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Invitation to the Launch of Cool Globes Exhibition Public Art with a Purpose designed to inspire a call to environmental action, April 21st

The upcoming Cool Globes Jerusalem exhibition, featuring 18 oversized globes, is designed to raise awareness of climate change and inspire individuals, corporations and community leaders to embrace solutions. Each globe artistically showcases a solution to climate change – from solar power to roof-top gardens, recycling to fuel efficiency. Cool Globes Jerusalem will create a beautiful and educational public art pathway from the Jaffa Gate to the Jerusalem City Hall courtyard, officially launching on Earth Day, April 22, 2013 at the International Symposium on Green Pilgrimage. The exhibit will be on display through the Summer (and perhaps Fall).

In 2007, Cool Globes (www.coolglobes.org) premiered in Chicago to rave reviews and over 3 million visitors. Since then, the exhibit has successfully toured 12 cities across North America and Europe. Cool Globes appeals to a wide demographic, including children, adults and teenagers (a hard-to-reach demographic). For example, instead of 400,000 projected sightseers to Cool Globes in Washington D.D., they were thrilled to host a record 1.3 million visitors. Cool Globes Jerusalem will present a transformative art experience for both international tourists and Israelis alike, conveying a positive message and an inspiring call to action.

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

Muriel Napoli

Do you love oranges and other delicious fruits and vegetables?  You can make an environmental difference with a greener diet. Avoiding meat just once per week can help. It takes far more fossil fuel energy to generate the same amount of protein from a meat source than from a plant source. Try dishes made with beans, grains, and vegetables. Eating these foods will improve the planet’s health as well as your own.

Almost a fifth of global warming emissions come from livestock production.
These emissions are due to the large amount of energy required to produce meat products.
That’s more greenhouse gas than is released from all of the world’s transportation combined!

Go green with your diet!

Leave a Positive Footprint

Leave a Positive Footprint

Cathi Bouzide

Is your carbon footprint a little heavier than you hoped?
A carbon footprint is defined as the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) released as a result of your daily activities. Your lifestyle choices, household energy usage, and transportation methods will affect the size of your footprint.

Like it or not, we all add to the problem of global warming because we are all energy consumers. Fortunately, we can all contribute to the solution as well by making choices in our daily lives that will reduce or neutralize our carbon footprint. A variety of methods are available to help you calculate your contribution to global warming. The calculations are based on whether you recycle, use renewable energy sources, leave equipment on standby overnight, take more showers than baths, eat a vegetarian diet or travel by car, plane, or public transportation.

The average person’s carbon footprint is 18 tons of CO2 per year. How big are your tracks?

Preserve Our Trees and Forests

Preserve Our Trees and Forests

Andrea Harris, Sandie Bacon & Ann Bingham-Freeman

Rainforests are the Earth’s oldest living ecosystems – and while they cover only about 6% of the Earth’s surface, rainforests contain more than half of the world’s plant and animal species. The destruction of the world’s rainforests is causing 20% of the world’s global warming pollution— about as much as all of the power plants, factories and vehicles every year. With the rainforests disappearing at a rate of some 6000 dunam every hour, steps must be taken to reduce the losses. Governments should be encouraged to create large parks and reserves where logging and agribusiness are not permitted. Consumers should be encouraged to shop consciously and support companies that make a commitment to safe environmental practices.

This globe illustrates the six eco-systems around the world through paintings of vegetation, forests and mangroves. Wherever we live, trees also have a profound impact on our day-to-day lives. In addition to beautifying our neighborhoods, trees cuts down the need for air conditioning and clean globe-warming CO2 from the air. Every person needs 10 trees each day to absorb the carbon dioxide produced through daily activities. Every time we plant a tree, we help create a healthier environment.

Make the world better one tree at a time!

Green Technology

Green Technology

Robert Chambers

The colors on this globe indicate the imminent threat of global warming. Green landmasses symbolize the potential for change – the more green a continent, the more environmentally aware its inhabitants. Red masses are the most vulnerable, indicating the need to advance environmental awareness.

If we can cure polio, create artificial hearts, and construct space rockets, we can combat climate change too. The chance to combat greenhouse gases presents exciting and lucrative challenges to visionary scientists and engineers around the world. Investment in new technology is exploding as it becomes clearer that the health and future of our economy depends on moving away from fossil fuels. Cutting-edge green technology will dramatically change our future. Our power will come from alternate sources such as biofuels, solar photovoltaics, and hydrogen fuel cells. Our cars will be able to bypass the gas pump for a quick electric charge. Our homes will be redesigned to use fewer resources and draw less energy. Synthetic trees might even absorb carbon dioxide from the air.

Join the green technology revolution. It’s time to unlock our creative energy!

Heal the World - Religious Call to Action

Heal the World – Religious Call to Action:

Paula Clayton

Global warming may feel like an overwhelming challenge, but this artist seeks to demonstrate that every individual has a voice, and by joining hands and raising our voices together we can help fight global warming.

