Introduction to TTP
Imagine an article on climate change that has been written and edited by thousands of scientists collaboratively and read by millions of people. That article would help clarify and summarise the major issues and discussions. The collective input would help comprehension and, more importantly, collective action. Imagine not just one, but thousands of articles, all focused on green issues.
Tiptheplanet is a collaborative effort to build and share a free-to-use encyclopedia and how-to guide of all things 'green' or 'environmental'. Like Wikipedia or wikiHow, Tip the Planet is a wiki, in that absolutely anyone can edit the pages on this site. As such, we are building an objective and useful environmental resource which can help us deal with the barrage of often conflicting information about the environment from journalists, lobbyists, extremists, politicians, NGOs and other commentators, each of whom might have reason to distort the truth. Armed with this information, we can filter through the noise and improve our lives.
Because Tip the Planet is editable by anyone, our content improves every day. Each edit can be seen on our list of Recent Changes, which gets reviewed constantly by other users. Most of the edits made on any given day are helpful, and any poor edits are usually quickly reverted. In this way, articles on Tip the Planet improve over time, as more and more people contribute their unique knowledge and skills.
Why 'Tip the Planet'
It’s not just macro issues like climate change. Do you know where to begin when it comes to greening your home, office, or what actually works and what’s just a myth? How would you start researching the various actions? A green wiki would help each and every one of us understand both what affects us and what we can do.
Without discrediting any of our excellent predecessors and peers, we felt that environmental issues need a comprehensive wiki almost more than any other topic. With talk of catastrophic sea-level rise, climate change, pollution and many other disasters, it is time to get the facts straight and make changes as and where we need to, if and when we need to.
We started Tip the Planet because we know that there is a wealth of information relating to the environment and there is a huge willingness amongst millions of people to make a difference. Yet we were fed up with conflicting information and arguments about environmental issues that resulted in wasted energy, apathy and a sense of uselessness. By enabling people to share their thoughts and experience, we realized that we could give everyone voice and create a movement that was truly democratic and for the good of all, rather than for a few individuals who can shout the loudest.
We are confident that as more and more people share their knowledge and their tips, the bigger our collective positive impact.
Unlike other wikis or resources, we focus on environmental issues giving deeper and clearer information. For example, whereas Wikipedia might give information about a company relating to all of its operations and history, Tip the Planet will focus specifically on those issues relating to the environment.
What is Tip the Planet
Tip the Planet is not just a reference point, it is also a collection of useful tips to help individuals and organizations and governments.
From small issues, such as how best to drying your clothes naturally, or conserving water in the bathroom, to larger issues like energy tips or preserving the rainforest, Tip the Planet has information and tips to help. We are collecting advice and experiments in green living from all over the world. Wiki technology allows these tips to be further generated, adapted and fine-tuned by the public and experts to ensure we share our experience and maximize impact.
In every article, links will guide you to associated articles, often with additional information. You are welcome to add further information, cross-references, or citations, so long as you do so within our editing policies and to an appropriate standard. You do not need to fear accidentally damaging the site when you add or improve information, as others are always around to advise or correct obvious errors if needed, and the site's software, known as MediaWiki, is carefully designed to allow easy reversal of editorial mistakes.
Not only are Tip the Planet's articles written and maintained by everyday people, but they're also shared with as many people around the world as possible. Our Creative Commons license allows our articles to be used freely by any organization or person for any non-commercial purpose.
Because Tiptheplanet is an ongoing work to which in principle anybody can contribute, it differs from a paper-based reference source in some very important ways. In particular, older articles tend to be more comprehensive and balanced, while newer articles may still contain significant misinformation, poor content, or vandalism. If you see anything you would like to edit, please do so. Users need to be aware of this in order to obtain valid information and avoid misinformation which has been recently added and not yet removed. However, unlike a paper reference source, Tiptheplanet is completely up-to-date, with articles on topical events being created or updated within minutes or hours, rather than months or years for printed sources.
Behind the scenes at Tip the Planet
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Other features and starting
As time goes by, we hope to add other features, such as tip ratings, links to sites to help implement the tips you set up, expert comments. Please bear with us, there's a lot to do. If you'd like to help us, please email us
In the meantime, the most valuable thing you can do is share your knowledge and experience by getting started today.