This giant Cup Monster wants Starbucks to use recyclable cups

October 12, 2017 by  
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A monster created with over 500 old Starbucks cups prowled outside a Seattle hotel this week. Advocacy group Stand.earth created the Cup Monster to pressure the company to deliver a better, recyclable cup. Although Starbucks has trialed recyclable cups , when you order that pumpkin spice latte or mocha today, the paper cup you hold still can’t be recycled in many regions. Stand.earth says Starbucks serves four billion disposable paper cups every single year – but many facilities can’t recycle them “because the inside plastic lining clogs the equipment,” according to the group . So they showed up at the Seattle Sheraton hotel this week, where Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson was speaking at the 2017 GeekWire Summit, with the Cup Monster in tow. Related: Starbucks trials recyclable paper coffee cups for potential global use Ah the Cup Monster is out of control! Every @Starbucks unrecyclable cup that gets trashed only makes it stronger! Kevin Johnson, be a hero! pic.twitter.com/V0c8KNsq9L — Stand.earth (@standearth) October 10, 2017 According to Stand.earth United States campaign director Ross Hammond, over 8,000 cups go to landfills every minute. He said in a statement, “We hope Seattle’s tech leaders will join us in calling on Starbucks to stop serving 21st century coffee in a 20th century cup.” GeekWire reported although activists wore Starbucks uniforms, they aren’t affiliated with the coffee company. Starbucks vice president of communications Linda Mills told GeekWire the company’s cups can be recycled in some markets like Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C. She said they are also working with municipalities so the cups can be recycled in more areas. Reusable cups are also an option; the company has offered a discount since 1985 for customers when they bring in cups that can be used over and over. On Starbucks’ webpage on recycling , they say, “We will continue to explore new ways to reduce our cup waste but ultimately it will be our customers who control whether or not we achieve continued growth in the number of beverages served in reusable cups.” You can sign Stand.earth’s letter to Johnson asking for a better cup here . + Stand.earth Via GeekWire Images via Stand.earth Twitter ( 1 , 2 )

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Incredible green dreamscape made of recycled threads takes over a Taipei lecture hall

October 12, 2017 by  
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Taipei’s lush jungle landscape has crept indoors in the form of a “green dreamscape.” MVRDV and Argentinian textile artist Alexandra Kehayoglou transformed a 180-person lecture hall into an incredible sight with wall-to-wall carpets woven out of recycled threads that mimic natural textures like moss, water, trees, and pastures. Located at JUT Group’s head office, this public wall-covering artwork references Taiwan’s sub-tropical environment while providing acoustic control and an unforgettable lecture backdrop. Sprawled out across a 240-square-meter lecture hall, the massive installation looks surprisingly lifelike from afar. The variety of textures, shapes, and patterns evoke a diverse plants palette ranging from delicate flowers on the carpet floor to thick mosses clinging on the far back wall. Alexandra Kehayoglou created the site-specific textile work using discarded threads from her family’s carpet factory in Buenos Aires. The unique artwork was made with a laborious hand-tufting technique and took over a year to complete. Related: Amazing landscape carpets transform your living room into a lush, grassy meadow “The interior is literally a green dream,” says Winy Maas , MVRDV co-founder. “Together with the artwork, it represents the natural landscape of Taiwan and at the same time, acts as an acoustic intervention. In the midst of the hyper-urban condition of Taipei, audiences will be surrounded by this green dreamscape.” The interior design builds on the research of MVRDV and their think tank, The Why Factory , into the potential of future transformable elements. + MVRDV + Alexandra Kehayoglou Images via MVRDV

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Environmental activists deface Trumps California golf course

