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There’s no age requirement for activists - meet Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez

If my memories of what I was like at 13 aren’t too clouded by time and nostalgia, permit me to say that I think I was a pretty switched-on kid. Yet at the same time I never translated those feelings into any sort of action. Maybe I didn’t know how, maybe I just didn’t believe that I could - I can’t really remember now. All of this has been on my mind since earlier this week I met Xiuhtezcatl - a 13 year old activist whose been fighting environmental issues since he was 6.

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Shared by GOOD Community member Kate Pawelczyk in Climate Change, Environment and Activism

There’s no age requirement for activists - meet Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez

If my memories of what I was like at 13 aren’t too clouded by time and nostalgia, permit me to say that I think I was a pretty switched-on kid. Yet at the same time I never translated those feelings into any sort of action. Maybe I didn’t know how, maybe I just didn’t believe that I could - I can’t really remember now. All of this has been on my mind since earlier this week I met Xiuhtezcatl - a 13 year old activist whose been fighting environmental issues since he was 6.

Continue to voicesofyouth.org

Shared by GOOD Community member Kate Pawelczyk in Climate Change, Environment and Activism

A Community Effort to Be the First Climate-Resilient Block in Baltimore- Jonathan Erwin wrote in Environment, Climate Change and Social Design

Ten years ago, the 2400 block of Jefferson Street was one of the deadliest in East Baltimore. Today, thanks to enormous efforts from neighbors, community groups, and local nonprofits, this block has become a positive model of grassroots urban renewal. Street and violent crimes have stabilized, drug markets have either shut down or moved elsewhere, and residents have taken back their block and a sense of community with it. But for these neighbors, improving the safety of their community isn’t enough, so the 2400 block of Jefferson Street is evolving again.
This time, this East Baltimore block is working to become the first climate resilient block in Baltimore.

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A Community Effort to Be the First Climate-Resilient Block in Baltimore
Jonathan Erwin wrote in Environment, Climate Change and Social Design

Ten years ago, the 2400 block of Jefferson Street was one of the deadliest in East Baltimore. Today, thanks to enormous efforts from neighbors, community groups, and local nonprofits, this block has become a positive model of grassroots urban renewal. Street and violent crimes have stabilized, drug markets have either shut down or moved elsewhere, and residents have taken back their block and a sense of community with it. But for these neighbors, improving the safety of their community isn’t enough, so the 2400 block of Jefferson Street is evolving again.

This time, this East Baltimore block is working to become the first climate resilient block in Baltimore.

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The GOODEST: Coal, The Poison We Never Talk About in School- Alessandra Rizzotti and Jessica De Jesus contributed in Environment, News and Climate Change
The GOODEST can be so many things, but why not just narrow it down to one thing each week? We’ll change it up and keep it fresh. After all, we consume so much daily, so for the weekend, why not just take away one big learn and do from the week?
This might be shocking but…
Coal is The Poison We Never Talk About in School
James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and arguably the world’s foremost climatologist, has called coal “the single greatest threat to civilization and all life on the planet”, yet kids think it’s just a 19th-century phenomenon.
Can you DO anything about it?
Of course, and we’re going to help you through it. Energy month at GOOD begins now, and each day we’ll be sharing how you can contribute to a better climate reality. Get on the Energy hub to learn more.
Illustration by Jessica de Jesus. Photo via (cc) Flickr user -0-.

The GOODEST: Coal, The Poison We Never Talk About in School
Alessandra Rizzotti and Jessica De Jesus contributed in Environment, News and Climate Change

The GOODEST can be so many things, but why not just narrow it down to one thing each week? We’ll change it up and keep it fresh. After all, we consume so much daily, so for the weekend, why not just take away one big learn and do from the week?

This might be shocking but…

Coal is The Poison We Never Talk About in School

James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and arguably the world’s foremost climatologist, has called coal “the single greatest threat to civilization and all life on the planet”, yet kids think it’s just a 19th-century phenomenon.

Can you DO anything about it?

Of course, and we’re going to help you through it. Energy month at GOOD begins now, and each day we’ll be sharing how you can contribute to a better climate reality. Get on the Energy hub to learn more.

Illustration by Jessica de Jesus. Photo via (cc) Flickr user -0-.

App Marks the Spot: How We Designed Tech to Find Open Parking- Streetline, Inc. wrote in Design, Technology and Climate Change

Some cities estimate that upwards of 30 to 45 percent of their traffic is caused by motorists searching for a parking spot. This leads to frustration—when you’re going to the movies or out to dinner, parking can often be the step that stands in your way—and to bigger societal problems like to increased congestion and carbon output.
This was our inspiration for Parker by Streetline.

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App Marks the Spot: How We Designed Tech to Find Open Parking
Streetline, Inc. wrote in Design, Technology and Climate Change

Some cities estimate that upwards of 30 to 45 percent of their traffic is caused by motorists searching for a parking spot. This leads to frustration—when you’re going to the movies or out to dinner, parking can often be the step that stands in your way—and to bigger societal problems like to increased congestion and carbon output.

