Only 1,000 fans to go to reach 500,000 fans of Captain Planet on Facebook. That’s incredible! You, the fans of Captain Planet, have made so much possible through your dedication! Without the fans, there’d be no Planeteer Movement!
To celebrate the milestone, the Planeteer Movement held simultaneous pizza parties in multiple global locations this past weekend. The always-astonishing Ghana Planeteers joined in early for a Friday event, and Barbara Pyle and I traveled to California to meet with the Los Angeles Planeteers.
Central to the event was a Twitter Party that I was lucky enough to be able to moderate. I had hosted the Twitter party during the DVD launch party a year ago, and jumped at the chance to get to do it again. We gave out tons of cool prizes as rewards for trivia winners, and I got to interact with hundreds of Planeteers online who posted thousands of messages during the hour. It was really cool to see so many Planeteer Networks chime in from their official Twitter accounts, and the Ian Somerhalder Foundation joined in with us as well!
We held the event at Bruno’s in Santa Monica, right next to the Loew’s Hotel where many a working session for Captain Planet took place back in the ’90s. And organizing the whole thing was Alison Hill of CurrentPR, who I have to say did a fantastic job!
Before the party, Ed Begley, Jr. stopped by to take a little bike ride with Cap. Soon afterwards, the Planeteer Project showed up, followed by Kath Soucie, who voiced Linka on the series! Efren Ramirez, who played Ma-Ti in the recent Don Cheadle spoof, showed up and was very enthusiastic about how he watched the show growing up, and that we are all responsible for taking care of the planet.
Since we’re so close to 500,000 on Facebook, Barbara Pyle announced that she will be giving away a prize pack from her personal collection of Captain Planet goodies. The person to be the 500,000th Planeteer on Facebook will win big! But we’re not planning to stop at 500,000. There are millions of Planeteers out there yet to be connected through the Planeteer Movement – so encourage your friends to join, and start a Network in your area to meet people with similar passions!
Going to California and meeting the LA Planeteers and the stars from the show was a huge source of inspiration. I can’t wait ’til we hit one million to do it all over again – and thank you so much to everyone who made this event happen!
We’ll have more great pictures from the event once we hit the 500K mark. You can read the official press release for the event here, and there’s a great interview with Barbara from after the event here.. Please share! The Power Is Yours!
I basically wanted to share this link with everyone and figured this was the best place to do so.
Challenge 2. Create a Functional, Useful, Purpose Driven Design.
Challenge 5. Create a Sustainable Design.
Challenge 6. Abide by Designed-for-Disassembly (DFD) principles.
On the left is an exploded diagram of the Sustainable BirdHouse, each part was modeled and fitted in 3D for conflict resolution and to provide detailed construction plans. Finite details were added, notice how the interior is purposely an untreated/unstained raw wood (non-toxic) surface. Like a tailored suit, each piece was measured, well thought, and intended to make a thoughtful and well crafted product. FYI – Dimensioned Detailed Plans available, email: email@example.com
*This Project was also Featured in the August 2011 Issue of SketchUp-Ur-Space SketchUp Magazine*
Once the project was designed with Google SketchUp 3D Digital Modeling software, I added some lighting/material effects with VRAY render and took a photo of a nearby tree, and then compiled the layers with Adobe Photoshop for this Conceptual Digital Visualization of an Eastern Screech Owl flying into his new home, with young family waiting his arrival. Yes, [Healthy Smart Sustainable] Design and Visualization is what I do BEST!
Disassemble ReClaimed / Salvaged Materials
DeConstruct Cabinets, Microwave, & Bed Frame
ReUsing salvaged items is an extremely important theme in this project. I tried to minimize waste, and maximize material efficiency and usage. It was a tough challenge to work with ReClaimed Items, because I never knew what I would or wouldn’t find. The materials I did find were limited, so I was very careful to disassemble them without causing damage.
I have posted 3 videos. In the first video, I am further disassembling the Cabinets. Notice how I pry off the 2″ oak frame that is nailed to the face. Removing this allows the rest of the frame to be easily taken apart. Watching this video, you get a REAL sense of how quickly these things can come apart. As this video plays, you can hear me discuss the Overall Design / Build process, and I also narrate as I continue to work. By the end of this video, you will see a pile of 1″x12″ boards that have been ReClaimed from the Salvaged Cabinets and are almost ready to use on a Sustainable BirdHouse.