March 15, 2017 by  
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Under the cover of darkness early Sunday morning, a group of anonymous environmental activists broke into one of Donald Trump’s golf courses and defaced the green in an act of civil disobedience. In six-foot tall letters, they left a message that read simply: “NO MORE TIGERS. NO MORE WOODS.” The Trump National Golf Club, located in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, overlooks the ocean just south of Los Angeles and was ranked last year as the 43rd best course in California. The activist collective sent a video of the protest, along with a statement, to the Washington Post . The vandalism was intended as a reaction to the Trump administration’s “blatant disregard” for the environment. In an anonymous interview with the paper, one group member noted, “Tearing up the golf course felt justified in many ways. Repurposing what was once a beautiful stretch of land into a playground for the privileged is an environmental crime in its own right.” All told, the protest took about an hour to complete. Four people scaled a fence and walked down a steep hill dotted with cacti to access the green near hole five, then dug up the grass using basic gardening tools. The LA County Sherriff’s Department confirmed that the course called with a complaint about the damage on Sunday. Related: Trump tries to keep 21 kids’ climate change lawsuit from going to trial This isn’t the first time a Trump property has been vandalized in recent months. In October, Black Lives Matter graffiti was left on the side of Trump’s new Washington hotel. Reportedly, neither the Trump Organization nor the golf course itself were willing to issue a statement to the Washington Post responding to the new incident. Via The Washington Post

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Greenpeace activists hang "Resist" banner above White House to protest Trump

January 27, 2017 by  
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This week seven Greenpeace U.S.A. members scaled a crane near the White House to protest President Donald Trump’s policies – and they unfurled a 70-by-35-foot-banner emblazoned with a single exhortation: “Resist.” The protestors had climbed the roughly 300-foot crane around 4 a.m. on Wednesday morning, and they came down close to 10 p.m., after which they were taken into custody. They are currently facing charges for “second-degree burglary, unlawful entry. and destruction of property,” a District of Columbia police spokeswoman told reporters on Thursday. Karen Topakian , chairwoman of the Greenpeace Inc. board and one of the climbers, said the protestors were there to “resist Trump’s attacks on environmental, social, economic, and educational justice to contribute to a better America.” Just days after taking office, the Trump administration has revived the dormant Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects , ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to remove climate change from its website, and suppressed communications between federal scientists and the public. Although some of these restrictions were loosened following a public backlash, many view these strikes as symptomatic of Trump’s anti-intellectual, anti-science agenda, one that is best encapsulated by the president’s previous insistence that climate change is a “hoax” perpetuated by the Chinese government. Related: Rogue national park tweets climate change facts in defiance of Donald Trump The fact that Trump has tapped Scott Pruitt , a climate-change denier with close ties to the fossil-fuel industry, to lead the EPA, does current optics few favors. In a meeting with automakers on Tuesday, Trump called himself “to a large extent, an environmentalist” but also said that regulations were “out of control.” Greenpeace isn’t about to let that behavior slide. “Greenpeace has been using nonviolence to resist tyrannical bullies since 1971, and we’re not going to stop now,” Topakian wrote in a blog post . “When Trump tries to weaken the Paris Climate Agreement so fossil fuel companies can profit on climate destruction, we will resist . When he tries to fast-track dangerous projects like the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines with no regard for Indigenous sovereignty, we will resist . When he tries to block our communities from building the clean energy future we deserve, we will resist .” Viva la resistance. + Greenpeace Photos by Greenpeace

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DAPL protesters arrested for unfurling banner at Vikings game

January 3, 2017 by  
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For many in this uncertain new year, an important resolution is to participate in actions that support causes that build a better world and oppose those that stand in our way. Two protesters started 2017 off with an acrobatic bang when they lowered themselves and a #NoDAPL banner from the ceiling of U.S. Bank Stadium during a Minnesota Vikings –   Chicago Bears football game on New Years Day. Appropriately channeling Spiderman and the Dark Knight, these real-life vigilantes risked arrest and injury to send a message that the water protectors are here to stay in 2017. Secured with rappelling gear to a high metal truss that supports the roof of the stadium, the two protesters , Karl Mayo, 32, and Sen Holiday, 26, dangled next to their banner, which displayed the words “Divest,” “U.S. Bank,” and ” #NoDAPL .” Once the police had spotted the protesters, those sitting beneath the banner were removed from the area and authorities tried to convince Mayo and Holiday to come down. “It looked very official, so I don’t think many people noticed it at first,” said Jordan Proctor, who attended the game. “People were watching and talking about it a lot at halftime.” The game however was uninterrupted through the duration of the protest. Related: US veterans who protested DAPL are fighting a new fight The protesters demanded that the media was present when they finally descended from their perch. Upon reaching solid ground, they were arrested and brought to jail on trespassing charges. They were later released and formal charges are expected to be filed on Tuesday. “We are here in solidarity with water protectors from Standing Rock to urge US Bank to divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline,” said Holiday in a statement released by local reporters. A spokesperson for the Standing Rock Indian Reservation clarified that the protesters were not associated with the tribe . U.S. Bank Senior Vice President Dan Ripley did not offer comment, nor did a representative for the Minnesota Vikings. Via CNN Images via  Christopher Juhn /MPR News

