Listen to Reese Witherspoon voice a new PSA fighting climate change.

Reese Witherspoon is the voice behind a powerful new PSA combating climate change.

She narrates the minute-long video seen below, which was produced by environmental group Conservation International and aired at the Momentum for Change Awards on Dec. 10, 2015, during the UN climate talks in Paris.

Her role as our “home” as in, the world we all share is making waves online.

Photo via Red Carpet Report on Mingle Media TV/Flickr.

The PSA serves as a commanding reminder that Earth might not need us, but we certainly need Earth.

With the entirety of humanity hanging in the balance, why aren’t we prioritizing the protection of our planet?

It’s a question Dr. M. Sanjayan, executive vice president of Conservation International, wanted to emphasize with the PSA.

“We wanted something that reminds everyone we have a shared planet,” he told Mashable. “That everything we have, from our building materials, to our food, to the air we breathe and the water we drink all of it comes from home. It’s the earth itself reminding us.”

GIFs via Conservation International/YouTube.

The PSA, part of Conservation International’s #INeedNature campaign, is just the latest video getting some A-list traction behind it.

Just last month, Liam Neeson took on the role of “ice” for the initiative, and other celebs including Kevin Spacey, Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong’o, and Harrison Ford have supported the cause, too.

Witherspoon’s PSA comes at a time when climate change has never been more of a hot (pardon the pun) topic.

World leaders just met up in Paris and decided on a historic agreement to slash carbon emissions around the globe. Business leaders and philanthropists, realizing how vital the issue is, are investing billions of dollars in clean energy.

And more and more citizens around the globe are supporting organizations, like the Natural Resources Defense Council, that demand our leaders make combating climate change a #1 priority.

With Witherspoon now on board, this movement might just be unstoppable.

Watch the PSA narrated by Witherspoon below.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/listen-to-reese-witherspoon-voice-a-new-psa-fighting-climate-change?c=tpstream

He Turned His Jeep Into A House On Wheels. This Is Amazing!

Dan is no stranger to adventure. Just a few years ago, he took to the open road and drove a Jeep from Alaska to Argentina…covering 17 countries over the 22-month trip.

What did he learn from that journey? That he wanted to keep traveling!

So, after a few years saving up and planning his next great adventure, Dan got to work on his ultimate travel-mobile. This time around, he planned on exploring all of Africa with it.

Check out how he turned this regular car into a full-on home that you’ll be entirely jealous of.

Dan bought one Jeep, got to work on it, but not long after that, the engine exploded. After a period of feeling like a failure, the world traveler picked himself back up and bought a new car.

He decided his plans were too big and too exciting to let go of. These were the dimensions for his custom-built cabinetry.

He was able to transfer them from the other Jeep — thankfully, they fit perfectly.

Dan learned his lesson from the mistakes he made with the original engine.

He added some cool things like an air compressor so he could pump his own flat tires.

Due to the arid climate, Dan wanted to prepare for lots of dust…this snorkel will filter it out before it reaches the car’s air cleaner. It’ll also help if he has to cross any streams.

On the back, he mounted a carrier that can hold a 13-gallon tank of gas.

And on the undercarriage? That’s where he built storage for a jug of drinking water.

He had a custom pop-up roof installed that would allow him to stand up and walk around inside.

Look at all this space!

Mattress slats slide out and are covered with pads for a complete sleeping space.

Here’s the roof popped up…along with solar panels.

He installed a tailgate table and added a cutlery holder that he crafted himself.

This is a pretty tricked out Jeep.

The final touch? Dan painted the continent on his hood…

His plan was to trace his route as he went along.

Of course he couldn’t leave without giving it a test drive — he spent a couple of weeks in Moab, Utah, off-roading and camping.

Then, it was time to ship out! The Jeep fit in a shipping container and set out across the Atlantic.

How cool is that? He turned something that was a car into an actual home!

