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Trashtivist: My garbage, in perspective

This is Chip's fifth and final entry in the series "Grist dared me to make a change." Read the first, second, third, and fourth here. And support his dare with a gift to Grist. Well, that was a nice trip down memory lane, even if it got a little smelly toward the end -- especially when my Trashtivist garbage bag was merged with the other household garbage, the stuff that was just too gross to carry around with me for a week. And by that I mean the diapers. Just five (full, ahem) diapers weighed more than the rest of …

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Trashtivist: Shameful soup stink

This is Chip's fourth entry in the series "Grist dared me to make a change." Read the first, second, third, and fifth here. And support his dare with a gift to Grist. Take-out lentil soup smells really good ... at first. Courtest of LA OC Foodventures via FlickrThe bag is about half-full and now it's starting to smell. Yesterday, keeping the family peace took priority over reducing our waste, and today you can really tell. Jenny had an errand to run, and we were too busy to make dinner at home, so we got take-out and ate outside at a …

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Trashtivist: Percy goes to the dump

This is Chip's third entry in the series "Grist dared me to make a change." Read the first, second, fourth, and fifth here. And support his dare with a gift to Grist. What on earth happened to Percy? He's shot. GristPerversely, I'm now taking some pleasure in creating garbage. I'm not sure that was the point of this dare, but there you have it. My trash bag has more stuff in it now, but not much more. The best thing in there is Percy. Percy, you may recall, is Thomas the Tank Engine's chum, the friendly green train. I'm not …

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Trashtivist: Where did the garbage go?

This is Chip's second entry in the series "Grist dared me to make a change." Read the first, third, fourth, and fifth here. And support his dare with a gift to Grist. This isn't my garbage. Not yet, anyway.Courtesy of pinguino via FlickrSo far, we haven't produced much garbage. I'm not bragging. Honestly, it's a little disappointing. I'm carrying around this white plastic Seventh Generation trash bag, and the bag itself is more garbage than what's in it. We started yesterday. It was chaos. My wife, Jenny, was supposed to get home at 5, and instead she got home around …

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Trashtivist: Reliving my trashy past

This is Chip's first entry in the series "Grist dared me to make a change." Read the second, third, fourth, and fifth here. And support his dare with a gift to Grist. Back in college, I carried around all the garbage I produced for a week to demonstrate the wastefulness of the average student. It wasn't a great way to meet women. Well, now I'm married, so I don't have to worry about that anymore. But I still worry about the environment, and I still want to call attention to garbage – my own and everybody else's. That's why, with …

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Brie a hero for Grist

Dear Grist readers, Would you give $5 to have a platter full of green news, astute advice, and tips for taking action at your fingertips? Today, ONE DAY ONLY, we're asking for your help. As the big cheese of Grist, I know there's plenty of stuff to scare the holes out of your Swiss when it comes to the state of the planet, like a nuclear crisis looming in Japan, fracking's effects on our water supplies, and the potential castration of the EPA. But at Grist, we see gouda things happening too. We've responded to your cries with stories of …

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Saving the planet, one cruise at a time

Set a course for adventure ...Photo: JemingwayOdd locations are not unusual for green-leaning conferences, but this one might take the cake. I'm en route to Miami for a conference aboard, ahem, a cruise ship. What better place to contemplate the fate of the Earth, ocean conservation, and ways to right the planet's social ills than on a giant diesel-powered city of excess? (Conference organizers, WTF?) Leaving aside the venue, the conference looks to be amazing in a Fast Company-, Wired-sort-of way -- lots of smart, highly successful, digitally wired superstars, all with an interest in making the world a better …

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Fearless Leader Has Idea

Dear Grist Nation, Perhaps you saw our saucy little preview of the refurbished Grist.org last week. If not, surprise! Do you now find us hotter and more irresistible than ever before? We hope so. Our new homepage makes it easier to get your eyeballs on our juicy journalism, astute advice, newsy nuggets, and hot-off-the-press posts from your favorite Grist voices. No wait, no layers, no convoluted searching required. We're especially happy to introduce the new Grist List. It's a one-stop, can't-miss collection of the stories that matter the most each day. It's the news you need even if (OK, especially …

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Happy effing Earth Day...um Week

Deep thoughts from founder Chip Giller

Every year as Earth Day approaches, there's a moment when we here at Grist stare at each other around a conference table and say, "What the hell are we going to do this time?" I imagine it's the same way the window dressers at Macy's feel when the winter holidays are approaching. How do you make an annual event feel fresh, exciting, and fun? One obvious solution, of course, is profanity. Last year, our "Screw Earth Day" campaign was a wildly successful reminder that eco-awareness shouldn't be limited to one day; this week, we're launching the similarly sailor-worthy "Earth: FML." …

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What a difference a day makes

Day of Climate Action shows power of web organizing. Join us!

Bill McKibben and Chip Giller want you to get pumped up for the International Day of Climate Action.   When Grist was launched 10 years ago, a key idea behind it was that the web could be used to spread the news about what’s really happening across the planet. Turned out to be true. Now the question is: Can the web spread more than information to the farthest corners of the planet? Can we really use it to effect the outcome of the most important scientific questions we’ve ever faced? And the answer to that looks to be "yes" as …

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