Ideas within topic organizations,environment: (click suns to rate or comment on ideas)

1 Governments should pay for removal of discarded fishing nets snagged underwater. These nets last centuries, killing huge numbers of fish and mammals. E-mail
2 Give every person in the world equal allowances to emit greenhouse gasses, and require large emitters to buy allowances from people on an open market. This will bypass countries and corruption and will benefit poor people. E-mail
3 A website where people can type in their zip code and find out the location of the nearest recycling facility for metal, glass, paper, plastic, etc. E-mail
4 To prevent further damage to our Earth, I think that we need to have education in our schools that teaches the consequences that our actions have on the Earth. E-mail
5 To save paper, trees, energy, and money, try to make your workplace paperless. Instead of printing documents, read and store them on your computer. Use e-mail instead of paper memos, faxes, or letters. E-mail
6 Building codes should require new structures to use motion detectors in lighting of offices, classrooms, conference rooms, etc. When nobody is there, the lights go out. I know the devices exist--just make them mandatory. Cary Ma (energy conservation) E-mail
7 To conserve electricity, companies can give their workers half the money saved in electricity compared to last year, which would encourage workers to turn off lights, air conditioning, and unused equipment. Please e-mail me your results if you try this. E-mail
8 Polluted cities can give a rebate to residents who buy hybrid (gasoline-electric) cars and turn in a conventional gasoline car for recycling. Pay for it with a gasoline and diesel tax. E-mail
9 To have a better, greener, & cleaner world, ensure that before each tree is cut, at least 5 saplings (per tree cut) of the same species have been planted in proximity and those have survived for at least a year. This can be made an international law. E-mail
10 Mobile-Shredder is a van with different shredders installed on the back and with a deposit for paper. This could be a good service for companies who want to destroy and recycle old documents, forms, books, etc. E-mail
11 To preserve forests, nations may contribute (in proportion to their greenhouse gas production) to a fund to pay "rent" to countries or regions in proportion to their forest area. The more forests they clear, the less rent they get. E-mail
12 To prevent floods, encourage volunteers to build storage areas, with routes for the rain to be channeled into these storage areas. Water is good, but only if it's where you want it to be. E-mail
13 Use adhesive bondable rigid polyolefin pipes for shallow and medium depth borewells as substitutes for rigid PVC pipes. These pipes are lead-free and vinyl chloride-free. E-mail
14 Since people identify more with an individual victim than with whole groups, advocacy groups should raise support for a cause by publicizing one person's story. Examples: a child brain-damaged by malaria; a woman dying of TB. E-mail
15 Natural gas is burned and wasted in flares during oil pumping. Instead, it should be used to power portable generators to save the wasted energy as electricity. Develop portable, energy-intensive mini-factories to consume the electricity or heat. E-mail
16 To save energy and money and to reduce air pollution, set temperature in air-conditioned public and private buildings and transport (buses, trains) to no less than 26 degrees C. E-mail
17 To cap greenhouse gas emissions and fairly spread the cost, divide current emissions by the Earth's population, and let each country emit at that same per capita rate. Nations exceeding their limit must buy emission quotas from nations under their limits. E-mail
18 To save the cost and environmental impact of building a new pipeline for Alaskan North Slope gas, just wait until all the oil is pumped out, and then convert the oil pipeline to a gas pipeline. E-mail
19 To conserve energy reserves, reduce pollution, and slow global warming, fund a worldwide program to extinguish underground coal and peat fires, which are huge in such places as India, Indonesia, and China. E-mail
20 Every community should have a place where one can deposit unwanted items with no questions asked or fees charged. This would stop a lot of illegal dumping. Also, the public should be allowed to remove any item they desire, i.e. take it or leave it. E-mail
21 Plants can help save energy. Deciduous trees let winter sun through bare branches and block summer sun with leaves. Ivy can trap a layer of air near the building (reducing convective air movement that steals heat). E-mail
22 Install motion sensor light and air conditioner switches to turn off electricity when people leave rooms but neglect to use switches. Commercial buildings like offices, stores, or clubhouses can reduce their electricity cost. E-mail
23 To strengthen an organization, plan enjoyable events for members. Build solidarity for tough tasks (negotiating, picketing) by cooperating on public service. You might clean up a beach and have a picnic afterwards. (unions, organizations, environment) E-mail
24 Give people who are carpooling a discount at gas stations. This would reduce traffic congestion. (driving, energy conservation) E-mail