If you’d like to follow along with Dan’s wild adventures, you can do so here on his website or via Facebook.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/jeep-home/

DNC communications director sucks at communicating

http://twitter.com/#!/mantone1/status/228261586148659203

DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse is no stranger to breakdowns, and a communication breakdown has been a long time coming. Today, we got one.

Naturally, he’s a bit cranky:

How weak is @GOP message: busting my chops about typos in email (not a memo) sent to a few reporters instead of defending WMR on substance

— Brad Woodhouse (@woodhouseb) July 25, 2012

.@GOP message: Dems have typos, elect Romney. Defense of failed Romney record: Crickets.

— Brad Woodhouse (@woodhouseb) July 25, 2012

Whatevs, Brad. You might as well put down that shovel, because you’re not gonna dig your way out of this one.

.@SeanSpicer "If you want to see what pulling the emergency rip cord looks like in written form" –> http://t.co/tgxpKT8U cc @woodhouseb

— Tim Miller (@Timodc) July 25, 2012

@woodhouseb you are referring to the panic memo you sent responding to 24 GOP small biz owner events pushing Romney message?

— Tim Miller (@Timodc) July 25, 2012

Yup! That’s the one! Here’s the memo in its busted entirety:

In conjunction with OFA, we’re going to turn the page tomorrow on Mitt Romney’s trumped up, out of context fact-checked-to-death BS about the President and small business and set the record straight on how Mitt Romney has a horrible record on small business, a failed record on jobs and who is advocating for policies that are great for millionaires, billionaires, big oil and corporate America – but that would devastate small businesses and stifle job growth and small business expansion. We’ll being done this with on the ground events in states which are coming together as we speak and with a national press conference call which will include small business owners and others – including at least one person from MA – who will speak about Romney’s failed record and failed policies as well as President Obama’s record as a consistent advocate for small businesses.

Mitt Romney’s going to have to have more than manipulating video and taking quotes out of context to make up for his failed record on jobs and economic and small business development as Governor of Massachusetts and the policies he’s advocating for now that would roll back the investments and support small businesses and communities have always counted on to succeed. As governor of Massachusetts you need look no further than Mitt Romney finishing 47th out of 50 in jobs and manufacturing plummeting to know Mitt Romney’s tenure was a disaster for small businesses in the Bay State.

He left Massachusetts with the highest per capita debt in the nation and created or raised over 1,000 taxes and fees that came to $750 million a year – taxes and fees that fell largely on the middle class and small businesses.

If you’re the Governor that raised a fee on milk and attempted to impose a $10 fee for a state certificate of blindness, it becomes clear why Mitt Romney doesn’t want to talk about his record as Governor on jobs or the economy or budget and taxes.

And he slashed job training programs and cut the manufacturing extension partnership – both devastating to small business development.

What’s worse is that Romney wants to take his failed approach national where he’s pledged to slash the budget so deeply to pay for tax breaks for millionaires like himself he’d devastate the very investments needed for businesses of any size to succeed – especially small businesses. We know the Romney-Ryan budget would slash funding for education, training, research and development, scientific research, investments in clean energy, higher ed, student loans. He’d forgo new investments in high speed rail, broadband, road and bridge construction and repair. And of course – he would have let Detroit go Bankrupt.

Mitt Romney knows a thing or two about financial engineering for his own gain and off shoring money, outsourcing jobs and setting up Swiss Bank Accounts – but he clearly has little clue how the real economy works for small businesses or the middle class. If Mitt Romney thinks that communities and small businesses can succeed strictly on their own – he needs to acquaint himself with the real world where businesses depend on an educated workforce, RandD, and solid infrastructure – everything from broadband to road, bridges and rail.

No – there is only one candidate in this race who should apologize for his record, positions and attitude towards small business – and that’s Mitt Romney.

Oh, our aching grammatical sensibilities! There’s only one cure for this kind of pain: snarkage. Boatloads of it.

Conservatives delivered, gleefully — and stylishly! — taking Woodhouse to, well, the woodshed.

DEER @woodhouseb, U RITE GUD.

