There are few woes in our modern world that a bicycle cannot fix. Are you feeling sluggish and sedentary? Start riding your bike to work. Are you on a tight budget? Biking is far cheaper than any car or monthly subway pass. Relationship problems? Get on your bike to alleviate stress and clear your mind before saying or doing something stupid. Looking for a way to reduce your carbon emissions? Bikes, man. Bikes.
The two-wheeled machines can basically do it all, and it’s borderline bizarre that more people aren’t riding them. To better understand the situation, we sought out Paul Steely White, the executive director of New York’s Transportation Alternatives, which is an advocacy group for bicycling, walking, public transit and all things non-car. Our discussion involved the city’s upcoming bike-share program, how Hurricane Sandy gave people a glimpse of life without a subway system, the frustration of arriving at work hot and sweaty after a morning commute, and what we should expect to see in future transportation trends.
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ALF once said, “Public lawns are not like pizzas. You can’t just pick up the phone and order more.” It’s hard to ignore sage advice like this, so as a little inspiration for everyone this Earth Day, we’ve collected some of our favorite moments in TV’s ongoing environmental crusade—set to the tune of one of the greatest green episodes in history, Community‘s “Environmental Science,” featuring the rock band Greene Daye. Other appearances include: Captain Spock, Kristen Wiig, live-action dinosaurs, and Doogie Howser attending a very sick Mother Earth (played by Bette Midler in ABC’s unforgettable The Earth Day Special). Click through to watch our video, and let us know which “green” TV episode has been your own favorite in the comments!
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From 1971 to 1977, the Environmental Protection Agency asked freelance photographers to shoot images related to environmental issues that were overwhelming the turbulent ’70s. The Documerica project is a fascinating look at how various communities across America coped with the crises that plagued their small towns and big cities. While there are a fair share of disturbing moments in the striking photo series, there’s also a lot of beauty amongst the chaos. Click through to see a smoggy New York skyline that looks like sweet, perfumed death, one of the earliest electric cars, and indulge your love of dirty subway scenes.
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Operating on the theory that artists can succeed where politicians and charities have failed, the CoolClimate Art Contest challenged creatives from around the world to pool their talent to help save it.
The dramatic effects of climate change on landscape, wildlife, and weather have been well-documented; alarm bells have been sounded and monies allocated. But in the wake of weak global policies and stagnating economic debates, a passionate group of art supporters decided to go another route, soliciting powerful images that go straight to hearts and minds. The result? Over 1,000 artists from around the globe submitted their climate change-inspired works through deviantART.
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Global Inheritance is a growing network of progressive-minded citizens with well-developed artistic sides, who plan to save the world through art and music. Seriously.
The group is best known for its TRASHed: Art of Recycling campaign, in which artists transform waste bins into functional, portable galleries — a Coachella staple now expanding to Miami’s Ultra Festival and into Argentina. But there’s much more to the story — from LA’s recent (and Portland’s imminent) Environmentaland awareness pop-ups to human-powered DJ tents. Keep up — and do your part — via the Global Inheritance website.
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If you harbor any doubt that one species of fish could potentially take down an entire city’s tourism industry, take a long, sober look at the creature on the right. That’s an Asian carp, and it is terrifying. The “voracious and prolific invasive species has destroyed native fish populations and disrupted ecosystems on its 15-year march up the Illinois River,” and the Army Corps of Illinois is now faced with a decision that may include shutting the river locks into Lake Michigan… which would mean no traffic on the Chicago River, ergo no architectural boat tours. Take a peep at the city’s architectural wonders (which, ahem, will be visible on foot, regardless) after the… Read More