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'Eco-awakening' affects personal lifestyle choices
Mike Lee, San Diego Union-Tribune
... [Vanessa] Wilbourn, 17, is so caught up in the green fever sweeping the nation that she and a friend are planning an environmental rally for teens in April. These days, everyone seems interested in causing less damage to the local and global environments - even if they aren't sure what all that means.
“It's not seen as this small group of tree-huggers,” said Katie Shultz of Lakeside, a public relations consultant for a health group building a green clinic in San Diego. “It's now more of a social norm to do something good for the environment. Everyone is trying to figure out how this fits into their life and business.”
It's difficult to define this brand of modern environmentalism, partly because so many people have put their own spin on it. Traditional powerhouses like the Sierra Club are now joined by Wal-Mart, pastors, fashion designers, taxi companies, chefs and conceivably everyone else in exhorting the country to live green.
The new ecologists are guided by a principle that goes something like this: Meet the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. That means reducing all kinds of waste by, for instance, using less water, electricity and gasoline.
(24 February 2008)
Relocalize Newsletter #17 : February 2008
Relocalization Network Team, Post Carbon Institute
(26 February 2008)
Peak Moment TV newsletter
Peak Moment TV
Hello friend of Peak Moment TV,
Welcome to a growing circle of folks choosing to face a future dominated by climate change, dwindling fossil fuels and resource depletion. You've seen some of our programs showcasing people addressing these challenges with courage, vision and ingenuity.
We're asking for your feedback and participation as, if all goes well, we take Peak Moment on the road this summer to tape new programs.
Who we are
Peak Moment emerged out of the desire of creative partners Janaia Donaldson and Robyn Mallgren to find models of folks working to create a sustainable future. From a start in our small-town Northern California community access TV studio in early 2006, we dramatically increased the programs’ geographic scope that summer by climbing into our Vanagon camper, visiting over 20 West Coast communities and recording more than 140 half-hour Peak Moment conversations.
Now we’re broadening our scope. We’re modifying a second-hand motorhome to become the Peak Moment Mobile Studio, where programs can be taped, produced, and uploaded onto the web as we go. (We're aware of the irony that this project burns fossil fuels, and hope the resulting programs in some way compensate for the carbon expenditure.) We hope to travel cross-country through summer and fall 2008, meeting forward-looking individuals, groups and projects.
(26 February 2008)
EBO 'Rude Awakening' Peak Energy Tour, 2008 (PDF)
Energy Beyond Oil (EBO) Project
We're planning a new UK tour that, unlike last year's tour, will run for the whole year. We thought we'd call it "Rude Awakening" (given the rise in fuel and food prices -- the first sign most people are getting that we're approaching the capacity of the global system to deliver our needs).
A PDF file attached with the full details is at www.fraw.org.uk/download/ebo/rude_awakening_tour.pdf .
... As with last year, we're offering the same three types of event:
If you hosted an EBO or E&C event last year you might like to host a Less event this year. However, in the late Summer well be finishing up a new presentation, "Energy and Food", so if you previouly hosted a Less event this would ne he natural next step.
"Energy and Food" concentrates on the importance of food, nutrition and agriculture to both energy consumption and climate change, and how we can significantly reduce the impacts of both by changing the way we source, store, prepare and eat food.
(27 February 2008)
Email from Paul Mobbs. More at the PDF.