After I had cut the outer steel casing off the microwave, I took a small hammer and block of wood and beat the sheet metal somewhat flat. The steel microwave casing was perfect for the roof. Once the sheet metal was prepared, I took it to Dixie Duct & Fabrication in Roswell Georgia, where Mike the shop foreman bent the metal from the microwave to a 166 degree angle (180-14). He put a nice clean professional bend in the metal, and it looked great. It was the architectural touch the Sustainable BirdHouse needed.
I used the table saw to mill planks. Then I measured for the entry hole and used a scroll saw to cut the planks as marked. Then, I drilled holes in the planks, and fit them with a socket set screw, which is put in place with a ratchet, and then the screw is then tightened or loosened into the threaded connection with a hex key.
I salvaged the socket set screw from a bed frame, and was lucky enough to find 8, in order to connect the Sustainable BirdHouse for easy assemble / disassemble purposes (& D.F.D.) It was a neat design, and I was extremely excited that it worked perfectly.
From the Images on to the right, you can see the attention to detail on the finished Sustainable BirdHouse.
Notice the Hinge Door (for easy cleanout) on the left side of the nesting-box, and the ReClaimed porcelain Birdbath with RainWater Catchment rainchain on the right side. This was a super-fun project!
It’s true, hardwork does pay off! We made it! BIG thanks to all the folks who contributed their time and to all our Sponsors who made the 3rd Annual BirdHouse Social on 8/20/11 an amazing success !!!
On that afternoon, the “Owl Creation”, Designed and Built by Andrew Telker was auctioned off to help support the projects of the Architecture for Humanity Atlanta [AFHA] organization.
The BirdHouse Social is the signature fundraising event for Architecture for Humanity Atlanta [AFHA], that showcases creative birdhouse and bat box designs imagined by some of Atlanta’s most creative personalities. The outdoor courtyard at Studioplex played host to this magical evening combining music, interpretive bird dance and fanciful birdhouse displays. Designing a birdhouse for auction, shows support and commitment to humanitarian design in Atlanta and beyond. Visit: http://afhatlanta.org/blog /birdhouse-social/
Remember, you can READ this and other ECO-BLOGS at: http://andrewtelker.blogspot.com/2011/08/project-sustainable-birdhouse-designed.html
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Palm Oil is not a well-known ingredient for most people. However, it is an increasingly consumed ingredient in most food and even used in some cosmetic products. Palm Oil is becoming such a daily part of people’s diets that it has surpassed soy bean oil and is now the world’s most widely produced edible oil.
Palm Oil is cooking oil made from the fruit of the African oil palm. This palm tree is only found and grown in tropical environments; mainly consisting of areas with rainforests. “Approximately 85 percent of palm oil is grown in the tropical countries of Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.”
Palm Oil a threat?
Palm Oil is a gigantic threat to the environment and you! Here’s how:
- Palm Oil as an increasing threat to our rainforests because of illegal logging. Because this plant can only be grown in tropical environments, rainforests are cut down to make room for plantations. Once a plantation needs more room or has lost the nutrition in the soil, more forest is destroyed to make more plantations.
- Illegal logging methods include the slash and burn method of clearing rainforest. This is the act of purposefully setting an uncontrolled fire to part of the forest. They do not take account the animals in that area of forest. The orangutan is one of the severely affected species by this. There are only predicted to be about 30,000 left in the wild and they are also only found in rainforest habitats. Orangutans are already on the endangered list like many other rainforest species. There are also many other undiscovered species we are losing due to this logging.
- “Manufacturers are now required to state on food labels the amount of trans fatty acids, also called hydrogenated fats, in packaged foods. Both trans fatty acids and saturated fatty acids are associated with elevated heart disease risk factors.” In a study in the article linked above the results showed that Palm Oil, hydrogenated Palm oil, and hydrogenated soybean oil lead to increased cholesterol and heart risk. Many other tests and scientists are also concluding that it can also increase risks in cancer, obesity, and diabetes.
What can YOU do?
1) READ THE LABEL! Reading the ingredients on a label is crucial to avoiding Palm Oil. If it says “Palm Oil” or “Partially Hydrogenated Palm Oil” on the ingredients list chances are it is NOT from a sustainable or legal source.
2) CHECK THE COMPANY! There is slowly but surely increasing number of companies joining the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil or the RSPO. These companies DO NOT get their Palm Oil from an illegal or environment-damaging source like most do!
3) WRITE TO THE COMPANY! Is your favorite company not in the RSPO yet? Write to them! If a company knows they are losing money over Palm Oil they are more likely to change their sources!
4) SPREAD THE WORD!
