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Environmental Literacy and all careers

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017 in All Posts | 0 comments

Environmental Literacy and all careers

Take a few seconds to imagine the world several decades in the future.   No matter what your background or values are, it’s very likely that the future you just pictured is quite different than our world today.   Things change . . . and these days, faster than ever before! Now, hone in on what people are doing in your envisioned world.  If people are in the future you see, they will probably be “doing business” in some way, shape or form.   The trade and commerce of ideas, goods, and services will always be a part of what...

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Recapitalizing earth

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in All Posts | 0 comments

Recapitalizing earth

The word, “Earth,” when referring to our planet, should be capitalized.   It’s the official/correct way to write it – see Dictionary.com or any other source.   Thus, it’s long intrigued me, that while names of other planets are always capitalized, our own planet, Earth, is very commonly written as earth.  Don’t take my word for it; check it out – you’ll never see “mars” or “jupiter” but “earth” is liberally sprinkled throughout the written word! Dictionary.com also states that “It is acceptable [my emphasis] to leave earth lowercase and use...

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Another take on Efficiency

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in All Posts | 0 comments

Another take on Efficiency

Efficiency is not always a good thing.    Does this seems shocking?  If so, consider the ramifications of an efficient criminal enterprise.   Observe that a cancerous growth can be very efficient in commandeering the resources of its host body.   Ruminate on the efficient nature of many Ponzi schemes.  As the article “Insufficiency of Efficiency” reminds us, “A job not worth doing is not worth doing well.” (http://steadystate.org/wp-content/uploads/CASSE_Brief_Efficient_Allocation.pdf). Right now, efficiency has a “good rap.”  Everyone loves...

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Enough

Posted by on May 7, 2016 in All Posts | 0 comments

Enough

Over the past winter holidays, I spent some time trying to craft a coherent musing about the overemphasis on gifts and stuff during the holy season. Ironically, my ability to focus on this task fell victim to information overload. The number of well-reasoned, well-written essays and opinions that attack and lament but also that defend and promote consumerism, gift-giving and/or greed is surpassed only by the advertisements and other clutter one must wade through to view them! Immersing myself in such internet commentary, it quickly became...

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Urine for Life!

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in All Posts | 0 comments

Urine for Life!

This musing leads inexorably to this site.            An ongoing human challenge is clean drinking water and the prevention of human-waste-caused disease and pollution. Here’s our present solution . . .   we use gigantic amounts of energy and other resources to make a lot of water drinkable.   Then, we use most of that water for things other than drinking or cooking. Not only do we use drinking water to keep our lawns alive and wash our cars, we even use it to flush our wastes down the toilet! “Get outta here!” you say? But, that’s not all ....

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Happy Birthday – a Conservation Microcosm

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in All Posts | 0 comments

Happy Birthday – a Conservation Microcosm

A recent segment on Colorado Public Radio (http://www.cpr.org/news/story/9-year-old-girl-birthdays-are-about-saving-wild-animals ) captured my attention. It was about a little girl who, for the past 3 years, urged friends coming to her birthday parties to donate money to an animal shelter rather than bring presents. The story revived my fascination in the phenomenon of birthday parties as a reflection of the state of conservation in the United States. During the past 2-3 decades, the hyper-consumptiveness of our society as a whole has been...

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Boiling in Inertia

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in All Posts | 0 comments

Boiling in Inertia

Over the past week, there has been a flood of discussion and analysis about the “Encyclical” on global warming and human life by Pope Francis (http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/popereport.pdf).   Reading these many and varied sentiments, ranging from solidarity to hostility to creativity, I was reminded of a poem recently written by a friend of mine, Larry LaVerdure.   Boiling in Inertia   by: Larry LaVerdure Between home and the horizon present needs trump the far off future. Between the status quo and the...

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The “Gaia Paradigm” – What it is and Why it matters

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in All Posts | 0 comments

The “Gaia Paradigm” – What it is and Why it matters

In 1985, a “Far-side” cartoon depicted a dinosaur at a podium addressing a group of fellow dinosaurs. The reptile opined: “The picture’s pretty bleak, gentlemen. . . The world’s climates are changing, the mammals are taking over, and we all have a brain about the size of a walnut.” Like so many of Gary Larson’s brilliant one-panel creations, the cartoon strikes the funny bone because it lampoons a core truth of our own human situation. This truth, however, bears further examination.   Are our brains figuratively “the size of a walnut,”...

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Tundra Dreamer

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in All Posts | 0 comments

Tundra Dreamer

Adapted from “A Sweet and Sublime Enigma” by Martin Ogle, 2006.     The dreamer knew limitless possibilities. And yet, had been to the mountaintop and seen The possibility of limits.   In the windswept tundra Dwarf plants, A few hardy creatures, Danced with and hid from The singing wind.   Shielding himself from the gale, The dreamer saw the world below and marveled at Limitless possibilities.   Infinite permutations of building blocks; A whole far greater than the sum of its parts. A pulsating, living being, Enough to...

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Willful Waste, Woeful Want

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in All Posts | 0 comments

Willful Waste, Woeful Want

Dictionary.com analyzes the American idiom, “waste not, want not” as follows: “Wise use of one’s resources will keep one from poverty. For example, I just hate to throw out good food—waste not, want not. This proverbial saying was first recorded in 1772 but had an earlier, even more alliterative version, willful waste makes woeful want (1576).” How fitting that the example used for this idiom be food. Of all the ways we waste the riches of our world, food waste is among the most visceral to me. We need it to live, it is “of and from...

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