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Oceans are beyond suffering from plastics and pollutants

Recent, disconcerting studies on the state of ocean dystopia: -Plastics taken up in the food chain, and found in fish sold in the supermarket -Baby fish have been found to prefer eating plastic in plastic laden water than their natural food source (like junk food for a teenager)  -Radiation from Fukushima has made its way … Continue reading Oceans are beyond suffering from plastics and pollutants

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Chado ~ the way of tea

Chado, the way of tea and the art of the tea ceremony, is a way of cultivating the inner and the outer being, the wabi-sabi. The tea house is symbolically a place of peace, neutrality, and contemplation. In warring Japan in centuries past, the tea house served as the refuge, a place where samurai could … Continue reading Chado ~ the way of tea

Light Pollution blinds us to more than we know

The only time I really experienced the night sky - stars so big you could grab them - was in the Sahara in northern Mali. The Tuareg people in that region use the stars to guide them as they travel through the desert, under the cool of the night sky. Follow this star and you get … Continue reading Light Pollution blinds us to more than we know

Power to the People: Ongoing responsibilities of Civic Engagement

Happening in Portland right now: "Massive Anti-Trump Rally." Happy for the civic awakening, just wish it could have been more pre-election support and momentum for Bernie vs. post-election frustration and protesting. Can this outflow of energy be also turned into post-election citizens organizing for climate justice, energy transitions, and green jobs across the community? What … Continue reading Power to the People: Ongoing responsibilities of Civic Engagement

The inverse is what we want

            All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking. - Nietzsche In car commuting we separate ourselves from each other and our environment. The creative flow of ideas is cut. We stagnate our minds and stifle our collective imagination. Instead of eye contact we have aggression, instead of daydreaming through … Continue reading The inverse is what we want

Keep it simple

We are operating at an environmental deficit: "Today humanity uses the equivalent of 1.6 planets to provide the resources we use and absorb our waste. This means it now takes the Earth one year and six months to regenerate what we use in a year." (Global Footprint Network) Development for development's sake is not the … Continue reading Keep it simple