Remember Beauty

It’s easy when discussing all the problems in our world to forget how beautiful and wonderful this world is.

All around us is a natural beauty that’s there, waiting for us to stumble over it at almost every turn.

As you go through your next few days, try to remember this: There is beauty all around you if you look for it. And that beauty is part of the joy of being alive — remember to look for it and find it when you can. The hard part is simply remembering to look for it.

And when your thoughts weigh you down, that beauty will remind you of the better days you’ll have up ahead.

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Black is the New Green: 10 Energy Saving Search Sites

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Black is the New Green.

At least, that’s the message of a movement sometimes referred to as Black Google.

The idea first appeared in a January 20th blog post by Mark Ontkush, where he examines how much energy could potentially be saved if Google’s background was black instead of white.

His findings? If Google, and only Google, were to change their background color to black, the world could save somewhere around 3,000 Megawatt-hours per year!

The post eventually rose to the top of Digg, and was followed up with another, and more complete, article that explains the science and the numbers behind the

How Does It Work?

Basically, computer monitors, especially the big clunky CRT monitors that take up most of your desk, consume more energy when the screen is white than when the screen is black. This has been shown to be true of CRT’s, LCD’s, and plasma displays, although the different technologies vary in power consumption.

As Ontkush points out, the savings is “a goodly amount of energy and dollars for changing a few color codes.”

So Why Aren’t All Websites Black?

So why don’t web designers just do it and save us all that energy and money? It’s been shown that people will spend more time at a site done up in warm and welcoming colors than they will one that is primarily dark. What it comes down to is changing peoples’ expectations about how their screen should look.

Adjusting peoples’ expectations is always a difficult thing, but what if we began in the office instead of on he web? In the world of corporate and government organizations, where most of us sit at least 40 hours a week, we use the computer on ‘their’ terms. What would happen if these organizations simply started defaulting the screen to black instead of white?

What You Can Do NOW.

So what do we do while we’re waiting for the corporate IT guru’s to make our screens more environmentally friendly? We can begin changing our own expectations. As with anything habit forming, we’re best off starting small. Several alternative Google search pages use Google’s search technology on a dark screen. Personalized search site,, even offers a Firefox search add-on.

Social Networking sites now offer the ability change your preferences; why not change your color scheme? Sites like Twitter and MySpace, and Facebook actually encourage customization.

These are little things when we compare our impact to that of Google, but little things add up. The only way to save the energy, the money, and the environmental impact, is if we each make the choice.

Alternative Google search sites:

[via ecoIron blog]

  1. Darkoogle, uses a black background with green text.
  2. Earthle
  3. GreenerGle
  4. Greygle, uses a grey background.
  5. Google Black, is a website hosted by the Google-owned blogspot, however the search results are not in black.
  6. Jabago, uses a black background and allows for searching in many languages.
  7. Ninja
  8. Power Google
  9., an older site that supports Google colored searches since its onset. The default color is black.
  10. Trek Black

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Futurama Global Warming Episodes

We get a lot of people coming to the site searching for links to Futurama’s episodes on Global Warming. In order to make it easier for those people to find what they’re looking for, here’s a page that contains links to the episodes we could find:

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Oh, and Happy Birthday to…


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Before the month is out I just wanted to slip in a hearty ‘Three Cheers’, ‘for-you’re-all-jolly-good-fellows’ type greeting for little ole TreeHugger. Yep, we’ve successful navigated through the Terrible Twos and moved right on, without even celebrating our momentous Third Birthday. The other day we ranked 20th out of some 75,000,000 other blogs, so guess we can take that as our pressie. Thanks to you, our loyal readers, for coming to the never-ending party. Bring your friends, we’ve still got plenty of optimism in the fridge. In the partying words of our founder, Graham Hill, RKNRL!

Happy Birthday and here’s hoping for many more! Great site, and great work!

Go out and have some organic ice cream and cake – and don’t blow out the candles, use their light to clean up by so you don’t have to turn the lights on!

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Greenpeace training a new set of Environmental Leaders

“We’re putting congress on the hot seat

because we want them to put the issue of

global warming on the front burner”

Check this video to get a good look at the next generation of environmental leaders in America.The video was prepared as part of a training program organized and led by Greenpeace in association with Seventh Generation.According to the website for the training event (called ChangeIt ’07)

The Change It program is an all-expenses-paid week of grassroots educational training in Washington, D.C., July 20 to 26, led by the experts from Greenpeace and other progressive organizations. Building on last year’s success, the program will teach 200 dedicated full- and part-time students, ages 18 to 24, how to take on the toughest global challenges of our time.

Change It provides an opportunity for student leaders already committed to protecting the environment, leading social change and taking action to learn the skills and tools they need to become effective leaders. Students will emerge from the program ready to engage in the efforts necessary to prevent global warming and address the most critical issues facing their generation.

Just so no one feels like they need to wait until they’re older before they can put their training skills to work, just remember that Martin Luther King was only 26 years old when Rosa Parks refused to give her seat up to a white man and Martin became the leader of the movement that gathered around her. He went on to win the Nobel peace Prize at age 35.

Young people can change the world if they have the right motivation, energy and training. Good luck to all of them.

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