Archive for January, 2009

DACCA BOOTS

…green fashion done not-so-cheesy. check these fly recycled plastic boots from a Chilean industrialdesign student, Camila Labra…

only $45 a pair

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These boots are the work of Chilean industrial design student Camila Labra, and made mostly of recycled plastic bags. The boots are built by fusing layers of plastic polyethylene bags together to create a thicker and more resistant material to work with. Their interior is covered with quilted piqué cotton fabric to make them more comfortable and prevent overheating. According to the designer, the boots are impermeable, flexible, light and non toxic.

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The line of boots is named Dacca (aka Dhaka) after Bangladesh’s capital, one of the most polluted with plastic bags in the world (the bags were banned in the city in 2002).

Made after special orders, the boots are sold for 22,000 Chilean Pesos (45 USD).

http://botasdacca.blogspot.com/

camilalabra@gmail.com

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Biking For Obama

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By Ariana de Leña

On the eve of Obama’s inauguration, while bundled tourists and busloads of high school students patiently waited to take their picture in front of the Jefferson Memorial, 22-year-old Ryan Bowen rolled into Washington D.C. with bicycle posse in tow. Looking at Ryan and his crew of wheel-equipped, smiling faces, you would never guess that he had been on that very bike for the previous 47 days. In fact, Ryan had been on that bike since Los Angeles, where his long pilgrimage across the country began.

On December 2, 2008, Ryan departed Los Angeles from Occidental College, his (and Barack Obama’s) Alma Mater. Since then, he has been pedaling across the southern United States trying to avoid mountains and cold weather, taking a sharp left somewhere in Florida. While  friends and fellow cyclists joined Ryan along the way, much of the trip was done solo, camping out in his tent or spending the night in the homes of supporters. While the ride was most literally about cycling, on his website Ryan blogged about the symbolic importance of the ride. Despite the pitfalls and bodily anguish of biking across this expansive nation, he encountered many forms of hope, kindness, generosity (and once even the hard side of a jeep! Ouch).

Ryan was met in D.C. by an enthused Senator Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) who offered him the inaugural ticket his legs well-deserved. Blumenauer, who came on bike, espoused the benefits of cycling, both for your body and for the environment, praising Ryan for his courage and innovation. Trekking from West Coast to East, Ryan proved that “Change You Can Believe In” can start with something as simple as two legs and a bike.

Another step

Good news for the EJ community!  A step forward is finally being taken by public health and environmental groups against the EPA to force our government to protect the health of our communities and environment:

Washington, DC – Today, a coalition of public health and environmental groups filed a lawsuit in federal court here, seeking a firm and enforceable new deadline for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to require deep reductions in mercury and other toxic air pollutants emitted from coal- and oil-fired power plants. Power plants are the nation’s largest unregulated source of mercury pollution, and also emit enormous quantities of lead, arsenic and other hazardous chemicals. If successful, the lawsuit would end six years of delay by the Bush administration.”

Click here to read more.

One Franklin for One Human.

A recent article from Foreign Policy states: “There are now more slaves on the planet than at any time in human history.” Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, has become the slave trading capital of the world.  According to the CIA’s World Factbook, 80% of Haiti’s population lives under the poverty line, and 54% in abject poverty.   Furthermore: “Two-thirds of all Haitians depend on the agricultural sector, mainly small-scale subsistence farming, and remain vulnerable to damage from frequent natural disasters, exacerbated by the country’s widespread deforestation.”  Only 28.11% of the land is arable, with only 11.53% of it being permanent crops.  Furthermore, Haiti lies in the middle of the hurricane belt and is subject to severe storms, occasional flooding, earthquakes, and periodic droughts.

The implications of what Global Warming would have on the country as far as natural disasters go are obvious:  increased frequency of hurricanes will ravage the land, and droughts will destroy what little crops the country has now.  Although, what are the social implications that Global Warming will have on the people of Haiti and other third world countries already facing strain on their natural resources?  Already, human trafficking proves to be popular among poor nations and is a plausible effect of natural resource strain brought on by global warming.

Why The U.S. is NOT a Democracy

by climatekaos

The perenially insightful Noam Chomsky recently wrote a compelling article elucidating facts and myths about our historic election, and what it means for our society. “A Grassroots Army of Millions” ready to take instructions while contributing nothing meaningful to The Program.  Here’s an excerpt:

“In some ways the election followed familiar patterns. The McCain campaign was honest enough to announce clearly that the election wouldn’t be about issues. Sarah Palin’s hairdresser received twice the salary of McCain’s foreign policy adviser, the Financial Times reported, probably an accurate reflection of significance for the campaign. Obama’s message of “hope” and “change” offered a blank slate on which supporters could write their wishes.”