TO HELP YOU BEGIN!!
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, HERE’S A LIST!
Orangutan Friendly Sustainable Palm Oil Valentine Candy List
This information is meant to be a helpful guide for consumers that are concerned about orangutan conservation and deforestation due to non-sustainable palm oil production in Indonesia and Malaysia. The companies listed below are members of the RSPO (Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil) and are committed to using certified sustainable palm oil. Please support companies that are doing their best to make a difference for orangutans.
Company Name Snack Name
Nestle Baby Ruth
Nestle Crunch Bar
Nestle 100 Grand
Wonka (Nestle) Valentine Heart Sweetarts
Wonka (Nestle) Lik-M-Aid (Fun Dip)
Wonka (Nestle) Laffy Taffy Candy and Card Kit
Wonka (Nestle) Nerds Candy and Card Kit
Wonka (Nestle) Valentine Mix Ups (Bottlecaps, Nerds, Laffy Taffy)
Wonka (Nestle) Heart Gummies
Wonka (Nestle) Gobstoppers
Wonka (Nestle) Chocolate Hearts (Crunch & Butter Fingers)
Wonka (Nestle) Valentine Exchange (Butterfinger, Baby Ruth,Crunch)
Lindt and Spungli Lindor Truffles (Many Flavors)
Lindt and Spungli Chocolate Heart Boxes
ConAgra Fiddle Faddle
ConAgra Crunch & Munch
ConAgra Poppy Cock
Kellogg’s Heart Shaped Marshmallow Treats
Kellogg’s Fruity Snacks
Kellogg’s Pop Tarts
Kellogg’s Famous Amos Cookies
Kellogg’s Austin Peanut Butter Crackers
Kellogg’s Austin Cheese Crackers
Kellogg’s Keebler Brand Cookies
PepsiCo (Frito Lay) Cheetos
PepsiCo (Frito Lay) Doritos
PepsiCo Grandma’s Cookies
Note: Any products made by Nestle, Lindt and Spungli, Kellogg’s, PepsiCo (Frito Lay), and ConAgra (even if not listed above) are good choices as they are all members of the RSPO.
Products made by companies such as Hershey’s, Brach’s, Russell Stover and Ghirardelli are not orangutan friendly choices as they are not members of the RSPO. If one of your favorite candy bars or sweets is produced by one of these companies, take action by writing a letter and asking them to join the RSPO and be committed to using certified sustainable palm oil.For a sample letter and more information on how you can Make a Difference for Wild Orangutans visit cmzoo.org/conservation/PalmOilCrisis.
Note: Mars has applied to be a member of the RSPO; they are currently waiting for approval. We applaud them for taking this step and look forward to adding them to this shopping guide as soon as they are approved.
After two whirlwind weeks at the UN climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa, I’m finally back home in Chicago with some time to reflect on my experience. I was at the negotiations with SustainUS, a U.S. youth network for sustainable development. Run entirely by youth volunteers, SustainUS has been sending delegations to the climate talks since 2005. (You can meet this year’s delegation here!)
At the negotiations, we worked with hundreds of other international youth from six continents to push for stronger carbon emissions reductions targets and a fair and binding climate treaty. SustainUS delegates worked on a wide range of issues in Durban. Through actions, speeches at the plenary meetings, briefings with negotiators, and speaking to the media, we called for policy objectives and brought attention to youth involvement in climate change. Adam from Milton, MA, started a working group to highlight the importance of water management in climate change. Kate from Redmond, WA, focused on innovative financing for the soon-to-be-launched Green Climate Fund. Alongside Katherine (Manhasset, NY), Ellie (Asheville, NC), Ethan (Statesboro, GA) and MJ (Stow, OH), I worked on the communications and media team writing press releases, documenting events, and setting up interviews with reporters on youth activities at the talks.
Amanda (Washington, DC), who led the working group on youth actions, helped to fill the space between the convention and exhibition center with several creative actions. One in particular highlighted youth cooperation through an action that connected climate justice with Captain Planet. The spirit of working together by combining our collective energies was something that really came through while working with environmentalists hailing from Brazil to Bangladesh. Like the Captain Planet show, the action featured youth climate heroes from five different continents who told a success story on what they have done to fight climate change in their home countries — a reminder that climate change is a global problem that needs global cooperation to solve.
