Here’s my roundup of some great articles from around the Important Media network this last week. Hope you like them.
The Inspired Economist
Cindy Tickle had an interesting article on a recent interview (and especially one statement) made by John Elkington, Founder and Non-Executive Director of SustainAbility and Founding Partner and Director of Volans Ventures this week. The key statement is this:
“I feel that sustainability is going to be impossible unless we have a really major economic meltdown. And I’ve been feeling that we were headed toward some element of that for some years. I don’t think as yet we have had enough of that crisis to really force a re-think.”
Another good piece by Cindy reminds us that, every day, we vote with our money. We vote for what we want based on what we spend our money on. What are you spending your money on every day? Sustainably-grown food? Sustainable transportation? Or the opposite?
Jennifer Kaplan had a helpful post this week on 12 great (and free!) energy efficiency resources. Definitely worth a look.
Green Building Elements
Glenn Meyers had a uplifting story this last week on the Salvation Army hiring 400 native Haitians to build shelters in the country, in order to “assist in relocating earthquake-displaced Haitians back to their home communities.” A nice read.
Some really good food and rainforest news this week comes from General Mills, via Becky Striepe. The major food company has committed to only using sustainable palm oil in its products, thanks to a good push from the Rainforest Action Network to do so. As Becky points out, you can also thank CEO Ken Powell for making this move. A good idea if you want to see more of this kind of stuff in the future.
Heather Carr also had a great piece I couldn’t pass up. on the amount of energy that is used in U.S. food production. Some big figures.
Rhonda Winter had a story (plus video) on the always great Vandana Shiva (one of my heroes) calling out the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) for creating a global food crisis. A must-see post and video.
I also wrote one that I think is worth sharing here, a story on a new study put out by IBM looking at where the world’s most painful commutes are, and giving us a hint of just how painful they are.
Crafting a Green World
I love baby carriers that wrap around a mom or dad’s body. Perhaps because they remind me of my natural upbringing, or perhaps just because they are so warm and comfy looking. Julie Finn had a nice piece this last week on how to “recreate” some of your favorite baby carriers.
In addition to her EatDrinBetter posts, Becky Striepe has a great post this week on a hot new fashion trend, zero waste design. It includes a cool video on eco-friendly design, too.
And she has a nice one focused around a beautiful quote by Audrey Hepburn, on the topic of natural beauty, that I highly recommend checking out.
Joshua S Hill wrote on the large amount of oil that still remains in the Gulf 5 days ago, 80% at the time.
And David Anderson had an interesting piece (plus video) on the “great” safety training oil spill cleanup workers received prior to getting into the oily, toxic mess.
Not exactly the most uplifting stuff, but important to be informed about.
Hope you enjoyed some of these articles from around the Important Media network. Check out any of those individual sites for more along those lines!
I'm the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular clean energy website in the world, and Planetsave, a leading green and science news site. I've been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and I've been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, bicycling, and wind energy for the past few years. You can also find my work on Scientific American, Reuters, Think Progress, GE's ecomagination site, several sites in the Important Media network, & many other places. To connect on your favorite social network, go to: zacharyshahan.com