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Lighten Up: Brandi Carlile

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Singer-songwriter featured in SHFT's first original series about greening the music industry.

Brandi Carlile, a phenomenal talent with a sense of responsibility about the way she tours, gave a private concert in Los Angeles to a small intimate group during her "Give Up The Ghost" tour. In this episode of LIGHTEN UP, we watch some great performance and gain some insight from an evolved artist who approaches her touring with an eye toward sustainability....read more

Greedy Boy

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Animated video by Kim Young Ha about a boy who can't stop himself from consuming.

Australian artist combines pen and paper, Photoshop, Flash and After Effects to create neatly rendered parable on the state of the planet today. ...read more

The Food Movement's Watershed Moment

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Why California's Proposition 37 should matter to anyone who cares about food

Over the last twenty-odd years, a new American food economy has emerged, and if you're reading this, there is a pretty good chance you are a part of it. The food shift is exemplified by the resurgence of farmers' markets and the rise of community-supported agriculture and sustainable farming. To date, however, the so-called "food movement" has yet to enter the fray of politics. That will change......read more

The Truth About Climate Change

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Legendary naturalist Richard Attenborough explains what convinced him about climate change.

In this clip, a graph attributes the rise in global temperature to human activities....read more

SXSW Eco Recap: Caring About Food is a Responsibility

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There is a lot more to food awareness than foodie blogs, explains Anna Brones

"Food is life."I have been known to say a similar thing, but when it came from the mouth of a Ugandan farmer, the words were more powerful than I could ever make them.Sitting to the right of Constance Okollet on a panel titled Food Anthropology at SXSW Eco in Austin last week, I was humbled as she emphasized what food meant to her and her community. Okollet is  peasant farmer from Osukuru......read more

Better Latte Than Never

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More facts about coffee than you can shake a donut at

OK, the chick in this may have had a bit too much sustainably, shade grown, fair trade stuff while shooting this thing. But this vid is packed with really helpful information and we like that. ...read more

4 Reasons to Get Excited About Alternative Energy

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Ethical Ocean lays out the latest developments in renewable power

We looked at the relative pros and cons of the various renewable energy sources a couple months ago. Now one of our favorite environmental nonprofits has laid out four reasons to get excited about developments in clean tech. In the Ethical Ocean article, Lena Lam espouses on the huge potential of green power: Algae fuel
 Biofuel created from algae – yes, pond scum – may soon be......read more

Authors Ignite Debate About Local Food

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Does the locavore movement do more harm than good? A new book sows seeds of discontent

Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu say they know what’s wrong with the food system: local food purists. In their new book, The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet, the husband-and-wife team (a University of Toronto geography professor and an economist) argue that the excitement over this movement is misguided to the point of having “utterly disastrous”......read more

Boylan Pop Tumblers by Green Glass Co.

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Don�t feel guilty about your next cream soda $32.50

Rescued from NYC restaurants, these bottles are kept out of landfills by transforming them into one of a kind glasses....read more

Clean Tech Investment Thriving

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Forget what you heard about clean tech being dead. A new report finds that investment in green technology is booming

Solyndra be damned. The well-publicized failure of the solar energy company is but one black mark on an industry that is actually booming. According to the 2012 edition of Clean Edge's Clean Energy Trends report, things look very bright indeed. At Co.Exist, writer Ariel Schwartz sums up the findings: 2011 was the largest year for global wind power installations ever. Wind power is projected......read more

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