One of the great promises of digital content has long been its purported eco-friendliness--in the early days of the battle between bloggers and the old-school media, bloggers touted the ecological footprint of blogs, which were surely more green than dead-tree media such as newspapers and magazines.
One of the most brilliant, insightful satires I've ever seen: "When you cheat on your partner you add to the heartbreak, pain and jealousy in the atmosphere. Cheatneutral offsets your cheating by funding someone else to be faithful and NOT cheat. This neutralises the pain and unhappy emotion and leaves you with a clear conscience." In the following video, note the careful, subtle segue from marital infidelity to cap and trade...
Over at the wonderful Streetsblog, Shareable friend Chris Carlsson reminds us that curbside recycling was once considered a wacky, far-out idea. "We tend to take curbside recycling for granted," writes Chris. "It seems like common sense, and these days the ubiquitous three bins are everywhere: black for landfill, blue for recyclables, and most recently green for compost.
In the fall of 1999, I attended a conference for environmental justice advocates in Boston. The keynote speaker was a middle-aged African American woman whose job was to organize communities around better access to health care. At the climax of her speech she exclaimed, “We all need to become urban planners to succeed in our efforts as environmental advocates.”
Dumps, landfills, even oceans--sites the world over are covered in the collective detritus of our go-go consumer culture. Yesterday's hottest gadgets and plastic trinkets litter the planet. Some companies are working to make their waste more environmentally-friendly, and there have been successful efforts educating the public about the dangers of eWaste, but those initiatives don't address our deeper, habitual behavior of consumption.
Earth Day has always been my favorite holiday as a parent. I am known for my Scrooge-like tendencies in regards to the big Hallmark-card occasions, and only attempt to quell that predisposition for the sake of my children.
Well, the younger ones don't care anyway, and I'm probably responding to guilty feelings based on grandparent expectations. I resist those. I resist the sense of obligation to get gifts and most of all to buy the decorations, trinkets, and crappy treats. Earth Day suits me because all that garbage is an anathema to the spirit of the holiday itself.
John Williams calls himself an aquarium fanatic. “I have six tanks right now - a 125 gallon, a 55 gallon, a 30, a 16, a 29…. The 125 gallon is ridiculously huge, especially because it’s all glass,” Williams says. “I stick with fresh water. Something like 75% of the world is covered in salt water, so I find fresh water more exotic.”