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I'm Starting a New Blog

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  I'm starting a new blog!  Green and Nerdy: Insights and Experiments in Living Lightly .  Topics include: Simply, appropriate, human-scale technology What one person can do about global warming (and humanity's relationship with nautre) Fun projects in permaculture (and sometimes science)   Ideas and inspiration for the times ahead Creating and appreciating the beauty of nature All future posts will be at: http://greenandnerdy.com Subscribe here:  http://greenandnerdy.com/feed/

Got Plastic?

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Here's an idea: Take some plastic out of the waste stream.  Sequesters some carbon too. And there are nine more cool innovations designed to replace plastic --those receiving the "Closed Loop** - Beyond the Bag Innovator" awards: https://www.closedlooppartners.com/beyond-the-bag-innovations/ **Per their website, "Closed Loop Partners is a New York based investment firm comprised of venture capital, growth equity, private equity, project finance and an innovation center focused on building the circular economy."  

Earthrise ... by Amanda Gorman

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 A beautiful poem by Amanda Gorman:

Regenerating soil and land under solar panels

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This is a very good idea: https://www.greenbiz.com/article/dual-use-solar-farms-welcome-nature-back-land

Future Crunch

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Looking for inspiration?  Here is a site self-described as  "A Weekly Roundup of science, technology and intelligent optimism (not necessarily in that order.)"  I thought is was kinda cool. Subscription required though. https://futurecrunch.com/

Women. With Credentials.

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When Joel Epstein of the Wall Street Journal shared his opinion about Dr. Jill Biden’s title, my reaction was visceral. It felt to me like a gut punch. We are still commenting on Hillary’s hair? It brought me back to the 1980s. Fresh with my own credentials  —  a degree in Engineering from Stanford University and a Professional Mechanical Engineer license — I had secured my first position as an Industrial Power Engineer at a Fortune 500 company. I faced off head-to-head with a crusty electrical foreman who declared: “I don’t like working with women. You should be home with your family.” I retorted, “What decade are you from? 1870? Put a bag on your head!” In retrospect, I can say this: at least he was honest. We shared a laugh, and later an excellent working relationship. Still, with countless industrial customers with whom I worked, I felt I needed to be twice as good as my male counterparts in order to be considered by them as even minimally competent. A couple of years later, when I

Restoring Damaged Ecosystems

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In May of 2019, I attended the Global Earth Repair conference in Port Townsend WA.  There I met John Liu and was deeply inspired by his keynote on the topic of restoring large-scale damaged ecosystems.  You can check out the conference and hear his talk here:  https://globalearthrepairfoundation.org/john-d-liu-restoring-damaged-ecosystems-worldwide/  

New Story Hub

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A few years ago I was working on an idea and ended up taking a detour so never got the idea fully launched.  (I called it New Story Center)  Luckily, it turns out that Findhorn has been at it for awhile and is doing a fantastic job! They call their project "New Story Hub".  Check it out: -  http://newstoryhub.com/   You can find a great list of resources here:  http://newstoryhub.com/resources/

Need hope?

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UPDATED 6pm 9/22 The after-watch party is as good as the movie!  Here is the party link on youtube: https://youtu.be/emfG6ehpE4U UPDATED 9/22/2020 Yes, solutions are still possible! If you need hope, then watch this KISS THE GROUND trailer. Kiss the Ground THE MOVIE premiers September 22, 2020!   NEXT STEPS STEP 1: WATCH THE FILM. The 87 minute film is on Netflix. Watch now! here is link to the movie: https://www.netflix.com/title/81321999?s=i&trkid=13747225 STEP 2: JOIN THE BIGGER "KISS THE GROUND" WATCH PARTY -- with cast and filmmakers: here is a link to RSVP - (with cast and crew) at 6pm on FB live: https://kissthegroundmovie.com/watchparty/ The event details are on FB here: https://www.facebook.com/events/314340939677266/ STEP 3: CONTINUE THE LOCAL CONVERSATION  here is a link to the New Story mighty network where we can chat about it before, during and after https://network.newstorycenter.com/posts/kiss-the-ground .

Build a Solar Oven Like This

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A fast tour of how to build a solar oven--the Solar Box Cooker.  Enjoy: For more information, including a materials list, plans and instructions, visit the  Solar Cooking topic in  our Mighty Network at New Story Center

Post Doom Interview

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Michael Dowd and I in a "Post Doom" conversation:

Lessons from Pachamama - Coming Home

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Coming Home Just days after we returned home to Lake County, we were evacuated for 12 days due to the Ranch fire.  We worried about the loss of our place and struggled with the nearly unbreathable air. I was reminded of the greatest gift of all from the jungle--the gift of LIFE.... of breath, remembering how easy it was to breathe there. The comparison will inform my work for years to come. Which future world do we want to create? Charles Eisenstein (author of  The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible ) says this: “Is it too much to ask, to live in a world where our human gifts go toward the benefit of all? Where our daily activities contribute to the healing of the biosphere and the well-being of other people?” The lessons from Pachamama suggest that it is possible to live meaningful life and create a just and sustainable planet. To create "the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible," we must commit to it and embrace the adventure. How wo

