The film Bag It changed my life and watching it will change yours. It takes the plastic issue to another level – even for those of us who have studied it in depth. A well made and funny documentary, it starts with personal bag use it and evolves into a very thorough discussion of the impact of all plastics – in nature, in our lives, in our bodies and in our children’s bodies. At least 50 experts are interviewed. In… Read More »
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“Shareable is a nonprofit online magazine that tells the story of sharing. We cover the people, places, and projects bringing a shareable world to life. And we share how-tos so you can make a shareable world real in your life. In a shareable world, solutions like clothing swaps, childcare coops, potlucks, carsharing, community gardens, and cohousing can make your life more fun, green, and affordable. When we share, not only is a better life possible, but so is a better world. The remarkable successes of Zipcar, Wikipedia, Kiva, open source software, Freecycle, and Creative Commons show this. They tell a hopeful story about human nature and our future, one we don’t hear enough in the mainstream media.… Read More »
“It’s one of the great assumptions underlying modern democracy that an informed citizenry is preferable to an uninformed one. “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1789. This notion, carried down through the years, underlies everything from humble political pamphlets to presidential debates to the very notion of a free press. Mankind may be crooked timber, as Kant put it, uniquely susceptible to ignorance and misinformation, but it’s an article of faith that knowledge is the best remedy. If people are furnished with the facts, they will be clearer thinkers and better citizens. If they are ignorant, facts will enlighten them. If they are mistaken, facts will set them straight.… Read More »
How Can New Media Empower Community for 2010?
Wednesday, 2/3/10, 7-9pm, Santa Rosa City Council Chambers, Free.
Are you curious about how social network websites, mobile devices and other forms of electronic publishing are impacting our day to day life? Well, for a taste of its think global, act local impacts, consider attending this community forum and reading the related posts.… Read More »
Do you think you could go 21 days without complaining, whining, criticising or gossiping? I am working up to it; may start this Sunday. If you are curious, consider visiting A Complaint Free World, or purchase this short but meaningful book at a locally owned bookstore or reserve it at our wonderful library. The Sonoma County Library website lists 7 copies of the original book, published in 2007, and one copy of the brand new Complaint Free Relationships. It might be a nice present for some… Read More »
January 22, 2010, 7 pm, Copperfields BookStore, 2316 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa Historian Nelson Lichtenstein speaking on his new book: “The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business” Sponsored by the Sierra Club, Sonoma County Conservation Action, Living Wage Coalition Description and Reviews From The Publisher, Macmillian Books, July 2009, http://us.macmillan.com/theretailrevolution The definitive account of how a small Ozarks company upended the world of business and what that change means: Wal-Mart, the world’s largest company, roared… Read More »
This may sound like an odd subject for a eco blog, but in truth a great deal of time and resources get wasted because we don’t prepare for jet lag nor do much to prevent it. It affects millions of travelers every year, including politicians, diplomats, business people and tourists. It even helps start wars. Reportedly, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles thought jet lag was a factor in his decision to cancel an agreement for the US to bankroll… Read More »
Here is some additional reading on the planned sale of Central Landfill and its consequences:
The Bohemian -09/09/09, Sierra Club Needles – 08/09, KRCB – 03/30/09, The Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy – 03/30/09 and Sonoma West Times and News – 04/01/09…… Read More »
Your Money or Your Life, by Joe Dominguez, Vicki Robin, and Monique Tilford, is one of my all time favorite books. An easy read, it provides a simple straight forward system for reevaluating your relationship with money. I suggest reading it through once and then reading it again carefully. My copy was given to me early in the 90′s. Now in its third edition, Vicki Robin has taken this very practical approach into this century. As noted in the companion post, she will be… Read More »