Ellen never gave up on her dreams. And our dream for the Earth isn’t unrealistic either.

It takes guts to dream big.

Because when you’re willing to take a stand, it means you actually care about something. And it’s scary to be open like that. It means placing a part of yourself on the line. It’s easier to give in to doubts or peer pressure. To hide.

But we’ve always loved the people who weren’t willing to settle. The dreamers.

We look up to them because they’ve felt what we’ve felt in every job interview, or school application, or confession of love they felt those same doubts and beat them back. They’re the people who inspire us to do what seems impossible.

But, what if Gandhi had gotten cold feet?

Image via Don’t Panic London/YouTube.

What if Ellen DeGeneres had stage fright?

Could the world really be powered by completely renewable sources? “There are a lot of people who say it is not possible,” Stanford professor Mark Jacobson told Upworthy. He’s out to prove them wrong.

Jacobson and his team weren’t involved in Don’t Panic’s video, but they have created a road map to 100% clean energy for 139 individual countries. Jacobson used today’s energy data projected forward to 2050 and customized the plan for each country based on their natural resources.

Volcanic Iceland, for example, could use a lot of geothermal, while sunny Italy could get more than half of their power from solar plants.

“In the end we’ll have a system that’s a lot cleaner, a lot safer, and our society should be more stable,” he added.

But to achieve this, we still need the same determination and heart that Gandhi and King had.

From Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, 2015, world leaders will be meeting in Paris to try to finally solve the climate change crisis.

We need to show them that we’re ready to dream big.

Watch Don’t Panic’s full video here:

The Wilderness Society also has a dream to keep southern Australia’s Great Australian Bight pristine and free of deep-sea oil rigs. Sign their petition to keep BP at bay and protect this untouched stretch of marine wilderness.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/ellen-never-gave-up-on-her-dreams-and-our-dream-for-the-earth-isnt-unrealistic-either?c=tpstream

I Sold Everything, Bought An Airstream And Travel America With My Family Indefinitely

I’ve always been the person to tell people to chase their dreams, so I decided to take my own advice. My dream is to make a living as a professional photographer while travelling America and this is how I’m making it happen!

We sold our house, cars, most of our possessions and bought a 30ft Airstream that we could all live in comfortably. It wasn’t an easy decision and we were faced with a lot of doubts, but when we told other people what we were doing, their eyes lit up and I could see we were doing the right thing.

We’ve been permanently in the Airstream for a little over 3 months now and life has been an adventure!

Life on the road is not for everyone, but I wish someone would have told me when I was 21 years old, that you could buy an Airstream and live in it while seeing America! So, here I am now, telling you it’s possible. If I’m doing it with my wife and 4 year old son, you can definitely do it as a younger single person looking for adventure in your life!

I’ve always been the person to tell people to chase their dreams, so I decided to take my own advice

My dream is to make a living as a professional landscape photographer while travelling America and this is how I’m making it happen!

We sold our house, cars, most of our possessions and bought a 30ft Airstream that we could all live in comfortably

But when we told other people what we were doing, their eyes lit up and I could see we were doing the right thing

What most people want to know, is how do I make money on the road?

Well, I’m an established professional wedding photographer in Nashville TN and I make enough to stay out on the road and live this Airstream lifestyle of ours

I hope to eventually make all my income from landscape photography, selling prints and traveling America

But it’s going to take some time to make that transition

For now, I do what I need to pay our bills and make it happen

We’ve been permanently in the Airstream for a little over 3 months now and life has been an adventure

Yes, there were some tough times in the beginning as we adjusted to this new lifestyle, but we’re getting use to it now

We spend a lot of time boondocking (camping in the middle of nowhere) and it’s one of the coolest things you can experience in an Airstream

Plus it doesn’t cost you anything

One of my favorite places so far has been Big Bend National Park in Texas

The night sky gets so dark that you can almost see every star in the sky

If you let your eyes adjust long enough, you will eventually see the milky way, that’s how dark it is

We charged our batteries every day by using our solar panels on top of the Airstream

We still had amazing internet service through our phones, so we were able to do Instagram and all that fun stuff