Outside of youth activities, the actual talks were at a gridlock. The United States was pushing to delay a new climate treaty until 2020 — a timetable that scientists have said would be too late to avert catastrophic impacts of climate change. Meanwhile, Canada dropped out of the Kyoto Protocol while Japan and Russia stated that they would no longer meet the Protocol’s targets. Feeling frustrated particularly by the United States for obstructing progress in the last week of negotiations, we decided that bolder action was needed. We wanted to call out the U.S. Congress for blocking climate legislation at home and for preventing our negotiators from actually negotiating the climate deal that was needed.
In the official plenary session, as lead U.S. negotiator Todd Stern was about to speak, Abigail Borah, a 21-year old New Jersey resident and student at Middlebury College, spoke up from the back of the room:
“I am speaking on behalf of the United States of America because my negotiators cannot. The obstructionist Congress has shackled justice and delayed ambition for far too long. I am scared for my future … You must take responsibility to act now, or you will threaten the lives of youth and the world’s most vulnerable. You must set aside partisan politics and let science dictate decisions. You must pledge ambitious targets to lower emissions not expectations. Citizens across the world are being held hostage by stillborn negotiations. We need leaders who will commit to real change, not empty rhetoric. Keep your promises. Keep our hope alive. 2020 is too late to wait.”
Although Abigail was removed by security and suspended for the remainder of the negotiations, she received an ovation and her words reverberated in the conference center. Her action was followed by an impassioned speech by fellow youth Anjali Appadurai about the need for urgency for young and future generations, as well as a sit-in organized by 350.org calling for climate justice. The United States began to change their tune, backing away from the 2020 position.
After 36 hours of overtime negotiations, a deal was passed – but not the ambitious deal that we were hoping for. A second, but weak commitment to the Kyoto Protocol, a green climate fund with no source of funding, and a promise to broker a new climate treaty in 2015.
But in the end, what I came away with was not pessimism that this could not be done. Rather, it was inspiration and hope from my generation and faith that together we hav the power to change things, whether at the UN or in our schools or hometowns. I met amazing people from all walks of life who were working toward sustainable development as journalists, activists, ecologists, and even young political leaders. And as I am writing this back in the United States, I know that this energy is not something that just happens two weeks a year at the negotiations, and that youth around the world are continuing to fight for climate solutions in their own communities every day.
The use of a universal life force energy called chi/ki/prana/ether/orgone etcetra is well known throughout historical cultures of our past. Though that is not true; it was well known during our time too by two U.S. inventor/scientists, one being Willhelm Reich and Karl Hans Welz. Willhelm Reich was a man who came out of the way of Germany, coming to the U.S. hoping he would have the freedom to explore and practice psychology and what would later be called Orgonamy. He found that the blue haze that surrounds the planet is actually an identifiable energy all its own which fluoresces blue in a pure untainted state. He called the energy Orgone, after the energy of the libido. The creation of a box big enough to house a person called an Orgone Accumulator was found instrumental in restoring the libido in both male and female individuals, as well as accelerating the healing of burn wounds. He had created devices which could effect the weather. Eventually this man was put into prison where he later died, and his literary works were burned in a New York incinerator. An introductory video about this man and his achievements can be found here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPV-JExUPns
Later on an Austrian man studied the works of this man and others of this field to come to the U.S. and create a fully automated generator of the orgone energy. http://welz.us/ This invention was named the Chi-Generator, and could be used to send messages across the Atlantic Ocean. This energy can be used for multiple purposes, and may quickly find its way into your household for its ability to both enhance food and drinks and make them stay fresh longer. Sending the energy to plants makes them grow faster and fuller, make seeds germinate sooner, and fruits and vegetables to mature faster than normal. Now however these machines are not marketed nor claim to have health benefits, those that are familiar with Willhelm Reich’s works know beyond a doubt this orgone energy does drastically help. If you have herbs or other natural remedies, or even alchemical/colloidal solutions, charging it with this energy will make them more effective. The uses for this energy is nearly unlimited. Too good to be true? Take the free test at http://chicard.net/
Want to see a catalog of these products and their possible uses? http://www.hscti.net/
I did not believe such a technology was possible, and for that, instead of discounting it as Alex Jones listeners well know, instead I followed the information from this scientist Karl Hans Welz and sought to disprove him and his technology. I went as far as to create my own generator of orgone energy, with results not even the scientist realized were possible! It’s worth looking into, and will make an excellent Christmas Gift for anyone interested in alternative sciences and technologies.
Here at the last Live Streaming Captain Planet Marathon there was a lot of talk of whether there would be a Captain Planet movie in the making, and who they would want to act as the characters. A few months afterwards we get the official press release saying that there will be a live action Captain Planet movie! Perhaps someone influencial was watching at the marathon? In any case, the power is yours, as we never grow tired of saying here, because what we are doing is having an effect.
