We love to vilify others, don’t we? Especially Big Government, Big Business, Big Oil, and so on. But let’s take a quick look at how we actually compared to CEOs of Big Oil and Big Coal, some of the most infamous or widely disliked “Big Boys” in the world (& certainly in environmental circles). Scale
OK, it doesn’t have to be in your underwear (although it sure can be!), but in this article I would like to argue for the considerable social and ecological benefits of telecommuting. I love telecommuting from my strawbale cabin at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, and think we would be a happier and healthier society if we
So many of our environmental problems are purely due to waste, inefficient design and use. Innovator Graham Hill, founder of TreeHugger, is trying to help our society reduce our waste with a new design competition, LifeEdited. Here’s an intro from the website: TreeHugger founder Graham Hill is trying to radically reduce his footprint and live
OK, yes, you probably have no idea what DOT is… when I first saw it mentioned, I automatically thought it was referring to the Department of Transportation (due, of course, to my city planning background). But DOT also stands for Do One Thing. The Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) has a cool DOT project going to
In this time of internet, cell phones, and iPhones, we have so much information at our fingertips, and so many options possible to us every second of the day, it can be a little overwhelming. While these tools have created great things and great opportunities, they also create a handful of problems. “Information overload” is
We are all one. I know, we are each unique individuals, especially in the US. But, on another level, we are also all connected, and we can even say, on some level, all one. Even on a simple, physical level, look at how we can’t help but affect each other — if you’re in a
For this week’s Cool Your Green Mind Monday post, I’m borrowing a phrase from multi-platinum recording artist Pauli Carman, “get back 2 love.” This is the title of Pauli’s newest album and from the first time I saw these four simple words, they struck a chord with me. Most of us get into the work
Keeping up with all the environmental news (i.e. growing environmental problems, environmental failures by politicians, environmental disasters, and a few success stories here and there) can be tiring, frustrating, and saddening. I think it’s important for anyone interested in these matters to take a step back and view life from a wider perspective from time
BP oil spill is capped, but have we learned our lessons? Finally! The BP oil spill is reportedly capped. Jeremy Bloom over on our sister site, FailDrill, has a good in-depth post on this story (BP Shuts Off the Oil, For Now“) but thought I’d throw in a few cents here as well.
If you are reading this article, I think you are probably more concerned about the environment than most others. I assume that you keep up with environmental news a bit, reading more than the miniscule amount covered in the mainstream media. However, I cannot make any guess as to how much you actually do to
Americans eat lots of meat. So much so that livestock is now one of the leading contributors to global warming, responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions as measured in a carbon dioxide equivalent. A recent United Nations report concluded that the meat industry causes almost 40% more greenhouse gas emissions than all the
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. —Albert Einstein Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without. —Henry David Thoreau We must live simply, so that others may simply live. —Gandhi Ah, the simple life. No worries, no responsibilities, it’s the stuff of dreams.
By: Gavin Hudson Most of us never question our decision to buy and drive cars because we identify cars with our culture. “Driving is what people do.” That’s been the unspoken motto of the last handful of generations and it’s the lesson we’re teaching our children. Handing over the keys to the car is our