Earth day http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4257/all en-US 5 Stocks to Buy If You Love the Earth http://www.wisebread.com/5-stocks-to-buy-if-you-love-the-earth <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-stocks-to-buy-if-you-love-the-earth" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-470145114.jpg" alt="buy these stocks if you love the earth and money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Socially responsible investing (SRI) isn't a new concept, but it's an increasingly popular one in a world focused more on sustainability. The &quot;green&quot; subsection of SRI is environmentally-conscious investing, geared towards investment in companies that promote environmental stewardship. Think clean energy, sustainable resources, infrastructure, waste management, even consulting services.</p> <p>Rolling in green doesn't have to mean a choice between fields or bills. You now can do both, all at once if you prefer. We picked five funds that successfully blend environmentally-conscious investments with performance.</p> <p>(A note on tracking the performance of your &quot;green&quot; investments: Different sectors often use specialized indices to benchmark performance within their niche. Keep that in mind when choosing how to allocate your portfolio.)</p> <h2>1. Pax World Global Environmental Markets Fund [MUTF: PGRNX]</h2> <p>Beloved by the environmental community and investors alike, the Pax World Global Environmental Markets Fund focuses on long-term growth in sustainable investing. The fund evaluates financials along with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) analysis on its holdings, carefully balancing a stringent set of criteria to evaluate investments. And it's paid off. The fund has outperformed global market benchmarks, has an average five-year return of <a href="http://paxworld.com/funds/pax-world-mutual-funds/global-environmental-markets-fund" target="_blank">10.77 percent</a>, and Morningstar gives it a <a href="http://www.morningstar.com/funds/XNAS/PGRNX/quote.html" target="_blank">three-star rating</a>. Plus, it's fossil-fuel free.</p> <h2>2. Guggenheim Solar ETF [NYSEARCA: TAN]</h2> <p>Guggenheim Investments' Guggenheim Solar ETF (with a very easy to remember ticker symbol) is an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/exchange-traded-funds-the-low-fee-investment-option-you-dont-know-about?ref=internal" target="_blank">exchange-traded fund</a> perfect for the investor who loves solar energy. The fund invests in solar energy-related segments across the industry, from supplies and lighting to raw materials and installers.</p> <h2>3. Pattern Energy Group Inc Class A [NASDAQ: PEGI]</h2> <p>Pattern Energy Group focuses on independent energy producers, with a specialization in wind and solar renewable energy. Pattern's newest wind farm is an impressive 150 acres, and it's not just the size that's impressive. The wind farm will generate 100 percent of the electricity for Amazon Web Services. PEGI outperformed its peers over a three year period. A lackluster 2014 for the independent energy sector overall hurt performance stats against the S&amp;P 500, but the gains since then are impressive, and PEGI's potential for future earnings looks bright.</p> <h2>4. Etho Climate Leadership U.S. ETF [NYSEARCA: ETHO]</h2> <p>Here's an ETF that focuses on industry leaders with small carbon footprints. ETHO is &quot;the first diversified index ETF that <a href="http://www.ethoetf.com/fund/" target="_blank">avoids fossil fuel companies</a> and the first public investment product to select equities based primarily on an assessment of an equity's carbon footprint.&quot; Etho Capital, the fund manager, also provides the Etho Climate Leadership Index [ECLI], a performance benchmark for companies with the smallest carbon footprints in their industries.</p> <h2>5. Ameresco [NYSE: AMRC]</h2> <p>Ameresco focuses on asset sustainability and renewable energy resources, providing performance contracting and consulting. Helping government entities reduce energy bills helps in part to pay for the work, and they're growing rapidly. Ameresco surged past earnings predictions for 2016, and the company plans to build on that in 2017. A growing demand for services should help them on their path.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/erin-c-oneil">Erin C. O&#039;Neil</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-stocks-to-buy-if-you-love-the-earth">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/socially-responsible-investing-goes-green">Socially Responsible Investing Goes Green</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-simple-guide-to-socially-responsible-investing">A Simple Guide to Socially Responsible Investing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-the-planet-work-at-home">Save the Planet: Work at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-start-green-investing">5 Easy Ways to Start Green Investing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cut-your-electric-bill-with-solar-panels">Cut Your Electric Bill With Solar Panels</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Investment clean energy Earth day eco-friendly stocks environment renewable energy socially responsible investing solar SRI Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:00:08 +0000 Erin C. O'Neil 1928276 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Are Your Green Goals? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-green-goals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-green-goals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/recycle-4430183-small.jpg" alt="recycle" title="recycle" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-green-goals#comment-627822">Rebecca</a>, Ashley, and Jennifer for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>A few weeks ago, we asked you about the green habits you already have. We got a lot of solid, tried-and-true green practices and many creative ones, too. This week, in honor of Earth Day &mdash; coming up on Monday, April 22! &mdash; we want to know what lifestyle changes you want to make to be even <em>more</em> earth friendly.</p> <p><b>What are your green goals?</b> Do you want to be more efficient with what you already do, or is there something else you'd like to try? What are the obstacles to reaching your green goals?