Speaking of The Marathon, two of my favorite episodes are Skumm Lord and Missing Linka. The first I have taken as a spoof of sodium fluoridation of water supplies (the main ingredient in many rat poisons and is produced as a byproduct of making fertilizers, only calcium fluoride appears naturally) In Missing Linka you are given the direct impression that when an environmental disaster happens no one in local governments want to do anything about it (or pay for professional cleanup) and it comes down to Planeteers and intelligent, concerned locals to prevent disaster. How this impacted me was that as I grew older and began to learn of these things, I remembered and saw that Captain Planet had been preparing and warning me for it since childhood.
The BP oil spill in the Gulf is a surefire example of just this type of pollution. The cleanup agent used by BP was called, COREXIT, which makes the oil on the water come together in globules and then sinks down to the bottom of the ocean. In reality this is the same idea behind sweeping dust underneath a rug; it’s still there, but maybe it looks a little better. The people hired to clean up the oil suffered illnesses from the cleanup chemicals, and one person on the Conspiracy Theory: Gulf Oil Spill show claims that it caused brown fluids to drain out of his ears. I also remember seeing in Youtube comments that the second half of the first CP episode was removed starting right after the oil spill, since that is what happens in that episode from drilling. A pertinet Captain Planet episode for this eco-disaster could be related to Season Two’s The Garbage Strikes episode where an experimental refuse eating microbe is stolen by Sly Sludge and is used to make fast cash to solve a trash overfill crisis. Everything seemed ‘ok’ with this quick fix, until it began multiplying and later congealing into a giant monster, eating everything in it’s path, then turning on the people themselves for a snack! Let’s hear some of your stories and favorite episodes! You might just see them in the next marathon if you do.
*The following was written by Marilyn Mosley of Laurel Springs Online Private School, Chair of the Education Committee at the Captain Planet Foundation. Laurel Springs is a premier online school that honors each child’s individual learning style and educational needs. The original article is posted here.
Captain Planet was the first eco-hero. Many young adults remember the Captain Planet cartoons, in which the hero would exclaim, “The Power is Yours!” This educational series, which was co-created by Ted Turner and Barbara Pyle, delivered the message that individuals can be vehicles for positive environmental change. Since the series started, proceeds from the show and generous donations from the community have allowed the Captain Planet Foundation to fund grassroots school and community micro-grants.
I was recently invited to join Captain Planet Foundation’s Board of Directors as a member of its education committee. One of the organization’s cornerstones is funding school and community environmental projects for grades K – 12. Grantees have recycled over 12 tons of waste, developed outdoor classrooms and gardens, organized cleanups, restored acres of polluted land, and turned gas cars into eco vehicles. Since 1991, Laurel Springs has shared a similar commitment through our environmental videos, workshops, online courses, and virtual symposia series. Like the Captain Planet Foundation, our school’s focus has been to develop and support educational programs that enable youth to appreciate and improve the environment through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects.
On September 15, which was also the twenty-first anniversary of the cartoon series, I was honored to attend my first Captain Planet board meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Laura Turner Seydel has poured her heart and soul into the Foundation and has gathered together a dynamic and dedicated board. As a way of connecting with the team, I read numerous comments on the Captain Planet Facebook site; these messages came from individuals and groups who support the environmental education mission of this organization.
I hope that the legacy of this organization will continue. The current generation of capable young adults has grown up with an awareness of the crucial need to safeguard our environment. With respect for the mission and a strong sense of empowerment, they are forming a new community of leaders. One comment on Facebook read, “We are the next teachers, the next doctors, the next senators, and have lived all our lives with the Captain Planet philosophy.” It is my hope that young adults will to mentor the next generation and encourage them to care for our shared environment.
During my trip home, I reflected upon how grateful I feel to be able to work with such wonderful, committed people who are focused on improving children’s lives. When we teach our students that giving back is an important part of life, we create a new paradigm for a healthy environment.
Mexico’s authorities and big international companies have lost their respect to nature and public spaces. They offer us a brand new futbol stadium, with the highest cost: to be built in the middle of our last live forest!!!
They want to cut our trees, kill our animals, and take our water. Monterrey is known to be the biggest industrial city in Mexico, a desert located in the north of Mexico. We need trees! We need green life! WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please don’t let this last beautiful forest die!!!
We say YES to the stadium… but somewhere else!
More information: www.sialestadioperoenotrolado.org