Polar Bears International

12/27/2012 10:48:45 PM

Good News Friday, Dec. 28, 2012

It's Friday and we want to share some good news. There's a lot of doom and gloom out there regarding climate change--and there should be. It's a serious problem that we all need to be taking action on.

But on Fridays, we like to highlight some of the good news, and focus on what people and communities are doing right now to reduce their carbon footprint.

  • 3M has developed a see-through film that turns ordinary windows into solar panels. It will go on sale next year. Wouldn't it be great to turn the windows you already have into solar panels? "An average person could go to the store, buy some of this, and then bring it home and install it themselves," said Yasuhiro Aoyagi, a senior manager in the company's construction markets division.
  • Another small European country has gone green. The Flemish region of Belgium boasts the highest waste diversion rate in Europe. Almost three-fourths of the residential waste produced in the region is reused, recycled, or composted.
  • We love it when anyone divests from fossil fuels, and now it looks to be on the horizon for Seattle. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn sent a letter to the city's two chief pension funds last week, formally requesting that they "refrain from future investments in fossil fuel companies and begin the process of divesting our pension portfolio from those companies."
  • The Obama administration's proposed rule to control greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants — the first ever — could go far toward closing out the era of old-fashioned coal-burning power generation. The draft rule, unveiled on Tuesday by Lisa P. Jackson, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, would limit carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants to 1,000 pounds per megawatt-hour.
  • Today is the last day to enter our "Green Your Holidays" contest at My Planet, My Part. We love these polar bear and melting snowmen cookies from Michelle Winslow. She wrote, "Who doesn't love homemade cookies and icing made from scratch? This year I incorporated a special message into my cookies, melted smowmen and polar bears as a reminder that we need to reduce our carbon emissions to prevent sea ice from melting in an effort to save the polar bears. Make ever decision count and reduce your carbon footprint in everything you do." 

There's just a few days left to get your end-of-the year donation in to PBI. It's a tax write-off for you and a boost to polar bears.

Have a great weekend!

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