Green Theatre: DIY Carbon Reductions


Time does fly, and if you've put off thinking about making a video for MSN and Treehugger's "Green Theatre" contest, it's time to stop procrastinating: the entry deadline is this Saturday! Don't let the chance to win tickets, travel, lodging and spending money for July 7's Live Earth concerts pass you by -- it's really easy to make a 1-2 minute video portraying the actions you're taking to reduce your own greenhouse gas emissions. And if the pressure of a deadline gives you videographer's block, just take a look at the entries from our Convenient Truths contest... they're sure to get the ideas flowing again.

Got a bit of a self-reliant streak in you? Love to experiment in the workshop? Perhaps a do-it-yourself project aimed at reducing your energy use and carbon footprint is the thing for you. If that's the case, we've got you covered.

  • If you started today, you could complete Gary Reysa's solar heater project by Saturday. And while "solar" means "expensive" in most people's minds (with good reason), the price tag on this project is a mere $350.
  • If you know your way around electrical systems (and only if you really know how to work with electricity), you might want to try this project for a solar power system. It's also reasonably priced.
  • Of course, $350 or $600 looks pricey next to $5, which is the cost for this solar thermal panel project
  • If these projects don't already have you running for your tool box, we've got plenty more that were submitted for our DIY Eco-tech contest.
Of course, the main DIY project you should have in mind over the next few days involves a video camera. Time to get it rolling... and get your entry in to the Green Theatre contest.