The United States spends more on trash bags than ninety other countries spend on everything. In other words, the receptacles of our waste cost more than all of the goods of consumed by nearly half of the world’s nations.
Our latest intern team member Laurie decided to take this question head on! There are lots of things that we LOVE about San Diego… how would we do outside of SD?
Wait, is Paris sustainable? That’s actually a great question! And let me tell you one thing guys, it would be very interesting to know what you think about that, because I don’t! As a French and Parisian student I can’t really tell how much Paris is involved in sustainability and if we can compare its commitment to San Diego’s. Isn’t it weird?
For sure Paris is doing a lot of efforts to make everything more “green”, environmentally friendly, and to turn French into environmentalists. They established a large bicycle sharing system (Vélib), an electric car sharing (Autolib) in addition to a huge public transportation system. They also promote many outdoor activities and encourage Parisians to make their own vegetable garden. Recycling is no longer a secret, and eating healthy and organic seems to be trendy. In fact, listing all the things that the city has done so far would be seriously too long. But at least you have an overview of some measures undertaken by the city that endeavors to raise awareness and to make people think sustainably.
Yet today the results remain unclear and that’s the point. Either you have people completely “enviro” - willing to make drastic changes, or you have inflexible people reluctant to new eco-conscious efforts. Consequences: a huge mix of different behaviors that makes Paris an unsure sustainable city. To give you an illustration, Paris has been covered by a high peak of pollution last month: pollution particulates (mostly created by vehicles, heating and heavy industry) had exceeded the safe level. Scary, huh?
Also I should not forget to talk about the insalubrity of the Parisian streets. That might not be a secret for you but Paris is pretty dirty, while San Diego is so amazingly clean! Well- streets are not completely littered, you can walk easily! But it’s pretty common to see dog poop, overfilled trashes, cigarette butts, gum, papers… and might smell like pee. This lack of cleanliness is the topic of numerous campaigns and political concerns, which claim that getting Paris dirty is polluting it. In 2013, the city settled a trash can every 330 feet (over 30,000 in all Paris), more than 6,000 cleaning agents, free self-cleaning public toilets, and a €38 fine for polluting people. Today the city is calling for Parisians’ and tourists’ awareness and support, since nothing can be done without the population’s help.
Needless to say that Paris and San Diego are hardly comparable, mostly because of the population (Paris is so much more crowded than SD), the level of tourism and the number of corporations in and around the area. But still, I think I can tell San Diegan sustainable lovers that the French capital is not the best destination for them.
But hey, here is my personal advice: think about the French countryside instead. Above all the Alps that are so gorgeous in Summer and Winter. It’s the perfect place for healthy vacation in nature far away from pollution (and more precisely, check out Combloux, the pearl of the Alps!).
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1to1 Tumblrs, meet Laurie! She’s joining us for the next six months from Paris! How lucky are we?? Get to know her!
I’m Laurie, the new French intern of the 1:1 family! And you know what guys? It is seriously so amazing for me to be here. San Diego is so much nicer than Paris in April (people who have already experienced April weather in Paris know what I’m talking about).
I was born in France with red wine in my baby’s bottle and grew up with a baguette under the arm and a camembert as a pillow (joke). Actually, this is how my life looks like back home: everything revolves around food (at least in my family) and the beauty of our environment (have you ever seen the Alpes? One of the most gorgeous mountains in the world!). But hey, let me reassure you, beyond cuisine and castles, I have many other interests and most of them are about the US.
Everything started when I was a kid, surely because of TV (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” was sooo cool!!) and later on I decided to make this more real by studying languages. That was for me the best start to get a better understanding on international topics and more precisely on the American culture. This actually led me to study in the US for one year for my Bachelor’s degree and guess where… at Humboldt State University!!
Alright now I’m sure lots of you guys get why I feel so concerned about sustainability, right? If Humboldt is pretty famous for its weed, it is even more popular for its lifestyle! This year was honestly a turning point in my life.The environment in this county is so pure and gorgeous and people are so open-minded, respectful and nice… let’s say it, it definitely inspired me. And so I came back home with so many ideas, especially about food waste (oui oui, I like “cuisine”) and how you can protect environment.
After graduating, I’ve been studying “International Project Management” for my Master’s Degree at La Sorbonne in Paris. But wait… Why management? Well because I think management can help make things different, don’t you think? I still keep in mind all the inspiration Humboldt gave me for my own interests but also for my professional career. That’s why I’m here with the 1to1 Movement! In fact, my university requires me to do a 6-month internship, which is for me the best opportunity ever: this is my chance to gather both management and sustainability. Isn’t it great?
You know, I sound like a creep back home when I want to make people more aware about their health, waste, and all the damage they do on the environment (that’s crazy to see how many people can eat dirty things that even an animal would actually not eat). Here is finally the occasion for me to make a change: this is all about sustainability guys! Yep, by committing to sustainability it’s also for you a way to respect your family, friends, your kids, people you will meet or won’t… It’s just about making things last longer, especially your “life”. I think everybody has an interest in that.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
Join us connecting individuals in their way to change the world. Rally on!
We’re not going to give you a list of the 17 reasons why you should give… yet. Stay tuned, though!!
We here at 1to1 recently launched our biggest crowdfunding project. EVER. Well, at least in the history of our organization. To be completely honest, it’s pretty nerve racking. We’re putting ourselves out there for the masses. Small, private donor meetings don’t seem so scary anymore…
Which had us thinking- what is it about fundraising that makes most of us groan in agony? “Noooo, not development! Anything but asking for money!”
Well. We’re not groaning. We are shouting with excitement. THIS IS THE COOLEST PROJECT WE HAVE EVER SOUGHT OUT TO DO AND WE HAVE DONE SOME REALLY COOL STUFF!!!!!!!!!
The power of nonprofits is founded in utilizing money for “good.” Our priority is the happiness of shareholders, just like any business. However, our shareholders are community members- educators, janitors, business owners, parents, financial analysts, farmers, policy makers, local government leaders, fellow nonprofit staffers, volunteers, scientists, students, retirees, restaurant managers, medical professionals… YOU!
The tool we’re developing will help all of us find our “1” way to make a positive impact on our planet. Here’s a really awesome video about exactly how the tool will work.
We’re reaching out for our shareholders’ help right now and for the entire month of April. Yes, that means YOU. Crowdfunding depends on participation of many. Every cent counts, every dollar counts. And we guarantee we will utilize every single one of those 100 pennies in YOUR dollar for change. Do you have a dollar to change the world? Rally with us.
Woot woot! Big news from the 1to1 Movement! We are designing a web and mobile app to track the positive impact of individuals who pledge to take small actions. Think about it 1to1 - 1 person, 1 action, 1 community, 1 planet.
Check out our video and put your Rally pants on! It’s going to be an AMAZINGLY AWESOME April!!!
Readers, meet our latest intern team member! We’re looking forward to having a local San Diego high school student join us for the rest of the school year!
My name is Clara. I to go King Chavez High School. I am the newest intern at The 1:1 Movement. My favorite school subjects are math and science. I enjoy riding bikes and watering plants. I love and care for the environment which makes me glad to be a 1:1 intern.
I would like to be part of the change that makes earth a better place and is positive effect in the environment. I hope to take a lot from The 1:1 movement and learn many ways I can contribute to reduce waste and pollution as well as ways to help and inform others about these issues.