Monday, March 19, 2012

What matters most to stop the population bomb?

Is our biggest environmental problem population growth? Some say yes.

Here is a link to the NY Times write up on Population Day and a scientific/mathematical look at this issue.

Some say that it matters, others say it doesn't matter. One reason it doesn't matter is that the more people there are, the greater the possibility of having another Einstein who will help find a way out to the mess. Static's show that when people's life expectancy and quality of life improves, they have smaller families. Helping the poorest of the poor will actually help our planet because when their quality of life improves and they are educated, they begin to resemble more affluent countries which decreases and stabilizes the population. When people live longer and are more affluent, they have smaller families. An aging population is actually good for the planet.

Climate Games starting to be developed

Al Gore has a blog that I have started to follow. Here is a link if you are interested: Al Gore: Game Change. He has put together a list of 19 game websites that teach adults and teen gamers about climate change and what we can do about it. He is still an optomist.

Looking down the list and giving each game a try, the one that drew me in and actually wanted to make me try it was MY2050Plan It Green had some good resources. It was info overload for me about half way through. That is the problem when it comes to talking about climate change for lots of people, I'm afraid. But have fun checking it out.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Serious Money is starting to cluster around Carbon reduction

Inhabitat reported on their blog about the World Wildlife Fund building a new Carbon Nuetral Headquarter. Inhabitat is an architectural blog that follows sustainable design for buildings. The design is news in and of itself, but the money going in to carbon reduction is the real story here. I'm sure an eco-giant like World Wildlife Fund has been wanting to do this for years. Now that the world is more aware of the danger of unregulated carbon, ( or at least those who believe in Science ) the money to do such projects is starting to move in this direction. This should bring a smile to every eco warrior. 

Example called Treebanking shows sustainable business practices; good for man and beast

I found this video from a new website called Ecosector. This video is about 4 minutes long and shows one strong example of how restoration of depleted rainforest can mean jobs for the local community while providing habitat and for animals. The next video titled, "Caterpillar" shows our current idea of growth. It is not sustainable.  

Friday, May 08, 2009


Social Networking proves time and time again to be a great way to find valuable resources. I can find some very innovative people and groups doing a great job of pulling together initiatives to help get our society moving toward a more sustainable path. Found this new vlog-blog called GreenDig. I plan to make this a regular stop. 

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

A Steven Jobs for the Green Movement: Shai Agassi

Picture: Grist and BetterPlace
Grist pointed me to a new name in the Green movement. Shai Agassi is hailed and the visionary of the Green Movement and the in His blog is "The Long Tailpipe." His company: " A Better Place." He has been featured in magazine after magazine. He was a speaker at TED.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Millennium Promise launches website

I read Jeffrey Sachs' book, "Common Wealth" last summer. It really changed my ideas about the environmental movement and allowed me to see that why I should care about what happens in situations of extreme poverty. It's hard to say in a few short sentences, but in a nut shell, the size of the population on planet Earth matters. Unless we educate people and allow them to improve their lives, the numbers will continue to grow and our planet will soon get to the tipping point where life will not be sustainable. Africa holds the key to our planet's ability to provide for the inhabitants and ending poverty there is crucial for getting population under control. Africa matters, poverty matters. Read the book and see what you think. In the meantime, check out the website. 

Friday, May 01, 2009

April 22 Disney Earth Movie

Disney Nature's new film starts April 22 for Earth Day. Each person that goes on the 22nd will have a tree planted by Disney.  Here is the trailer for the film. 

Got to see the movie Saturday. Spectacular!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Florida will be home to the first "Solar City"

According to Engadget, the first "Solar City" will be built right here in Florida! If all goes as planned, construction will begin 2011. The location is called Babcock Ranch and is on the Gulf side of the state. Fortunately there is a Plan B in case the economy is still in a slump. I don't know if the stimulus money is part of this project or not. Housing here is crawling slowly forward from what I can tell locally. There are some homes being bought and sold but a lot are still sitting on the market. I wonder about building yet more houses when there is a glut of houses sitting on the market. But from what this blog post said, the back up plan was to go ahead with the power plant and sell the electricity to the larger grid. This sounds like a better plan that what is often heard around here which is "Build Nuclear!"

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Earth Cinema Circle - A DVD club

I joined Earth Cinema Circle about 9 months ago. It works a lot like a book club. They send out an "eco-friendly" DVD every other month. It costs $40 every other month. I figured it was a good cause and a way to help circulate into the mainstream, eco-friendly topics. So far I have been moderately pleased. The DVD's selected are more like student projects. They are often too heavy with negative stuff or too "unfocused" to really have a message. There have been a few that were excellent though. I figure I'll stay in it at least a year to "support" the cause and to give them a chance to improve. They are getting better. I think it's only 2 years old. It's a great concept. If more people were making Earth Videos, then it would help educate people. But there has to be a market and this is one way to help create that market. 

