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|My ten years of American citizenship and what it means to me
Sunday (05/10/15) was my 10 year anniversary as an American citizen. What has it meant? What have I learned? Well, since I’ve never felt particularly patriotic in the conventional sense about ...
|Ways in which your garden is like a city
An urban ecosystem If you’ve ever tried to grow anything in your garden you’ve probably had your share of unrealized visions. In your rookie year perhaps the tomatoes never turned red or the ...
|Bombshell video shows Chevron covering up its lethal tracks in the Ecuadorian Amazon!!!
#ChevronExposed A week after Chevron CEO John " Hell Freezer " Watson received a " Distinguished Citizen " award from the Commonwealth Club, the gods of irony must have felt compelled to present ...
|A drop in the bucket?
In light of California's historic drought and Governor Brown's executive order to impose a 25 percent reduction on municipal water use, my partner and I thought about ways we can conserve more water ...
|Get this: science denier David Koch sits on boards of America's science museums. Let's kick him off!
No more dinosaurs for you, Mr. Koch! You just can't make this stuff up! Science Museums Urged to Cut ...
|We did it! Biggest Anti-Fracking Demonstration in U.S. History! (photos galore)
So a bunch of concerned citizens of all stripes came out to Oakland yesterday to talk some fracking sense. More specifically, according to 350.org 's count, over 8,000 of us marched...
|Zen Monks to CA Governor Brown: "Don't even THINK about Fracking!"
I have a sticker in my office that says "Zen Buddhism: Don't even think about it!" This kind of humorous take often leads to the (false) perception that Buddhism and its more western-palatable "...
|Turning Waste into Wine: A Pilgrimage to the Composted Land
It is said that Jesus was able to turn water into wine. While such truly miraculous skill to this day remains confined to the realm of saints and sages, I bring good news about a wine-making ...
|What Santa does after Christmas
You'd think after sledding for thousands of miles to drop presents through chimneys across the world, Santa would be kicking it in his igloo penthouse, chilling in a massage chair with a bottle of ...
|How Gondolas and Hip Hop Transformed the Most Dangerous City in the World
Medellín went from being ground zero of Colombia's drug war to UN poster child for urban equality—and the people made it happen, by designing the city they wanted. Note: This article appears in ...
|Does your iPhone have an impact beyond the energy used to recharge it?
One of my beloved British pals proudly sent me a link to this encouraging news about UK energy use. UK using less energy despite growing economy, report finds People ...
|Pachamama Rumblings in Lima! (Photo essay of the March in defense of Mother Nature)
Yesterday the whole left brain greenhouse gas haggling exercise at the COP20 Climate Summit got a huge kick in the pants when 20,000 marching souls took to the streets of Lima for Latin America’s ...
|WARNING: Graphic Humor May Cause Severe Climate Change Awareness
So here I am, fresh off the proverbial boat to witness Week 2 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Lima, Peru, aka COP20 , or the 20th session of the Conference of ...
|How hard is it to serve a nutritious meal to 5000 people, using dumpster-bound ingredients only?
Well, really not that hard at all. Preparing dessert from rejected but delicious fruits at the Feeding the 5000 event in Nantes on September 25, 2014. Since the ...
|The People's Climate March: From Sea to Rising Sea Level. NorCal rally photo diary
Impressions from Northern California People's Climate Rally Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Oakland, CA, September 21, ...
|Changing Tide Ahead!!! DA Drops Criminal Charges against Anti-Coal Activists and Joins Climate March
This actually happened. Two climate activists were set to go on trial in Massachusetts on Monday for blocking the shipment of 40,000 tons of coal to the Brayton ...
|Hurricane Odile, Most Intense One on Record, Strikes Baja California. Just Extreme Weather as Usual
I'm usually not the breaking news type diarist here, but it's perhaps a telling sign that in the age of extreme weather we've become so accustomed to outlandish storms that a hurricane as unusual in ...
|The Urban Metabolism: Understanding Your City by Understanding its Flow
Note: Climate change is the overarching environmental issue of our time and I'm a huge proponent of urging national and world leaders to take action. However, I often wonder what it is they're going ...
|How Genius Gets Around...