— jon gabriel (@exjon) July 25, 2012

After seeing @woodhouseb's writing, we have a pretty good idea who wrote all those Lolcat captions. They're not as funny now though.

— Jim Jamitis (@anthropocon) July 25, 2012

The sad thing is, @woodhouseb is probably on the far right side of the West Wing bell curve.

— Stephen Green (@VodkaPundit) July 25, 2012

Because you didn't push Amercia typo RT @woodhouseb: .@GOP message: Dems have typos, elect Romney. Defense of failed Romney record: Crickets

— el Sooper (@SooperMexican) July 25, 2012

I WUNDERIN @woodhouseb, HOW I B GUD RITER LIKE U? DO ME TAK CLASSSES OR REEDN BOOK OR WUT? I HAS NUBER 2 PENCAL ALL REDDY.

— jon gabriel (@exjon) July 25, 2012

When did the DNC hire @mccainblogette to write press releases?

— Charly J. (@chuck_dizzle) July 25, 2012

Oh, snap.

I GEUSS @woodhouseb NO TOK AT ME. DAT OK. HE BIZZE RITING WRODS. AN RITEING MOR BIG LONG SANSTANCES.

— jon gabriel (@exjon) July 25, 2012

good Lord… @woodhouseb is a huge drama queen AND a terrible writer http://t.co/M9nQDkyU

— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) July 25, 2012

@woodhouseb Did you & @RevAl have the same English/Grammar teacher as kids? http://t.co/zCHpR8Cb

— Brent Munlin (@Bmunlin) July 25, 2012

I LIKE'S PARk;; UM I LIKE'S PART WEAR @woodhouseb USE ALL TOSE WRODS. HE MAKE GOOD WORDKS .? HE SAY BIG WORDS GOODER TAN ME DOO. I THINK

— jon gabriel (@exjon) July 25, 2012

Good news, job seekers: apparently, anyone with a 4th grade education can get a job with the DNC as communications director.

— Charly J. (@chuck_dizzle) July 25, 2012

https://twitter.com/jeffemanuel/status/228241940892762112

Here's hoping @Woodhouseb sends more incomprehensible memos attacking business owners.

— Tim Miller (@Timodc) July 25, 2012

Yes, please! Side-clutching makes for great exercise, and our obliques could use a workout.

So @PJTV superproducer Sammie is on board with my dramatic reading of the @woodhouseb memo. #Exxxxxcccellent.

— Stephen Green (@VodkaPundit) July 25, 2012

Oh, we’re quivering with antici … pation. To quote Woodhouse’s idol, we can’t wait!

***

Update:

The VodkaPundit came through!

It is my pleasure to present The Woodhouse Memo on @PJTV, in honor of the @TheDemocrats' @woodhouseb http://t.co/osrpvgPk

— Stephen Green (@VodkaPundit) July 26, 2012

Please to enjoy.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/07/25/dnc-communications-director-sucks-at-communicating-mockage-ensues/

Hollywood fuel fight: Mark Ruffalo vs. Adam Baldwin

http://twitter.com/#!/Ria_/status/214733903552970753

Hollywood meets fossil fuel!

Actor/director Mark Ruffalo jumped on the United Nations agenda bandwagon with these tweets.

Good Morn! Can you help us end fossil fuel subsidies? Pls tweet #endfossilfuelsubsidies TODAY to help us send a msg & spread the word.!!!”

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) June 18, 2012

@MeeraGhani: @Mruff221 as a next step lets think about where this money could be better spent #endfossilfuelsubsidies#RenewableEnergy!

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) June 18, 2012

@natrlgasguzzler @watercitizen The real solution is Wind Water and Solar. Natural Gas is as bad as any other fossil fuel and destroys water.

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) June 18, 2012

Bless his heart. Dear Mr. Ruffalo: When you are on the side of Greenpeace nuts, you are doing it wrong.

Want to stop climate change? Stop funding it! #EndFossilFuelSubsidies

— Greenpeace (@Greenpeace) June 18, 2012

The hashtag was trending this morning as eco-nuts tweeted out messages to the Rio+20 United Nations Summit.

