Our consciousness, particular when under the kind of economic pressure we’ve been under, is still not where it needs to be to develop the solutions that are most-likely to work. What do I mean by that? If you want a future of shared responsibilities, shared opportunities and shared sense of community, you have to believe certain things. You have to believe that creative cooperation is better than constant conflict. You have to believe that we’re all in this together. You have to believe that our differences are interesting, they make life more interesting. They are exciting, but our common humanity matters more. You have to be willing to look at science and let your eyes overcome your ideology.
Let this wastewater treatment plant show you how to live.
This may sound crazy, but it is exactly why the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York constructed their Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), also known as the Eco Machine. We can learn some valuable lessons from this building. 
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Let this wastewater treatment plant show you how to live.

This may sound crazy, but it is exactly why the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York constructed their Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), also known as the Eco Machine. We can learn some valuable lessons from this building. 

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"When Hurricane Sandy came, the force of the waves flattened the dunes but left the town’s Boardwalk and the houses just 75 feet from it intact. Plans to restore the Bradley Beach dunes are already under way. The town’s dune-barrier project cost about $10,000 in 1996, Mr. Bianchi said. The town suffered $2 million to $3 million in damage, officials said, while many of its unprotected coastal neighbors were devastated.
“People complained about how high they were, but now they’re not complaining,” Mr. Bianchi said. “They’re praising.””(via As sea levels and storm surge are predicted to rise, fights over sand dunes tear coastal communities apart : TreeHugger)

"When Hurricane Sandy came, the force of the waves flattened the dunes but left the town’s Boardwalk and the houses just 75 feet from it intact. Plans to restore the Bradley Beach dunes are already under way. The town’s dune-barrier project cost about $10,000 in 1996, Mr. Bianchi said. The town suffered $2 million to $3 million in damage, officials said, while many of its unprotected coastal neighbors were devastated.

“People complained about how high they were, but now they’re not complaining,” Mr. Bianchi said. “They’re praising.””

(via As sea levels and storm surge are predicted to rise, fights over sand dunes tear coastal communities apart : TreeHugger)

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British artist, Helen Musselwhite does with a scalpel and paper what our minds do in a deep dream: build layer upon layer until something fantastic and otherworldly has been created. Many of her paper cut artworks are comforting and familiar, like her many forest scenes and portraits of woodland creatures (see next pages), but she’s equally capable of creating eerie or grotesque figures, like with her wonderful series of skulls.
via Helen Musselwhite’s paper cut artwork inspired by nature

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British artist, Helen Musselwhite does with a scalpel and paper what our minds do in a deep dream: build layer upon layer until something fantastic and otherworldly has been created. Many of her paper cut artworks are comforting and familiar, like her many forest scenes and portraits of woodland creatures (see next pages), but she’s equally capable of creating eerie or grotesque figures, like with her wonderful series of skulls.

via Helen Musselwhite’s paper cut artwork inspired by nature

Five years ago, Koert Van Mensvoort at the Next Nature Network, envisioned a fake product called Organic Coke to spark discussion of how corporations use natural imagery or biomimic marketing and greenwashing to sell products. Now, it turns out, Coca-Cola has actually done it, launching a “natural” Coke called Coca-Cola Life in Argentina.
More here: Coca-Cola launches “natural” Coca-Cola Life

Five years ago, Koert Van Mensvoort at the Next Nature Network, envisioned a fake product called Organic Coke to spark discussion of how corporations use natural imagery or biomimic marketing and greenwashing to sell products. Now, it turns out, Coca-Cola has actually done it, launching a “natural” Coke called Coca-Cola Life in Argentina.

More here: Coca-Cola launches “natural” Coca-Cola Life

Last week, Professor Anthony Ingraffea published a strong op-ed in The New York Times, in which he noted that “unless [natural gas] leaks can be kept below 2 percent, gas lacks any climate advantage over coal.”
Now, a new study confirms those concerns, finding that, on average, 6 to 12 percent of the methane produced is leaking. 
Details here: Natural Gas: 6 to 12 percent of the methane produced is leaking, study finds

Last week, Professor Anthony Ingraffea published a strong op-ed in The New York Times, in which he noted that “unless [natural gas] leaks can be kept below 2 percent, gas lacks any climate advantage over coal.”

Now, a new study confirms those concerns, finding that, on average, 6 to 12 percent of the methane produced is leaking. 

Details here: Natural Gas: 6 to 12 percent of the methane produced is leaking, study finds

New York City is getting a new beach! "The area — 11,000 square feet at low tide — will feature sand, terraced seating, a kayak launch, a spot for fishing, tree-lined walkways and concession stands, all just minutes from Wall Street in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge."via NYC to build Brooklyn Bridge Beach along East River

New York City is getting a new beach!

"The area — 11,000 square feet at low tide — will feature sand, terraced seating, a kayak launch, a spot for fishing, tree-lined walkways and concession stands, all just minutes from Wall Street in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge."

via NYC to build Brooklyn Bridge Beach along East River

The idea that art has the power to move, persuade and even inspire change is an old one. “Art is not a mirror to hold up to society, but a hammer with which to shape it,” declared Bertolt Brecht. But climate change poses some tough problems for artists: as a concept, it has long seemed too big, too grim, too abstract, too political and too far away. Efforts to portray it quickly become too preachy, too scientific, too shaming. Few can make a living from making people feel bad about themselves and doomed about the world.
….until they can. The tide is turning and many artists are finding inspiration in climate change and environmental issues. Here are some of our favorites: 
via In midst of climate change crisis, art helps us cope

The idea that art has the power to move, persuade and even inspire change is an old one. “Art is not a mirror to hold up to society, but a hammer with which to shape it,” declared Bertolt Brecht. But climate change poses some tough problems for artists: as a concept, it has long seemed too big, too grim, too abstract, too political and too far away. Efforts to portray it quickly become too preachy, too scientific, too shaming. Few can make a living from making people feel bad about themselves and doomed about the world.

….until they can. The tide is turning and many artists are finding inspiration in climate change and environmental issues. Here are some of our favorites: 

via In midst of climate change crisis, art helps us cope

From kite-powered cargo ships to large sails on freighters, wind power has huge potential to help make shipping less dependent on fossil fuels. 
Mat McDermott at YaleE360 reports on how the Vermont Sail Freight Project aims to show that carbon-neutral boats can be a viable shipping method with the help of 21st century technology
via Sailing barge launches in Vermont to test carbon-neutral shipping)

From kite-powered cargo ships to large sails on freighters, wind power has huge potential to help make shipping less dependent on fossil fuels. 

Mat McDermott at YaleE360 reports on how the Vermont Sail Freight Project aims to show that carbon-neutral boats can be a viable shipping method with the help of 21st century technology

via Sailing barge launches in Vermont to test carbon-neutral shipping)

Darkness is a natural resource and it is almost gone 
Paul Bogard explains: ”For me, one of the reasons why identifying different depths of darkness is so important is that we don’t recognize that we’re losing it, unless we have a name to recognize it by. It’s also a way to talk about what we might regain.”
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Darkness is a natural resource and it is almost gone 

Paul Bogard explains: ”For me, one of the reasons why identifying different depths of darkness is so important is that we don’t recognize that we’re losing it, unless we have a name to recognize it by. It’s also a way to talk about what we might regain.”

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