I’ve thought a lot about the definition of waste. The way I figure out, a good way of defining waste is the use of planetary resources that don’t improve quality of life. I like this view a lot. Instead of environmental effectiveness being based on the restrictive view that we should simply “use less,” we […]
Let’s go viral with this excellent action on bottled water
The Center for a New American Dream emailed me to ask for our help, so before I even start, let me ask you to email this post to everyone you know. Blog about it. Give it love on Digg, Reddit, all the other sites and send it to your grandma. Because we have a chance […]
Public water fountains as an answer to the bottled water problem
Some reasons for a fountain on every corner instead of a hundred bottles in every trashcan: City collection of empty bottles is expensive Free water is cheaper than bottled water If water is free, then the price differential encourages kids to avoid sugary drinks Fewer delivery trucks in the streets mean a lower carbon footprint […]
Do you want this man in charge of your drinking water?
A while back I wrote a post called “When what’s happening to gas happens to water,” about how companies are buying up water rights and looking forward to the day when clean drinking water is sparse and the price goes through the roof. I wrote, “You see, it’s not just about the plastic bottles. It’s […]
LV GRN: Keeping our drinking water fresh
Yesterday, I wrote about “peak water,” and how we could eventually pay out our noses for drinking water if we continue to allow water sources to be privatized while letting our municipal water systems degrade. To help preserver our water systems, one of the things we did during the No Impact project, and continue to […]
When what’s happening to gas happens to drinking water
Let’s start with the fairy tale that came true for the gasoline magnates: Once upon a time, a number of companies bought up drilling rights here and oil refineries there and eventually gained control over the USA’s gasoline. For a while, gasoline hovered under $2 a gallon, and the companies and magnates had to console […]
Too many Big Macs?
As you know, the eating part of the No Impact project required my family to switch to eating only local, seasonal, vegetarian food. We are lucky in that local food is not difficult to get in New York City and swearing off meat has not been too hard on our palates. If you’re wondering what […]