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Local Bee Rescue

My brother-in-law is the president of his homeowners' association. He got a call from one of the homeowners who said he had a bee problem and was going to kill the bees in a nearby wall. Al said, "NO! I'll get someone to come out and remove the bees!" He called a bee-keeper who came and rescued the bees. It was a 20 year old colony that had 6 to 8 queen bees in it. The hive had gotten too big and one of the bees was leaving to start a new colony. This is what the homeowner had seen. 

The bees were spared! Everyone pulled together and removed the bees safely to a new home. Happy ending to bee saga! 

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Eco Tuesdays

Now here is a great idea! San Francisco has a networking and learning event designed to bring together green business leaders once a month to share ideas and network. It is in it's 2nd year and is growing to other cities around the country. Great idea and one that is needed in my city, Orlalndo. Hmm...

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Do we need animals?

What will our world be like when 1/3 of all of the other species on our planet are extinct? Does anyone worry about the web of life and the interdependency of all species? In 5th grade, students learn about food webs and the delicate balance between species and natural resources. And yet, we adults, lack the political will to create policies that allow us to live harmoniously on this planet and balance our needs with the needs of mother nature. Here is the article that discusses the impact this biological disaster in the making.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Wealthy Nations Privatizing Farmland Abroad

Source: Chelsea Green /Christian Monitor

Chelsea NEWS reports, "The global race is on for farmland." Should we be concerned? I think so. There are 6.8 billion people on this planet. United Nations predicts another 2.5 billion are on their way over the next 40 years. Stop and think.... 2.5 billion people in 40 years. If you were going to feed that many people, wouldn't you need to start planning now? Billion, not million.
We (United States) have around 350,000,000 people in our country alone and you see how hard it is to feed just 350,000,000 people. Add another set of zeroes to the equation. 2.5 billion more people in 40 years. (250,000,000,000) If that doesn't send a chill down your spine then you aren't paying attention. And the race for farm land is on; the rich countries are starting to plan ahead to make sure they can feed their own citizens.
Perhaps it's time to plan more community gardens. Perhaps we'd better start teaching our children to read, write and learn something about the natural world so they can grow food just in case they have to help feed the 2.5 new people who are going to want to eat too.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Chinese Cargo Ships Will Have Solar Sails

Just found this on my goolge alerts:
Australian company Solar Sailor has signed a deal with the largest Chinese shipping line COSCO to fit their tankers with large solar-powered sails. This is great news, but what's inside those cargo ships? How can we make the cargo it's carrying green too?

Friday, December 19, 2008

Jeffrey Sachs - Love him or hate him - part 2

I posted in May about Jeffrey Sachs’ new book, "Common Wealth." Sachs is quite methodical and comprehensive in his explanation and presentation of how to solve the world’s slow growing environmental crisis. It has been very thought provoking.

In the beginning, it sounded like every other environmental book that I have read, but in greater detail along with statistics that make one shutter. At first, I was disappointed and thought, "This is Al Gore part 2." But after he reiterated all the problems that everyone else has, he begins to offer solid solution after solution that is new, unique and doeable. For me that is the key. We've talked enough, it's time for action! He calls for a "Demographic Transition" in dealing with climate issues, biodiversity issues, water issues, natural resources issues, the population explosion, etc. I had never heard of this before nor had I really considered his arguments. But each idea and argument is thoughtfully laid out and makes a very strong case for his each of proposals. The only question that I have after reading his book is whether or not mankind will be able to make the adjustments in our thinking, in time to deal with this slow moving train wreck he so skillfully describes at great length.

It really is an excellent book. I plan to read it again. There was so much information on a variety of topics. I find myself referring to it over and over again. I really get the poverty question now after reading this book. His book made me rethink my thoughts about Sachs and what he stands for too.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Living Green, a Lesson from Obama

My husband always chides me about the "Green Movement." He says that the regular person can't afford to "go green" and that it is mostly for the wealthy people who what to ease their own conscience for their extravagant lifestyles. I obviously don't believe that. I find that there are many ways to live green that are no more difficult or expensive than the lives we already live.

The story called “A Rare Breed of Love: The True Story of Baby and the Mission she Inspired to Help Dogs Everywhere” (Fireside, an imprint of Simon & Schuster) is a good example of a simple thing that people can do to live green. Why is this green you might ask? Because living green means seeing the big picture. It asks us to stop and consider where a pet comes from for example.

Many of the pets that we buy come from "puppy mills." "Puppy Mills" are known as legal houses-of-horror for the animals that are bred there. They are locked in cages 24 hours a day. Undercover video shows them spinning endlessly in circles, biting on cages to where their mouths bleed, trying to get out. They are never allowed to go outside, they are covered in feces because the cages are stacked one on top of the other until they are sold to pet stores who sell them for hundreds of dollars.

Puppies are churned out by the millions each year by dog breeders who find it a lucrative business. Many of these puppies are later given up and left at an Animal Shelter run by the county government within a few years of purchase. People find that raising the dog is too time consuming or costly. A few of the lucky ones are rescued by the one of the various breed-specific rescue groups, but the majority are “put down” which is paid for by our tax dollars. The last statistic that I read said that over 5 million animals are euthanized each year.

