Build a New Life
If the idea is accepted that the world's resources are fixed with only so much to go around, then each new life is unwelcome, each unregulated act or thought is a menace, every person is fundamentally the enemy of every other person, and each race or nation is the enemy of every other race or nation. The ultimate outcome of such a world-view can only be enforced stagnation, tyranny, war, and genocide. Only in a world of unlimited resources can all men be brothers.
Surface carbon moves from the atmosphere to the land and back, and in this process it drives the engine of life on the planet. Plants use carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere to grow and produce food and resources that sustain the rest of the biota. When these organisms breathe, grow, die, and eventually decompose, carbon is released to the atmosphere and the soil. Carbon from this past life provides the fuel for new life. Indeed, life depends on this harmonized movement of carbon from one sink to another. Large-scale disruption or changes on land drastically alter the harmonious movement of carbon.
The idea that knowledge is local has had a long history in geography, but against the background of these theoretical developments it developed a new life. In the history of cartography, for example, Harley (1988 1989) showed that far from being neutral representations of the world, maps embody multiple sets of power relations, and that, in fact, they embody diverse narratives, of the process of human habitation, of the naturalness of certain physical or biological processes, or of the undesir-ability of other processes. These claims have since been adumbrated in a wide range of works on cartography (Black, 1997) and on scientific representation more generally (Hankins and Silverman, 1995).
But in the heart of Newark a community organizer named Baye Adofo-Wilson is taking a green tack to rebuild his economically distressed neighborhood. As executive director of the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, he is bringing new life to the Lincoln Park neighborhood, known locally as the Bottom. It's a name with a double meaning the bottom of a hill in the center city and the bottom of the economic ladder. The latter meaning is not lost on the community's residents, and as Wilson says, When they say you're at the bottom of Newark, you're pretty far down. 15 But there is tremendous hope there as well, hope that Newark and the Bottom are on their way up. Wilson and clean energy are in the thick of an effort to make that a reality.
In the 1950s and 1960s there was an initial period of awakening when the traditions of ecology were given new life. Then came a short-lived age of ecology, when environmentalism was transformed into a more explicit, programmatic, identity, usually in new organizational settings and with new kinds of institutional frameworks. The third phase was more political, as the struggle against nuclear energy transformed the environmental consciousness in many countries into major political campaigns, which, when resolved, reinforced the processes of differentiation and fragmentation that were there from the beginning, as well as giving rise to new kinds of incorporation pressures. These pressures have had to do with the range of professional opportunities that opened up in the 1980s, with
Even if the voluntary carbon markets do not mature into a truly robust marketplace, they will remain a source of innovation, inspiration, and education. They will also continue to serve as an interesting barometer of public opinion and businesses weighing options for branding and risk management. If the massive clouds that made up the numerous hurricanes that struck around the world in 2004 and 2005 had a silver lining, it was this they helped breathe new life into a global market in voluntary carbon emissions reductions that, one way or another, will play an important role in our efforts to stem climate change for years to come.
If clean tech is so inevitable, why bother reading another word Why not just access your brokerage account and move your life savings into a random list of solar, wind, and biofuel stocks Because, to put it bluntly, hot markets are dangerous markets. When the reasons for investing in a given sector are this compelling, con artists and delusionals come out of the woodwork. In the coming decade, we'll be inundated with breathless accounts of new clean technologies that are sure to save the planet and make early investors rich beyond imagining. And the financial community which, in a perfect world, would act as gatekeeper to protect investors from the untried and unwise will become the main facilitator of the boom. Venture capitalists will feed these sure things to investment bankers, who will sell them to stock brokers, who will sell them to us.
One important step is to determine how much driving you do. Clock how far it is back and forth to work. Look at any regular trips you make that could add considerable miles to your monthly total. Throw in a contingency factor of some additional miles, because your life tomorrow won't be exactly what it is today. And when you have all that totaled up, multiply the monthly number by 12 to get a yearly budget of miles driven. That's crucial in looking at the economics of a hybrid or alternative fuel vehicle.
Attitude is the one and only thing you have complete control over in your life. Projects rarely, if ever, go the way you envisioned as you were drawing up the plans. As a lifelong practitioner of projects big and small, I have learned to be patient and enjoy the road every bit as much as the destination. When you run into problems which you will smile, take a step back, and come up with a witty joke. The one thing I have learned over and over again (I always have to learn things more than once before they sink in) is that the harder a project is, the more rewarding it will be when it's finished. I can pretty much guarantee that you're going to find out precisely what I'm talking about. Above all else, remember this Measure twice, cut once.
As a resident of an industrialized country (and likely of the United States, the most energy-intensive society in the world), there are many ways you can reduce your consumption of energy. These measures begin with conserving energy services. As a child, you were probably taught that turning off lights when you leave a room and turning down the heat (or turning up the air conditioning) while you are away from home are ways to conserve energy. Actions like these are simple once you are in the practice of doing them, they become second nature. For example, walking or riding your bike instead of driving reduces the amount of fossil fuels you need to burn to go somewhere. It is by simple habits like these that you can reduce your consumption of energy resources. By being mindful of the energy resources you are using, you can modify your life to adopt simple practices that can go a long way in minimizing your own energy consumption and helping society reduce its consumption.
