Wednesday, January 30, 2008

No Impact vs. "Green" Consumerism

Interesting debate between No Impact Man and Michael Shellenberger, from the Breakthrough Institute, regarding individual sacrifice and global emissions reduction.

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Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler

Times article on the embodied energy of meat.

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Consuming Less

Check out WUNC's State of Things show on Consuming Less.

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Public participation needed at Comprehensive Plan session

voice your opinion at an important public input session that will be held in Chapel Hill at the Southern Human Services Building on Monday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m. The input session will begin with a formal time for citizens to speak at a podium about what they would like to see in the plan

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Gift boxes

Reuse: cereal boxes

A great 2nd life for a cereal box is as a shirt box. It is a little late for this holiday gift giving season, but next year just "pass" on the shirt boxes offered by store clerks and use your empty cereal boxes. The paperboard box is nearly the perfect size and shape for most clothing gifts. Any paperboard box will work equally well...smaller boxes (i.e. cracker and cookie boxes, etc.) work nicely for smaller gifts.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Our Decrepit Food Factories

From Michael Pollen's latest NYTimes article:
For years now, critics have been speaking of modern industrial agriculture as “unsustainable” in precisely these terms, though what form the “breakdown” might take or when it might happen has never been certain. Would the aquifers run dry? The pesticides stop working? The soil lose its fertility? All these breakdowns have been predicted and they may yet come to pass. But if a system is unsustainable — if its workings offend the rules of nature — the cracks and signs of breakdown may show up in the most unexpected times and places. Two stories in the news this year, stories that on their faces would seem to have nothing to do with each other let alone with agriculture, may point to an imminent breakdown in the way we’re growing food today.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

The Story of Stuff

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The Story of Stuff