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Too Hot - Need Some Rain...

by: Heather on 07/29/2009

Too hot to think, too hot to breathe, too hot to blog.

So in lieu of scintillating reading, I bring you the rain that my garden so desperately needs (and thanks to Sandy H. - from whose Facebook page I scooped the link)!

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John Seed - The Town Crier for the Global Village

by: Heather on 03/04/2009

John Seed is the founder and director of the Rainforest Information Centre in Australia and co-author of the deep ecology classic Thinking like a Mountain - a volume of readings, meditations, rituals and workshop notes dedicated to renewing the spirit and vision of those who serve the Earth by celebrating our interconnectedness with all beings.

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ECOpreneuring Wins Gold!

by: Heather on 03/03/2009

ECOpreneuring by John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist has won a gold medal in the Entrepreneurship category in the Axiom Business Book Awards. The goal of the awards is "to celebrate the innovative, intelligent and creative aspects of the books that make us think, see and work differently every day".

ECOpreneuring will show you how to make a life instead …

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Making Room for Your Parents

by: Heather on 12/12/2008

According to US Census data, the number of parents who moved in with their adult children grew 67 percent to 3.6 million from 2000 to 2007. That's a lot of extra bedrooms!

With the deepening financial crisis it's entirely reasonable to assume that many of us will be expanding our households to include family or friends in order to help meet …

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Plan C Bailout Strategy - Dealing with Cars

by: Heather on 12/09/2008

This just in from Pat Murphy, author of Plan C: Community Survival Strategies for Peak Oil and Climate Change. Thanks Pat!

Plan C Bailout Strategy - Dealing with Cars

As we move toward government socialism for major corporations and industries, new opportunities arise, as these corporations seem to be at a loss for any innovative ideas. This is not surprising since they have screwed up so badly in recent years and the same people are still in charge. For some time, corporations have held immense power to set the priorities for nations with politicians supporting their efforts since corporations provide campaign financing. Now the shoe is on the other foot. Car and finance CEOs are coming to Washington, hat in hand, begging for bailouts. The elected representatives of the people suddenly have the right to govern - for a while. And this gives them a chance to generate some new perspectives and innovative solutions.

One can see this in the so-called bailout for the American car companies. Detroit is asking for tens of billions of dollars to make the transition to more fuel-efficient cars, along the lines of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 passed in December of that year. The new CAFÉ standards require that automakers increase fleet wide gas mileage to 35 mpg by 2020, including "light trucks" (SUVs). This is well below current existing standards in the rest of the world. With these companies implying they may not be around in six months, it seems silly to be talking about providing government money for such relatively minor goals 12 years from now.

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