Apps, Widgets and Smartphones – Supporting Climate Mitigation in a Digital Age

August 17, 2011

Where before people might have stood outside and remarked to their neighbor, “Hmm, it is unseasonable hot for this time of year – I wonder why,” now they can instantly locate scores of articles and data online and share it with their whole social network with 140 character Tweet.  Our way of talking about climate change has, well, changed. Here are three ways to use technology to change the way you take action.     Amtrak’s New App for iPhone This free app gives access to all Amtrak’s travel information, trip booking on the go, and up-to-date train schedules.  In fact, through the partnership with, this app even allows the option for carbon neutral travel. That’s a win-win for the environment, considering rail is one of the most energy efficient ways to travel. Click here to get this App. Shopkick’s app for iPhone or Android Shopkick gives you rewards points for simply walking into your favorite stores. You can collect your kicks™ rewards at millions of stores in America then use those points for a wide variety of redemption options, one of which is the ability to donate to over 20 great causes. Supporting’s climate mitigation projects is on the list, making it a quick, easy and free way to support the environment. Click here to get this App. Care2 Widget Care2 is the largest and fastest growing social action network boasting over 16 million members. Care2 also owns and operates the #1 site for petitions with as many as 24 million signatures in the past year. Care2 has more than 100 partner sites, including Visitors to will now see a petition widget on the page that allows visitors to take action on a number of important environmental issues. Learn more about Care2, visit: Or go directly to The Petition Site. Motorola Citrus Smartphone Available exclusively through Verizon, Motorola’s Citrus is a touch screen smartphone with an Android operating system. It’s small, fast, highly customizable and has lots of great apps and services like social networking. The phone is also the only smartphone on the market that can boast such high environmental considerations. The Citrus is made from 25% post–consumer recycled plastic, packaged with eco–friendly materials and certified Carbon Free® through an alliance with This means that the phone’s  full lifecycle emissions are carbon neutral.  And, with a 2-year Verizon contract, you can get it for free online. Click here to get the phone or learn more.