There has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes here at Earth911 and it’s time I put pen to paper to tell you all about them. This includes our “Earth Watch” video section, our “Online Forums” and our new “Opinions Matter Program.” The team here at Earth911 have worked very hard to deliver this great new content to you, so I hope you enjoy it. However, I must say again, if you want to access all of this content, you do need to register, it’s free and it’s fast, so go ahead.

At 4:30 CST the beginning of the new content launches: “Earth Watch”

Now, I am a great fan of TMZ, not their content, just the way they present it. So starting today, we have launched our environmental version. Justin, Megan, Ryan and Emerald are all on camera with Jennifer Nickerson telling you about their favorite articles and ones they are working on now. They are candid and forthright in their comments and definitely take no prisoners.

This new section enables you, the viewer, to see and experience the subject matter as the writer saw it when they wrote it. While the written word has been a favored medium for me for many years, this new way of communicating with you is fast becoming the standard and we will continue our conversation in any medium we can find. However, you will not see my old wrinkly face on any of them. Sorry, I just don’t do cameras.

In one of these clips Emerald talks about the 7 million people that died from something as mundane as cooking their family meal. If there were ever a truly meaningless death, this would be it.

In another Ryan talks about the Citgo settlement and how the courts decided the victims deserved absolutely nothing, a real eye-opener.

You will also get to meet Megan, our not-so-closet DIY Diva. She really lives this stuff everyday, and her clip on reusing toilet paper holders in the garden is definitely one for the books.

And where would we be without our resident antagonist, Justin? He talks with Dr. Patrick Moore, the co-founder of Greenpeace. Dr. Moore explains why he feels Greenpeace and their allies are responsible for 50-60 million needless deaths, and why Paul Watson describes “humans as the AIDS of the planet”. Obviously Justin has some opinions and is not shy on expressing them.

Then there’s Emerald, in all her New York glory. Watching her on camera will not only inform it will definitely entertain. Her feature of the “Paperboy” managed to get quite a chuckle out the team, it’s one of my favorites.

I think once you watch these guys on camera, any doubt as to their sincerity or their actual beliefs will dissipate faster than a dinner party when the check hits the table. I think you will really enjoy this, so go ahead and log in or join up and watch them all. There will be new ones everyday for you to enjoy.

I also want to thank the thousands of people who have joined and swelled our ranks over the last month and a half. Without you coming back time and again, we would have no need to be here. To those who have not joined us yet (and it’s free, so why wouldn’t you?) we want you to enjoy this new video section and make it a regular part of your day, but you can’t do that unless you register with us. Yes, we will send you emails but in return you can be informed, entertained and confused, all from your web browser. Try it. We think you’ll like it.

Today we have also started trying to understand you even more. Yes, we have analytics and they tell us what stories you like, but it’s trickier to tell what you don’t like or how you feel. We need you to comment and vote to tell us that. So if you see a small one-question survey on a story, please click the buttons and help a grumpy old man figure out what you want to see and what you think a little better. This will also help us when we take a stand, or present your opinions to those who should listen, so help us out, again it doesn’t cost you a penny.

Well, I think I have taken enough of your time for now, so keep reading, stay involved in the conversation and tell us what you think.


By Aaron Styles

A provocateur, and writer for more than 25 years, Aaron has simplified and humanized the complicated areas of politics, the environment and human interest issues. Skeptical by nature and anonymous by requirement, Aaron enjoys nothing more than getting the conversation started.