Forget politics! Together we can save our climate!

(NewsUSA) - One day before President Donald Trump announced his decision to pull the USA out of the Paris Agreement, Climeworks, an innovative Swiss startup, launched the world's first commercial carbon capture plant in Hinwil, Switzerland.

The plant, which filters carbon dioxide directly out of the air, offers a solution in the fight against climate change. Climeworks, which invented and developed a novel CO2 filtering material, aims to remove 1 percent of CO2 global emissions from the air by 2025.

business campaigning Ltd., a Swiss campaigning firm with the motto "meaningful campaigns for meaningful ideas" was "dismayed by Trump's decision, but buoyed with hope after seeing the launch of this potentially climate-saving technology," made the decision to launch the Planet First campaign to remove 100 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere and store it safely underground.

The business campaigning team believe that technology now enables ordinary people to collectively make a difference in the fight against climate change, no longer needing to rely on governments to fight it on their behalf. 

The filtered CO2 can either be stored safely underground, used as a raw material in the food and beverage industry, or to manufacture carbon-neutral synthetic fuels, which can be used in the auto industry.

The Planet First campaign will fund the removal of 100 tons of CO2 from the air in support of Climeworks' goal in the fight against climate change.

"We want to make a mark with this campaign. Through technologies, such as Climeworks,'climate protection can become a viable business model," explains business campaigning Ltd., owner and CEO Peter Metzinger.

"The filter plants in Switzerland can evolve into a global export industry and create a new economic sector -- the circular carbon economy. Startups and companies can deliver decisive impetus to truly sustainable climate protection, utilizing CO2 as a raw material and reducing the reliance on fossil fuels. This is how we can fight climate change," says Metzinger.

The Planet First crowdfunding page is www.wemakeit.com/projects/let-s-remove-100-tons-co2.

For further information, visit www.planetfirst.earth.

Posted on July 24, 2017 .

Students helping communities by recycling

What do 500,000 students at 900 schools across the U.S. have in common?

Together, they have recycled approximately 45 million bottles and cans as part of a program designed to inspire K-12 students to become environmental leaders at school, at home and in their communities.

Now, to make this even better news, schools everywhere can join PepsiCo’s Recycle Rally and connect with other students recycling around the nation.

Any school can now sign up for the chance to earn rewards and gain access to exciting educational tools available to Recycle Rally participants by applying online at PepsiCoRecycling.com.

At the heart of the initiative, Recycle Rally teaches students how to live more sustainably and inspires communities to increase recycling in their hometowns.

When schools recycle bottles and cans, they aren’t just helping improve the environment, but they are also helping post-9/11 war veterans get business and entrepreneurship training through an organization called Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities.

Schools in the program also recycle their bottles and cans to help PepsiCo and The Nature Conservancy protect clean drinking water in America’s iconic waterways.

Inspiring Students

Recycle Rally inspires students to become proud and frequent recyclers and motivates others to follow suit. Through what’s been described as a little creativity and a whole lot of fun, students at schools across the country have helped bolster recycling rates through holding schoolwide raffles, creating dedicated recycling hubs, making commercials, distributing flyers and forming “green teams” dedicated to the cause.

Recycling For Life

“One of the best aspects of participating in PepsiCo’s Recycle Rally is knowing that this helps hook students on recycling for life,” said Rodney Howe, head custodian at Progress Elementary School in Ogallala, Neb. “Recycle Rally motivates students to do good for the environment and their local community.”

Howe and his team of 116 students placed first in the Recycle Rally after collecting a total of 15,000 pounds of aluminum cans and PET plastic during the 2013-2014 school year.

To learn more, visit www.pepsicorecycling.com/Programs/RecycleRally. - via NAPSI

Posted on June 4, 2017 .

PUCO highlights the benefits of energy efficiency and conservation

With Earth Day happening this weekend, The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) reminds Ohioans that energy efficiency benefits you, your household and the environment. A few simple steps can help you to save money, help the environment and take better control of the energy used in your home year round.

Save money

Heating and cooling account for a large portion of home energy bills. Undertaking home upgrades, switching to ENERGY STAR® appliances and adjusting your daily routine are all ways to lower your annual energy bills. Things as simple as switching to more energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs or adjusting the thermostat at night or while you are away can save hundreds of dollars every year.

Help the environment

Energy efficiency and conservation saves resources and limits our impact on the environment. According to the Alliance to Save Energy, the United States uses 56 percent less energy than it would if it did not have energy-efficient technologies and policies. This Earth Day, remember that not only does energy efficiency help your wallet, it can help the environment too.

Take control of energy usage

Whether it is staying warm in the winter or cool in the summer, energy efficiency and conservation measures can help to make that happen. A home with energy efficient windows and well insulated walls can help to keep the temperature in your home exactly where you like it. Simply putting down more rugs helps to retain more heat in your home and hanging curtains can help to keep it cool.

Look into utility programs

Many of Ohio’s distribution utilities offer ways to help you with energy efficiency and conservation around your home. Check with your local distribution utilities for energy efficiency incentives and programs they may offer. Some of these offers include weatherization, appliance rebates or energy use audits.

In these ways and more, energy efficiency is beneficial to Ohioans. For tips on how to make your home more energy efficient, visit the PUCO website at www.PUCO.ohio.gov.

Posted on April 20, 2017 .