Lessons from Pachamama - The Third Gift

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The Third Gift. On the day we were to leave the jungle, we awoke once again to a downpour.  Our flight out was supposed to be at 8 a.m. The plan was that we would hike there for a hour. so we would need to leave by 7 a.m.  Before we were to leave though, we got word that the planes would need to wait for the airstrip to dry before they would take off from Shell. 8 a.m. came and went, then 9 a.m., then 10 a.m.... and we had still not left camp. We packed and repacked getting ready for a quick departure at a moments notice... hoping that the planes would fly out that day. By 11 am we still were sitting on our packed bags. And it was still lightly raining. At noon we got word: the planes are on their way! Instructions were that we would all board the same planes we arrived in. So we set out through the soggy jungle, where now there were new bogs and logs. One doesn't rush a jungle hike. Once at the mud airstrip--we arrive in time to see the small plane that I came in on leave

Lessons from Pachamama - The Second Gift

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"When the Self emerges, the ego takes a hit" The Second Gift I knew before the trip that the Aschuar interpret their dreams at four a.m. and we would be invited to join them. What I did not know was that we would face this same treacherous jungle trail --only this time, it would be in the dark and in a downpour . We retired early the night before in anticipation of a three a.m. wake-up and hike to the home of one of the Aschuar families.  We were instructed to bring our dream and they would interpret them. It rained all night long.. and I kept waking up, growing increasingly anxious about that hike through the jungle in the dark.  I told myself i was worried about Loretta (I was).  But i was just as worried about ME. I decided that if I did not receive a dream, I would stay at our camp with her should she decide to stay. At three a.m., one of our campmates reported to Loretta that the guides were considering cancelling the trip because it was too treacherous.  As

Lessons from Pachamama - The First Gift

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The First Gift Once in Ecuador, after a couple days acclimating and exploring the city of Quito, we headed out by bus to the edge rainforest, arriving at the airport city of Shell where we were issued tall mud boots for our jungle adventure. Thanks to our guides and a talented bush pilot, we were deposited on a dirt airstrip in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. There, we gathered under a thatched roof and our faces were painted by one of the Aschuar women. Once our entire group  arrived,  we set off into the jungle on foot led by our Aschuar hosts.  As we slogged through on the muddy trail, the Aschuar women nimbly jogged by us with our luggage on their backs and were quickly out of sight. In the very first hour on the very first trail in the jungle, we came to a bog where we needed to make our way across via a series of narrow and slippery logs. I felt  confident, surefooted and agile in my new mud yellow boots, but I worried about Loretta who was less physically able than I. 

Lessons from Pachamama - Call to Change the Dream

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Twenty five years ago, the Aschuar, an ancient indigenous dream culture deep within the Amazon rainforest in South America, began receiving warnings in their dreams. Their ancestral lands were at risk, not only potentially destroying their way of life, but all life, which depends on the rainforest, he lungs on Planet Earth. Receptive people in the North began receiving dreams of people with painted faces. When they eventually met these people, they knew them. The Pachamama Alliance was born. At the invitation of both the Aschuar and Sapura people, we set out on a journey in search of wisdom, a journey that would take us into the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest to encounter the wisdom of Pachamama and our own dreams. I've always been fascinated by dreams, the unconscious speaking to us and offering insights and so was drawn to this journey. Pachamama means "Mother Earth" or more precisely "life force of mother earth." The mission of Pachamama Al

Listening for a New Way of Being

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Meilin Ehlke gives us a way to listen for the New Story as it emerges within. It calls us and pulls us forward if we are willing to listen for it.

The New Story

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This New Story comes just in time. Human commerce is fundamentally destroying the biosphere (as we have known it) on our small blue planet….. So, The Sacred Universe story can remind us that each of our stories, is a paragraph in this larger story. In other words, it's our story too… it's one story (uni-verse) that continues. We Have Been Here Before. We can take solace in what has happened to us thus far. Many times in this epic story, on this very planet, the whole experiment of life could have ended. For example, nearly 2.5 billion years ago on planet Earth, a noxious gas, generated by some of the earliest life forms, poisoned the atmosphere and threatened all life. It even etched the rocks! Life on Earth hung by a thread. Would the story end right then and there, leaving this planet as a dead rock floating in oblivion? The gas was oxygen. It was literally burning cells up from the inside. So, life got creative. Mitochondria were born—first as stand-al

The Rigged Game

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I am unaccustomed to rage. Even as a child, I understood that the game was rigged.  Over time, I've become even more aware... though I have had the luxury of not having to think about it all the time--to not have to face it, and the feelings it brings up, day in and day out. All day.  Every day. Until this week. This week has been particularly difficult  (the supreme court nomination hearings) and has exposed yet a another level of the rigged game.   It brought up in me a deep rage--and I felt it all week in the pit of my stomach... I was struck by the injustice of it all.  I felt like throwing up. It gave me the opportunity to imagine what others have felt over generations of systemic injustice. I understand that I am both privileged and oppressed.  I've benefitted from the rigged game in so many ways... from being able to walk into a store without suspicion to having access to higher education. I have also suffered from the rigged game--from wanting society and po

Qualities of a Gamechanger

Pachamama Alliance has a course entitled "the Gamechanger intensive".  In it they share the qualities of a gamechanger in these times (Source: Pachamama.org): 1. You understand that all life is connected. You see the human family, in all its diversity, as an integral component in the web of creation, and you are committed to building a society that reflects and reveres the sacred and interconnected nature of all life. 2. You stand for a sustainable, just and fulfilling future . You stand for, and act from, an informed vision that a sustainable, just and fulfilling future for all beings is essential urgent, and possible. 3. You recognize an evolutionary force at work. You recognize that the evolutionary force that put the stars in motion is moving through us and is a dynamic, self-organizing process whose grace and guidance we can trust. 4. You appreciate that human beings are called to become “evolutionary activists.” You realize that humanity has now become an act