“To me it’s a basic matter of integrity on the part of Canada. Canada is trading integrity for money. That’s what’s happening under the current leadership in CAanda, which is a very poor imitation of the George Bush administration in the United States. And it’s lagging behind on the world stage. It’s an embarrassment to many Canadians. So as a Canadian I felt like I had a chance to do …read more
Archive for the ‘green’ Category
I first noticed these cylindrical handwoven bags on a couple of delegates at the UN World Urban Forum in Medellín, Colombia. They looked unusually sturdy, very finely handwoven in wool, and all had unique and beautiful geometric patterns. A week later in Bogotá I realized they are actually quite common. The bag is called an arhuaca mochila and is a traditional artisanal bag made by the Arhuaco people in Colombia’s …read more
Great video shot on Hallowe’en, October 31, 2013. Over 1000 dolphins swim alongside a BC Ferries vessel on its way to Vancouver through Georgia Strait. CBC report confirms they’re Pacific white-sided dolphins which usually congregate farther out to sea. Some have suggested that dwindling food supplies have driven them nearer to shore. I saw a pod of about 200 from a ferry in 2011. Ferry captain is a joker. “Ladies …read more
Why aren’t we using building materials like Aerblock instead of wood? Habitat Forum 1976 alumni Michael Baron is involved in manufacturing this safe, lightweight, storm-proof, insulating, healthy-air concrete material that mimics ancient pumice building blocks. Aerblocks are so light they float, and yet they withstand major natural disasters. Their application is almost universal—from disaster reconstruction in Haiti and Jamaica to full-scale luxury housing and large building projects. Construction lobbies have helped thwart …read more
Must read: Bank of America’s Toxic Tower: New York’s “greenest” skyscaper is actually its biggest energy hog in New Republic. “According to data released by New York City last fall, the Bank of America Tower produces more greenhouse gases and uses more energy per square foot than any comparably sized office building in Manhattan. It uses more than twice as much energy per square foot as the 80-year-old Empire State Building. It …read more
Lying in bed at night thinking about the coffee I’ll have in the morning. Global warming will soon cause a massive decline in coffee production. Since coffee grows in hill areas at a specific altitude and with specific water needs, as conditions get hotter and drier, plantations can’t simply be moved uphill. They will become disused and yield will quickly fall. Will we be fighting over coffee?