</p> <p>Tell us about your green goals and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> <a id="rc-79857d28" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d28/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, April 22nd at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after April 22nd on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about your green goals and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-green-goals">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-honestly-follow-a-budget-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Do You Honestly Follow a Budget? (Chance to win $20)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-money-advice-are-you-sick-of-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: What Money Advice are You Sick Of? (Chance to Win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-care-for-your-pet-affordably">Ask the Readers: How Do You Care For Your Pet Affordably?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-would-people-be-shocked-by-what-you-earn">Ask the Readers: Would People Be Shocked By What You Earn?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers Earth day green Tue, 16 Apr 2013 10:36:33 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 973428 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Celebrate Earth Day http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-celebrate-earth-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-celebrate-earth-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3426979084_6fd2554016.jpg" alt="Clouds and Sky" title="Clouds and sky" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Earth Day is a day when businesses and individuals show their commitment to preserving the environment and promoting sustainability around the globe. The idea for the occasion came to U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson after observing the devastation following the Santa Barbara Oil Spill in 1969 (it was the largest oil spill in the U.S. at that time, and is the third-largest after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon and 1989 Exxon Valdez spills). Senator Nelson was inspired by anti-Vietnam War protests to create another movement, this one focused on engaging the public in caring about the preservation of air and water quality. Nelson recruited Harvard graduate student Denis Hayes as national coordinator of the Earth Day campaign.</p> <p>The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, and it was marked by some 20 million Americans demonstrating in enormous rallies from coast to coast. The occasion was unique in its support from both Democrats and Republicans, rich and poor, union workers and corporate leaders alike. The first day is credited with paving the way for the creation of the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/">U.S. Environmental Protection Agency</a> in December 1970 and the passage of the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/air/caa/">Clean Air</a>, <a href="http://www.epa.gov/regulations/laws/cwa.html">Clean Water</a>, and <a href="http://www.epa.gov/regulations/laws/esa.html">Endangered Species Acts.</a></p> <p>Following the celebration of the first Earth Day, Denis Hayes founded the <a href="http://www.earthday.org/">Earth Day Network</a> to promote environmental education, further environmental policies, organize national and local Earth Day events, and promote activism and environmental protection. In honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the Earth Day Network created multiple worldwide initiatives that succeeded in rallying the support of 1.5 billion people in 170 countries. Learn more about the initiatives for Earth&nbsp;Day 2011 on the official <a href="http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2011">Earth&nbsp;Day website</a>.&nbsp;</p> <h2>How to Celebrate Earth Day</h2> <p>Perhaps you are a committed environmentalist who wastes nothing. Perhaps you have never cared, or thought, about your impact on the environment before. Or perhaps, like me, you are somewhere in between. Whatever the case, you can do something to show your commitment to preserving the environment and learning more about sustainability. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-the-planet-work-at-home">Save the Planet: Work at Home</a>)</p> <h3>Give Money</h3> <p><a href="http://www.earthday.org/donate">Donate</a> to the Earth Day Network or other causes related to sustainability and the environment. One cause close to my own heart is <a href="http://www.earth-usa.org/">EARTH University</a> in Costa Rica, which promotes sustainability in the tropics (I studied in Costa Rica during my undergraduate days and worked on a marketing project for EARTH). Find something close to your own heart related to the environment or sustainability, and help that organization achieve its goals with a show of support.</p> <h3>Commit to Protect the Environment</h3> <p>Whether you do it publicly by pledging it through the Earth Day Network&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2011">A Billion Acts of Green</a>&reg; or by simply adding a &ldquo;take the recycling out&rdquo; line to your family&rsquo;s chore chart, every bit helps. Try making a small pledge to act this Earth Day, and follow through.</p> <h3>Take Action in Your Community</h3> <p>Check out your community events calendar for Earth Day activities, or take a look at this <a href="http://www.epa.gov/earthday/events.htm">map of Earth&nbsp;Day events</a> to find ones in your area.</p> <h3>Think Politics</h3> <p>The first Earth Day led to the passage of several critical pieces of environmental legislation. Continue that trend by researching environmentally friendly legislation that you believe in and writing your congressman or congresswoman this Earth Day. If you agree with the proposed <a href="http://www.efficiencyfirst.org/home-star/">HOME STAR</a> green energy jobs bill currently in the Senate, <a href="http://action.earthday.net/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=4657">sign the online petition</a> urging the passage of that bill.</p> <h3>Take Action in Your Own Home</h3> <p>In addition to making a pledge to act, try adjusting your lifestyle in small ways to conserve energy, reuse, and recycle. Fortunately for you, Wise Bread reader (and frugal genius extraordinaire), using less of anything also often translates into saving money. Try these tips for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stay-warm-this-winter-without-turning-up-the-heat">using less heat</a> or these for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-reuse-common-household-items">reusing common household items</a> we often throw away.