Our Blog | April 2008

Life, Money & Illusion

by: Heather on 04/30/2008
Posted in: New Books

Food shortages, fossil fuel crisis, climate change - has it ever been more clear that we are living on a finite planet? Life, Money & Illusion: Living on Earth as if we want to stay addresses the need to restucture our economic system in such a way that we are living within planetary limits. Mike Nickerson reviews the dangerous myth of economic …

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Lost Generation

by: Heather on 04/28/2008
Posted in: Activism

Thanks to EJ for the heads up on this excellent video. Watch this one all the way through - it's worth it!

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Strawbale Eco-house Exhibit

by: Heather on 04/24/2008
Posted in: Natural Building

From Catherine Wanek of Builders Without Borders comes this news about a strawbale eco-house exhibit in Washington D.C.

New Society Publishers will be parterning on this project - if you're in the area please do check it out!

Strawbale Construction goes to Washington

Builders Without Borders, a worldwide network of natural builders, will create a straw-bale demonstration building at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. Joining a summer-long exhibition, the BWB "ecohouse" will demonstrate energy-efficient design and green building techniques including straw-bale, bamboo, timber-frame, cob, and earthbag construction, and decorative earthen plasters. The exhibit will be on display from Memorial Day through Columbus Day, Saturday May 24 -- October 13, 2008.

The U.S. Botanic Garden is on the National Mall, across the street from the U.S. Capitol. The USBG is producing this exhibition, called "One Planet - Ours! Sustainability for the 22nd Century" to showcase earth-friendly techniques and technologies including edible schoolyards, urban orchards, a solar greenhouse, photovoltaic panels, a vertical wind turbine, a green roof and rainwater harvesting.

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As If the Earth Matters - Earth Day Activities

by: Heather on 04/23/2008
Posted in: Education

For an Earth Day follow up, check out these free environmental activities from Thom Henley and Kenny Peavy, authors of As If the Earth Matters. You can Save the Earth or participate in Water Wasters / Water Savers to raise awareness, promote conservation and have fun, all at the same time!

Do you have any Earth Day or environmental education …

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Earth Day

by: Heather on 04/22/2008
Posted in: Activism

Today, my Earth Day kicked off with watching a gymnasium full of 5-10 year olds sing about reducing, reusing, recycling, walking, biking, and turning off the tap when you brush you teeth. (OK, that last one was a bit challenging to set to a catchy tune, but you have to hand it to the music teachers who try). It was my daily dose of cute, all in …

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