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Friday, April 28, 2006

NEWS: The CityHippy Week

Ladies & Gentleman, it's Friday night! Welcome to...

The CityHippy Week!

Karma Cola indeed
Uhm I think someone at Coke has gone nuts. They commissioned Jack White (and oddly he accepted) of the White Stripes to write a new song for a new Coke campaign. He did so and the results are here.

Weird thing is that the song is apparently called What goes around comes around and the ad itself features a sort of karmic story of a women losing her pet bird, giving away her coke and that then leading her back to her bird. What a happy ending. Apart from one tiny little thing.

If Coke are saying they now believe that 'doing the right thing is the right thing to do' and that 'what goes around comes around' then surely the myriad of bad things they have done over the years are seriously gonna come back and bite them on the butt. Unless it is not true and they are just exploiting a sense of karmic justice in the world. Cynical? Moi?

What else caught my little green eye?

Leukaemia & power lines - a connection!
The possibility of a link between electricity pylons and childhood cancers was officially confirmed for the first time yesterday. And Ministers are to consider issuing new guidelines to protect public safety.
And for years we were told there was no problem and they wonder why no one listens to or trusts politicians.

British Gas promoting efficiency
Interesting ad seen on TV recently here in the UK from British Gas (Free Energy Report & you can even join their Energy Savers Club) advising people to switch TV's off of standby mode.

I have noticed more and more companies actively promoting greener activity and am starting to think business may have a conscience after all. Perhaps even the most hardened business people are starting to realise that regardless of wealth and class climate change is a great leveller and will affect people irrespective of who they are. And about time too!

Bear Putin dons green coat
President Putin clearly is smarter than people realise and he has demonstrated this by listening to protestors concerns about siting a new oil pipeline along side the largest fresh water (holds 1/5 of the global fresh water supply) lake in the world, Lake Baikal. He has moved it well away and for that we say 'Well Done Vlad!'

BP's green goddess wins award
And so the Veuve Clicquot award for Business Woman of the Year goes to....Vivienne Cox, BP CEO for Gas, Power, Renewables and Integrated Supply & Trading.
More recently, Cox has also been charged with spearheading BP's $8bn (£4.4bn) punt on developing alternative energies - which, she believes, probably won her the award. She says: "That is serious money to invest in green technology. And we will make a good business out of this."
Whilst BP have much to answer for investing that much money into renewables can only be a good thing. Whether we like them or not they are a major renewable investor and innovator. And we have Vivienne to thank for creating that renewables business within BP and being at least partially (if not wholly) responsible for channeling $8bn (£4.4bn) into developing alternative energies. Well done Vivienne!

Medical miracles massacred
Plants that can offer cures for many serious diseases could be lost because of deforestation in Borneo, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Such plants could be used in the fight against cancer, Aids and malaria, the conservation group said in a report.
Like Sean Connery in that powerful (yet rubbish) film, Medicine Man, City Hippy is aware that whilst we destroy our rainforests we are also destroying our own futures and salvations. We must protect these vital organs of the planet before it is too late. If not you, who? If not now, when?

…and that's the way it is folks!



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