We hit the 5,000 Mark for Power Shift!!!!

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We have registered over 5,000 young voters to champion for clean renewable energy and green jobs on Capitol Hill. November 2-5. Join us! powershift07.org

image by: Christine Irvine

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Daffy's New Ad Campaigns on Child Labor

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Makes me wonder if Daffy's is on the Offense or Defense.

photo snapped from my cell phone in mid-town Manhattan.

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This is my letter to Mayor Greg Nickels of Seattle. He became the 51st and current mayor on January 1, 2002. He recently launched Seattle Climate Action Now, a grassroots campaign encouraging everyone in the Seattle area to reduce global warming pollution at home, on the road and in their neighborhoods. He also spearheaded the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, an accord signed by over 600 US cities committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

I'll be writing and meeting with mayors from many cities throughout 2007-2008 in order to bridge climate change action happening on university and city-level.
Click on the letter to enlarge and feel free to adapt your own letter from it.

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Dear Thomas Friedman,

With all your articles on scaling up environmental action, broadening the environmental voice, and voting for the right people in government (October 21, Save the Planet: Vote Smart; October 17, The Green Collar Solution; October 10, Generation Q) - I hope that you will participate and join us November 2-5 for Power Shift 07.

This November 5th, the largest grassroots engagement with Congress on global warming to date, will be led not by Al Gore or paid lobbyists, but by thousands of young voters under the banner of the 1Sky Campaign and
Power Shift 07 - the first-ever national youth summit united to solve the climate crisis. Power Shift 07 is slated to be an historic event, as this will be the first time in history that young people will be testifying to the government on global warming (and in so many numbers).

5,000 young people, representing all 50 states and over 300 Congressional districts, will flock to University of Maryland and Capitol Hill for the
Power Shift 07 training sessions, rally, and lobby day. We have secured meetings with 100% of the Senate and 75% of the House of Representatives. The young voters will pledge for the following:

- 5 million green jobs conserving 20% of our energy by 2015


- Cut 80% of our carbon emissions by 2050 and 30% by 2020


- Moratorium on coal fire power plants and no new nukes

The lack of leadership in our nation's energy policy and the "War Against Global Warming" is appalling. In times like these, we need true leaders. Perhaps with the lack of leadership though, comes greater momentum for change. That's how I view Power Shift - a Phoenix rising from the ashes. And I'm happy to report that we HAVE found true leaders who have risen to the challenge...


We just happen to look at them everyday in our mirrors.


Sincerely,

Summer Rayne Oakes, age 23

Cornell University graduate - Natural Resources/Entomology/Geographic Information Systems


Communications Representative for Power Shift 07

powershift07.org

letter sent to editorial@nytimes.com on October 26, 2007

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Lord B. strutting it on the runway in Les Racines du Ciel.
He thinks it is so cool how the silk dress is dyed by earth and potatoes.

Lord B. coiffed and poised on the EFS Posters. Stay tuned for Paris' Next Top Parrot.
With three floors of ethical fashion, Lord B had his work cut out for him.
(He mainly hung out with the ladies backstage though).
Lord B's Bag of Choice: Nahui Ollin
Lord B. looking pretty on the gift bags.
Lord B. jams to the bluegrass music.
Lord B. looking bootyliscious from behind
Lord B. approves of the sexy librarian look.
Lord B. hamming it up with Isham and the girls from Brazil.
That dirty bird sure does get around.
Lord B. watches on as hair gets done backstage.
Lord B. takes a nap on my shoulder.
Lord B. approves of the fair trade Veja sneaker. Green please.

This is one parrot's quest for ethical fashion. Year after year he comes back to Paris for the premiere event on all things eco and stylish - The Ethical Fashion Show. This year was no exception. What does Lord B have to say? He gives it two talons up.
More to come...

Images compliments of ruelordb.eu

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Waylon and I shoot the shit in the back of ABC Carpet and Home and talk about Power Shift 07. Watch video here if you can't see it in your browser. If you want to know what I'm wearing: organic cotton/bamboo elephant top by MIKA that I picked up at Ekovaruhuset on Ludlow in NYC (10% of the profit is donated to the non-profit organization savetheelephants.org), organic cotton jeans by Loomstate and horn carved bracelet created by a Madagascar cooperative in partnership with Cruselita.

