What does it mean to be a champion? Yes, it means to be the best at something.
But it also means to stand up for something you believe in.
Being able to represent my country in the Winter Olympics was an incredible experience. But I also worry that tomorrow's athletes may not have that chance.
According to a recent report, of the 19 cities that have previously hosted the Winter Olympics, only 6 of them will still be cold enough to host the games by 2080.
Climate change is something that both myself and many of my fellow Olympians are concerned about – so much so that over 100 athletes from 11 countries signed on to a letter written by one of our U.S. Olympic team members, Andy Newell, asking world leaders to take action on climate change in advance of next year's world climate talks in Paris.
However, if we are going to have any sort of shot at stopping climate change we need your help.
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Jamie on her way to winning the first-ever Olympic gold medal awarded for women's slopestyle.
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Santa Fe city officials made late-night, last-minute changes to its new rules on plastic bags last night, but as of today, stores are no longer permitted to offer them at the checkout.
City Council voted around 11 pm to drop a mandated 10-cent paper bag fee to ensure that its plastic bag ban would go into effect on time.
City Councilor Ron Trujillo, who was the only councilor to oppose the plastic bag ban ordinance approved by city council last August, didn't pass up the opportunity to gloat about the foresight of his previous "no" vote.
"I hate to say it, but I told you so," Trujillo told the governing body late in the night.
Still, that didn't stop the plastic bag ban from going into effect at midnight, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Councilors also approved what they called an "implementation period" for the next 30-days, during which rules won't be strictly enforced.
MARTINEZ, Calif. – City Council approved the purchase of 2,000 reusable plastic bags as initial outreach and education of a proposed ban on single-use plastic bags in Martinez.
The council directed staff at the Nov. 6, 2013, council meeting to draft an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags. Since that time, staff has met twice with representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Martinez to formulate a plan for outreach and education.
Following those meetings, it was determined the City would purchase a significant number of high-quality, 100 percent recycled-content reusable plastic bags for distribution to the public at no charge. Providing these reusable bags free to the public is expected to help promote awareness of the plastic bag ban and encourage the use of reusable plastic bags as an effective alternative to single-use plastic bags or paper bags.
Read the original post by martinezgazette.com here.
Australian cosmetics chain Lush has banned plastic water bottles from every store in New Zealand, including Nelson's Morrison Square branch.
The week-long bottle ban is part of a campaign aimed at reducing consumer consumption of "unnecessary" plastic. It will apply to all nine stores plus the chain's Sydney and Auckland kitchens and office spaces until Sunday.
A sink at the Morrison Square store will be available for public use so that people can refill their water bottles or ask for a glass of water. The shop is also selling reusable aluminum drink bottles.
Marketing support representative Ayla Wilton said the ban was in support of New Zealand environmental charity Sustainable Coastlines, which is based in Auckland.
The charity said its members had collected 31,121 plastic bottles from New Zealand coastlines over the last five years that would otherwise have gone into the ocean. All profits from Lush's $17.90 bottles will be donated to Sustainable Coastlines, and customers are being encouraged to sign up to the charity's mailing list.
Read the original post on http://www.stuff.co.nz here.
Emilie Clavel from theguardian.com traveled to Rwanda, and here is here experience while being searched on the border:
"On a recent trip to Rwanda, my luggage was searched at the border, and the authorities confiscated some of my belongings. No, I wasn't trying to smuggle drugs or weapons. The offenders? Three plastic bags I'd use to carry my shampoo and dirty laundry.
You see, non-biodegradable polythenebags are illegal in Rwanda. In 2008, while the rest of the world was barely starting to consider a tax on single-use plastic bags, the small East African nation decided to ban them completely."
Mountain View, Ca. — Mountain View this week joined a growing list of cities that have banned disposal foam containers.
On Tuesday, the city council voted 4-2 in favor of an ordinance that prohibits restaurants from packaging prepared food in expanded polystyrene, or EPS, and retailers from selling products made out of the material.
Vice Mayor John McAlister and Councilman John Inks opposed the ban; Councilman Mike Kasperzak was absent.
"The bottom line with the Styrofoam is you are artificially producing something that will be there forever," said Councilwoman Ronit Bryant. "And there are perfectly acceptable alternatives to it."
Hawaii — Plastic trash has always been a huge enviornmental problem, especially when the ocean is involved. But few states have seen the impact of maritime pollution quite like Hawaii. Now, Hawaii has become the first state to officially implement a ban on plastic bags at the checkout counter.
Sochi, Russia — Simply Ambassador, Kim Lamarre's, performance today at the Olympic slopestyle was absolutely unreal! A true expression of the sport. Her last jump, zero spin, is among the tuffest and technical trick to be done on a massive jump like this one. Thanks to the judges for scoring in respect of the spirit of freeskiing! Congratulations, Kim! We are so proud of you!
This is her Red Rejuvenator Juice — a super powerful drink that will give you energy, boost your immune system and help fight off sickness. To make it- juice 2 beets, 3 carrots, 1 orange, 1" piece of ginger, 1 lemon and stir in 1 tbs of apple cider vinegar She also like sto call this my "flu shot." What's your favorite way to stay healthy during flu season?