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Archives for September, 2010

The Water Fountain

Like everyone in the rich world, I carry bottles of water with me everywhere I go. Were someone from the past to spot me, they’d be stunned by the sight of all the people, clearly headed on long treks into the uninhabited jungle, carrying water lest they die of dehydration. Because, after all, in historical…

I know there has been a lot of ASPO posting right now – what can I say except it is consuming my entire existence, so it creeps into your blog posts too ;-). The fun part will come when the conference liveblogging begins and all that great information starts flowing! But this is pretty awesome.…

Sundry

Various Updates: First of all, Aaron Newton and I will be offering the Adapting-in-Place class again for the very last time for at least six months, and maybe longer. So if you’ve ever thought of taking the class, now is the time! Adapting in Place is my favorite class – it covers everything from what’s…

Back to School Month: Peak Oil 101

Every so often someone comes up to me with fiery eyes and raring for a battle and says “I don’t believe in Peak Oil” or “I don’t believe in Climate Change.” When this happens, I think they expect me to argue with them, and I do. But isn’t the argument they expect – my standard…

You’ve probably already seen Stephen Colbert’s farmworker testimony, but just in case you haven’t, it is awesome. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy The human-fruit hybrids seem like a good idea to me. Sharon

I probably should have waited a little longer to steal this from Greenpa, until it was colder, but I couldn’t.

Knitting for the Apocalypse

This is a repeat, but it is at least three years old, and I haven’t done a fiber arts piece in a while, so I thought I’d get us chatting. The cooler weather certainly makes me want to knit! The title here is somewhat tongue in cheek, of course, but I do think that we…

A couple of years ago, George Monbiot wrote a column in the Guardian arguing with me. He was responding to an essay that I’d written arguing that there was no good evaluation of the potential climate impacts of a rapid build-out of renewable energies, and that it was possible that given the short time frame,…

There are a lot of inherent contradictions in my life – and for the most part, I stand with Emerson and his claim that a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. Periodically someone throws at my claims that we’re going to have to radically reduce our fossil fuel usage “but you are writing…

There are coyotes denned right across the road, which is one of the reasons we have Mac the Marshmallow. Mac is a 110lb Great Pyrenees dog, a livestock guardian breed the approximate size of a shetland pony. Asher, my four year old, has been known to ride him. We call him “Mac the Marshmallow” because…