My husband is a volunteer for Lab Rescue. He has to goes to these Animals Shelters to find the Labrador Retrievers who are scheduled to be euthanized. Lab Rescue finds foster homes for the animals and volunteers actively pursue permanent homes for these animals. The story is the same for all the rescue groups. The number of animals saved, thanks to the compassion of the volunteers, is small in comparrison to the millions of animals that are euthanized each year who were not as lucky. All five of our pets are animals that have been rescued.

Living Green simply means seeing the big picture. There are millions of dogs who need a home. Making the choice to adopt a pet instead of buying one from a breeder is a perfect example of living green. It cuts down on the waste, the neglect, the suffering and cruelty that is propagated by the “puppy mills” system. It promotes responsible pet ownership. It teaches young children that animals are to be valued, not treated like last year's Christmas toy that is tossed into the trash and forgotten. It opens the door for so many lessons about biodiversity and the need to respect all life on this planet.

Kudos to the Obama family; I hear they might adopt one of the 5 million dogs in need of a loving family. The book about Baby is titled, " A Rare Breed of Love."

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Change Gov's website

For those who are too busy to watch the news regularly, there is now a website that will keep tabs on what President Obama is working on regularly. Obama emphasized that we can't just "elect him" and then forget about it. The opposition will be working around the clock to figure out how to win back the presidency and to regain power in Washington. So we can't become indifferent. Now is the time for citizens to become involved in their government.

Election Night photos in Flickr

Flickr has a wonderful photo set showing the Obama family and friends on election night. It's fantastic. He is one candidate that really used Web 2.0 to help get his message out and to connect with others. I signed up for his mobile alerts. About once a week, I'd get a message reminding me to register, or to get others to register, to early vote, to watch debates etc. It was an effective tool to keep connected to voters.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

New Layout on it's way!

The new design for Green Netizen is here.

Judith Shakes Design helped me roll out the new design! Check out her website: Click Here. Thanks Judith! Multi Talented :-)

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Friday, September 05, 2008

John McCain and Sarah Palin and the World Population Clock

Our current population in the US is 301,139,947. The US population is expected to grow to over 400,000,00 by 2030. John McCain and Sarah Palin live in their own world and are out of touch with reality. If every woman has five kids we will grow much larger than 400 million. Motherhood is a great thing but it's important to understand that our Earth has limitations.
The world population as of July 2008, was estimated to be just over 6.692 billion. By 2050 we will be looking at over 9 billion people living on the planet. That is 3 billion more people than there are living on this planet today. How will all of those people be fed and clothed and given shelter without totally wiping out the natural world and most of the species living on this planet?

These two people are living on their own reality. They are not realistic in their expectations about the capacity of our planet to support our limitless consumption and growth. Their vision is one that lived in the past, when the world was not facing the prospects of 9 billion people. He is going to cut funds to the United Nation? Really? That will only make the world hate us even more. It is estimated that over 2 billion people currently live on less than $1.00 day. McCain is going to pull out the funds that help feed these people. And he thinks that will make use safe and prosperous? Really? HELLO... is anyone home?

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Planet Hazard

Found a great website that has a way to organize and list our planet's greatest polluters.

This is the kind of information that the Bush administration is trying to make less assessable. Here is a good example of why he would be nervous. It brings transparency to many of the corporate practices that are allowed to happen because of campaign contributions and lobbyist who bribe the leadership of this country.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

The bright side of a down economy

One thing I have always tried to do is to keep my work life separate from my blog life. I’m going to break that rule ever so slightly today. Because of the down-turned economy, my work place is starting to do things that should have been done anyway, just to save money. I attempted to implement some of the changes and was turned away as a renegade-rebel-trouble-maker. What a difference time and money makes. Now that the budget has been cut, we are starting to make some of those changes that were attempted several years ago. What are they? Here are some:

1. Turn off all the lights and computers when you leave for the day.
2.Turn the air temp up a few degrees to keep the air conditioner from coming on when there are no people in the building
3.Use draft setting when using the printer.
4.Print in black and white and save color for special occasions.
5.Recycle as much as you can.
6.Print on the back of old documents if it’s just going to be read and thrown away anyway. 7.Conserve on trips and take a friend with you when you drive.
Here are some new ones:
8. Print and copies: Two paragraphs on one sheet is now set up so there are as many copies on a page, the page is cut and distributed. This saves papers, copies, and ink.

I wish I could say that the administrators have decided to be eco-friendly and do things that lower our rate of consumption of goods produced from natural resources, but I would be lying. The truth is that it is really about money. The budget has been cut by 6% and now everyone is finding ways to cut back. We didn’t see the need when money wasn’t an issue. Really though, when it comes to the government, when does money not matter? There was so much waste in the past! So if there is a silver lining to this economic downturn, changing human behavior is one of them.