We hiked some amazing locations that challenged our endurance as a family hiking together

But one of the most amazing thing we did was spend time in a natural hot spring that sat on the side of the Rio Grande river

Life on the road is not for everyone

But I wish someone would have told me when I was 21 years old, that you could buy an Airstream and live in it while seeing America

So, here I am now, telling you it’s possible

If I’m doing it with my wife and 4 year old son

You can definitely do it as a younger single person looking for adventure in your life

Everyday is a new adventure

And I hope it continues for along time

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/sold-house-family-travels-america-airstream-photography-joe-hendricks/

Matt Yglesias: Paul Ryan hearts pollution


We’d expect nothing less from Yglesias. Last month, the lefty hack got his Godwin on, comparing Mitt Romney to Hitler. Oh, how ca-LEVAH! Today, Yglesias turned to the noted “real journalists” and paragons of objectivity at The Washington Post for evidence of his claims about Ryan:

Now, Ryan’s suggestion that scientists have tried to “intentionally mislead the public” is a charge without much evidence. A series of investigations — from Penn State, the University of East Anglia, Britain’s House of Commons, the National Science Foundation and the EPA — looked into this question and found little evidence of wrongdoing by climate scientists. What’s more, since 2009, the scientific consensus that humans are warming the planet has only strengthened. (Ryan does not appear to have followed up on the topic.)

Ryan’s track record on environmental issues is certainly less green-tinged than Romney’s. For one, Ryan has consistently voted against government efforts to tackle climate change. Like many House Republicans, he has voted to block efforts by the EPA to regulate carbon-dioxide emissions. He approved an amendment that would bar the Department of Agriculture from studying how best to adapt to a warmer planet. Ryan voted to defund various climate-advisory positions within the White House. He also voted for an amendment, proposed by Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.), to cut $50 million from funding for ARPA-E, which funds long-shot energy research and development.

More broadly, Ryan appears to have had a firmly conservative record on the environment since joining the House. He has long supported more oil and gas drilling, including in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He opposes subsidies for clean energy. He’s skeptical of further EPA efforts to regulate air pollution.

Skepticism about anthropogenic global warming in the wake of ClimateGate? Support for offshore drilling? Distrust of the EPA? Alert the authorities! Paul Ryan is a menace!

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/08/14/matt-yglesias-paul-ryan-hearts-pollution/

Paris climate talks feature ‘Gilligan’s Island’ technology [photo]

So this bit of news caught our eye from the big climate talks going on this week in Paris. The put-it-together-yourself furniture giant Ikea is doing its part to save the planet by asking visitors to generate electricity to light up the Champs Elyses this week with pedal bikes and giant hamster wheels. For real:

Wonderful. We’re finally using the same technology invented by “The Professor” to power “Gilligan’s Island”:

Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner?

Also spotted in Paris, Ikea wind turbines and solar panels:

No word, however, if the workers have to assemble the solar panels and turbines with an Allen key:

Because that would be funny!

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2015/11/29/paris-climate-talks-feature-technology-first-utilized-after-a-3-hour-tour-gone-wrong-photo/

GOP candidates at #SunshineSummit address terrorist attacks

As the remaining Democratic candidates for president prepare for tonight’s debate in Iowa, several GOP candidates took their turn to speak at the #SunshineSummit in Orlando, Fla., this morning and afternoon. What might be called the “first stringers” in the Republican race spoke yesterday, before Friday’s terrorist attacks on the people of Paris refocused the world’s attention on Islamic terror.

Gov. Chris Christie reportedly trashed his prepared speech and wrote a new one from scratch.

Christie obviously wasn’t the only candidate to address the horrific attack on Paris; however, Gov. John Kasich kicked things off with a remark that rung a little too closely to President Obama’s declaration that the United States would defeat ISIS with “better ideas.”

Gov. Bobby Jindal spoke not only about Paris butabout the recent rash of college protests and the ongoing controversy over immigration.

Rand Paultargeted Washington as well as terrorism, citingthenational debt and calling for term limits.