Einstein on a bike February 6, 1933.
|Remembering the victims of a car-eat-bike world (Ride of Silence SF photo essay)
Last Wednesday night I joined about 80 fellow cyclists in a memorial ride to honor seven cyclists recently killed in the streets of San Francisco. The Ride of Silence , first held in Dallas in ...
|Letterman passes fracking torch, Colbert blows it up. SB1132 Blogathon gets comic relief!
David Letterman on Fracking: Ladies and Gentlemen, We're Screwed! Stephen Colbert, aka The Fracker: Come on, we're trying to throw a fracking party here, and these people are ruining it with ...
|Chevron taking its ball and going... to Texas. Global Day of Action ensues, including Bike the Math
Last year, a bunch of Bay Area cyclists heeded Bill McKibben's call to tell oil ...
|Postcard from Medellin, Part 2: Are we better off being better off?
A Day in a Less Developed Life. Parque Biblioteca España, Medellín. The desire to create comfort and security for ourselves probably counts as one of the most rudimentary motivations in the ...
|Holy Coaly! Stanford University bids farewell to the coal industry. Largest endowment to do so!
Okay, so no more excuses about how kooky it is to think divestment from fossil fuels could really happen on a large scale. Fossil Free Stanford Statement on Coal Divestment Today, the climate ...
|Postcard from Medellín: A Big WUF for Urban Equity
“Is this your first WUF?” is a question commonly asked at the World Urban Forum , a gathering for, by, and about city people that was first convened by UN Habitat in Nairobi in 2002 and ...
|What the heartland thinks of the Keystone XL pipeline, in one image
My friend and ...
|On the road to Cairo, Casablanca, and Medellín, Ecocitizen World Map in hand
Hola! Bonjour! As-salam alaykom! Hello! It's been a busy four months since I went into woodshed mode to help create the Ecocitizen World Map Project , a portal where citizens can map their ...
|A Public Service Announcement
This is your planet. This is fossil fuels.
|I went down to the demonstration, to get my fair share of pipeline truth...
Rally against Keystone XL pipeline outside the US State Department Office at 1 Market St. in San Francisco, February 3rd, 2014. Yesterday saw an unprecedented mobilization against Keystone XL, the ...
|Have billionaires infiltrated the Occupy movement to revive Occupy movement?
File under "you just can't make this stuff up." In less than a week, we get 3 billionaires in seeming self-parodies featuring themselves as both gloating celebrants of poverty and inequality and ...
|The 6 words that summarize why American-style bare-knuckle capitalism is doomed
This is not from The Onion, but from yesterday's business section of the San Francisco Chronicle : I'm trying to find the right analogy to wrap my mind around this head-slapping double-whopper of ...
|A solstice message from ancient roots
It is quite puzzling that cultures across much of the northern hemisphere have chosen the season when the earth's tilt provides for much darkness and quiet as the time to be out and about, shopping ...
|50 years from now, will people remember the health care website or the effects of climate change?
In another powerful article just published in Rolling Stone Magazine entitled Obama and Climate Change: The Real Story , Bill McKibben makes the compelling case that the President and his ...
|From Soap to Cities, Designing From Nature Could Solve Our Biggest Challenges
Can a boat be designed to clean the water? How does a spider manufacture resilient fiber? We need products that don’t harm us or the environment, and nature’s already done the research. ++++++
|How I Learned to Stop Wasting and Love the Trash
Each year, Americans generate 389.5 million tons of municipal solid waste, 69 percent of which gets landfilled. As Edward Humes breaks it down in his eye-opening opus Garbology , that's about 7.1 ...
|President Obama comes to San Francisco ATM, Climate Activists sing him a song
President Obama came to San Francisco today for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the SFJazz Center - and a couple hundred of climate activists welcomed him in their own creative way, by ...
|Pope Francis: "Thou shalt not frack!"
Pope Francis holding up anti-...
|Is Google making the world wiser?
Just in time for the unfurling of Google's mysterious barge , a 50-foot-tall, 250-foot-long shipping container structure that looks to be a sort of floating technology theme park, I thought I'd ...
|The Dark Side of Consumerism: What Landfills and Nursing Homes Taught These Indian Villagers
Glamorized consumer culture has serious side effects—and to help people in remote Indian villages understand this, one filmmaker brought them to the West. Here’s what they thought of the dark ...
|Hummingbirds: Biking the Solar Roofs of Southern Germany, to See the Change You Wish to Be
My mom and stepdad live in a small village between Lindau and Wangen in the Allgäu region of South Germany, not far from the Swiss and Austrian borders. It's a long story of how they settled in ...
|Sunday Streets SF: Love me Tenderloin Edition (photos!)