25 Change procurement codes to require government offices to purchase recycled paper and other recycled products. Have competition between offices and cash rewards for offices that purchase the largest percentage of recycled products. E-mail
26 Mass produce hybrid vehicles to make them cheaper. Have a law that no non-hybrid car can be sold as of 2009. E-mail
27 To save energy and reduce air pollution, insulate minibuses (smaller windows, insulated body, white paint) so driver can turn engine & air con. off. when stopped waiting for passengers and still stay cool in summer. (conservation) E-mail
28 A way to store and process animal waste (dogs and cats) into a type of fertilizer to sprinkle onto your yard flower beds, etc. E-mail
29 A bird feeder where, whenever a bird lands on the pirch in front of the feeding dish, the perch would go down slightly like a lever, and, depending on the weight of the bird on the pirch, it would dispense the right amount of food for that weight. E-mail
30 The government should start a program to make electric cars as powerful as today's autos. Though it would be costly in the short term, it would boost the economy by ending our dependence on foreign oil and securing this technology for the country. E-mail
31 The black & white colors of zebras get unevenly hot in the sun and induce localised air flow to cool them. Similarly the roof top water tanks or outside walls of buildings in hot countries can be painted in zebra/chequered colors to reduce heating. E-mail
32 Electric recharge parking meters: pop in quarters to fill up your electric car while at work. E-mail
33 If everyone has at least one plant in each room, then we can have a better environment: a billion plants more. E-mail
34 Promote the establishment of "nuclear free zones" to educate the public on the dangers of uranium mining, disposal of nuclear waste, and the use of nuclear energy and products in the development and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. E-mail
35 Global climate change and uncontrolled population growth must be addressed together. Considered together, there is an equity that most of the world's population can embrace and commit to.
36 A car company could partly fund development of a non-fossil fuel car, the world's first that would be mass produced, by collecting $2000 deposits from 500,000 people, who'd suggest features of the car. It would cut greenhouse gas pollution. (Wikicar) E-mail
37 Advisory eco signs should be put on traffic lights with suggestions to save fuel when driving, in an attempt to reduce the carbon footprint of drivers. E-mail
38 To save energy, close the doors of air-conditioned buildings. E-mail
39 In the present scenario of depleting ground water tables globally, it would be desirable to dig irrigation/transportation canals and to interlink various rivers as a measure of water crisis management. This way, the deficiency in water can be solved. E-mail
40 To conserve water, require builders to replace old, wasteful toilets or other water "sinks" with more efficient ones to earn the right to build new homes or buildings. Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA does this. E-mail
41 I would like to see a book written that begins: "Many years ago when the world was dependent upon fossil fuel for energy..."
42 Nothing is a waste if it is recycled. Converting organic matter into manure remains a slogan. All hydrocarbons yield energy too. People don't use things unless they come with a brand name and an attractive package. Governments should take a note of this. E-mail
43 The reason that we are poisoning the Earth with our waste is because Earth is overpopulated. I think that more governments need to pass laws restricting the number of children that are born. E-mail
44 Family Day. Nominate one day each year as family day. Must stay at home with your family. No travelling at all. Builds relationships within the family and keeps those polluting cars off the streets for just one day. May save lives as well. E-mail
45 If "Space Elevators" were ever developed, ozone could be produced at the appropriate height to replace the ozone destroyed by CFCs. E-mail
46 Many people are lazy and take elevators to go up just one floor. To encourage energy conservation and healthy exercise, charge people the real cost for using an elevator, using a coin or smart cash card machine on the door. (electricity) E-mail
47 Schools, banks, and government offices waste lots of paper. To save paper, teachers may think twice before assigning home-works, and instead try to motivate the taught to comprehend. Offices can rely on computers. Save forests and they will save us. E-mail
48 Why Let Gators Live? Gators are dangerous animals with almost no brain, and they like to eat humans. It's very tasty for them. We don't let tigers roam, so why gators? E-mail
49 All the major newspapers for one day in the year could add a small donation onto their price. The proceeds could be pooled together into a fund specifically created to plant trees to offset the paper needed for the manufacture of newspapers. E-mail
50 If it is the case that the world cannot survive another 150 years of fossil fuel burning, and that an alternative must be developed immediately, then for present all oil sites should be used to lessen middle east tension. E-mail