Friday, January 15, 2010

Haiti Earthquake Appeal

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Please consider making a donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee Haiti Earthquake Appeal: http://www.dec.org.uk/

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) was formed in 1963. We are an umbrella organisation for 13 humanitarian aid agencies. At times of overseas emergency, the DEC brings together a unique alliance of the UK's aid, corporate, public and broadcasting sectors to rally the nation's compassion, and ensure that funds raised go to DEC agencies best placed to deliver effective and timely relief to people most in need.

The DEC's remit is to unite agency efforts in times of disaster - such as flood, earthquake or famine - wherever it happens in the world. The
way we at DEC approach our work is to maximise funds raised and ensure they are spent in an effective and fully accountable way.

'Knowledge' newsletter contributions

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Been writing a series of brief articles on 'saving money, living healthily and going green' for Knowle West's 'Knowledge' newsletter for some time now. Thought I'd highlight them. There has always been a link to each article published in the right hand column of this blog - scroll down until you get to 'Green Scene: save money, live healthily, go green' and you'll see a list of links. The latest article (just sent to the editor), on 'technology' is copied below and other topics I've covered so far are:
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Green Scene: ‘Technology’

Ideas for being green, efficient and thrifty!

* if away from your computer for over an hour switch it to sleep mode or turn it off, a computer monitor left on overnight wastes enough energy to print hundreds of A4 pages

* get your old computers and phones reused or recycled, various charities are available, 7 litres of crude oil are used just to make the plastic in one computer system

* look for the energy rating system when buying electrical equipment and buy more efficient models