The easiest ask ever–pls join the #endfossilfuelsubsidies twitterstorm today. It's gone global very quickly–trending #2 a moment ago

— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) June 18, 2012

The summit appears to be as irrelevant as its supporters.

(Reuters) – As Brazil welcomes nearly 120 heads of state and government for a summit on global development this week, the mood could not be more different than it was two decades ago, when global leaders gathered here for the landmark Earth Summit.

Back then, once-arcane concerns about climate change and deforestation had finally grabbed the world’s attention, leading to a global treaty on biodiversity and decisions that cleared the way for the Kyoto agreement on greenhouse gases.

Now, though, the minds of global leaders are elsewhere.

Instead of clean energy, food, the oceans and other topics scheduled for debate at Rio+20, as the summit is known, political focus is attuned to a teetering Europe, turmoil in the Middle East and a presidential campaign in the United States.

Actor Adam Baldwin is not a fan of what he calls this anti-American propaganda campaign. So, he decided to fight propaganda with truth.

https://twitter.com/adamsbaldwin/status/214756305527783425

https://twitter.com/adamsbaldwin/status/214757287305297920

https://twitter.com/adamsbaldwin/status/214749669195128832

https://twitter.com/adamsbaldwin/status/214761308946571265

https://twitter.com/adamsbaldwin/status/214758959213576194

Boom. And then began the counter hashtag #endethanolsubsidies.

https://twitter.com/adamsbaldwin/status/214734589061640195

@adamsbaldwin 1day we'll look back on using food 4 fuel > save climate as we look at human sacrifice to please the gods #EndEthanolSubsidies

— mark (@ratPack66) June 18, 2012

We burn our food for fuel! Historians will refer to us as… idiots! #EndEthanolSubsidies

— Fedup w/POTUS (@dcarney321) June 18, 2012

https://twitter.com/BrandonSFrazer/status/214740996574031874

Silly Politicians, Corn is for Food! #EndEthanolSubsidies

— Dedicated Tenther (@Dedicated10ther) June 18, 2012

Hashtag box office results? Win for Mr. Baldwin. Plus, he’s way easier on the eyes. Are we right, ladies?

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/06/18/hollywood-fuel-fight-mark-ruffalo-and-endfossilfuelsubsidies-vs-adam-baldwin-and-endethanolsubsidies/

He Turned This Ugly Cargo Van Into An Awesome Home On Wheels

For years, Instructables user had a dream to overhaul a Sprinter cargo van. This dream came at a price, though. He booked a trip from Portland, Oregon, to the East Coast where he was finally able to purchase the exact Sprinter model that he had always dreamed of.

With the van in his possession, in order to transform the vehicle from drab to fab, he first needed to gut the entire interior. In just over six months, was able to remodel his 2006 Sprinter into an RV ready for nomadic inhabiting.

loves to engineer and create new designs in CAD, so it only made sense that he would use the program to map out his new RV.

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With the layout finalized, he was able to break up chunks of the design, such as the cabinetry, into smaller pieces, making it easier to produce a materials list.

He found a professional to insulate the inside of the van. The catch? He had to complete all the prep work himself.

He masked out the cab and floor with painter’s plastic.

He then taped off areas where he was planning on attaching paneling.

The insulation work took just over 15 minutes and was almost instantly dry to the touch.

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Then it was time to get to the meat of the van — he used a pre-finished piece of baltic birch plywood for paneling.

The plywood was flexible enough to bend to the curve of the van’s interior.

The flooring went in and things were finally looking homey.

Assembling the cabinets took a lot of patience — there were A LOT of pieces.

He assembled the cabinets in his garage and then transferred them into the van.

He started the installation with the upper cabinets and worked his way down.

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The cabinets came together rather quickly thanks to the precision of the CNC used to cut the pieces.

The birch cabinets were already pre-finished on both sides and therefore required very little attention after installation.

Making It There knew that he would be living out of the van for an extended period of time, so he wanted to make sure that when it came to cooking, he wouldn’t have to sacrifice much.