Two weekends ago, San Francisco's migrating street party known as Sunday Streets found itself a warm spot right smack in the middle of the city's Tenderloin neighborhood. It was, as always, as much ...
|Lessons for building an ecocity culture
Quick: Name a few cities that come to mind when you think of France... Paris? Bien sûr, but you can do better than that. Cannes? Mais oui, you've been reading the entertainment pages. Marseille? ...
|The bio I never planned to write...
a (bike) writer with a camera self-portrait In 2009, after 13 years of wordsmithing and playing in a rock & roll band accompanied by a series of eclectic day jobs, I set out to be ...
|HOLY REALITY CHECK!!! Former Republican Heads of EPA on climate change: Don't deny, Don't delay
Hell is indeed freezing over and angels are dancing and popping corks everywhere. In an August 1st op-ed in the New York Times, former administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency William D.
|Feeling the Summer Heat: Biking and walking the math of climate change to Chevron
If you're in the Bay Area, this Saturday is a great opportunity to come out to Richmond and let Chevron know that we're serious about moving away from fossil fuels and holding that corporate giant ...
|"They're making art out of recycled crap!"
The Art of Recology: The Artist in Residence Program 1990-2013 San Francisco Airport Museum, March – October 2013 United Terminal 3 (exhibition viewable by ticketed passengers) This exhibition ...
|A Declaration of INTERdependence
Independence is a big and important word in American history and culture. A noble concept in and of itself, it reaches far and deep into the country's mythology and its people's collective psyche. ...
|"Real Mormons Love Everyone!" - SF Gay Pride 2013, Photo Feast
You know you've come a long way in the fight for equality when the people you come across at the Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco are these guys. On the right is Mitch Mayne, one of the driving ...
|Can we haz a Zero Waste at NN14?
Okay, so I admit it. I'm a glutton for non-gluttitude . Sensitive to waste . Trash talker .
|The end of the world as we know it: New York City to compost food scraps
If you thought bike sharing was going to be the definitive end of the world for New York's old guard elite , wait till they get their fingers on Mayor Bloomberg's plan to require food composting in ...
|David Letterman on Fracking: "Ladies and Gentlemen, We're Screwed!"
Epic rant by David Letterman on the fracking that's going on all over this land... My little attempt at a transcript below the fold...
|Chevron touts big oil profits [= past] while cyclists generate people power [= future]
Well, there couldn't be a better symbolism of yesterday's shareholder meeting at Chevron's San Ramon headquarters than today's headliner in the business section of the San Jose Mercury News: a bunch ...
|We're taking it to Chevron tomorrow!
Tomorrow bright and early a bunch of Bay Area cyclists and I are going to bike the math of climate change to Chevron's shareholders and call for the company to be a part of the renewable energy ...
|Don't just count the carbon, BIKE THE MATH!
If you're in the Bay Area and want to do something exciting, fun, and meaningful to voice your concerns about climate change and the fossil fuel industry's long-term business plan, here it is... (...
|Cohousing: Life Is Easier With Friends Next Door
Feeling a need for community? Cohousing can provide affordable space and neighbors to share it with. Temescal Creek cohousing community in North Oakland. I wrote a feature about cohousing for ...
|San Francisco Board of Supervisors UNANIMOUSLY Passes Resolution to Divest from Fossil Fuel
This just in! San Francisco Board of Supervisors Unanimously Pass Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution urging the city’s retirement system to divest over $583 million from the fossil fuel industry ...
|San Francisco Board of Supervisors to Vote Tomorrow on Divesting $500 million from Fossil Fuels
Tomorrow, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is going to vote on whether or not to urge the city’s retirement board to divest over half a billion dollars from the fossil fuel industry. This is ...
|What's the matter with "The Google Bus?"
A couple of days ago I went to a panel discussion entitled A Story of Shuttles at SPUR, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. For those of you not living in SF (and the Bay Area),
|Eco triptych: Compost giveaway, corporate breakaway, and climate rideaway, in a day around the bay
Last Saturday was one of those days on the calendar that seems to magically attract all the cool happenings around town. Usually with multiple invitations on the same day you end up having to make ...
|HOLY SPOKES!!!!! London commits £1 BILLION to new bicycle infrastructure, nobody notices.
