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In the first part of this two-part series, Berkeley, California mom Jill Suttie explored the obstacles to sharing cars in her personal life--but also the reasons why carsharing might be good for her, her family, and the planet. In Part II, Suttie looks at all the ways people can share cars.
Ever since my husband traded in his Saab sedan for a Toyota Prius in 2005, I’ve been wondering if I should do the same with my Volvo station wagon.
The car is only eight years old with less than 100,000 miles on it, but it gets half the gas mileage of the Prius and is more car than I need for most everyday driving. With global warming and rising gas prices, getting rid of it seems to be the smart and ethical thing to do.
When including the recipe for strawberry jam in my cookbook, Jam It, Pickle it, Cure It, the publisher requested that I cut the quantity (10 eight-ounce jars) in half. But I stood firm. Strawberry jam is made to be shared—and people love it when you do.
In our September 15 entry here at Shareable, we talked about why members of Generation Y—people born after 1980, who have only recently launched their careers—prefer workplaces that are collaborative, non-hierarchical, and networked.
Lots of people do, of course. When we talk to people about the drawbacks of vertical hierarchies—the stifling of creativity, the unhappiness of workers, and the vacuums of communication, etc.—most listeners, young and old, nod their heads.
The Academy of Sciences in San Francisco—a marvel of sustainable architecture and engineering—contains a participatory exhibit called “What’s your carbon footprint?” which is part of a larger installation on climate change in California. Its design is ingenious: Six sliders measure factors like home energy use, air travel, public transportation and carpooling, and so on.
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“The bulk of the world’s energy consumption is within cities,” British environmentalist Herbert Girardet once wrote. Cities cover 3-4 percent of the earth, he said, but consume 80 percent of the world’s natural resources—which to this way of thinking makes cities ecological disaster areas, parasites drawing sustenance from the countryside.