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Note to all readers: Looking for you to join me and 5,000 others in getting your voice heard on Climate Change.

This November 5th, the largest grassroots engagement with Congress on global warming to date, will be led not by Al Gore or paid lobbyists, but by thousands of young voters under the banner of the 1Sky Campaign and
Power Shift 07 - the first-ever national youth summit united to solve the climate crisis. Power Shift 07 is slated to be an historic event, as this will be the first time in history that young people will be testifying to the government on global warming.

5,000 young people, representing all 50 sates and over 300 Congressional districts, will flock to University of Maryland and Capitol Hill for the Power Shift 07 training sessions, rally, and lobby day
.


The young voters will pledge for the following:

- 5 million green jobs conserving 20% of our energy by 2015

- Cut 80% of our carbon emissions by 2050 and 30% by 2020

- Moratorium on coal fire power plants

- No new nukes


The day has already been featured on CNN, The Nation, and The NY Times - the latter in response to Thomas Friedman's article calling the Millennial generation, "Generation Q" for "Generation Quiet." View our responses here.

Register to come to Power Shift today and wee the video to see what Mr. T. has to say about it.


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Image shot by: Lois Anshus; As seen in the Premiere issue of S4. Bamboo knit dress by Lara Miller; sustainably-harvested wooden bracelets by a.d. schwarz

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NBC 1: Eco-Fashion - The Word on the Street

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I was recently interviewed by NBC 1 for their eco-fashion segment. The Channel is focused on teens, so I love how they got a bunch of students in on the conversation. In this interview I'm sporting a bamboo knit top by Avita and organic cotton jeans by Loomstate.

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There's been a lot of oddities and goodies happening in and around the "green" fashion scene as of late. I had the opportunity to participate in 4 ethical fashion shows this year and a host of great cause-related programs.

Check out my Top 10 List of the latest gossip, cool events, and personal vignettes I've come across during my travels for this past September's feature at grist.org and I'll be sure to give you the scoop on all the shows.

Check out images of Seattle Fashion week here and here, which featured looks from Future Fashion, Thieves, Sling&Stones, Lizzie Parker, and others. Ekovaruhuset also hit off the stage in the Norwegian House in NYC. Ethical Fashion Show (Paris) images to come at a later date.


Photo compliments of: David Streams, Seattle Fashion Week 07

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at home in Pennsylvania

One fallen leaf cannot replace the beauty of autumn.

My flight from Paris to NY had been canceled, which left me stranded in France. Drag, right? I got the chance to meet and have dinner with two great couples that I normally wouldn't have had otherwise, (we're planning to rendezvous back in NY some time soon); had a chance to catch up on some e-mails; composed some Power Shift 07 invite letters to Mayors of various cities, which I'll send out on Monday; and just got an opportunity to take a quick jaunt down the boulevard. It was actually the first sunny day since I've been here. What a difference a little sun makes! How grey paris is otherwise!


The street here is lined with tall stands of sycamore. There seems to be no autumn in the city - not like what we have in the Northeast. Even though, a littering of browned and brittle leaves huddle together on the sides of the walkways, as is to hide from the tromping feet of fellow passerbys.

I shuffled

Unconsciously through a trailing pile of leaves.

Crunch, whoosh, crunch.

It was the same sound my feet would make through the wooded trails behind my house on a cool October day. I can easily count it as one of my favorite sounds in the world. The sweet scent of soil mixed with red maple, sweet birch, and glistening inky caps would fill my lungs with each passing step. If I were lucky, I would find a big yellow sugar maple leaf to take home with me, and press it between the pages of my old Rodale herb book.

The extra day in Paris was worth it, if only for just that memory.

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Just goes to show you that even serious people can have fun too. Here's the team: Randy, Amanda, Tom, Rob, Andy, Summer Rayne, Ross, Debbie, Sherrie, Leslie, Dave, Deborah, Dustin, and Adrian


MONOCHROMATIC LIGHT


THROUGH THE CHANNELS
KHUTZ BAY

THE GRIZZLIES OF MUSSEL BAY

SUN FIRE IN THE SKY

Kermode Bears & Kin
The Black Bear of Gribble Island


WHALES & WATER
Dall's porpoises playing in the surf


Photos compliments of: Andrew Wright for Cold-Coast.com

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