Thinking of the woman in tears hurting for the earth every day, I said, Ah, no, uh . . . not really . . . I mean, not in the sense you mean, not with all the baggage that comes with the term. The grandma had flashed on exactly what the manager did righteous, unwashed, and unshaven street protesters calling for a ban on business and radical cuts in the quality of your life, maybe even depopulation. I told the Ohio grandma that I really thought of myself as a businessman, nothing more. And yet, even in my business, people think of me as the environmental stereotype the bearded old
It's no surprise if you rarely pause to reflect deeply on your educational experience. After all, you were compelled (by law) to enter full-time education from a very early age. For most of your life education has been part of 'the normal run of things'. What's more, your teachers are the ones who seem to have all the power they're the people who decide what you will and will not learn once you've decided to study their subject. Speaking for myself, I entered university (and was the first in my family to do so) simply because (a) most of my friends did so and (b) because I thought it would help me get a good job. I chose geography over other subjects because I'd excelled at it at high school and because I enjoyed it (and, let us not forget, there's pleasure to be had from learning). Finally, I chose my specific university (Oxford) because of its reputation. In fact, I was so in thrall to its prestige that I didn't look too closely at the content of the geography programme I'd be...
The Renaissance artist-engineers retain for us an almost superhuman fascination. Michelangelo, Leonardo, Botticelli, Albrecht Diirer continue after half a millennium to epitomize the fullness of human life. Their pursuit of knowledge knew no bounds science, art, philosophy, engineering, architecture, music, even spiritual and mystical teachings were all reinvented as part of their attempts to infuse new life, a new human energy, into Western civilization. With the turn to the scientific and the experimental, however, the means to that enhancement came to take precedence over the goal of a richer life the medium started to become the message, and the broader movement, or social ambitions, became institutionalized into scientific profession-building. Under the new ethic that developed, science's only form of social responsibility was to science itself to observe its canons of proof, to preserve its integrity and autonomy, and to constantly expand its domain (Mumford 1970 115)....
Although American greens revere earlier forebearers such as Henry David Thoreau and John Muir, the break symbolized by Earth Day 1970 was a massive disruption, a distinctively new beginning for contemporary environmentalism. That first Earth Day promised something that greens had never before even approximated a mass movement. It is not too much to say that the entire contemporary canon of green thought took shape in the five or six years surrounding that first Earth Day (if we reach a bit, to let Rachel Carson into the mix).
Now a 10,000-square-feet office for the Northern Plains Resource Council and the Western Organization of Resource Councils, this building formerly housed a derelict grocery store. What was once a Billings eyesore is now a local landmark and has brought new life into a downtown portion. The total construction cost for the building was 1.4 million. A 10-kW grid-tied photovoltaic system generates approximately 37 percent of the building's electricity, and a solar thermal water system supplies all of the hot water. The building uses evaporative cooling and radiant heating for space conditioning. Composting toilets and a water-free urinal help the building reduce water use by two-thirds (compared to a similar building). Cubicles, wood trim, solid oak doors, biofiber boards, carpet tiles, bathroom wall tiles, fly-ash concrete, furniture upholstery, bathroom sinks, and kitchen tiles are examples of products containing recycled, salvaged, and sustainable materials.*
It is not the point here to suggest or claim that there is a type of environmental determinism at work in the climate change and conflict relationship. The idea of environmental determinism was dispelled long ago, and there is no intention of giving it new life here. But within the mix of these intervening variables, climate change is a strong and potent factor in determining the destiny of societies, and may in some cases serve as an essential piece to explaining conflict.
4 From the high-speed rail revolution, we see that major change does not always reflect the linear notion of progress in which newer mobility modes eventually displace older ways of moving about. The experts who suggested that passenger trains were obsolete, and that they would join the stage coach in transport museums by the end of the 1960s were (or should have been) surprised by the Shinkansen and TGV When mature organizations and established technologies are redesigned to yield higher performance, the resulting revolution can unlock significant amounts of hidden value within the transport system. Major assets such as central city rail terminals that would have been otherwise written off gain a new life at a fraction of the cost of replicating their functions for another mode (e.g. adding a new airport).
Since 1976, Epstein reported, thirty diseases have emerged which are new to medicine. Old ones, such as drug-resistant tuberculosis, have been given new life by new diseases (such as HIV AIDS) that compromise the human immune system. By 1998, tuberculosis was claiming three million lives annually around the world. Malaria, dengue, yellow fever, cholera, and a number of rodent-borne viruses are also appearing with increased frequency, Epstein reported (Epstein, 1998). During 1995, mortality from infectious diseases attributed to causes other than HIV AIDS rose 22 percent above the levels of 15 years before in the United States. Adding deaths brought about by HIV AIDS, deaths from infectious diseases have risen 58 percent in 15 years (Epstein, 1998). The IPCC included a chapter on public health in an update of its 1990 assessment which concluded, C limate change is likely to have wideranging and mostly adverse impacts on human health, with significant loss of life (Taubes, 1997).