Wise words from many religious traditions also call on us to be good  stewards of our earth. All religions and faiths share a universal concern to care for and serve one another. Today, religious leaders are pressing for regional reductions of greenhouse gases, based on a belief that caring for the earth is a moral responsibility. Out of concern for our planet, future generations, and the impoverished who will be most impacted by climate change, the religious community is  increasingly committing to combat global warming as a matter of justice. By making small changes in our own lives we can demonstrate our collective commitment to helping fight global warming and encourage business and government leaders to do the same.

Is your faith calling you to act?

Water Conservation

Water Conservation

Sharon Bladholm

What warms the globe as it runs down your drain? The hundreds of liters of water that an average family in the western world uses every day. Did you know that just a 10-minute shower uses 60-68 liters of water? Power plants emitting greenhouse gas pollution are working every time you turn on the tap, using electricity to extract, transport, purify, and distribute water. Water treatment is one of the biggest municipal uses of electricity.

Water is a valuable commodity, especially in this region of the world. Water conservation is the most reliable and least expensive way to stretch water resources. Low volume agricultural irrigation systems, such as drip-irrigation and micro-sprinklers, can increase efficiency to 90%. Even the simple act of watering at night and landscaping with water-saving native plants, such as the wildflowers shown on this globe, can make a difference.

Can you help slow the flow?

Solar Power

Solar Power

Alice Sharie Revelski

Look up in the sky and you will likely need to squint as you see one of the best solutions for global warming – the sun!

Solar energy is abundant and inexhaustible. The amount of energy the sun sends to Earth is enough to provide more than 10,000 times the annual global energy consumption. Solar energy is one of the most promising renewable energy sources in the world. It is non-polluting, works anywhere the sun is shining, and allows users to generate their own power quietly and safely. Local and global scientific and business communities are hard at work developing new ways to tap solar power. The global solar power  market has grown by average 30% annually in recent years.

The future is bright for solar power.

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Green Transportation

Lee Strickland

Saving time and money makes sense. Doing what we can to cool down the planet makes sense too. Public transportation is an easy way to cut the globe-warming carbon emissions produced by driving while avoiding the waste and frustration of traffic jams.

A full bus takes 40 cars off the road—a full train can take hundreds. If you commute by train instead of driving, you are cutting carbon emissions by nearly 2,500 kg per year.  Jerusalem’s new light rail system provides less polluting public transit through the heart of the city.  The light rail has already reduced air pollution on Jaffa Road by 80%. Small steps like changing how we get around means great strides in the fight against global warming.

Did you take public transportation today?

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Reduce, Reuse Recycle

Mitch Levin

What if we were to cover the globe with garbage? Sound like a ridiculous concept?
But in essence that is what we are doing, filling our landfills with waste, raw materials and an abundance of useable objects. Why not strive for “zero” waste, only purchase products that can be recycled or reused and reduce our trash by composting and recycling. This globe represents those ideas: the water surface was covered with the bottoms of over 1000 aluminum cans, and over 100 HDPE #2 containers were used to cover the continents in a farmland-like pattern.

During the past 35 years, the amount of trash each person generates has almost doubled from 1.2 to 42 kilograms every day. Keep it simple—buy only what you need and use all of what you buy. Try to purchase products that are returnable, reusable, or refillable. Product packaging accounts for one third of the trash we generate. At least 28 countries have enacted laws to reduce packaging waste. When choosing between similar products, avoid the one with unnecessary packaging and give preference to reusable or recyclable packaging.

How can you slim down your trash can?

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Heal the Planet

Mr. Imagination

The joy of the human journey is intimately linked to the health of our planet.

We turn to nature for the essentials that sustain us–fresh air, clean water, and
nutritious food. We can protect nature and enjoy its bounty by preserving
green spaces, using sustainable high-yield agriculture techniques and
practicing eco-conscious consumption. As we travel the planet and enjoy its
natural wonders, we must try to leave only footprints on our visits so the
treasures we enjoy today will remain for tomorrow. When journeying around
the world, try to stay where nature is respected and sustainable practices are
observed. While journeying through life, preserve the environment and give
back to the land. It is only by becoming eco-travelers that we can ensure our
eco-regions are preserved for future generations.

Be a green voyager–in your business, your travels, and your life.

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Run, Walk and Roll

Bob Anderson

You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to benefit from your feet!

Studies have shown that walking just 30 minutes per day will lengthen your lifespan by 1.3 years. How many years might we extend the life of our planet if we used our feet instead of our cars for travelling short distances? Furthermore, if you can walk or cycle to work, you will cut down on traffic jams, improve your health, improve air quality, save money, and sometimes even time. Your legs are the best transportation system around. Cars need gasoline and emit carbons that contribute to global warming; feet just need the water you drink and are carbon-free! Use your muscle power instead of motor power whenever possible. Not only will our air be cleaner and the planet cooler, you won’t have to join a gym!

Do what’s right for your heart and the planet—get moving!

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Eco-students

Lawrence Hall Youth Service

Help your school get good grades on its environmental report card!

