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Thank you, Alternet, for this amazing perspective on how awful the past 8 years have been. Really, you start to forget about some of these atrocities when the next one comes around. Alternet has done us all a solid and created a list of The 10 Most Awesomely Bad Moments of the Bush Presidency. Check out the article for the full story, but here’s the quick list:

10. Bush gets re-elected
9. Alberto Gonzales’ Congressional testimony
8. North Korea conducts a nuclear test
7. Colin Powell’s WMD presentation to the UN
6. Terri Schiavo
5. The Gaza Strip, circa 2006
4. Hurricane Katrina
3. Abu Ghraib
2. 9/11
1. “Mission Accomplished”

Seriously. Why haven’t we tried to impeach this guy a million times over already?!?!?

Thanks to the updates I get from the ONE Campaign, I found this awesome new movement and video that I think everyone should take 2 1/4 minutes to watch. I don’t know much about this campaign quite yet, but from what I see, I’m really digging it. You gotta love these kinds of videos that don’t use the fancy shmancy effects, don’t use the celebrity endorsements, just facts given in a way we can all understand. I’m Too Young for This, an awesome young adult cancer group, also masters this art in their PSA’s.

Now, dig a little deeper, and you’ll find that The Girl Effect is financed by the Nike Foundation, and I think we all know how I feel about Nike. One can’t help but notice the irony in Nike supporting a campaign like this when they more than likely subject these same girls to awful sweatshop conditions. Could this all be just one big PR campaign to make people forget about their past sins? I’m not sure. With other powerhouses like the NoVo Foundation behind it, it gives it a sense of legitimacy.

Regardless, it offers some sobering facts:

• When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children.
• An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25 percent.
• Research in developing countries has shown a consistent relationship between better infant and child health and higher levels of schooling among mothers.
• When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man.

Check it out and share your thoughts.

Ever hear about voting with your dollars? It’s true. The world we live in today is controlled by big business. I think it’s becoming more and more apparent how tight their grasp is on our current government, our media, our television, our lives. (Can anyone even remember when there used to not be any commercials before movies in the theatre?)  The money we spend lets them know if their total and complete invasion is working.

Alternatively, if we spend our money on crazy alternative, sustainable, fair trade, or all-around good for you products, there’s a good chance that big business will still listen. But, with all the greenwashing that we’re bombarded with every day (really, BP?), it’s hard to tell truth from green stretching of the truth. Here are some triee-and-true options for all of us trying to make our footprint a little lighter in our daily actions:

Ecoscene: Coming right out of my own ‘hood, Aimee Heilbrunn and Carmen Ramson-Herzing offer up reviews through their weekly e-magazine of different green products out in the market, often comparing them to their more mainstream counterpart. What I love about this website is that they offer up these reviews in a very digestible, easy to understand way, listing out the pros and cons of the product, followed by some final thoughts. All of the products they interview must be accessible to anyone through the Web as well as sustainable. These ladies are still pretty new on the scene, but I encourage everyone to sign up to get their weekly emails and even contribute, if you’re so inclined.

Co-op America: This organization has been rocking the sustainable lifestyle since 1982. Their mission is “harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.” Not only do the put on one hell of a Green Festival, but they’ve now created a Responsible Shopper website where you can search for a company profile by name or industry and get their corporate responsibility profile. Not only that, but you can sign onto campaigns to demand more responsibility and sustainability in corporate America. Easy as that!

So, next time you’re looking to make a purchase, big or small, and want to know which way your dollars will vote, make sure to check out these amazing resources. Little by little, we can start to make the results swing in our favor- Mother Earth’s favor.

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