info 09.22.09

Plus: Every Person in New York

It's Climate Week in NY, which means a Climate Summit at the U.N. today and all kinds of events through Friday. Get the details here.

You may have seen the 'NY Post' yesterday (a well-done impostor, actually) with the headline We're Screwed. It was all about the perils of climate change inaction, which, needless to say, the real NY Post wouldn't have highlighted, so you get a pleasant dose of irony along with some interesting articles.

Part of the impetus behind yesterday's alternate universe Post was to encourage government action on climate change. The U.N. has its own campaign, designed to push for comprehensive reform when world leaders meet in Copenhagen in December to consider environmental concerns. It's called Seal the Deal! and we encourage you to sign the petition.

On Thursday, September 24th, a free citywide event called Green Brooklyn…Green City 2009 takes place at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Columbus Park. It's a great way to learn about what the city is doing on environmental and sustainability issues. There will be workshops such as Green Your Business and Local vs. Organic, green business exhibitors, and a farmer's market.

We came across this statistic in Nat Geo's The Green Guide: NYC residents consume nearly 28 gallons of bottled water each year. Not good. If you happen to be a fan of Fiji water, do not miss this jawdropping article in Mother Jones before you take another sip. And if you drink any bottled water at all, consider the Natural Resources Defense Council study of 103 bottled water brands that found roughly one in four brands tested contained some bacterial or chemical contamination. You can read more about bottled waters at Take Back the Tap and sign the Take Back the Tap pledge. NYC water, with a Pur water filter is our own preferred method of delicious, clean, eco-friendly hydration.

MUG is delighted to introduce Every Person in New York, a new weekly series. Jason Polan started the project in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. He's kindly agreed to let MUG feature one of his drawings every week. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.

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