Editors' Blog

Green Living editors dish on the latest trends and happenings in sustainability.

A weekly compilation of the highs, lows and not-to-be-missed happenings in the sustainability movement.
—written by Lyndsie Bourgon

1.    Infamous activist group The Yes Men scored another coup this week, when they publicly pranked America’s Chamber of Commerce. The group sent out a press release purporting to be from the Chamber that said the business lobby (which is opposed to climate change legislation) was about to make an about-face on their climate policy. The hoax was up at a press conference, but not before media outlets fell for the news. (Mother Jones)

2.    In another major PR score, the government of the Maldives staged an underwater meeting meant to highlight the threat of global warming to the nation this week. The officials donned scuba masks and gear to sign a document calling on nations to reduce their carbon emissions before their island nation lands up under water. (New York Times)

3.    This Saturday marks a big day for global climate action. The International Day of Climate Action will see rallies, protests and events held around the world to urge world leaders to take action at December’s international climate negotiations. Non-profit organization 350.org says it will be the largest day of environmental action in world history. (350.org) 

See our story on how to get involved: http://greenlivingonline.com/article/countdown-international-day-climate-action

4.    Speaking of Copenhagen’s international climate negotiations: News organizations are already reporting that a possible treaty to address climate change will probably not be reached. Instead, governments are seeking to put in place interim steps and principles until the next climate meeting. (New York Times

5.    Methane captured from a landfill in Ontario will soon be powering 2,500 homes in the region. The methane gas from the trash will be pumped to generators that will turn it into electricity for homes in Petrolia, ON. (The Observer)

6.    Now that chunks of stimulus money have been delegated to promote green jobs, an America magazine sets out to show where those funds are going. This infographic shows how funds are being distributed to help make homes and buildings energy efficient. (GOOD)

Photo: Mohamed Nasheed, Prime Minister of the Republic of Maldives, dons a wet suit for a cabinet meeting. (Mohamed Ali)