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Friday, March 31, 2006

NEWS: The CityHippy Week

Ladies & Gentleman, it's Friday night! Welcome to...

The CityHippy Week!

Another great round-up of my green week for you. Various bits and pieces cross my path and this week the #1 spot goes to the awesome Global Warming feature from the Independent: Your World Your Say

Basically it is a public forum for debate about Global Warming and all credit is due to them for facilitating this massive objective debate.

Check out what people are saying and most importantly have your say, it is after all, your world.

This is what I just emailed to them:

Instead of being in a position where we have to spend £70bn+ on cleaning up after our Nuclear selves we could be in a position where that £70bn could be broken down into 7 million units of £10,000 which could be used to take 7 million homes more or less off grid. We could then be a net exporter of energy to others and could in one foul swoop massively reduce our emissions.

Sadly we are not in that position because we have politicians too scared to govern for the common good. Shame on them. And now they want more Nuclear power.

As Craig Sams, the founder of Green & Blacks, says in an upcoming interview on my site: What if the Romans 2000 years ago had discovered nuclear power and left us with the burden of having to keep an eye on the deadly waste that they left behind so that they could leave the lights on all night and live in buildings that are overheated in winter and overcooled in summer?

Madness indeed.

We need to radically shift our economy NOW into renewables. We need to start making life more sustainable at a devolved level. Otherwise Blair et al will be cursed for all time as those who could have, but didn't.


Al from
What else caught my little green eye?

Biodegradable phones that sprout flowers
A mobile phone implanted with a sunflower seed and made from biodegradable material is among the cutting edge cellular technology which has been unveiled at the Science Museum
What great news. Imagine a world where everything electronic was made from biodegradable materials? Think about how much less land-fill we would need. Flowers everywhere!

Mr Ikea's recommendation for a frugal lifestyle
IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, ranked 4th richest man in the world, drives a 15-year-old car and always flies economy class, in part to inspire his 90,000 employees worldwide to see the virtue of frugality.
OK so he is not perfect but he makes staff use both sides of note paper. That makes him ok in my book.

Honda plans to take on Toyota
The thing is, there's one potentially large drawback: as this model has been specifically developed for the hybrid-hungry US market, it comes in four-door saloon form only, which rather limits its practicality and appeal to British buyers. It might be more usable on a day-to-day basis than the Insight, and it might not have lost any bootspace to its battery packs and associated extra drivetrain technology, but that boot certainly isn't very large. The five-door Prius has a clear advantage on this score.'s trying to get away from the idea that so-called eco-friendly cars are all budget runarounds driven by sandal-wearing tree-huggers.
Not sounding that great but what is interesting is that choice is rising and price will start dropping.

Archbishop of Canterbury thinks Bush's anti-environmental stance is unchristian

He said US President George W Bush's stance of refusing to cut emissions because it might compromise American jobs was not compatible with a Christian point of view.

"I think if we look at the language of the Bible we very often come across situations where people are judged for not responding to warnings," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

"I think what the Bible and the Christian tradition suggest is that those who have that challenge put before them, and not only that challenge but the evidence for it, and don't respond, bear a very heavy responsibility before God."

Go Rowan. Must say I like this guy. Not as much as I like what Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, has to say. Am loving the way social justice is finding a stronger voice in the Anglican Church. Liberation Theology in general does much to inspire me. Never heard of it? Check out this movie.

Montana glacier 'memorial' park?
"We had over a hundred glaciers," said Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who took ABC News for a helicopter tour of Montana's Glacier National Park. "Now we're down to a couple dozen, and by 2025, 2035 at the rate that they've been declining, there will be no glaciers in Glacier National Park."
Funny isn't it but as stuff starts to disappear the value of nature will dramatically increase. Let's just hope we do not leave it too late. One of my favourite First Nations sayings for you:
Only after the last tree has been cut down.
Only after the last river has been poisoned.
Only after the last fish has been caught.
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
- Cree Indian Prophecy
…and that's the way it is folks!



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At 2:13 PM, Anonymous beev said...

Is Bush really anti-environmental? I think he is just highly conservative - in the sense that he will not take action unless he is utterly convinced of the facts.

I refuse to believe that he is somehow against nature, or that he wants to destroy the Earth.


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