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January 3, 2017 by  
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For many in this uncertain new year, an important resolution is to participate in actions that support causes that build a better world and oppose those that stand in our way. Two protesters started 2017 off with an acrobatic bang when they lowered themselves and a #NoDAPL banner from the ceiling of U.S. Bank Stadium during a Minnesota Vikings –   Chicago Bears football game on New Years Day. Appropriately channeling Spiderman and the Dark Knight, these real-life vigilantes risked arrest and injury to send a message that the water protectors are here to stay in 2017. Secured with rappelling gear to a high metal truss that supports the roof of the stadium, the two protesters , Karl Mayo, 32, and Sen Holiday, 26, dangled next to their banner, which displayed the words “Divest,” “U.S. Bank,” and ” #NoDAPL .” Once the police had spotted the protesters, those sitting beneath the banner were removed from the area and authorities tried to convince Mayo and Holiday to come down. “It looked very official, so I don’t think many people noticed it at first,” said Jordan Proctor, who attended the game. “People were watching and talking about it a lot at halftime.” The game however was uninterrupted through the duration of the protest. Related: US veterans who protested DAPL are fighting a new fight The protesters demanded that the media was present when they finally descended from their perch. Upon reaching solid ground, they were arrested and brought to jail on trespassing charges. They were later released and formal charges are expected to be filed on Tuesday. “We are here in solidarity with water protectors from Standing Rock to urge US Bank to divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline,” said Holiday in a statement released by local reporters. A spokesperson for the Standing Rock Indian Reservation clarified that the protesters were not associated with the tribe . U.S. Bank Senior Vice President Dan Ripley did not offer comment, nor did a representative for the Minnesota Vikings. Via CNN Images via  Christopher Juhn /MPR News

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10 resolutions to make the world a better place this year

January 3, 2017 by  
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The new year is upon us and the forecast looks dreary. From the election of a lying, corrupt megalomaniac to the U.S. Presidency, to the loss of countless beloved cultural figures such as David Bowie, Prince and Carrie Fisher, to 2016 breaking the hottest year on record AGAIN, 2016 has been one sucky year. I think it’s a safe bet to assume that for many of readers, 2017 doesn’t look like it is going to be any better, and many people are dealing with deep anxiety and depression over the coming year. As the world’s carbon emissions rise towards the point of no return, the new Trump Administration is threatening to smash the strides we’ve made towards clean energy , environmental conservation, social progress, and a sustainable future. But in darkness there is always light, and in the face of despair we can find hope and strength. Let the encroaching darkness of 2016 be your wake up call to find the light, share the light, and be a guiding light this year – for your fellow citizens of this planet and for future generations.

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16-year-old activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez wins 2016 Children’s Climate Prize

November 29, 2016 by  
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The 16-year-old environmental activist Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh Martinez is no stranger to Inhabitat. Known for suing the government for inaction on climate change and calling for an end to fossil fuel use , Martinez just received important international recognition for his tireless work. Last week in Sweden, he accepted the new Children’s Climate Prize , which comes with a generous financial reward. Swedish renewable energy company Telge Energi awarded Martinez the prize, which is given to a kid between 10 and 16 who is working to help the environment . Telge Energi described Martinez as an “extraordinarily powerful voice in the climate debate worldwide.” The jury who chose Martinez praised his willingness to take on big interests such as the fossil fuel industry , and commended him for inspiring others to use their voices too, no matter their age. Related: 16-year-old activist demands US gov end fossil fuel use by 2026 The jury said, “Through his passion and love for climate issues, this year’s winner has already, at a young age, had an enormous impact on many people, from children and youth to people with power, to make decisions shaping the future of our planet. With a unique skill of connecting activism with political talent, he has demonstrated both passion and courage, not avoiding controversial issues such as calling for a ban on fracking in his own home state Colorado. By doing so, he has challenged strong political and economic powers. As a hip-hop artist with a clear message he has demonstrated the power of linking culture with environmental issues as a way to mobilize engagement and action.” For winning the prize, Martinez received 50,000 Swedish Krona, which is about $6,000, along with a medal. The award ceremony occurred in Sweden last week, commemorating the Children’s Climate Conference that took place last year just before COP21. Martinez has made his voice heard through avenues as diverse as legal action to hip hop, and he’s the director of Earth Guardians , a youth organization comprised of musicians and artists who want the world to be a better place. + Children’s Climate Prize + Earth Guardians + Telge Energi Images via Telge Energi