This was our inspiration for Parker by Streetline.

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A Climate Change Call to Action
- by Al Gore

In the wake of an election season that cost upward of $6 billion and a historic storm that racked up 10 times that amount in damages, many Americans are cautiously hopeful about the future of climate policy in the United States. But despite past statements of support by President Obama, U.S. political leaders, and international leaders, the rapidly destabilizing climate and increasingly volatile weather do not afford us time to wait for what will likely be—at best—sluggish political movement.

That’s why we need you to bring your GOOD ideas and join leading voices from every time zone for The Climate Reality Project’s 24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report, a 24-hour global webcast that will push forward the global agenda fighting the most critical threat this planet may ever face. So thank you!

Strong, decisive action against climate change requires broad involvement and committed engagement from community leaders, activists, academics, philanthropists, parents, scientists, and everyone in between—climate change affects us all.

As a digital community with global reach and wide social accessibility, GOOD has been a successful platform for the pursuit and promotion of progress with respect to climate change and other progressive issues. Communities like yours on local, national, and international levels, are ultimately responsible for driving the collective dialogue, momentum, and action needed against the dangers of climate change.

And so—in this pivotal political moment—Climate Reality aims to capture and showcase the stories of the countries, communities, and individuals affected by our changing climate, in hopes of generating a global conversation that explores not just the negative effects but also the incredible opportunities to create positive change and climate solutions. Join us and your fellow GOOD members at www.climaterealityproject.org to take part in connecting the dots and changing the conversation.

To become a leader in the climate change movement, visit here and pledge your name in support of a better, cleaner tomorrow.

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Oakland Getting First Urban Network of CO2 Sensors
California has a cap-and-trade law that goes into effect Jan. 1, and the new sensors might be the best way to figure out whether or not it’s actually effective. Scientists are spreading 40 of them across a 27 square-mild grid in Oakland, creating a much better measurement framework than the dozen or so sensors that currently exist.
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Oakland Getting First Urban Network of CO2 Sensors

California has a cap-and-trade law that goes into effect Jan. 1, and the new sensors might be the best way to figure out whether or not it’s actually effective. Scientists are spreading 40 of them across a 27 square-mild grid in Oakland, creating a much better measurement framework than the dozen or so sensors that currently exist.

Find out more at GOOD.is

Infographic: Understanding Carbon Offsets
Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the 1700s, human activities like burning coal and cutting down forests have thrown off the carbon cycle’s delicate balance. With only 13 percent of emissions naturally sequestered in 2006, this is where carbon offsets come in.
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Infographic: Understanding Carbon Offsets

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the 1700s, human activities like burning coal and cutting down forests have thrown off the carbon cycle’s delicate balance. With only 13 percent of emissions naturally sequestered in 2006, this is where carbon offsets come in.

Learn more at GOOD.is

Are Millennials Less Committed to the Environment Than Baby Boomers?
A new study says that Millennials are much less likely than our Baby Boomer parents or even apathetic Gen X’ers to take action to help the environment. But maybe it’s just asking the wrong questions. Are we “Generation Me”—self-centered, self-promoting narcissists—or are we “Generation We”—socially minded, community-focused do-gooders? 
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Are Millennials Less Committed to the Environment Than Baby Boomers?

A new study says that Millennials are much less likely than our Baby Boomer parents or even apathetic Gen X’ers to take action to help the environment. But maybe it’s just asking the wrong questions. Are we “Generation Me”—self-centered, self-promoting narcissists—or are we “Generation We”—socially minded, community-focused do-gooders? 

Read the story on GOOD.is

Climate Change Is Forcing Entire Countries to Migrate
The island nation of Kiribati could buy land in Fiji to start transplanting its population off its disappearing islands. Families in Kiribati’s low-lying areas don’t have the luxury of contemplating the fates of future generations—they must start acting now. And while Kiribati is one of the larger communities that’s responding to climate pressures today, it’s not the only one.
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Climate Change Is Forcing Entire Countries to Migrate

The island nation of Kiribati could buy land in Fiji to start transplanting its population off its disappearing islands. Families in Kiribati’s low-lying areas don’t have the luxury of contemplating the fates of future generations—they must start acting now. And while Kiribati is one of the larger communities that’s responding to climate pressures today, it’s not the only one.

Read the story on GOOD 

San Francisco Will Pioneer Electric Bike Sharing
San Francisco is putting a new spin on car- and bike-sharing services. With federal backing, the city is partnering with a local car share service to offer members access to electric bikes, too. 
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San Francisco Will Pioneer Electric Bike Sharing

San Francisco is putting a new spin on car- and bike-sharing services. With federal backing, the city is partnering with a local car share service to offer members access to electric bikes, too. 

Check it out on GOOD→ 

No Politics, Just Science: A New App Explains Climate Change

A new, free app for iPhones and iPads called Just Science jolts us back to reality by translating the science of climate change into layperson’s terms. The result, according to developer Nick Orenstein, is a gradual, everyday reminder of what’s happening to the planet.

Read about it on GOOD→