From the Department of Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is , last week the city of London announced one of the largest cycling transportation development budgets in the history of the bicycle , ...
|The Good Food Revolution Goes Vertical
This is a story about something that is right in this world. It's a story of inspiration and real world solutions, a down to earth celebration of the most basic yet profound connection we have to ...
|From sea to shining sea: Bay Area moving forward on climate!
As Meteor Blades wrote in last night's Night Owls thread and the SF Chronicle is reporting today in Thousands protest ...
|Forward on Climate: Time to Take a Stand!
Welcome to the Forward on Climate blogathon on Daily Kos, a week of action diaries by an amazing lineup of Kossacks and a who's who of eco guest writers leading up to this Sunday's #ForwardOnClimate ...
|Talking trash with PBS NewsHour
A few weeks ago my partner-in-muse Deb (aka liberated spaces ) and I welcomed Spencer Michels and his crew from the PBS NewsHour to our house. To be more specific, to our kitchen. The reason we got ...
|Biking the Train to the Swap Meet, or Life in a Carbon-Proportionate World
About a month ago I got a snapshot of what it might be like to live in a less fossil-fueled and growth-driven world. I had been working on an assignment for Shareable Magazine on How to Bring ...
|Meanwhile, in the Arctic
Sorry all, don't mean to be rude here to interrupt the fiscal cliff aftermath, and who did what wrong, and when and how and why. I'm not that well versed in dry fiscal talk, budgeting, and the ...
|A material to hang your hat (and clothes) on - a cardboard photo essay
A couple of months ago I was asked to do an assignment for Alternet about the future of cardboard as a viable renewable alternative to other, less renewable packaging, building, and common use ...
|Jesus wasn't born on Christmas and a frog won't stay in boiling water. Not the end of the world
Now that December 21st, 2012 has come and gone and we're all still here, there are a few different paths we can take in processing the "event." 1. Go about business as usual as if nothing happened. ...
|My Interview with Bill McKibben: The Math We Do as Thinking Beings to Make our Planet Feel Better
Last Saturday I found myself sitting across the table from Bill McKibben on the outdoor patio of a San Francisco pub, interviewing him about the modern day Merry Pranksters -style Do The Math bus ...
|Mitt Romney hyperventilating about his Mormon faith
Okay, so we all know that Mitt Romney the bully has a little bit of a temper problem. We also know that he doesn't like to talk about his faith and his role in the Mormon church. I haven't seen ...
|GMO OMG WTF are we eating?!?! (Yes on CA Prop 37)
So there's a proposition — Proposition 37 — on the ballot in California that would make the state the first in the nation to require the labeling of food products containing genetically ...
|Climate Change SOS: Soil is the Solution, or the most important environmental story I'll ever write
Sven, "Soil is the Solution" might be the most important environmental story you'll ever write. It is part of the solution to our environmental challenges. The story belongs on the front of the NY ...
|Ry Cooder, Election Special: The Mutt Romney Blues
I haven't seen this diaried yet: Ry Cooder just released his new album , Election Special, just in time for the Republican convention. The title track is entitled "The Mutt Romney Blues" and it ...
|Dear Conservatives: The train is leaving the station. You can hop on or stay cursing at the platform
Dear Conservatives, I'm writing you today to let you know that the train to the future is about to leave the station and a majority of Americans are already on it, seats taken and luggage safely ...
By now, anyone with half a brain who is paying attention to the latest news cycles knows that the whole manufactured brouhaha over President Obama's "You didn't build that " comment is nothing more ...
|Solar airplane completes 4,000-mile journey from Switzerland to Morocco, and back
This is the kind of news that gives me hope... Solar Powered Airplane Makes First Intercontinental Round-trip Flight A unique airplane has just completed a 6,000 km journey, making the first solar-...
|After watching this movie, that plastic fork will never look the same again
Midway, 2009-2010, Chris Jordan Chris Jordan, the photographer whose heartbreaking photo series Midway: Message from the Gyre showed the dead bodies of ...
|"What you call need, I call suffering."
