sustainability

Edenkeeper Talks Walden Pond and Spirituality

Throughout Thoreau’s philosophy one can see a sort of neo-Taoism, specifically a way of understanding “higher” thought, spiritual and otherwise, through his reverance of nature: “It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day,…

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Imagining the Zero Waste City of Tomorrow

Around the world, cities are committed to becoming Zero Waste communities by adopting new principles and changing the way they manage waste. And they are finding that eliminating waste is not only environmentally beneficial but also economically advantageous.   The San Francisco Experience In the US, the city of San Francisco, California is leading the charge to become a truly zero waste city. Already, it has developed a comprehensive waste management strategy that city officials believe will enable it to keep 100 percent of its waste…

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Binhai Eco City Plan Transforms Chinese Coast

Founded in 2010 by Danish architect Jens Holm, the New York-based HAO design firm has developed a comprehensive, eco-conscious city planning scheme that would transform the Chinese coastal town of Binhai, Tianjin into one of the world’s most sustainable cities. The 49.2 acre project was designed as part of features a museum campus, an exhibition center and fairgrounds, a sports center/arena, hotels, libraries, and a state-of-the-art financial district that blends perfectly with the area’s natural shore line park. As you…

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Florida Anti-sustainability Laws v. Robin Speronis

Robin Speronis lives in a modest home in Cape Coral, Florida- and she’s living in a way that many environmentalists and preppers would call ideal: 100% completely removed from the city’s electrical grid. Despite having no access to Cape Coral’s electrical grid and no city water running to her home, Speronis is happy. The city of Cape Coral, however, is not. As word of Speronis’ off-grid existence spread city officials took notice. Eventually, a Cape Coral police officer came onto…

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Green Inclinations, No Kids: Celebrating the Many Joys of Being Child-Free

Just like Anderson Cooper this week, I also feel compelled to come out of the closet and highlight a very obvious fact about myself: I am child-free, never ever wanted to have kids, and I embrace these choices openly, with pride. Our culture often treats those who have no desire to be parents as abnormal, and there is still not much societal support for deciding to not increase our planet’s rapidly expanding population.

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Rio+20 Conference Calls for Pollution Action, but Bickering Continues

At the recent United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, New Zealand teenager Brittany Trilfold told the world to stop bickering and focus on protecting the environment better for her future and for the future of the world. Twenty years previously, 12-year-old Severn Cullis-Suzuki had done the exact same thing. This insight from these youth is much-needed advice for the two largest polluting economies in the world, the US and China, but will they listen?

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Repair Cafes Build Community & Promote Locally Based Sustainability

At Amsterdam’s busy Repair Café crowds of different people come to the community center with various items that are not working properly — the broken objects will be repaired for free by volunteers who love to fix things, as well as teach others how to make simple repairs. The social environment the cafe creates not only enables individuals to divert waste, share their knowledge, develop skills and save resources, but also helps to strengthen local communities and foster meaningful connections among neighbors and strangers.

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Slow Money Strives To Be Smart Money

I am energized after attending the final day of the Slow Money Gathering last Friday at the beautiful Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Listening to the excellent presentations and talking with other attendees reaffirmed my suspicion that innovative solutions to make our nation’s food systems environmentally sustainable, fair, and ethical, are best developed at the grassroots level in diverse areas of the country.

More and more committed individuals are implementing numerous small creative projects across the nation; Slow Money founder Woody Tasch explains the growing sustainable revolution like this:

“We are moving from big idea to lots of small actions. Our success is built on relationships — individuals with shared values and vision, connected via local and national networks, learning together, collaborating, co-creating a healthy culture and healthy economy.”

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Slow Money Gathering Opens in San Francisco

The Third Annual Slow Money National Gathering is being held this week, October 12th through the 14th, at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. The conference will explore a variety of topics, including the importance of investing in your own neighborhood, cooperatives and alternative monetary structures, as well as how to create more sustainable interconnected regional economies and small healthy local food systems.

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Raising Awareness, Markets and Dollars by Raising issues

Why was Avatar such an international hit? Pundits and viewers/reviewers cite animation effects and a combination of fantasy and real global issues such as themes of indigenous cultures, corporate eco-terrorism, and the supremacy of the forces of nature. What Avatar may not have pushed completely with their merchandising (though the audience saw it as they watched) was the integrity of the values that the viewers were pulled to the box office for time after time. Seth Godin may interrupt this paragraph with his adage that the Fox consumer division is just selling what people are buying…. But are they? When Joe Smith bought a movie ticket for the third time, he was probably buying values at that point.

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