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Sustainability Photos of the Year

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Contenders for the 2011 Prix Pictet, the world's leading prize for environmental photography, to exhibit in Paris next month.

In three short years, the Prix Pictet has become the global prize for excellence in environmental photography, assembling some of the most powerful images of sustainability (or lack thereof) from around the world. The theme for this year's competition is Growth, which organizers call "one of the great conundrums facing humanity in the early decades of the 21st century." True enough. The winner......read more

Mitchell Flexo

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Mitchell grew up in Redding, CA and graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2009 with a major in Global Studies and a minor in Spanish. He is a current Santa Barbara-ite and all around dilettante, working as a sustainable entrepreneur as owner of a vegetable gardening business and moonlights as a writer for SHFT. Mitch’s upcoming move to the eco-geek mecca of San Francisco in January of next......read more

Young Farmers: Mitch

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With his gardening business thriving, Mitch discusses what planting means to him

In this episode of Young Farmers, we visit with young gardening enthusiast and erstwhile SHFT contributor Mitchell Flexo, whose experience in college ignited his eco ideals, not to mention his curiosity about growing food. With no childhood planting experience, Mitch was left to his own devices in transforming his yard into a garden. Now, he has his own little gardening business, helping......read more

Lisa Mitchell, "Clean White Love"

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Aussie songstress gets a lovely vid courtesy of director Vanessa Casswill

This is a couple of years old, but it's new to us and it's got a naive feel good vibe that goes well with summertime. "Clean White Love" comes off the 2009 album Wonder by 21-year old Australian singer-songwriter Lisa Mitchell. The bit was directed by Vanessa Casswill and shot in the UK on the Isle of White. "Clean White Love is a about the divine clean white light that comes through......read more

Renewable Energy Report Card

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Mitchell Flexo on the relative pros and cons of clean energy sources

After our look at the major fossil fuels -- coal, oil, nuclear, and natural gas, which account for close to 90% of American energy production -- we know the pros and cons of each source of dirty energy. Now let's take a look at some renewable energy sources and see how they grade out. These sources account for about 10% of our energy production. HydroelectricityHydro is considered to be a......read more

Non-Renewable Energy Report Card

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Is all dirty energy created equal? Mitch Flexo dishes out eco report cards for non-renewable power

As stated in The Energy Manifesto, energy accounts for more than its fair share of greenhouse gas emissions, so it's of paramount importance in the grand scheme of tackling climate change. The answer of course is a massive shift to renewable energy, but I'm fairly certain when I wake up tomorrow morning we will be nowhere near to meeting our energy demands from renewable sources. If, for now,......read more

The Meat Question

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Can you eat meat with a clear environmental conscience? Mitchell Flexo puts the query to pasture

What you eat matters. Not only for your health, but for the health of the environment too. As more people begin to realize the seriousness of the climate change issue they are looking for ways they can make a difference. What we eat has a huge effect on the climate. So let's take a fork and knife to the omnivore/vegetarian/vegan debate and and see what it's all about.The conventional system of......read more

Delorean "Unhold" feat. Caroline Polachek

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Trippy visuals shot by director Eric Epstein in a New York sculpture park

Barcelona electro-pop act Delorean have delivered a video for "Unhold," starring guest vocalist Caroline Polachek of Chairlift. The clip was shot on location at the Opus 40, a 6 1/2 acre bluestone sculpture park built over the course of four decades by one man, Harvey Fite. There's an odd aura about the place, and director Eric Epstein adds to it with a trippy warping effect that stretches......read more

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