His design included a working oven and a kitchen sink. He also made the decision to house the propane and water tanks inside the van under the oven.

To save water, he installed a foot pedal and a hand pump.

His decision to house the water tanks inside the locker stemmed from not wanting the water to get too hot or too cold during summer and winter.

He created custom roof pods to house larger camping accessories like chairs and picnic tables.

The pods can be opened from both sides of the van, for easy access.

They were designed with energy efficiency in mind and reinforced with extra polymetal protection.

Two 100-watt solar panels solved their need for electricity.

And finally the van was ready!

The interior looks a lot roomier than you would expect.

Just your average kitchen-living room hybrid.

No need for a tent on this camping trip, this RV has a comfortable bed spread.

Now the first question that comes to my mind, is where are they going to go to the bathroom?


If you want to embark on your own RV project, check out all the instructions from this one here.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/cargo-van-revival/

These 4 breathtaking islands have found amazing ways to make their own natural energy.

Located off the grid? How about making your own?

Islands are their own little worlds. It’s part of their awesomeness. But being cut off from the mainland can also be a serious challenge. Larger land mass means more space and more people … and that usually means more support for roads, electricity, cable lines, and all the other technological amenities of modern living.

But just because you’re surrounded by water doesn’t mean you have to be stuck in the Stone Age. In fact, the inconvenience of connecting back to a mainland-based power grid might just provide the motivation to find an alternative solution like it did for these four islands that found sustainable ways to make their own independent energy.

1. Sams, Denmark

The island of
Sams is located off the central-east coast of Denmark in the Kattegat sea. It’s about 44 square miles in area with a population of around 4,000 people and has been functioning on 100% self-sustainable wind- and biomass-generated electricity since about 2007. In fact, they’ve reached the point where they’re producing so much clean electricity that they’re able to export their surplus.

They also have a
cool interactive map that shows how their renewable energy system works.


Sams photo by David Huang/Flickr.

2. El Hierro

Samso used to have support from the Danish government and was connected to the mainland power grid. But the remote island nation of El Hierro wasn’t so lucky. An autonomous community of Spain located in the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, El Hierro
used to ship in diesel fuel from the mainland to power their electric grid.

But in the summer of 2014, they started to break away by constructing a new wind- and water-turbine farm. The $110 million plant is on track to provide 100% of the island’s electricity by the end of 2015.


El Hierro photo by Jose Mesa/Flickr.

3. Tokelau

In addition to being the
free domain host for my very first personal website back in 2003, the tiny Pacific island of Tokelau (population: 1,400!) also has the distinction of being the first almost-nation to run entirely on solar power.

If we’re being technical, Tokelau is still designated as a
non-self-governing territory of New Zealand, according to the United Nations. But the installation of this solar grid was actually part of the long-term plan to end Tokelau’s dependence on New Zealand and establish themselves as a fully independent and self-governing entity.


Tokelau photo by Cloud Surfer / Wikimedia Commons.

4. Kodiak Island, Alaska

The residential electricity rate in Alaska in June 2015 was nearly the highest in the U.S. and 63% higher than the national average, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Even though places like Kodiak Island were already relying on hydropower for 80% of their electricity, they were still burning millions of gallons of diesel fuel each year.

But with a little help from the Alaska Energy Authority,
the second largest island in the United States now gets
99.7% of its energy from wind and hydro. Which, sure, might not be exactly 100%. But considering the fact that their goal was to reach 95% renewable energy by 2020, I’d say 99.7% by 2015 is pretty good. (Alaska as a whole aims to reach 50% renewable energy by 2025.)


Kodiak Island photo by Wanetta Ayers / Wikimedia Commons.

And while these other islands aren’t quite there yet, they have plans to become self-sufficient and sustainable by 2050:

Hawaii

In June 2015 just ahead of President Obama’s announcement of the Clean Power Plan
Gov. David Ige of Hawaii committed his island-that’s-a-state to achieving the goal of 100% renewable power by 2045. Two months later, they opened the first fully closed-cycle Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion plant in the U.S.