</p> <h2>Learn More About Green Living and Sustainability</h2> <p>Intrigued by the concept of sustainability? The following websites are great resources for learning more about it:</p> <ul> <li>Environmental Protection Agency&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.epa.gov/sustainability/basicinfo.htm">Definition of Sustainability</a></li> <li>The <a href="http://www.gogreeninitiative.org/">Go Green Initiative</a></li> <li>The <a href="http://www.cleanwateramericaalliance.org/">Clean Water America Alliance</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.earthshare.org/">EarthShare.org</a></li> </ul> <p><em>How are you going to celebrate Earth Day this year? What environmental causes are important to you? Share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janey-osterlind">Janey Osterlind</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-celebrate-earth-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-use-old-newspaper">17 Ways to Use Old Newspaper</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-we-keep-buying-that-are-killing-the-planet">8 Things We Keep Buying That Are Killing the Planet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-i-just-won-t-do-to-save-money">10 Things I Just Won’t Do to Save Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-game-over">Book review: Game Over</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Green Living Earth day environmental protection green living sustainability Fri, 22 Apr 2011 10:24:05 +0000 Janey Osterlind 528968 at http://www.wisebread.com Save the Planet: Work at Home http://www.wisebread.com/save-the-planet-work-at-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/save-the-planet-work-at-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000009596496.jpg" alt="Telecommute" title="Telecommute" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If every person in the U.S. with a telecommuting-compatible job worked at home on Earth Day, collectively it would:</p> <ul> <li>Save 900 Million vehicle miles<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Save 45 Million gallons of gas &mdash; $188 Million in consumer savings<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Save 2.3 Million barrels of oil &mdash; valued at $185 Million<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Eliminate 423,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases &mdash; the equivalent of taking 77,000 cars off the road for a year<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Save 28 million kWh in net electricity &mdash; enough to power 2,600 homes for a year<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Save 775 people from traffic injury and deaths</li> </ul> <p>Less than 2% of U.S. employees work from home the majority of the time (not including the self-employed), but 40% could. If they did so just half of the time (roughly the national average for those who do), as a nation we would save over a half a trillion dollars a year and much more.</p> <p>Telecommuting &mdash; specifically, home based work &mdash; offers a relatively simple, inexpensive solution to some of the world&rsquo;s most vexing problems:</p> <ul> <li>Environmentalists applaud telecommuting because it significantly reduces greenhouse gases and energy usage.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Astute company owners support telecommuting because of the cost savings and increased productivity.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Work-life experts endorse telecommuting because it addresses the needs of families, parents, and senior caregivers.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Workforce planners see telecommuting as away to avoid the &lsquo;brain drain&rsquo; effect of retiring boomers.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Human resource professionals see telecommuting as a way to recruit and retain the best people.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Employees see telecommuting as a way to save time and money, and improve the quality of their lives.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Baby Boomers find telecommuting offers a flexible alternative to full retirement.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Gen Y&rsquo;ers see telecommuting as a way to work on their own terms.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Disabled workers, rural residents, and military families find home-based work an answer to their special needs.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Urban planners realize telecommuting can reduce traffic and revitalize cities.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Governments see telecommuting as a way to reduce highway wear and tear and alleviate the strain on our crumbling transportation infrastructure.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Organizations rely on telecommuting to ensure continuity of operations in the event of a disaster or pandemic &mdash; all federal workers are required to telecommute to the maximum extent possible for just this reason.</li> </ul> <p>It's time we made the road less traveled the way to work. Let's start with Earth Day.</p> <p><em>Editor's note: Kate Lister was the principal researcher at <a href="http://teleworkresearchnetwork.com/">TeleworkResearchNetwork.com</a></em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kate-lister">Kate Lister</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-the-planet-work-at-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-finding-legitimate-work-at-home-opportunities">Tips for Finding Legitimate Work at Home Opportunities</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-stocks-to-buy-if-you-love-the-earth">5 Stocks to Buy If You Love the Earth</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-prepare-for-your-work-at-home-gig">6 Ways to Prepare for Your Work at Home Gig</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-we-keep-buying-that-are-killing-the-planet">8 Things We Keep Buying That Are Killing the Planet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-keeping-warm">The High Cost of Keeping Warm</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Green Living Earth day environment telecommute work at home Thu, 22 Apr 2010 12:00:02 +0000 Kate Lister 38832 at http://www.wisebread.com The Dichotomy of Media Messages http://www.wisebread.com/the-dichotomy-of-media-messages <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-dichotomy-of-media-messages" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/the dichotomy of media messages.jpg" alt="TV War" title="TV War" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="373" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">I don’t watch a lot of television. When I’m not living in the bush <a href="http://freedom30.blogspot.com/2007/11/where-we-live.html" target="_blank">somewhere off the grid</a>, or <a href="http://freedom30.blogspot.com/2007/07/dont-look-down.html" target="_blank">trekking through the mountains</a>, or taking on some such nomadic adventure or another, I am usually sleeping, writing, or spending time with friends and family. