Shiply.com is an UK based eco-friendly transport marketplace that is making a major contribution to CO2 emissions in the UK and the rest of western Europe.
They dreamed up a win-win solution for shippers and trucking firms. Noting that a significant number of trucks on the roads are returning empty, they devised a plan to link up people, goods to be shipped, and empty space on trucks. As of late summer 2010, they saved over 12 million truck miles and reduced CO2 emissions by over 6 million kg (10.5 million pounds).
Shiply has been awarded a number of green business awards including Shell Springboard 2009, Startup Awards Green Business Of The Year 2009, The Observer Ethical Awards 2009, and The Northwest Business Environment Awards. They have been actively supporting the UK government's ACT ON CO2 campaign.
Imagine the savings if this concept were expanded worldwide!
Other groups actively involved:
The Centre for Science and
Environment is a public interest research and advocacy organisation based in New Delhi. CSE researches into, lobbies for, and communicates the urgency of development that is both sustainable and equitable. Their five main programs are communication for awareness, research & advocacy, education & training, knowledge portal, and polution monitoring.
is a source of information on U.S. carbon emission regulations,
technologies, and other topics relating to climate change.
The Club of Rome is a
global think tank linking high-level scientists, economists, businessmen,
civil servants, heads of state, and former heads of state.
Do No Harm is an interesting web
site with a novel and simple message: "... to make better choices and treat
each other, the other creatures who share this planet with us, and this
planet we call home with greater respect and compassion."
Earth Platform: In
addition to the very useful search engines mentioned above,
they have a listing of current environmental news from National Geographic,
About.com's Environmental issues section, the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and EarthWire UK. See:
the Web portal that makes a difference in the world every time you use it.
Here you get a personal homepage that can be your control panel for your
life online, allowing you to navigate the Web in a way that reflects your
beliefs and values. You can join causes, surround yourself with people who
care about the same things you do, and share information with them about how
to make a difference." They have a section on the environment.
provides a critical look at how environmental issues are covered (or not
covered) by the media around the world.
National Environmental Education
Week (E.E. Week) "... is the largest organized environmental
education event in the United States. Made possible by Canon, it increases
the educational impact of Earth Day by creating a full week of educational
preparation, learning, and activities in K-12 classrooms, nature centers,
zoos, museums, and aquariums." They distribute a free newsletter.
OneWorld.net brings together
more than 1,500 organizations from across the globe that promote human rights awareness and fighting poverty worldwide.
Religion, Science and
the Environment is a movement founded in 1988. They have convened a
series of symposia to study the fate of the world's main bodies of water. It
is under the auspices of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew,
Patriarch of the Orthodox Christian Church.
Climate Chaos in the UK is a diverse and broadly-based coalition of many
types of groups that are concerned with the environment, including
environment and development groups, faith groups, humanitarian
organizations, women's groups, trade unions, etc. We wonder what would result if
every nation in the world had a coalition as extensive as that under Stop
Climate Chaos. Their coalition includes:
Campaign for Better Transport is concerned with sustainable transport, looking for answers to
transport problems and aiming to reduce the environmental and social impact of transport. (Previously Transport 2000).
Rental Center Crete has an article on Bio Diesel / Bio Fuel, an alternate fuel that is derived from renewable sources.
Road Block opposes road building and growth in transport traffic.
RSPB works to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife. The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure
a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for us all.
Save our World presents professionally acted workshops and roadshows on averting climate change.
SCIAF supports over 80 long term development projects helping people affected by issues such as HIV/AIDS, conflict and
hunger. In the UK, SCIAF analyses the causes of poverty, encouraging action for change.
Shared Energy is a small group of people who work locally and beyond to reduce carbon emissions.
SPEAK connects students and young adults to pray and campaign on issues of global injustice.
Sustrans is the sustainable transport charity behind the National Cycle Network. Our vision is a world in which people
choose to travel in ways that benefit their health and the environment.
Take Global Warming Seriously believes that Global Warming should be at the top of the National Agenda - and provide a
mechanism for supporters to spread this message nationally by personal networking action.
Tearfund is an evangelical Christian relief and development agency addressing the underlying causes of poverty.
The Wildlife Trusts work together with local communities to protect wildlife in all habitats across the UK.
TRANSform Scotland is the national sustainable transport alliance, campaigning for a more sustainable and
socially-just transport system.
UNA-UK is an independent policy authority on the United Nations and a vibrant grassroots membership organization
campaigning in support of a strong, effective and credible UN.
UNISON is Britain's biggest trade union and is committed to greening the workplace and the public services.
WaterAid's mission is to overcome poverty by enabling the world's poorest people to gain access to safe water,
sanitation and hygiene education.
WWF-UK's mission is to face up "... to challenges such as the urgent threat of climate change. We're also promoting sustainable use of resources, helping us all change the way we live and working with business and government to protect our planet for generations to come. Only then can we develop a world where people and wildlife thrive."
Youth Against Climate Chang provides information, ideas and resources for schools and colleges to raise
awareness of climate change and promote practical solutions.
The Third World Network
(TWN) has many articles providing a very critical look at the role of big
business and of such countries as the US.
UN-backed biodiversity related treaties: CBD, CITES, CMS,
Ramsar, and WHC.
The World Conferences on Climate Change and Global Warming have
staged the Conferences of the Parties to the Convention (COP): COP1
in Berlin, COP2 in Geneva, COP3 in Kyoto (conference and protocol), COP4 in
Buenos Ayres, COP5 in Geneva, COP6 in The Hague/Bonn, COP7 in Marrakech,
COP8 in Delhi, COP9 in Milan, COP10 in Buenos Ayres, and COP11 in Montreal.
The best known is the Kyoto conference and protocol, which produced the
Kyoto Protocol (an international treaty on climate change setting targets
for industrial countries to cut their green-house gas emissions)
The US, Australia, China, India, Japan, and South Korea created, as an
alternative to COP3 Kyoto, the Asia-Pacific climate pact aimed at reducing
greenhouse gas emissions through technology and voluntary partnership. The pact
is toothless, not considering any mandatory reduction targets in order to avoid
any risk of economic pain.
Suppliers of devices that might be of interest to environmentalists:
"... is committed to preserving America's natural resources, air,
water, and scenic beauty for future generations. CREA's mission is to foster
environmental protection by promoting fair, community-based solutions to
environmental challenges, highlighting Republican environmental
accomplishments and building on our Republican tradition of conservation."
Unfortunately, their main goals appear to be to:
Ridicule what they refer to as "excessive and intolerant" environmental
groups who are critical of the Republican party's efforts on the
Advertise the efforts made by Republicans to help the environment.
Give priority to the short-term preservation of jobs at the expense of
long term protection of the environment.