This is a particularly good idea for Hawaii, which
couldn’t even harvest its own fossil fuels if it wanted to.


Hawaii photo by Xklaim/Wikimedia Commons.

Marshall Islands

A Pacific island nation in
free association with the United States, the Republic of Marshall Islands also released a new plan for an eco-friendly future, starting in the summer of 2015. This tiered plan aims for them to reduce carbon emissions 45% by 2030 with the ultimate goal of achieving zero emissions by 2050.


Marshall Islands photo by Stefan Lins/Flickr.

The country’s minister of foreign affairs, Tony de Drum, said it best in the
press release announcing this initiative: “Our message is simple: If one of the world’s smallest, poorest and most geographically isolated countries can do it, so can you.

Sometimes a little competition is all it takes. Let’s hope the rest of the world accepts the challenge.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/these-4-breathtaking-islands-have-found-amazing-ways-to-make-their-own-natural-energy?c=

This incredible art project in Paris uses heartbeats to plant trees. Here’s how.

Plenty of folks have seen the Eiffel Tower.


And it’s certainly a sight to see on any occasion.

But until Sunday night, no one had seen it quite like this…

All GIFs via Here Now/YouTube.

In dazzling fashion, images and graphics were projected onto the tower the day before COP21 began in Paris.

The installation lit up the sky with its forest theme on Nov. 29, 2015, a day ahead of COP21 (that’s short for the Conferences of Parties), the United Nations’ climate change summit, which runs through Dec. 4.

The project, titled “1 Heart 1 Tree” and created by artist Naziha Mestaoui, is aimed at drawing attention to the conference and encouraging leaders to (wake up and) set ambitious goals to reduce carbon emissions.

Photo courtesy of 1 Heart 1 Tree, used with permission.

The best part? You can be part of Mestaoui’s creation.

By downloading an app and using its sensor to monitor your heartbeat, the pumping of your heart will create a growing “branch” on the tower’s tree. (How freaking cool is that?!) You can view it in the app on your phone and share with friends on social media.

But that’s not all. Through the project’s partnered reforestation programs, app users also purchase an actual tree to be planted when they buy a virtual one for the tower. So far, the app has ensured about 50,000 trees will be planted because of “1 Heart 1 Tree.”

“I created this installation so that people everywhere can realize what is possible if we come together,” Mestaoui said in a speech on Sunday, according to a press release provided to Upworthy.

“We can protect and regrow our forests, we can tap the natural powers of the sun, the wind, the earth and the sea, and we can build a safer future if we go 100% clean energy for everyone.”

COP21 is a truly historic event one that could actually spark a major shift in the fight against climate change.

Leaders from more than 150 countries around the world have gathered in Paris to nail down the specifics as to how each can do its fair share to cut way back on carbon emissions.

It’s the largest gathering of heads of state ever.

The end goal is to reduce the world’s collective carbon footprint to ensure global temperatures don’t exceed 2 degrees Celsius of what they were before the industrial revolution of the late-1700s. Because, as climate science tells us, that would be absolutely awful.

The conference is just starting but, so far, news out of the summit seems promising.

For starters, take the summit’s guest list (practically) the whole world is seriously committed to fighting climate change. That includes major polluters, like the U.S., India, China, and Russia.

Also, news of Bill Gates’ multibillion-dollar initiative to unite the world with clean energy investments is already making waves as a game-changing strategy to make our energy sources greener while also helping eradicate poverty in the developing world.

Basically, it’s a huge win-win.

“1 Heart 1 Tree” serves as a powerful reminder that the beauty of art can have an immeasurable impact.

Lighting up The Eiffel Tower won’t stop climate change on its own but it can inspire the hearts and minds of those who are dedicated to trying their best.

Check out incredible footage of “1 Heart 1 Tree” below:

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/this-incredible-art-project-in-paris-uses-heartbeats-to-plant-trees-heres-how?c=tpstream