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BIG unveils floating mixed-use building for Amsterdam with cascading zero-energy apartments

November 29, 2016 by  
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Just when you think green design has grown stagnant, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) comes around with a groundbreaking new scheme that turns architecture upside down. Excited to finally work in Amsterdam, BIG and Barcode Architects have unveiled their Sluishuis design, a floating mixed-use building that offers a variety of incredible amenities, including cascading green terraces, floating gardens, and 380 zero-energy apartments. BIG describes Sluishuis as a classical courtyard building that allows residents to totally embrace living on the water. The building is intended to become an iconic landmark, offering places to dwell, walk, and explore. In addition to the terraced main building, a promenade creates an archipelago of islands, according to BIG, that include floating gardens and a sailing school. Related: Self-sustaining solar-powered houseboats in Abu Dhabi are cheaper than rent Residents and visitors will be able to move around the complex by foot and by boat. There will be spaces to dock houseboats at Sluishuis, and a public passage along the building will lead up to a viewing platform where visitors can enjoy the scenery of IJ Lake. The building even rises up one one side to create a gateway for ships on the river; Bjarke Ingels describes it as “a building inside the port, with a port inside the building.” BIG says the silhouette of the building will change as a person walks around it. “At one vantage point it appears as the bow of a ship that reflects the water below; at another a vertical green community that invites visitors to engage directly with it; and finally as a true urban block with street access and city liveliness that is to be enjoyed by residents, neighbors, and the rest of Amsterdam.” Sluishuis will be part of the emerging IJburg Steigereiland district in Amsterdam on IJ Lake. The winning design by BIG and Barcode Architects was selected from a pool of four finalists; construction companies VORM and BESIX will lead the project’s development. Collaborating with BIG and Barcode Architects on Sluishuis are Bosch Slabbers , ABT , Van Rossum , Buro Bouwfysica , and Klimaatgarant . We absolutely can not wait to see this design come alive. + Bjarke Ingels Group + Barcode Architects Images courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

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Scientists eye worrying 20-mile crack in the West Antarctic ice sheet

November 29, 2016 by  
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Scientists have discovered how a massive rift in one of Antarctica’s ice shelves has formed – and it does not bode well for the continent’s future. The giant crack formed near the center of the Pine Island Glacier, instead of a coastal region, where large sections are more prone to break off into chunks. Warm ocean waters seeping underneath the ice shelf caused the crack to grow underneath the surface of the glacier . The finding has researchers worried this rift might contribute to the inevitable collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9vIj6sH-Vo The 20-mile long crack can be found in the Pine Island Glacier, located in West Antarctica . In July 2015, it was responsible for a 225-square-mile iceberg breaking off into the Pine Island Bay; now scientists believe it is nowhere near finished with its destructive potential. The development of the crack is rather unusual, originating from warm ocean waters making their way to a central valley in the ice shelf and destabilizing the area from underneath. “The really troubling thing is that there are many of these valleys further up-glacier,” said Ian Howat, an associate professor at Ohio State University and lead author of a recent study on the glacier’s activity. Related: Scientists warn rapidly-melting glacier in West Antarctica could cause serious global havoc Both Pine Island and Thwaites Glacier have integral roles in keeping the West Antarctic Ice Sheet together. Researchers predict the sheet’s collapse could cause a global rise in sea levels of anywhere between 3.4 to 10 feet. Those keeping an eye on the science may differ on their predictions of the damage, but not the fact that the ice shelf will certainly melt within the next few hundred years . “It’s generally accepted that it’s no longer a question of whether the West Antarctic Ice Sheet will melt, it’s a question of when,” said Howat in a press release . “This kind of rifting behavior provides another mechanism for rapid retreat of these glaciers, adding to the probability that we may see significant collapse of West Antarctica in our lifetimes.” Via  Mashable Image via NASA / Nathan Kurtz

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