Monday, March 31, 2008
Grasping the idea of climate change and global warming can be a scary thing. My own son talks about how his generation is filled with eco-anxiety about their futures. We can't wait, we have to wake up and do something about it. Even if the earth were not getting warmer, we are damaging the ecosystem and depleting our natural resources at an alarming rate. Yes nature bounces back, but it will be too late for many species who have already gone extinct. We are passengers on this ship and it is our duty to care for it. We have to turn things around and make people understand that the earth is a living organism, not just a rock filled with things that are there for us to exploit.
Shareholders of major corporations willing to bite the hand that feeds them if necessary to protect future investments from Climate Change
Investor Network on Climate Risk reported on their website that
as of March 6, 2008, leading U.S. investors have filed a record 54 global warming shareholder resolutions with U.S. companies that face far-reaching business impacts from climate change. The resolutions are nearly double the number filed just two years ago.
This is sugnificant because the shareholders include were filed by some of the nation's largest public pension funds, as well as labor, foundation, religious and other institutional investors.
They have not been happy with the "business as usual" approach that the American companies have been conducting and are ready to bite the hand that feeds them if necessary.
If you Google “population of China”, here is what you get: 1,321,851,888. Another report, reporting on the McKinsey report says that China will produce 15 "super cities" with an average population of 25 million by 2030. Stop and imagine living in a city with 25 million people. I live in the Orlando area and according to one state report, this Metro area has a total of 1,645,000 people. Let's round that off to 1.5 million people. The traffic here is horrendous. The quality of life in suburbia American is questionable. We live in a very nice neighborhood, but really don't know our neighbors. Discussing suburb life in America will wait for another post, but can you imagine living with 25 million people in one city? What would that look like? How can you make that sustainable and have any quality of life beyond living like rats in a cage? How would you deal with sanitation issues?
How high would you have to make the buildings; how small the living space; did I mention food to feed that many people? Where will they work? Where will they play? How do you do that?
I'm glad there are people like William McDonough and Ed Mazria out there working on finding a green, sustainable solution to a greener future. But we also need another Albert Einstein to figure out how to fix the energy needs for cities with 25, 000, 000 people… Wow!
Sunday, March 30, 2008
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According to an article posted on the Center for American Progress, Green Jobs are up and coming. Wonder how long it will take for our schools to move in this direction?
A recent study conducted by Management Information Services, Inc., found that in 2005 the environmental industry nationwide generated more than 5.3 million jobs, $341 billion in sales, and $47 billion in tax revenues.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has won an international competition to design the Masdar Headquarters, the first building in the zero waste,
It's not as easy as just sweeping it up and throwing the glass in the trash. Since the bulbs contain mercury, the broken bulb has to be treated as hazardous waste. Here is an article that tells the best way to do it to keep from poisoning your family.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
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Wednesday, March 12, 2008
I'm wondering if the climate-change-train-wreck is just another calculated risk that businesses and governments are willing to take while accepting that the potential loss of lives and habitat destruction will be cheaper than trying to fix the problem. I hate to be so cynical but it makes one wonder when the media yawns at dire warnings highlighted in David Suzuki’s article.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
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Friday, March 07, 2008
The S&P and NASDAQ close at their lowest since 2006. The Dow Jones is down again. The jobless rate climbs. Let's see what this continued downturn does to all of the new green businesses that are just beginning to bloom and blossom.
I was watching the new eco-friendly businesses in 2000 when George Bush came into office. Many of them went belly up. The Freemarket neocons’ philosophy does not believe in government subsidies to assist a new industry. Wall Street are less inclined to buy the stock of companies the rely on them. Freemarket neocons believe that a new inustry must stand on their own two feet right off or they die. They are a lot like the Spartans in their beliefs; survival of the fittest. And many of the young companies trying to do right by the planet and right by the workers died.
Now we have billions of dollars invested in Green Tech, Clean Tech. Will they weather this storm? Let's hope for the planet’s sake, and the sake of all children everywhere they do...
Saturday, March 01, 2008
Biodegradable /compostable (%)
Commitment to periodical environmental
Contains no ozone depleting substances
Emission and waste (per
unit of product)
Energy efficient label
Global application of environmental standards
Involvement in Superfund site
Organization of Standards (ISO) 14000 certification
Landfill-tons of waste
Longer shelf life than industry standard
Number of hours of
training on environment per employee
Use of less hazardous alternative (% of
On Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 17 hazardous chemical
Ozone depleting Chemicals
Participation in voluntary EPA
Pre/Post consumer recyclable content (%)
Public disclosure of
Received any EPA/(RCRA non compliance fines)
Second tier supplier environmental evaluation