International coverage from our successful 2013 Global Shift Festival in Brazil!
This initiative engages youth and their families in better understanding carbon and other environmental footprints.. please check this out. I will be updating process through our collaboration via Social Change Film Festival! We are working to translate the calculator into Portuguese to be shared during our 2013 events in Rio in October.
Youth wanted. The Zerofootprint Youth Calculator empowers world youth to reduce resource consumption.
Ron Dembo, Zerofootprint, Earth Day 2013
Today’s youth are taking the future into their own hands in over 100 countries through the Zerofootprint Youth Calculator initiative that engages them in a worldwide network to measure, compare and change their behavior. As both a carbon calculator and social engagement platform, the Zerofootprint Youth Calculator connects young people to one another around the world to mitigate their collective carbon footprint. Already during Phase 1, over 230,000 active users have committed to a reduction of 150,000 tons of CO2 released into Earth’s atmosphere and our Oceans.
Earth Day 2013 – Launch of Phase 2. On Earth Day, the Zerofootprint Youth Calculator will launch a new platform in English, French, Spanish, Hebrew and Arabic. Through a partnership with iEARN (International Education and Resource Network), Phase 2 hopes to scale up to 1,000,000 active users and achieve a reduction of 600,000 tons of CO2 by Earth Day 2014.
iEARN’s database of over 60,000 schools in more than 130 countries enables Zerofootprint’s Youth Calculator to reach over 2,000,000 students. A partnership with WGBH Boston’s “Meet the Greens” initiative expands this reach even further.
Partners and volunteer translators wanted. In order to be accessible to children around the globe by Earth Day 2014, Zerofootprint seeks volunteers to help translate the platform into fifty languages. Find out how you can help youth take the future into their own hands through the Zerofootprint Youth Calculator by becoming a partner or volunteer translator. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zerofootprint’s VELO™ social energy programs have engaged hundreds of thousands of people around the world since 2005. The company’s solutions include a mix of program design, services, and technology based on the VELO software platform. The company has completed both large- and small-scale social sustainability programs for educational institutions, corporations, community programs, green cities, and green buildings. Zerofootprint’s groundbreaking programs have been recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative, the United Nations, the US Department of Energy, and the White House.
iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is a non-profit organization made up of over 60,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 130 countries. Since 1988, iEARN has pioneered on-line school linkages to enable students to engage in meaningful educational projects with peers in their own countries and around the world. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt
Terrific update from Nicole Hansen!
An essential tool!
Originally posted on Climate Interactive - The Blog:
Youth climate leaders rightly argue that it is they – not current-day politicians, executives, and administrators – who will have to live with the consequences of today’s decisions when it comes to fossil fuel use. As these young people mobilize in hundreds of fossil fuel divestment campaigns we are excited to release a new tool designed to help them make their case powerfully, creatively, and rigorously.
- With the CO2 Timeline tool, a first year student making a presentation to a board of trustees can show, with accuracy and confidence, that at the time she reaches the age of retirement around 65% of the CO2 released during her four years in college will still be in atmosphere, by which time the trustees she is addressing will be 90-120 years old.
- Another youth leader could use the tool to find out how much CO2 from his college years will still be in…
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Mitra lays out an amazing story of learning & possibility. He is the winner of the 2013 TED Talks with good reason!
Take a look: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sugata-mitra/2013-ted-prize_b_2767598.html