Rick Santorum was particularly hawkish in his presentation.

Up last was Carly Fiornia, who angrily noted that President Obama had just declared ISIS “contained.”

Just three months ago, President Obamafired up Air Force One for a cross-country trip to Las Vegas for the National Clean Energy Summit, where hedeclared to the audience that no challenge poses a greater threat to our future than climate change.In lightof last night’s terrorist attacks, will the Democratic candidates at tonight’s debate finally call him out the presidenthis global warming obsession?

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2015/11/14/bomb-isis-back-to-the-7th-century-gop-candidates-at-sunshinesummit-address-terrorist-attacks/

These Strange But True Facts Will Really Surprise You. #31 Has Me Seriously Scared.

Without a doubt we live in a strange world that seems to get stranger everyday. Don’t believe me? Well luckily this handy dandy list of 34 crazy, but true, facts proves it.

Check them out below, but be warned: #31 cannot be unseen.

1.) Talk about performance anxiety.

2.) That is amazing.

3.) Uhh, ok?

4.) I wonder what the ouija board told them.

5.) I can’t even imagine how painful that was.

6.) Female empowerment.

7.) It definitely made the movie better.

8.) Maybe it’s time to switch to Celsius?

9.) Hard to argue with that.

10.) Glad to see someone shares my opinion.

11.) Science is wonderful.

12.) That’s just sick.

13.) I’ve always wondered if that might work.

14.) The real survivor man.

15.) That’s news to me.

16.) So much for clean energy.

17.) Silly wabbit.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/strange-but-true/

Dad And Son Convert Old 90’s School Bus Into A Tiny Dream Home

Patrick Schmidt was unemployed and living in California when a used 1990 school bus changed his life. Schmidt, who goes by Skoolielove, bought the bus for 4,500 USD in March and then spent three months and 9,000 USD converting it into a motor home with his dad; then Schmidt left for a 10,000 mile journey to Florida.

“My plans are to stay in Florida until March, then most likely find my way back slowly to Vegas, and up to Seattle to live again for a while,” Schmidt told Metro UK. “Find some land to park on. That’s kind of the life I’ve imagined for myself. Ride around, travel, find temporary work, and see where to go from there.”

Patrick Schmidt didn’t want to run in the rat-race

So when he saw an old school-bus for sale for for 4,500 USD, he decided to buy it

Schmidt and his father spent 3 months and 9,000 USD converting the bus into a motorhome

“I decided to check out of the game and live in a school bus tiny home conversion”

And then Schmidt left for a 10,000 mile road-trip to Florida, winding through 30 states

His mobile home is “off grid ready,” with solar power, converters, inverters, batteries etc

They’ve even installed a sink

And a tiny shower next to a toilet!

LEDs were used to create this cosy atmosphere

“My dad’s idea for storage and putting an A/C in place. It’s been tremendously useful”

“That’s kind of the life I’ve imagined for myself”

“Ride around, travel, find temporary work, and see where to go from there”

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/school-bus-dream-home-motor-patrick-schmidt/

27 images of ‘reincarnated’ plastic bottles show why it’s better to recycle.

Do you know how much plastic waste the U.S. generates each year?

million tons
, according to the EPA, from a 2013 analysis.

If that’s not sobering enough, over 90% of these plastics meet their final resting place in landfills, meaning they’ll never be recycled.

However, I’m not here to depress you with statistics.

I’d like to introduce you to the born-again plastic bottles that are recycled.

The ones that are
hiding in plain sight, as opposed to the ones that are out-of-sight, out-of mind at your local garbage dump.

The ones that found a higher calling thanks to your decision to throw them away in the blue or green bins, as opposed to the black ones.

The recycled plastic bottles that are just
begging you to rediscover them in their newfound glory.

NOTE TO READER (especially you lovely folks on your mobile devices): It might take a few seconds for these images to load. I promise it will be worth the wait!

1. Cozy Patagonia fleece

Check out all their recycled plastic products here.

2. Winter jackets, too!

3. Check it out: Luxury bedsheets designed by will.i.am

4. Plastic bottle denim jeans by a company called Dirtball? Sign me up.

A+ business name, guys.

