This past weekend more than 60,000 music fans and social activists gathered on the Great Lawn in Central park for the fifth Global Citizen Festival. MSNBC co-sponsored the event for the third consecutive year, thus continuing a partnership with the forward-thinking organization dedicated to ending global poverty by 2030. The celebratory concert featured public figures, actors, singers and politicians campaigning for a myriad of human rights issues championed by Global Citizen to assist those in need.
Saturday’s show capped off a three-month campaign that took a total of 1.3 million actions, leading to 44 commitments and announcements worth a total of $1.9 billion dollars in pledged donations. Global Citizen said that 199 million people will be impacted by this fundraising. From an environmental perspective, Global Citizen is actively dedicated to protecting the environment and providing clean, safe water and sanitation to communities without those luxuries.
Some of the highlights from the 2016 festival included:
Performances from artists such as Kendrick Lamar, who played hit song “King Kunta” to an enthusiastic crowd:
Businessman and “Shark Tank” star Daymond John and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, who called on young citizens to make sure to vote in the upcoming election:
Chris Martin, creative director of the event and lead singer of British rock band Coldplay, who covered Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” live. He even improvised a verse about Rihanna, the next performer, who was running a bit behind schedule:
There were also some fascinating behind-the-scenes interviews with famous attendees and guests, including Prime Minister Xavier Bettel of Luxembourg:
It’s that time of year again—time for kids to go back to school. Students all around the country are packing their backpacks and emotionally preparing themselves for another year of learning avalanche of knowledge.
If you’re looking for an easy way to help the environment as your child goes back to school, consider carpooling! If your child doesn’t take the bus every morning, make a carpool group with a few other families in your community to cut down on gas costs. It helps keep the “green” in your wallet, and it’s also great for the environment by reducing the number of cars on the road.
Check out these carpooling facts from the National Resource Defense Council:
Carpooling saves you money: less driving means fewer fill-ups and less automobile wear-and-tear.
Carpooling increases productivity: less time stuck in traffic means quicker commutes and more time to get things done.
Carpooling saves lives: fewer cars on the road means fewer accidents and crash-related deaths and injuries.
On Average, a car produces 10,000 lbs of carbon dioxide and 600 lbs of carbon monoxide in one year, while consuming on average around 550 gallons of gasoline a year.
If every passenger car in the US carried just one additional commuter for a single day, the US could save over 30 million gallons of gasoline.
In case you have any lingering doubts about what carpooling can do for you or the planet, take a listen to Grimm’s Russell Hornsby and Royal Pains’ Mark Fuerstein:
Happy 100th birthday to our beautiful National Parks! As of August 25th, the National Park Service has protected and preserved beautiful spaces in this country for a full century. But how much do you really know about our National Park System? Check out these facts from the National Resource Defense Council:
President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation on August 25, 1916 to create the National Park Service to protect our natural spots and “leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations”—thanks, President Wilson!
There are more than 460 parks, monuments, and heritage sites included in the Park Service including Yosemite, Denali, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, the Florida Everglades, and California’s Redwood Forests.
Our National Parks stretch across more than 84 million acres and can be found in twenty-seven different states.
The National Parks drew more than 300 million visitors last year—including hikers, cyclists, day-trippers, families, individuals, school groups, you name it!
More than 20,000 staff members make the National Park Service possible—from the Park Ranger to the Park Mailman, everyone works together to make sure these parks will be with us for centuries to come.
The National Park Service is still adding land to their jurisdiction! Just days ago President Obama designated the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The National Park Service will oversee and share with the public 87,500 acres of Maine’s North Woods that encompass awe-inspiring mountains, forests, and waters of north-central Maine.
To celebrate 100 years of National Parks, the National Park Service has launched a special site called “Find Your Park” to make choosing a park and planning a trip easy and fun: http://findyourpark.com/. Use it today to find the perfect park for you and your family.
In the meantime, if you’re not able to get to a National Park anytime soon, make sure to check out the local parks in your own neighborhood.
See how much Ron Funches and Bridgit Mendler, from NBC’s “Undateable,” love their local parks:
It’s that special time again, when elite athletes from around the world converge on one city for an exciting two weeks of sports. That’s right, it’s time to gather round our screens to watch the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! (Can you tell we’re excited?)
On their #RoadtoRio, members of Team USA stopped by The More You Know to share their words of wisdom. Here, one of our favorite gold medal-winning gymnasts, the talented Aly Raisman, reminds us about an easy way to stay green this summer:
And watch more great tips from other incredible Olympians, like Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian (swimming); Allyson Felix, Emma Coburn and Ashton Eaton (track and field); Kerri Walsh Jennings (volleyball); Adeline Gray (wrestling); David Boudia (diving) and Maya Moore (basketball).
