Culture & Celebrity

By on September 2nd, 2009

The Age of Stupid is the new movie from Director Franny Armstrong (McLibel) and producer John Battsek (One Day In September). Pete Postlethwaite stars as a man living alone in the devastated future world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance? It was released in UK cinemas on 20 March 2009, and will be followed by other countries.

Visit ageofstupid.net for more info.

By on November 7th, 2008

Each week millions upon millions of exuberant human beings head out of their houses and into nightclubs to expend large amounts of energy on the dancefloor. Whilst it may not be the pastime of everyone there’s no denying this a powerful resource. Could it really be possible to harness this energy and help save the planet? One person believes so and on Thursday 10th July in King’s Cross, Dr.Earth challenged club promoters the world over to embrace a greener future.

Club4Climate, the parent company owned by Andrew Charalambos launched Surya in King’s Cross, London as the UK’s first ecological club to create a green print for others to follow. Surya itself goes beyond the concept of sustainability and into the realm of ecology. It generates surplus energy and recognizes the need to engender a ‘gentle revolution’ which can include millions and not the few (as can be seen in this ten point manifesto outlined by Dr. Earth which can

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be easily adopted by bars, clubs and pubs all over the world).

Surya is only the second ecological club on the planet, a flagship venture and a pioneer of ecological excellence. The club has an energy, self-generating dancefloor which by combining materials such as quartz crystals, ceramics, cutting edge technology and the dancing motion of clubbers generates enough energy to power up to 50% of the clubs energy requirements. A wind turbine and a solar energy system makes the club 100% fully sustainable. Its advanced alternative energy system is so effective that it will produce a surplus of electricity which is freely donated to the private residents closest to the building. The club has also installed the latest air flush, waterless urinals and low flush toilets, as well as automatic taps to ensure maximum water saving. Even the air conditioning units are ecological.

There is no greater universal language that unites people than music and no greater convergence of the diversity of peoples which populate our planet than the international clubbing circuit. Working against climate change is not only duty but can be serious fun and club4climate and Surya provide a platform to dance towards a greener future.

Website: www.club4climate.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/drearthclub4climate

YouTube: www.youtube.com/club4climate

Dr. Earth’s 25 greener steps: http://www.club4climate.com/25steps/

By on October 20th, 2008


David Suzuki and Flick Off rounded up the tour in Ottawa in collaboration with music group the Constantine’s. David Suzuki talked about issues concerning environment and politics and the role we play in the future of our planet.

By on September 27th, 2008

Each year, International Car Free Day is celebrated in more than 1,500 cities around the world. The Parking and Sustainable Transportation Office has organized once again a wide variety of activities to promote sustainable transportation and a cleaner environment, all the while making the University of Ottawa community aware of the effects of our dependency on cars.

Through the day, there was music, a free bicycle repair workshop, an information fair, electric bike demonstrations, a farmers’ market, a free store, games and a FREE barbecue sponsored by the Office of Risk Management.

During this event you were also able to donate your old mountain bike to “Bicycles for Humanity”.

By on September 7th, 2008

Paramore (Photo: Frank Micelotta)

September 7th 2008. The MTV Video Music Awards was featuring a bunch of great artists such as Pink, Kid Rock, Paramore and T-Pain, once again proving to be a big hit for the music industry and bringing in many celebrities.

T-Pain (Photo: Shaheem Reid/MTV News)

What we really liked here at talkgreen was the eco-friendly side of some artists and more precisely Paramore and T-Pain who came to the party in Smarts unlike Tokio Hotel who got there in a monster truck.

I’m coming to the VMAs. Everybody is doing the same thing, Pain explained. I need to get my differ-rench-ee-ality on. I got to make sure I come correct. Correct!

I gotta find something that’s really gonna have me looking correct, he continued. Everybody is pulling up in the same kinda car. I figure, why not come to my spot?

 

Tokio Hotel (Photo: Fank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Let’s just say T-Pain’s got a “Pimped out Ride”. Burning orange paint with matching rims. That’s how you drive cool the eco-friendly way.

Thumbs up for T-Pain and Paramore.

If you want more details on the event you can go to MTV.com and watch some videos of the award ceremony.

By on August 12th, 2008

The Osisko Festival held in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada this weekend was a great success with its best attendance ever. Featuring one of the 70’s biggest band “CCR” and Canadian Pop Rock Artist David Usher the crowd was going crazy.

We recently wrote about the Ottawa Bluesfest going green and I’m very happy to once again be able to talk to you about another green festival. Ok this festival may not be as big as the Ottawa Bluesfest but the organizers of these events sure are doing a great job at keeping an environmentally friendly aspect. Every few meters on the site you could find a container separating cans and bottles, recyclables and garbage. Also, volunteers were doing a very good job at keeping these containers usable by regularly emptying them.

These photos show volunteers sorting out the empty cans and loading them into the Pepsi truck.

Keep up the good work Osisko!



By on August 12th, 2008

The Osisko Festival held in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada this weekend was a great success with its best attendance ever. Featuring one of the 70’s biggest band “CCR” and Canadian Pop Rock Artist David Usher the crowd was going crazy.

We recently wrote about the Ottawa Bluesfest going green and I’m very happy to once again be able to talk to you about another green festival. Ok this festival may not be as big as the Ottawa Bluesfest but the organizers of these events sure are doing a great job at keeping an environmentally friendly aspect. Every few meters on the site you could find a container separating cans and bottles, recyclables and garbage. Also, volunteers were doing a very good job at keeping these containers usable by regularly emptying them.

These photos show volunteers sorting out the empty cans and loading them into the Pepsi truck.

Keep up the good work Osisko!



By on July 21st, 2008

No, it’s not time for St. Patty’s day yet, but there is reason for celebration.

Several major brewing companies have been doing their part for the environment by developing and marketing organic beer. These new eco-friendly beers are becoming a big business for many major breweries around the world. Take for instance, Anheuser-Busch’s (Budweiser, Beck’s, Busch) newly developed “Stone Mill Organic Ale” beer;

“uses 100 percent organic hops and 100 percent organic barley malt, certified by the United States Department of Agriculture and the independent organic organization, Quality Assurance International (QAI). QAI is an accredited certifying agent under the USDA’s National Organic Program”

According to their website (http://www.stonemillpaleale.com), they recycle over 97% of all solid waste associated with making their beer. Anheuser-Busch is not the only company jumping on the organic bandwagon, the MillerCoors Company has also developed their own organic beer. Henry Weinhard’s Organic Amber Premium Ale is certified 95% organic, and is USDA certified.

That being said, it is important to keep in mind the fossil-fuel consumption and gas emissions related to the major brewing companies shipping these brands. That is why it is suggested that eco-friendly beer drinkers stick to local microbreweries as much as possible.

Cheers!