A thrombolytic agent can save your life if you suffer a heart attack. l But in the U.S., if you are old or slow in getting to the hospital, your chances of getting one may be disturbingly worse than you'd like. Surveys show that only about a third of all heart attack patients receive a throm-bolytic roughly half of those who may be eligible and far below the 85 percent mark attained in parts of the U.K.
An important first step in cutting down waste is changing your attitude toward stuff, which may be harder than you think. Most people in developed countries own far more things than they actually use, need, or even want. If old clothes, kitchenware, knickknacks, magazines, and other items are crammed into your closets or piled up in the basement, it's time to give yourself a little breathing room. If you're storing perfectly good items that you'll never use (or use again), you're cluttering up your life and keeping other people from having those things. Sell, donate, or recycle stuff you're not using to free up space and simplify your life. or enrich your life and which are just taking up space.
If there's stuff cluttering up your life that you just want gone and you don't care about making money off it or getting a tax deduction, it's easy to give it away to someone who can use it. Regift new items, ask your friends if they could use any of the stuff you're giving away, or put items out on the curb with a sign that says FREE. (Some cities frown on this last practice, so make sure it's okay in your area before carrying items to the curb.)
That's where Living Green The Missing Manual comes in. Although this book gives you plenty of reasons to think about your impact on the planet, its real focus is practical suggestions for making your impact a positive one. These pages are packed with tips, ideas, and instructions for greening in all areas of your life at home, on the road, at work, at the grocery store, and beyond.
The moral of this story is that one must be careful in imposing projects on a community, even if those projects seem to bring a benefit. Think of the difficulty one has in choosing a gift for a loved one, someone one knows well, perhaps whom you have lived with all your life. It's not easy. Now think of trying to buy a gift for someone you have never met, about whom you know very little. Will the gift be well received An inappropriate gift will certainly look like a bribe or worse.
An important contribution to the empirical study of value theory was the explanation and naming of values (Rokeach, 1973). Rokeach asked people to arrange value words in order of their relative importance. This method of measurement, to ask people to rate values in order of importance to you as guiding principles in your life, is now the most commonly used method in value research (Sagiv and Schwartz, 1995). A noticeable limitation with Rokeach's work, however, was that the selection of values was not supported by an underlying theory. The set of values was based on intuition, and there was no theoretical evidence of the value list's comprehensiveness. Moreover, the lack of a theoretical base rendered it difficult to recognize the implications of high priorities on one value type compared to other value types.
Carpooling, when individuals share a ride to the same destination, takes a load off you because you don't have to drive every day. Office carpooling, when a group of people share a ride into work, is the most common kind, but countless other possibilities exist. You can carpool in almost any situation, such as driving kids to practices after school. Sharing driving duty with three other parents, dividing up who drives the children which days, can make your life three times easier. Even rock stars are helping their fans get into the act The Dave Matthews Band sets up carpooling to and from its concerts via its Web site.
''We have it in our power to begin the world over again.''1 Those were the words of Thomas Paine, one of the founders of the United States of America, in 1776. He was referring to the world in the political sense, and the possibility that a group of brave, determined, visionary people could break free from the injustices that bound them, and together create a new environment based on liberty and human rights. Events proved Paine's famous words to be prophetic. But today a different set of wrongs demands bold and courageous action, and this time the ''world'' that requires a new beginning is the physical world itself. Planet Earth, and countless living things on it, are threatened by the shortsighted and misguided actions of people including many in the United States and unless enough people soon resolve to set a new course, the consequences will be both devastating and irreversible. We often hear people say, ''That means the world to me.'' But what does the world itself mean to us Are...
Despite the prolonged economic shock, the country still has not made sufficient adjustment to its peculiar banking, management, and decision-making systems, which are generally considered the preconditions of a new beginning (Carlile and Tilton 1998 Lincoln 2001 Grimond 2002 Tandon 2005). Prolonged recovery has become much harder because of a combination of economic and political factors the relentless rise of China and its confrontational style of foreign policy, increasingly precarious dependence on the grossly overextended United States, and the perennial danger of irrational North Korea. By
Hager says he personally refuses to prescribe Plan B to his patients on moral grounds. Your faith is an integral part of your life and everything that you do, he told a reporter, contending that 83 percent of patients in this country say that they prefer that their physicians pray with them. 14 It also bears noting, given Hager's moralizing about issues of women's sexuality, that he has drawn controversy for his own alleged sexual proclivities. In a recent account, his now-divorced wife, also a devout Christian, asserts that Hager not only cheated on her during their marriage but forcibly sodomized her against her will on a regular basis for at least seven years until she divorced him in the same year he was appointed to the FDA panel.15
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