Over the next two weeks, you don’t have to worry about missing your favorite sport, however niche it may be—NBC has scheduled an unprecedented 6,755 hours of programming from Rio. That beats the previous record held by the 2012 London Games by over one thousand hours, and is, according to NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell, “The most comprehensive coverage of any event in sports history.” Do yourself a favor and take advantage.
Additionally, since Rio is only one hour ahead of the east coast, these will be the most live Olympics ever—so you don’t have to delay the excitement.
You can catch all the action Friday, August 5th on NBC at 7 pm, starting with what’s sure to be a truly extraordinary Opening Ceremony. Go to nbcolympics.com for full Olympics details.
Jason Bourne, the fourth movie in Universal Pictures’ blockbuster series, hits theaters today, July 29th. Matt Damon returns as the ex-CIA operative turned agency outsider who’s trying to right the wrongs of his past without destroying himself in the process. The film also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), Riz Ahmed (The Reluctant Fundamentalist), and Ato Essandoh (Django Unchained).
Skull Island: Reign of Kong is a fantastical quest to find the legendary beast, himself. On your ride through dark jungles, you’ll fight off jungle predators and hostile tribes.
Loews Sapphire Falls Resortis the newest on-site hotel. Lounge and splash about in the 16,000 square foot pool—the largest pool in the resort hotels—and sleep in one of 1,000 guest rooms, including 83 suites. Order a delicious meal at Amatista Cookhouse (try the mojo-marinated rotisserie chicken) and ride the watertaxi past great views of the waterfalls at the lagoon.
But Universal Orlando Resort isn’t just a fantastic family getaway—it’s also making huge strides to limit its carbon footprint.
Here are just a few ways it stay green:
All excess food is donated to the Second Harvest Foodbank.
19% of the park’s total waste was diverted in 2015.
There are 2,500 recycling locations throughout the parks.
Check out more ways Universal is keeping it green in this handy infographic, and go here to see what other exciting events are happening at the resort:
Hold on tight. The second season of USA’s Mr. Robot premieres Wednesday, July 13th at 10/9c, and it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
A quick review: the show stars Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, a young cyber-security engineer who’s drafted into the secret hacker collective fsociety, led by the enigmatic and mysterious Mr. Robot (Christian Slater). The second season sees the fallout from the group’s major hack of Evil Corp, the show’s behemoth multi-national company. Mr. Robot also stars Portia Doubleday (Her), Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory), Martin Wallström (Simple Simon), Grace Gummer (The Newsroom), Michael Cristofer (Ray Donovan) and Stephanie Corneliussen (Legends of Tomorrow).
But this show isn’t just racking up industry awards–it’s also picking up nods for its eco-friendly practices on-set. Mr. Robot received an EMA Green Seal for its sustainable production practices on season one. And here are some ways the crew kept things green during filming for season two:
Fuel: In order to cut carbon emissions, a special blend of B20 biodiesel was used for generators and trucks.
Electricity: The Mr. Robot lighting department used energy-efficient LED lighting, which greatly reduced energy demands.
Recycling/Composting: Systems for both recycling and composting were implemented throughout production; season 2 also saw a composting program that traveled to on-location filming.
Food: Catering worked with Rock and Wrap It Up! to donate food to members of the NYC community who are food insecure. This also reduced the amount of methane gas that was released into the atmosphere.
Read more about Mr. Robot‘s sustainable practices here, and be sure to tune in to the season two premiere on Wednesday, July 13th at 10/9c, on USA.
July 4th is a time to celebrate, and NBC will be doing so in style, along with Kenny Chesney, 5 Seconds of Summer, Meghan Trainor, Pitbull, Sara Bareilles and many others at this year’s Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, live at 8 pm ET. While you’re preparing for your own party or BBQ, keep these tips in mind to make your holiday a greener one:
Forty percent of food in the U.S. ends up in landfills. Reduce your food waste by saving and freezing leftovers instead of throwing them away.
If you’re grilling, consider using propane instead of charcoal to cut down on your carbon footprint.
Instead of paper or Styrofoam plates, dish up your meal onto reusable or biodegradable plates.
It may be hot, but if all your guests are outdoors, there’s no keep the air conditioner on. Make sure to turn it down or off.
And while you’re at it, don’t forget to shut off power strips to cut down on phantom energy.
If you’re tuning in to the fireworks on NBC, save energy by turning off the lights while the TV is on. (And isn’t it better to watch fireworks in the dark?)