Kids working together in the classroom, playground and cafeteria can help prevent global warming by reducing waste, recycling, saving energy and conserving water. Begin with waste-free lunches and snacks. Pack your food and drink in reusable containers instead of disposable bags and bottles. Less trash means fewer garbage trucks and less pollution from dumps and factories. Talk to your teachers about recycling paper. When you save paper, you save trees that keep our air clean. Check to see if your school participates in a rainwater harvesting program which captures rain on school rooftops in Israel for reuse in flushing toilets and watering school gardens. This program yields freshwater savings and reducing each school’s reliance on other sources of water by 77%.

It’s your planet—spend time in school learning to take care of it!

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Fuel Efficient Travel

Vincent Grech

Want to help fight global warming? Get fuel-efficient!

Each liter of gas a car burns puts 2.5 kg of carbon dioxide into the air. New technologies, like hybrid cars, take fuel efficiency to an even higher level. And it’s not just what you drive; it’s how you drive! When you are behind the wheel, you can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide your car produces by keeping your speed down. At speeds above 88 kph, fuel economy drops significantly. Drive “gently.” By lightening up on the gas pedal and brake, you can achieve up to 35% better gas mileage. Avoid high traffic periods and idling for longer than 10 seconds. Finally, take any excess cargo out of your car. The heavier the load, the more fuel required to move it. If you implement these small changes in how you drive, you can save thousands of kilograms of CO2 emissions every year and really help the planet. You’ll need fewer stops at the gas pump too.

Can you drive smarter?

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Lighting the Way to Change

Peter Mars

Technology has come a long way since Thomas Edison’s time, but his light bulb has changed little in 125 years. Incandescent bulbs use electricity to heat a metal filament, with only 10% of the energy creating a visible light. These “dinosaur” bulbs are now being replaced with new bulbs that are more efficient and longer lasting. At home, light emitting diodes (LEDs) give directed illumination in desk lamps and porchlights, while compact fluorescent bulbs are most effective for wider room lighting. Offices can reduce power consumption with improved low-mercury fluorescent tubes. A new generation of bright halogen bulbs uses half as much carbon dioxide-emitting energy as incandescents. Emerging LED lighting alone could save 10% of worldwide electricity consumption.

When you change a bulb, will you make it a change for the better?

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Green Your Home

Cathryn Henry-Colcer & Dan Colcer

Believe it or not, your home could be responsible for twice as much greenhouse gas as your car!

The good news is that you can easily reduce home energy use by targeting energy you lose and don’t need to use. Start by cutting the standby power to electronics like stereos, microwaves, and computers. Unplug or switch off power strips to eliminate “phantom’ electricity. Televisions and DVD players that are off create as much greenhouse gas annually in the U.S. as two million cars! Consider purchasing environmentally friendly electronics, with power management features. Save even more energy by improving heating and cooling efficiency. Use products with a longer life, such as low energy light bulbs. Buy recycled paper products. Think green before making purchases in general.

Is helping the environment on your “to do” list?

Green-Roofs

Green Roofs

Ingrid Albrecht

Believe it or not, your home could be responsible for twice as much greenhouse gas as your car!

The good news is that you can easily reduce home energy use by targeting energy you lose and don’t need to use. Start by cutting the standby power to electronics like stereos, microwaves, and computers. Unplug or switch off power strips to eliminate “phantom’ electricity. Televisions and DVD players that are off create as much greenhouse gas annually in the U.S. as two million cars! Consider purchasing environmentally friendly electronics, with power management features. Save even more energy by improving heating and cooling efficiency. Use products with a longer life, such as low energy light bulbs. Buy recycled paper products. Think green before making purchases in general.

Is helping the environment on your “to do” list?

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Listen to our Children

Ingrid Albrecht

They are young, but wise. Children’s voices can be heard around the world in a multitude of languages, all speaking the same message: Stop global warming! This globe displays artwork sent in by children around the world and illustrates their ideas for solving global warming.

Where will future environmentalists come from if TV and computers leave no time for climbing trees and playing in the sea?  When parents encourage outdoor exploration and teach respect for nature, kids learn the value of caring for our planet. We need to teach our children each and every day. Instead of just reading about faraway rainforests and endangered species, go experience nature firsthand. Go outside with them and discover a bird’s egg, a wild rose, or a waterfall. Skip rocks on the water, and picnic in a park. Go camping. Hike in the mountains or the desert. Help children feel comfortable in the natural world before you ask them to heal it.

When was the last time you explored nature with your child?

Global-Leadership

Global Leadership

Sandra Bacon

The William J. Clinton Foundation and the world’s largest cities joined forces to fight global warming. In this globe, the artist identified the cities in this program and illustrated the ripple effect they are having around the globe.

As President Clinton stated: “It no longer makes sense for us to debate whether or not the earth is warming at an alarming rate, and it doesn’t make sense for us to sit back and wait for others to act. The fate of the planet that our children and grandchildren will inherit is in our hands, and it is our responsibility to do something about this crisis.”

More political leaders are pursuing a common sense agenda to help build a clean energy economy while cutting global warming pollution. See where candidates stand on global warming before casting your vote. Your support and participation is critical to help our leaders advance global warming solutions. Whether you are politically liberal, conservative or somewhere in-between, make global warming a priority!

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