By now you may have heard about the Yoga instructor who got fired for telling a Facebook employee to stop using her cell phone during one of the weekly classes she was teaching on the company's ...
|A small favor for a big cause [@PlanetEarth]
Ecocity Builders and the United Nations NGO Major Group's proposal 'Global Standards of Sustainability for Cities' has advanced to the final round of the Rio+20 Dialogues . Please support us so that ...
|Liberating Streets: Of bubbles, hobby horses, and tumbling towers (a photo diary)
Today Sunday Streets returned to my neighborhood in San Francisco's Mission District. Sunday Streets is an event organized by the City of San Francisco, MTA , and Livable City that creates a large, ...
|Mariquitas y El Capitan: Of things small and large
When you're living in a city it's easy to get caught up in human creations. Almost everything I see and touch all day has been concocted by humans -- the streets, the buildings, the machine I'm ...
|Do I Need This?
...is the question I ask myself all the time. Living in times in which it often seems harder to avoid new stuff than to accumulate it, I ask this question not just for the sake of a planet drowning ...
|As single-use plastic goes so goes the planet - a lunchboxy photo essay
Last week I wrote an article about how my city — San Francisco — has reached a stunning 78% waste diversion rate and is on the way to its stated goal of zero ...
|Occupy the Farm: "We're planning the future here."
File this in the category of occupying-the-land-with-things-that-were-meant-to-be-on-it-in-the-first-place . As some of you may have heard , a couple of days ago a coalition of local residents, ...
|Six extraordinary people who are giving voice to the voiceless and hope to the hopeless
The 2012 Goldman Environmental Prize recipients : photo courtesy Goldman Environmental Prize Africa:
|How to negotiate a sustainable planet: Thoughts and impressions from UN Headquarters in NYC
This week a small but poised Ecocity Builders delegation including Kirstin Miller, Naomi Grunditz and myself got to spend time at UN Headquarters in New York to witness the first round of ‘...
|When Little People Take Over Big Streets (a photo diary)
Yesterday was the kickoff to the 2012 Sunday Streets season in San Francisco, an event that creates a large, temporary, public space by closing off stretches of a neighborhood’s streets to ...
|"You just spent a gallon of gas to get a gallon of milk."
This innocuous-sounding quote from the recent SF Chronicle article Transportation boosts cost of living in suburbs very poignantly describes not only the structural problems of suburban life but ...
|Carless in Vancouver, Part 3: Follow the Flow
Welcome to the third and final (I promise) installment of my trip last week to Vancouver, B.C., an attempt to fit a series of ecocity workshops with all kinds of sustainable design and planning ...
|Carless in Vancouver, Part 2: Going for the high-hanging fruit
This is Part 2 of my trip last week to Vancouver, B.C. to meet up and exchange ideas with some of the leading thinkers in sustainable urban design and planning. ( Carless in Vancouver, Part 1: Boots ...
|Carless in Vancouver, Part 1: Boots on the Ground
A few of days ago I arrived in Vancouver, B.C. for a week of urban planning and playing. On the official schedule are presentations about leading practices in resilient urban systems, a workshop to ...
|I vote for Democrats - because my heart beats Green
I’m an unabashed Greenie and have been so from the moment I first became conscious of the world around me and developed a civic and political awareness in my early teens. I think that ecology is ...
|The Start of a Revolution
January 3, 2012: California becomes the sixth state to adopt law that allows the formation of corporations whose main purpose isn’t to make money. A day at the Secretary of State's ...
|Warren Hellman, creator of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, has died
When it rains it pours... 'Hardly Strictly' creator Warren Hellman dead at 77 ...
|Occupying the Future: Benefit Corporations now opening shop in NY, six other states
Yesterday, New York became the 7th state to pass into law legislation that allows the formation of a ...
|The Complete Guide to Using Photos from the Daily Kos Photo Cooperative
Welcome to the Daily Kos Photo Cooperative !
|eCOP: HOT STUFF! From Durban to Rio - Introducing International Ecocity Framework & Standards
After largely ignoring the role of cities and local governments at its first 15 climate conferences, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ( ...
|Isn't it Ironic? Alabama immigration law cracks down on Mercedes Executive!
I hadn't seen this posted anywhere, and especially in light of the Farmworker's Reality Tour ...
|The Watsonville Files: Everyone is trapped in a vicious cycle of failed immigration and farm policy||citisven||11/23/2011||47||56||4||223|
|Protest Tuesday: hairylarry - a roaring river of music!
Today's Protest Tuesday features long time Kossack hairylarry , who is not only changing the world through his own music, but by passing his love,
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