Entries in The Cottage (202)
This is a great little video on the true costs of gasoline. One thing they left out is that the U.S. also heavily subsidizes oil companies, which keeps the price artificially lower than it really is.
PepsiCo and Coca-Cola will modify the caramel coloring in their sodas to avoid a cancer warning label that a new California law requires when drinks contain a certain amount of carcinogens.
Maybe next they'll go back to real sugar instead of GMO corn syrup?
Via ABC News
KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.
HOW TO HELP KONY 2012:
Donate to Invisible Children: causes.com/donatekony2012
Sign the Pledge: causes.com/konypledge
Grant Oyston is a sociology and political science student that is concerned that KONY 2012 may bot be such a great idea. You can check out his blog at visiblechildren.tumblr.com.
By Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation - via Huffington Post
When we look at the state of the world today, we see a mixed picture. Rapid innovation in an increasingly connected society is transforming the way we work, play, and live. But we also see global economic woes, civic unrest, and political stalemates. As a result, social issues that challenge communities both domestically and globally are becoming more urgent and interconnected. Meanwhile, those of us charged with finding or funding solutions to chronic social challenges -- philanthropy, government, nonprofits -- seem to be moving too slowly and often operating with the same set of tools, concepts, and cautions of the generations before us. If we're going to keep up with the rapid pace of change and the daunting volume and complexities of these challenges, we must rethink traditional models. The old way of doing things is simply no longer effective in this new world. It's time for us to be bold, act with urgency, and resist the tendency to let caution be our guide. It's time for us to Be Fearless.
Have we used up all our resources? Have we filled up all the livable space on Earth? Paul Gilding suggests we have, and the possibility of devastating consequences, in this TED talk that's equal parts terrifying and, oddly, hopeful.
Today's Meatless Monday recipe comes from Arielle Silver:
To tell the truth, this soup is as much about the potatoes and seiten as it is about the radishes, and in that way I am very happy. I see this as a sign that radishes have fully integrated themselves into my life. Radishes have moved in and set up shop.
With this chowder I was going for something akin to New England clam chowder. Sans clams. And cream. And butter. So this, my friends, is a really easy recipe that is thick and substantial, yet heart-healthy. The only part that might trip you up a little is the seitan, so check out my note on that below and don’t let it stop you from making this. Hell, you can even skip the seitan if you like, it’s still a thick and wonderful chowder.
Most of us know by now that there's really no such thing as "clean coal." It's an incredibly dirty and hazardous source of energy. We won't get off coal all at once, but great progress is being made. Since 2010, the Beyond Coal campaign has secured plans for retirements from more than 100 coal plants and clean energy sources like wind and solar are rapidly taking their place.
All the cool kids today are on Pinterest. And since we like looking at cool stuff as much as the next guy/gal, we decided to make a FearLess page. We'll try to keep it updated with everything we're up to. Check it out!