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">So when I had an occasion to watch some television recently, <strong>I was horrified</strong>. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Here is how my evening went:</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>10pm:</strong> An extremely educational, inspirational, and moving show on global warming. It opened my eyes further to the very real world tragedy that will occur within our lifetimes if we don’t change our ways drastically. And I don’t mean carpooling to reduce gas use – I mean life-altering drastic changes. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">But the finer points of how the world needs to change are neither here nor there in the context of this article. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>11pm</strong> <em>on the same channel</em>: A program glamorizing the logging industry. Loggers are made out to be tough macho heroes as they rip apart forests, several trees at a time.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Hmm…do you see any mixed messages here? </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The idolization of big tough dangerous jobs like logging, mass fishing in rough seas, and even trucking seems to be a new trend in the media. And yet it is these very activities that are effectively destroying our planet, as indicated in the many environmentally based documentaries also being televised. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">And to schedule these rampantly opposing programs back to back…what on earth are they thinking?! </p> <p class="MsoNormal">Is it a method of presenting both sides of a story to the viewing audience?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Maybe this channel (which shall remain unnamed) is trying to be everything to everybody, catering to environmentally sensitive individuals who want to save the planet, as well as people watching television for mindless entertainment. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I have no doubt that the global warming show is just as over-produced and riddled with agenda as the logging show is. And maybe I am biased towards the global warming audience (heck – it’s Earth Day – I’m allowed!), but with the dichotomy of mixed messages coming from the media every day, it’s no wonder that we are continuing down a very dangerous road with our lives, our planet, and our future. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">At this rate, maybe the <a href="/2012-is-coming-what-are-you-doing-about-it" target="_blank">end of the world</a> is closer than we thought…</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-dichotomy-of-media-messages">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-greenwash-your-holiday">Don&#039;t Greenwash Your Holiday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-your-new-tires-really-6-year-old-ticking-time-bombs">Are your new tires really 6-year old ticking time-bombs?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/become-a-frequent-flyer-master-and-earn-a-free-flight-every-year">Become a Frequent Flyer Master and Earn a Free Flight Every Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-restaurant-where-you-pay-what-you-can-afford-for-the-meal">A Restaurant Where You Pay What You Can Afford For The Meal?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-remove-yourself-from-mailing-lists-and-eliminate-junk-mail">How to Remove Yourself from Mailing Lists and Eliminate Junk Mail</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation Consumer Affairs Green Living Art and Leisure Earth day global warming media messages reality tv television programming Tue, 22 Apr 2008 21:31:13 +0000 Nora Dunn 2035 at http://www.wisebread.com FREE fluorescent lightbulbs - a very bright idea http://www.wisebread.com/free-fluorescent-lightbulbs-a-very-bright-idea <p><img width="390" height="292" title="light" alt="light" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/231495251_2b8625b771.jpg" /></p> <p>It's great to see a big retailer giving back to the environment and the public. And now it's Home Depot's turn to be heroes.</p> <p>In honor of <a href="http://www.earthday.net/">Earth Day</a> (which is April 22nd if you didn't already know) <a href="http://www6.homedepot.com/ecooptions/index.html">Home Depot plans to give away over ONE MILLION compact fluorescent lightbulbs</a> to anyone who visits a U.S. store.</p> <p>This generous gift will not only make the store look very good, but it will do all sorts of good for the environment. Here are a few of the facts I garnered from the Home Depot website:</p> <p><strong>The 1,000,000 fluorescent lightbulbs being given away will result in...</strong></p> <ul> <li>$12 million savings in annual energy costs</li> <li>Reduce Carbon Dioxide emmissions by over 196 million lbs - equal to 70,000 cars being removed from the highway</li> </ul> <p><strong>But that's not all. I did some more digging, and found that the average compact fluorescent has some other great benefits...</strong></p> <ul> <li>They use 2/3 less energy than a regular bulb, so they last roughly ten times longer</li> <li>They emmit 70% less heat than ordinary bulbs - so, they're safer</li> <li>They'll save you roughly $30 or more over the life of the bulb, vs a conventional bulb</li> </ul> <p>This certainly seems to be a win-win situation from Home Depot. So run along to your local store on April 22nd and do yourself and the environment some good.</p> <p>Enlightening photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/natematias/">RubberPaw</a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-fluorescent-lightbulbs-a-very-bright-idea">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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