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Orbitz Travel & EcoTourism

Orbitz Travel
Insider Jeanenne Diefendorf shares some great tips for lightening your footprint during your summer travels: "We really want to encourage travelers, not only when they’re planning their travel, but within the course of the journey itself, to get involved. There are so many great volunteer opportunities out there, whether you want to spend a couple hours or a couple weeks."  LISTEN (8 min)

Sundance Channel CEO Larry Aidem and “The Green”

Sundance Channel President & CEO Larry Aidem stops by to herald the launch of Robert Redford’s "The Green", the first network television series devoted exclusively to environmental issues: "We’ve never been a channel that was overly concerned with style. A lot
of the folks you’re going to see are people who have enormous
credibility in this space, who really know what they’re talking about,
and are there because of that, not because they’re good-looking

With the couch serving as some Americans’ natural habitat, we’re thrilled to see the always top-quality Sundance team (now including our Treehugger buddy Simran Sethi) put together a series that will engage viewers in the joys outside their window, the wisdom of owning that car in their driveway, and the chemicals that could be in that couch that they’re sitting in.
PART ONE (11 min) PART TWO (7 min)

Frank O’Donnell helps the EPA define “success”

Clean Air Watch President Frank O’Donnell stops by to parse the EPA Chief Steve Johnson’s latest announcement on the Bush Administration’s efforts to "reduce" greenhouse gas emissions: "The bottom line is the actual volume of emissions continues to grow. The climate and the planet doesn’t care so much about intensity or rates of things, they care about  actual volume of pollution that’s effecting the climate." LISTEN (12 min)

But as is often the case in the large bureaucratic confines of the EPA
(where many career environmentalists continue to work diligently for a
green America), there is some good news as well: The EPA at long last
has proposed tougher air pollution standards for new lawnmowers and
other small engines that work off of gasoline. It’s not cars, but this
proposal would make a big impact. Of course, the tried and true method
of conservation is to crack open a beer and let your lawn grow out, in
principled defiance of nagging family members and neighbors. Tell them
EcoTalk gave you permission.

Joshua and Kristi’s Zero-Waste Wedding

Minnesota Sierra Club Organizer Joshua Houdek tells Betsy about he and his fiancee Kristi’s plans for a Zero-Waste Wedding: "We decided that we can do something for the biggest day of our lives that aligns with our values and beliefs." Joshua also reports that he thinks "he’s turning into a green wedding planner."  LISTEN (8 min)

Picture Allen Brisson-Smith New York Times

Elizabeth Kolbert: Field Notes From A Catastrophe

Elizabeth Kolbert’
s vivid, intimate accounts of climate change through the eyes of people in the Netherlands, Iceland, and Alaska were initially published in the New Yorker Magazine and later compiled in the book Field Notes from a Catastrophe. Since "Field Notes" was first published, Kolbert has written a stunning piece on ocean acidification, and has profiled one-time boy wonder of the environmental movement Amory Lovins, now 49 years old and still the eternal optimist.

PART ONE (11 min) PART TWO (7 min)

"One of Amory’s basic points is that if you don’t use energy, you’ve
found a new energy source. A barrel of oil we don’t use, is a barrel of
oil found, in a way. If we just made cars more efficient, we would
basically found the equivalent of Saudi Arabia’s oil reserves right
under Detroit."

Here Kolbert shares her thoughts on all that she’s investigated
and reported, not only on climate change but on the political and
social climate of climate change. She’s one of the most valuable
chroniclers of Our time on Earth, and we were thrilled to have her in
our Green Street studio.


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