Category Archives: activism

Save The World

Every once in awhile, Sujal asks me what is missing from the web — what service would I like to exist on the web that doesn’t. Sometimes we sit and brainstorm about this, and by “we,” I mean him (mostly). Today, I said instead of some money-making site, ad-driven site in an ad-drive culture, what about starting SaveTheWorld.com? To which he promptly replied, he was sure it already existed.

Of course something so obvious as SaveTheWorld.com must exist, and it does. I looked up SaveTheWorld.com and SaveTheWorld.org, both bringing me to the same site about fossil fuels.

But when I tried SaveTheWorld.net, it came up with the site Grassroots.org. It looks like a really cool site with lots of info on social issues around the world. I just wanted to share my serendipitous find, since my husband cannot use the already taken idea. He loves creating sites, like the commercial music one.

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About the Kiva box to the right

If you’re considering giving money to charity this year, or if you’d just like to do some good, consider lending money to entrepreneurs around the world via Kiva. I’ve written about Kiva before, and that post included a link to a Frontline piece on the organization that you can watch online.

The box to the right features the four businesses Heidi and I have decided to lend money to. It will rotate randomly through them, highlighting the current state of each loan. Consider lending whatever you feel you can. The minimum loan amount from an individual lender is $25 and currently, Kiva has a 100% repayment rate. (It truly is a loan, though neither Kiva nor you will get any profit out of it…)

The box will remain up at least until the folks featured are fully funded or otherwise withdrawn for donations. They have dozens of other candidates around the world, so if these stories don’t get your attention, perhaps some others will.

(cross-posted to FatMixx)

Update: An undocumented feature… the box to the right automatically chooses other unfunded businesses if the one I specified is fully funded. I didn’t realize that. You can find the people I’ve funded by looking here.

Update 2: I’ve replaced the box that features businesses with a generic image ad because the kiva.org box was sometimes making the page slow to load. This one is fast and focuses on why we donated to them.

An Inconvenient Truth

Holy crap! Go see this flic. Sujal and I went to see a double feature today — more on that in the above post. The first flic we saw was An Inconvenient Truth. It was a very good documentary, and it made us sad that a). Gore will not be running again b). Bush stole the election.

In the documentary, Al Gore clearly explains global warming. I never really knew the specifics behind it nor the full impact, so it really helped me to understand more fully. At the end, I leaned over and asked Sujal what he thought about both of us selling our cars and buying one super fuel efficient vehicle. I knew he wouldn’t bee super warm to the idea, and he wasn’t. But truly, I do not need a car. I’ve been thinking about the Yaris, which gets 34/40 miles per gallon. I thought it was a it better, but I guess it could be better still. The Prius seems like a good option. Frankly, It’s only a few thousand more than my Jetta, and the tax incentive completely offsets that difference. Anyway, the the flic is good. Go see it.

My only complaint might be that it shows glaciers years ago vs. now and how they’ve shrunk, but it does not say the time of year. If it showed a picture of Glacier National Park in 1960 in the winter and then in 2005 in the winter, it would pack that much more of a punch than the unlabeled pictures. But frankly, they are pretty powerful nonetheless. We all can and should make a difference. See the flic website for tips on how to emit less greenhouse gas.

I almost forgot — there was a lovely moment of irony before the flic began when the theater ran a Mazda car ad. What the hell are they thinking?