What’s wrong with bottled water?

What’s wrong with it:

  1. the water is not necessarily better
  2. fossil fuels and carbon footprint
  3. plastic and downcycling
  4. the entire use-it-once-and-throw-it-“away” mentality

And there’s more …

  • read about how bottled water companies are stripping water resources from our mountain ecosystems (Sierra Club pdf)

What you can do …

  • use reusable containers (carry your own mess kit).
    • don’t get distracted by the dizzying array of water bottles for sale. remember that’s runaway consumption too! you only need one, and you can make do with something as simple as a mason jar.
  • use tapwater (unless you know for sure that location’s tapwater is polluted)

Feeling distressed about climate change?

The LA Times ran an article “Feeling distressed about climate change? Here’s how to manage it.” Yet their so-called solutions seemed to come to a screeching halt at processing grief. Let’s expand on that …

I’ve been “feeling distressed about climate change” for over 20 years. Those feelings of distress are what launched all this change-making, all the books, all the projects. In other words, we can transform distress into a powerful catalyst for creating positive change.

Yes, there is grief. Yes, there are deep emotions — including the love mentioned nearly as an afterthought by the LATimes article.

But an outpouring of those emotions — through action, through community connections, through building the world we wish to see — can be a powerful release. Continue reading “Feeling distressed about climate change?”

Sea level rise in California

In case you missed it, there was a well-written article in the LA Times about sea level rise and the California coastline. According to the article, the sea is now rising here on the west coast faster than anywhere in the world.

Sea level rise threatens not only ocean-front mansions and popular beachside restaurants. It will lead to erosion of ocean-facing cliffs, such as killed 3 people in Encinitas this month. Continue reading “Sea level rise in California”

Air Conditioning and Global Warming

Are you old enough to remember when George H W Bush’s snarky response to global warming was that we should get more air conditioners? Nothing could be further from the truth.

A recent Guardian article shows us how air conditioning is a uniquely American response. It’s denying our bodies’ natural ability to acclimate, and it’s adding to the problem. Continue reading “Air Conditioning and Global Warming”

About Mycorrhizal fungus

I’ve been reading more about mycorrhizal fungus and how incredibly beneficial it is to our gardens — indeed to our long-term future.

If you don’t know much about this beneficial soil organism, grab a copy of Lowenfels and Lewis’ Teaming with Microbes, and prepare to be completely amazed.

If you’ve been to my garden classes, and heard me talking about “live soil,” this is what I’ve been talking about. As gardeners, we need to make a shift from “taking care of our plants” to being awesome caretakers of the live elements within our soil.  If we become awesome Worm Farmers, we’ll have a gorgeous and productive garden. Continue reading “About Mycorrhizal fungus”

Breathe in the gap (ClimateSolvr #9)

There’s a significant gap between the direction of contemporary society, and ecologically-sound lifestyle habits. Take a deep breath and begin to reconnect with true reality.

Why this is important

The mainstream consumerist world zooms along in its frenzied more-more-more track, churning more-more-more environmental devastation. Meanwhile, some people label earth-wiser lifestyles as “out of touch with reality.” Continue reading “Breathe in the gap (ClimateSolvr #9)”

A Review of the book Drawdown, edited by Paul Hawken

The concept of the book Drawdown (2017) is a fascinating one. Paul Hawken and his specially selected team set out not only to list many potential global warming solutions, but also to analyze the amount of potential that each of those solutions had to offer. They employed a team of scientists and high-level thinkers to analyze CO2 reduction, net cost and net economic savings for each of the solutions posed. That in itself was a unique and monumental effort.

Drawdown lists many solutions in categories such as energy, food, buildings and cities, land use, and of course transport and materials. But it also has some unexpected items such as “marine permaculture,” “perennial crops,” and the reversal of desertification. I was excited when Drawdown came out, and I couldn’t wait to see what solutions they might suggest. Continue reading “A Review of the book Drawdown, edited by Paul Hawken”

What we can do about climate change

Climate change feels massive, however the government report issued last Friday drives home the point: we need to change in a massive way in response.

In addition to changing the way we do business, the way we do agriculture, and the way we organize people (i.e. governmental response), we need to change our expectations and our individual lifestyles as well. These last two are our favorites, and they will be the focus of my forthcoming series of posts.

The ClimateSolvr series of posts will focus on lifestyle habits you can fold into your life, right now, to help reduce your emissions. It will also include occasional book reviews and other fun stuff.


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(this post was updated 4/20/2019)

(photo is of the Thomas Fire, which was “the biggest fire in recent history” until — less than a year later — we experienced the even more damaging and more deadly Camp Fire …)