People, a non-profit organization that brings long-lasting water and sanitation solutions to 11 developing countries in Asia, Africa, South and Central America. Name Bubbles made an initial $10,000 donation to Water For People in 2010 and pledged earlier this... Continue Reading
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Kindness Challenge Jan 2012 – Warm the world in 31 days
This post is to help support a group of family and friends from Minnesota who want to make a difference. Their goal is to inspire people around the world to perform 1,000,000 acts of kindness during Jan, 2012 thus creating enough momentum to cause a shift in the world – a shift to a warmer and friendlier place. The Kindness Challenge is looking for warmhearted people who also want to make that difference. “It’s free, it’s simple and it’s good for you to do something nice for someone. It feels great, and it will make someone else feel great, too.... Continue Reading
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140 Ways to Change the World
Doing something nice for someone can change the world.  Maybe not the whole world, but their world. Start small.  Start now. Smile when you make eye contact with someone. Hold the door open for the person behind you. Send a hand-written thank you card to someone who assisted you with something. Clean out all your old clothes and donate them to someone in need. Give a compliment about a waiter, waitress, sales clerk, etc. to his or her manager.  Or write a nice note to or about your waiter or waitress on the back of your bill. Compliment a stranger’s... Continue Reading
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Device that harvests water from thin air wins the James Dyson Award
Young Melbourne-based inventor Edward Linacre has won the 2011 James Dyson Award, making it the second year in a row where the prestigious prize has gone to an Aussie. Linacre stole this year’s competition with his Airdrop irrigation concept that collects water from thin air. The Swinburne University of Technology design graduate was driven to transform an ancient cooling technique into a new sub-surface irrigation system, following the enduring Australian drought that saw high levels of farmer suicide along Australia’s Murray- Darling Basin. The Airdrop irrigation concept is a low-tech design that uses the simple process of condensation to harvest... Continue Reading
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Occupy Wall St – The Revolution Is Love
  PLEASE SHARE WIDELY! HELP SUPPORT THE FILM This is a community funded film. Help us rush this film to the theatres and onto the streets. We know we have something amazing on our hands, that can be of great service in this time of enormous transformation, this time of enormous crisis. Thank you for your support. Love is the movement! “Love is the felt experience of connection to another being. An economist says ‘more for you is less for me.’ But the lover knows that more of you is more for me too. If you love somebody their happiness... Continue Reading
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Good Samaritan Pays Fares
The holidays are upon us and the spirit of giving is already in full swing in the Northland. An anonymous good Samaritan is paying it forward today. It’s the time of year when we do what we can to help others, especially those who’ve fallen on misfortune. A man from Duluth recently came upon some good fortune. After losing his wallet for a spell, it made it’s way back to him with everything accounted for. “It came to him in the mail and everything was there and so he said he was just overjoyed obviously that his wallet came back... Continue Reading
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Tower of Nests Designed to House Displaced Urban Wildlife
As more people begin moving from rural areas and into swelling urban centers around the world, it usually means that local wildlife gets the boot. But now, thanks to a revolutionary new building called Tower of Nests proposed for construction in Shanghai, city squirrels, birds, and insects that might otherwise be displaced will have a high-rise to call their very own, living in peace with human residents. The designers behind the tower hope that it will usher in a new era of urban architecture — one that promotes sustainability and harmony with nature. The Tower of Nests, brainchild of Kjellgren... Continue Reading
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Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction
What’s the Big Idea? What are the ways our civilization might collapse, and how might the human race become extinct? According to sociobiologist Rebecca Costa, the answers are all staring us straight in the face. Just look at current events. Costa writes in her book The Watchman’s Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction that human existence is threatened by “a global recession, powerful pandemic viruses, terrorism, rising crime, climate change, rapid depletion of the earth’s resources, nuclear proliferation, and failing education.” Fortunately, Costa argues we are remarkably equipped to counter these threats today, due to our current understanding of... Continue Reading
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