Cyber week is still apparently going strong. I know we don’t want to buy into this made up and overly commercialized week of over spending but if you are shopping then please do it repsonsibily. Green Living Everyday has these awesome deals for the holidays going on. You can help save your green and our environment all while being in the spirit of giving.
Connected Wisdom Illustrates the inter-connectedness we as a world share. Every action effects your surrounding environment accordingly. This concept may be difficult for children to grasp but Connect Wisdom defines the meaning of a Living System perfectly for everyone in terms that can be come a “fairytale” of positive sorts for generations to come.
Everyone agrees that to create responsible and aware adults the lessons must come from childhood where these ideas can be cemented in to a child’s impressionability before they have time to be negatively influenced by outside efforts. This may sound almost like brain washing but if you think about the fairy tales that you remember as a child most of them had little to no relevance to real life other than wait patiently for prince charming to come save you. You grow up being delusional even if you know better somewhere deep down you wish for Prince Charming right? In the case of Connected Wisdom a child can know deep down what is right so as children and then adults they can make good decisions regarding their environments for current and future generations.
About Connected Wisdom:
Living Stories About Living Systems gathers twelve stories from different cultures that each reveal a unique example of a “living system.” Through them, Linda Booth Sweeney shows that what we now call systems thinking has been around for a very long time.
A Balinese folktale tells the story of a gecko who cannot sleep because of the sparks from a firefly. He traces the cause of his complaint from one animal to another to the mosquitoes he depends on for his survival. Like this gecko, young readers will understand that all life is inter-related, and will be able to grasp the concept of the living system of “interdependence.” In a Burmese folktale, a king spills a drop of honey on his windowsill, too little to bother cleaning up. Yet the drop draws a fly, which attracts a lizard, which is followed by a cat, then a dog, and the owners of the cat and the dog, each armed with a stick. When civil war erupts, the king and readers understand the living system of “linearity,” in which an effect is disproportionate to its cause.
Says Sweeney, “If kids understand living systems, they’re more likely to think and act in informed ways and less likely to jump to blame a single cause for the challenges they encounter. As kids appreciate and learn about living systems, they see that connections in nature, people, problems and events bind us all.”
I know there are other similar books like No Impact Man, telling the no waste time period story out there but I think it is important for us to read them all. We can learn something from everyone’s story. To take a no waste challenge on for an entire year is extremely difficult for anyone and more so in Manhattan which is a land of grab,go and throw. You notice is in the constantly over flowing garbage’s on the streets or on garbage day outside of apartment buildings. You can see many of the items being disposed of are items that are easily recyclable or reusable. When I lived in Manhattan I was totally one of those people who could take perfectly good items home to reuse. I know it happens in many more area’s than just Manhattan but living there gives you many good examples despite the green good works that do go on there.
As for No Impact Man, I respect a family wanting to take on this challenge. I haven’t read the book yet but I can only imagine what one would have to think of doing with items that may not be recyclable and having to find another use for them. I am looking forward to reading about this family and what they learned from this experience. I hope you do too.
This book chronicles the adventures of writer Colin Beavan, his wife and their one-year old daughter as they embark on a year long journey to live waste-free for one year in downtown Manhattan, while of course still working regular jobs and living as normally as possible. The author manages to capture his own shortcomings with candor and wit and offers surprising revelations in the process that all of us can relate to in one way or another. It’s an impressive undertaken, engagingly told, which will absolutely inspire you to rethink your own lifestyle habits. An eco-activists must read!!
From: Chelsea Green Publishing
I know there are plenty of books out there that explain how to save energy at home but what if you could make your house use no more energy than it needs to produce. We hear this word “zero-energy” but do we really know what it means or how we can attain it? Energy Free details how we can get to “zero-energy” and stay that way.
Energy Free is designed to equip building professionals and homeowners alike with a toolkit for creating homes that use no more energy than they produce—this means homes that are free from the vagaries of energy-price fluctuations and that help to free society of the high political and environmental costs of fossil fuels.
Individuals and institutions have been working toward “zero-energy” homes for decades. This volume is the first record of those collective efforts, distilling their experience into a practical and comprehensive how-to guide. The author includes resource information and step-by-step guidance on how to make decisions that will yield an energy-free residential project, whether a single-family home or multifamily building, new or existing, in an urban or a rural setting. The unique needs and opportunities of each context are addressed.
Energy Freeoffers a wide array of resource information, including detailed window and insulation comparisons; assessments of the relative contribution of different building elements; and overall performance. It draws on research and empirical data from myriad sources, including the Department of Energy’s Building America program; Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s House of the Future; Passiv Haus Institute in Europe and the Passive House Institute of the U.S.; Florida Solar Energy Center; Living Building Challenge; Affordable Comfort, Inc.’s, Thousand Home Challenge; and many pioneering individual home projects across North America.
I know what you are thinking…YUCK a textbook! I don’t want to read this but Environmental Science: Toward a Sustainable Future (11th Edition)
has gotten great reviews even more than the previous additions. Sometimes I like reading textbooks because they give you practical applications that may help you better than just reading something you might not be understanding.
I say it a lot but it is important to understand the beast we are all fighting. We may not all be able to go back to school to get a degree in environmental science but the tools are right at our finger tips! We should be taking advantage of the knowledge out there to help us save the earth more effectively and efficiently. The more you know the better it is for all of us!
Environmental Science: Toward a Sustainable Future (11th Edition)
By emphasizing the memorable themes of science, sustainability and stewardship, the Eleventh Edition of this popular textbook helps you understand the science behind environmental issues and what you can do to build a more sustainable future. This thorough revision features updated content, graphics, and photos, plus the addition of new co-author Dorothy Boorse.