Well before one gets to extreme dilemmas, there is a lot that can be done -- based on common sense -- to make growth greener without making it slower. There are win-wins.
Walking up to 30 minutes burns up to 130 calories, not to mention helps you relax. Next time you have a stressful day at work, instead of hopping on the bus stick those headphones in and enjoy a brisk walk home, it will even help you work up an appetite for dinner!
When it comes to net-zero homes it too is an idea that seems more science fiction than anything, especially in the cold climes of Edmonton, Alberta. A home that produces as much energy as it consumes -- well that's just crazy.
One day, and maybe one day soon, we are going to have to face up to the mistakes we have made when it comes to the climate. I'm not saying we are facing a 'Day after Tomorrow' style extinction event, but whatever happens it's not going to be good.
It's Green Office Week, so I've put together some useful tips for 'greening-up' the workplace...
I must admit, I would have never guessed that reducing would have been a hobby of mine, but, once I started, I realized that I was good at it, and it felt good too. I hope that what I've done (so far, because it's a work in progress) inspires you on your own path of living a little bit lighter.
Lawrence Grassi was a trailblazer. An immigrant from Italy he was a respected mountaineer and guide who built and maintained many of the original trails throughout the mountains around Canmore, Alberta. Short of stature and eschewing alpine guide stereotypes for suspenders and hobnail boots Grassi was one of the key personalities in Canmore's early history. And the school that bears his name, Lawrence Grassi middle school, has blazed a trail much in its namesake's fashion. Nothing too fancy, but a lot of hard work and common sense can go a long way.
In the era of relocalized food and relocalized everything, what if we help local people do well and develop their talents rather than just rewarding well-marketed folks from far away?
More than 15 years ago, at the start of my medical career and expecting my first child, the neurologist confirmed what the first clinician had suspected -- the tremor I had been experiencing over the preceding year was Young Onset Parkinson's Disease. Genetics seemed to have loaded the gun, but what exactly pulled the trigger?
The Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism has cemented its commitment to responsible tourism by becoming the headline sponsor of the 2013 World Responsible Tourism Awards.
The process of growing your own food can transform lives.
Sadly, rather than applauding this type of innovation we're instead stranded in a political culture that seems hell bent on demonizing it. Certainly, the development of alternative energy technologies has seen its mistakes and miscalculations but what industry hasn't?
We don't mind sacrificing a little comfort during our travels if that means reducing our carbon footprint. But then again, not all eco-conscious hotel...
I don't know about you but Earth Day has left me all inspired and green, and it feels like the right time to talk about eco-friendly travel. Can you enjoy a weekend in a new and exciting city and stay green? The answer is yes, especially if you choose from one of the five greenest cities in the world.
The problem is, if we conceive of our challenge as squeezing within the limits of a finite planet, our imaginations stay locked inside an unecological worldview of separateness and lack -- precisely the thinking that got us into this mess. Not good.
"After living with just the necessities, we realized that we had much more time to spend with our family when we weren't spending it caring for a large house and lots of belongings."