5. You can also root for your favorite NFL team in these plastic bottle football jerseys.

6. Do yoga (or just be comfy) in these plastic bottle yoga pants.

Namaste, plastic bottles. Namaste.

7. You could also look fly in these New Balance NewSky sneakers.

8. Plastic bottle UNDERWEAR, y’all

9. Designer handbags, backpacks, and luggage by Matt & Nat

Even the inside liner is made from plastic bottles!

10. Red (or green?) carpet fashion

But like, what plastic bottle wouldn’t want to end up with Colin Firth and his wife, Livia?

11. Plastic bottles can also strut their stuff on the runway.

Work it, plastic bottles. Work. It. Out.

12. Pet beds!


13. And pet toys, too!

14. And you’ve probably walked on a plastic bottle rug.

And, hey! These are affordable.

15. Plastic bottles can also get a second chance with these “B2P” pens by Pilot.

Next time you’re ready to restock, consider these bad boys.

16. Rainy day? Try a plastic bottle umbrella.

17. You probably want to buy this awesome bat backpack.

For kids or adults? I’ll let you decide. They also come in pink bunnies, purple owls, penguins with ties, and more.

18. Or this pink dump truck.

*adds to Christmas list*

19. Be fancy with a fancy plastic bottle chandelier!

20. Stare in awe at some ridiculously creative plastic bottle artwork.

21. And don’t forget to check out this artwork … made with plastic bottle “paint.”


22. You can even make an entire HOUSE from plastic bottles.

23. A bus stop?! Yeah, a bus stop.

24. These people are riding solar-powered recycled-plastic-bottle BOATS.

25. Even the roads of the future are paved in plastic bottles!

26. No big deal, just a man-made plastic bottle island here.

27. Or, you know, 1.5 million bottles could get you AN ENTIRE FREAKING BUILDING.

Learn more about the EcoARK in Taipei, Taiwan, here.

See? It’s an absolute
crime to send plastic water bottles to the dump when there’s so much potential awaiting them elsewhere. Not to mention each ton of recycled plastic saves over 16 barrels of oil since it requires less energy to produce than new plastic.

And remember: Recycling is only one part of the “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra. Reducing (or even eliminating) your consumption of plastics, in addition to coming up with your own fancy DIY uses for milk jugs and water bottles is even better for the environment, if you’re willing to make the lifestyle change.

Recycle on, friends!

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/27-images-of-reincarnated-plastic-bottles-show-why-its-better-to-recycle?c=

When do taxpayers get paid back on the $50M in VW tax credits?

You’ve all heard by now thatVW figured out a way to trick the government agenciesthat monitor vehicle emissions in order to get better environmental ratings on its line of “clean diesel” cars.

Well, here’s a new wrinkle: how do taxpayers get paid back on the $50 million in “clean energy” tax credits that buyers received to help purchase the fraudulent automobiles?

More from the Detroit News:

The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday said it was opening an investigation into Volkswagen AGs use of about $50 million in tax credits for diesel cars that the automaker has now acknowledged have software that evades emissions rules.

In a letter to VW CEO Matthias Muller and VWs top U.S. executive, Michael Horn, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and the ranking Democrat, Ron Wyden of Oregon, want VW to answer questions about tax credits for cars that are among the 482,000 diesel vehicles that had defeat devices on them allowing them to emit up to 40 times allowable pollution in real-world driving.

Keep in mind that these tax credit were instrumental in selling the cars:

Even worse, the liars at VW wanted team Obama to allow credits designated specifically for electric cars to go toward the purchase of the fake-clean diesels:

Now the question is, “who pays back the government?” Will it be the buyers of the car, which would mean refiling tax returnsor will VW pay?

And another problem is the reduced value of the cars people already own:

VW is taking care of their dealers, but not American who bought the cars or U.S. taxpayers who financed them:

Not right, VW.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2015/10/09/when-do-taxpayers-get-paid-back-report-vw-buyers-got-50-million-in-clean-energy-tax-credits/