Some experts say it is not enough, but if you’re in a water shortage due to a flood, earthquake, or hurricane, I’d say it’s better than nothing!
Katie Bray, program director of Solarize Asheville, has just launched a new program, building on the success of Solarize Asheville and adding some important new elements. First, it is open to residents outside the Asheville city limits! (Personally speaking—Yeah! ) And, it is open to commercial properties as well.
Next, the program offers an opportunity for energy assessments of your property that include more than rooftop solar (and both solar PV and solar hot water installations are being offered). If your home… read more +
Here is a 4 1/2 minute summary of the “trophic cascade” (that is, what changed ecologically and then geographically!) when wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995. Beautiful footage and a hopeful message. Maybe this won’t be as hard as we think.
On November 6, 1983, David Brinkley (“America’s favorite television Reporter”) ended his Sunday morning This Week program with this commentary:
“It’s pleasing to say a word about a recent crisis that doesn’t involve any bombing or loss of life and cannot be traced to Moscow. And it’s not urgent, it’s 100 or 200 years away. The two reports we’ve had are on the so-called greenhouse effect, on how the burning of oil and coal releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, where it… read more +
“This could be he most important book written about the climate. Goodell compellingly describes the characters, ideas and motivations of a small band of geoengineers, scientists who would manipulate the very substance of our planet to alleviate global heating. As one of them, I know that what he writes is true, and I share his fear that geoengineering may put us on a path yet more deadly than the one we took to end war by inventing nuclear weapons. Yet if climate change becomes unbearable, we may be driven to geoengineering as a last resort. Read this book; once… read more +
This eye-opening documentary explores the ravages of American suburban sprawl, what America has lost as a result, and the perils we face if we don’t change the way we build our cities. Americans have been lulled into a false sense of security by cheap energy, and now many of us are trapped behind the wheels of our vehicles. With demand for oil outpacing Earth’s ability to supply it, this suburban living arrangement will fail. Our love affair with the automobile is unsustainable… the wake up call is coming.
In my continuing series on households in Asheville which have ‘gone solar’ with the help of “Solarize Asheville”, I met with George Peery and Mary Stair at their home in North Asheville, towards the end of January. Their system was installed in December, 2013, so it is fairly new to them.
However, in the course of our conversation, I heard about their many efforts to lower their household carbon footprint prior to this, and about what tipped them into making the choice at this time, to put panels on their roof.
Our meeting was four days after the death of Pete… read more +
Village Homes in Davis CA was begun in 1972. Geoff Lawton, a permaculture designer, guides us though a tour that demonstrates 1) water capture and storage, 2) passive solar homes, 3) food forests, and the abundance created. What an inspiring place!
Bill McKibben on Why Corporations Are Not People
(pp. 102-104 in Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist)
The reason we shouldn’t count corporations as humans isn’t that they’re bad, it’s that they’re simple… They do the thing they do with great power—if you need a car built or an oil well drilled, a corporation is an amazing tool. It can gather resources from great distances, carry them exactly where they’re needed, and combine various skills to produce something of great value from crude raw… read more +
WATER The United Nation Association of Western North Carolina has named Water as its focus for this year, and is hosting a book discussion on When the Rivers Run Dry by Fred Pearce on January 30 at Edna’s Coffee, 870 Merrimon Avenue in Asheville. The first couple of hundred pages were a real slog through all the really stupid things people have tried around water. But the last 52 were really worth reading. Books are available at the library.
I am so excited that Water has taken center stage with the UN.
Mr. Pearce discusses the success of the resurgence… read more +