Transition Companion – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Transition Companion Making your community more resilient in uncertain times by Rob Hopkins Paperback, 197mm x 265mm, 320 pages Published: 27th October 2011 ISBN: 9781900322973 Price: £19.95

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From Narmada to Tata Mundra: Iconic Indian Activist Demands Clean Energy Transition at World Bank

Sierra Club Compass

When Medha was researching social inequality and social movements for her PhD, she learned of the plight of indigenous people in Gujarat in conjunction with the construction of the dam. The worst is that the people not involved [in planning] are cheated. [.] [In

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Trending Sources

Transition Model

The Green Changemakers

The 7 Principles of Transition 1. Positive Visioning Transition Initiatives are based on a dedication to the creation of tangible, clearly expressed and practical visions of the community in question beyond its present?day Inclusion and Openness Successful Transition Initiatives need an unprecedented coming together of the broad diversity of society. which may underlie the state of denial that many people are caught in. Step 6: Transition Tales.

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The Transition Movement and the Working Class

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Attracting the working class Transition Towns and the Transition Movement as a whole suffer from an image problem in that the ordinary man and woman in the street seem to see it as something only for the better of middle and upper classes; for those “who can afford it”, and those in predominately rural settings. The great majority of people still cannot see how they can become part of this even if they were entirely persuaded.

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A social cost of carbon witch hunt in the Department of Energy

Environmental Economics

Thomas Pyle, who heads AEA, leads Trump’s Energy Department transition team. In a recent fundraising pitch, Pyle wrote supporters, “After eight years of the Obama administration’s divisive energy and environmental policies, the American people have voted for a change — a big change.

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Why we must oppose transition to gas-fired power

Green Blog

“These estimates translate to a climate genocide involving the deaths of 10 billion people this century…&#. Both Dr James Lovelock FRS (Gaia hypothesis) and Professor Kevin Anderson ( Director, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester, UK) have recently estimated that fewer than 1 billion people will survive this century due to unaddressed, man-made global warming – noting that the world population is expected to reach 9.5

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Transition Towns or Bright Green Cities?

The Green Changemakers

The best thing, the really hopeful thing, about the Transition Town movement is that it breaks the emotional isolation privatized responsibility inflicts on us, and makes us part of a group working together towards change. 1) What are Transition Towns? Transition Towns are communities in which some citizens have gotten together to follow a twelve-step process to make their towns more resilient despite energy shortages, climate change or economic collapse.

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I’m a vegan. You’re a vegan. We don’t always have to agree.

Eccorazzi

Older members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People might see young Black Lives Matter organizers as extreme in their methods, and those same BLM protestors might feel betrayed by their older counterparts. They believe it has not gone far enough to protect transgender people from discrimination and threw most of its backing behind marriage and not much at all behind, say, youth homelessness. Animals Causes People Sticky Uncategorized Veganism

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Other vegans think I’m an a **e

Eccorazzi

After all, I’ve made it my full-time job to help educate people who aren’t vegan to understand why they’re wrong (unapologetically, no less). While I strongly encourage debate and discussion on the articles I write and the subject matter I present, I can’t claim to welcome name calling (although that’s an unfortunate side effect to publishing your work online). Still, it stings to hear my non-vegan sister say it’s the vegan who harass me that make her afraid to transition.

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14 Keys To Building People Friendly Communities

The Green Changemakers

I want to share some of the ways I have been coming to think about community sustainability, or what I like to call good “people habitat.” When it comes to community, people must come first. If our strategies don’t work for people, they won’t work for the planet.

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How being straight edge prepared me for veganism

Eccorazzi

The aggression, curiosity, solidarity, and conflicts I was met with in both transitions are practically the same. A big part of my personal disagreements with its consumption surrounded the expectation and commonly suggested “need” for it, and the way people around me used it as a crutch.

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Mercury, Birds & People: What we can learn from studying our.

Elephant Journal

Mercury, Birds & People: What we can learn from our feathered friends. Birds aren’t that different from people. Human produced changes to the environment negatively affect birds in many of the same ways they hurt people. “No, I don’t really like people that much.”

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Another Look at Declining Seattle Traffic

Sightline Daily

Every year, the Seattle Department of Transportation tracks traffic at 19 select bridges across the city, and presents the resulting traffic count as a rough-and-ready gauge of citywide traffic trends. Comments From this story: “Meanwhile, transit ridership in Seattle.

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EU Regions are planning on banning petrol (gasoline) and diesel cars

Green (Living) Review

Presently people seem to be hanging on to their older cars more than they used to only a decade or so ago.

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MENA must push – NOW! – for 100% renewable energy

Green Prophet

MENA must continue to embrace clean energy innovation to transition to a fully renewable energy future. An energy transition is within the reach, according to Greenpeace ’s Energy [R]evolution scenario, published in September (link to the report, here).

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Ecovillage: 1001 Ways to Heal the Planet (Ebook)

The Green Changemakers

Most of the chapters are based on interviews with founders or long-standing members of ecovillage communities; while a few chapters are about regional or national networks of ecovillage transition.

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Acting on Climate for the Win

Conservancy Talk

The bipartisan focus on infrastructure may present opportunities to bring these better energy solutions to the marketplace faster, and to the benefit of American workers. During March Madness, one is reminded that a winning basketball season is never the product of a single player’s ability.

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Refugee architecture earns an exhibit in a NYC museum

Green Prophet

In the Middle East, the term was hijacked to describe structures and artefacts designed to help refugees and displaced people cope with homelessness and lack of essential services. million people are presently, and forcibly, removed from their homes.

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National Railway System

Green (Living) Review

Other European Union neighbors of our and further afield still have their railroad system in public ownership and most if not indeed all their mass transit system too and their systems work and work well and are much, much cheaper than the systems in the UK – or in the USA where they are also private. The only way to run a railroad and other public mass transit systems is to have then in public hands and ownership and not run to make profits for shareholders.

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Can the Gates Foundation be convinced to dump fossil fuels?

Green Blog

This is a somewhat curious statement, given the real and present danger already posed to food security, biodiversity, public health, and human security. Rusbridger wrote that this would be “a small but crucial step in the economic transition away from a global economy run on fossil fuels”.

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Becoming an almost vegetarian – A personal story

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) There are more reasons than one for my decision to begin the transition to become a vegetarian; presently an almost vegetarian, and none have anything to do with not wanting to kill or eat anything that has been killed.

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Gulf gluttony and global hunger: How long can the party go on?

Green Prophet

WASHINGTON — Inhabitants of the oil-exporting sheikhdoms and emirates of the Persian Gulf wolf down an average 3,700 calories a day —leading to the highest rates of obesity on Earth — even as at least 805 million people, one-ninth of the world’s population, go hungry.

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How to Thrive in the Next Economy – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Marvelling at the power of small actions to transform the bigger picture, Thackara believes that a great transition is under way.

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An Interview with Jonathan T. Scott–Sustainable Business Champion

Wend Magazine

Five years later, he presented me with an award for outstanding achievements in teaching. As Peter Drucker once said, the best way to convey a message to others is in a way that they understand– and with business people that means finance, cost-savings and profits. Jonathan T.

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The Trouble with Renewable Energy

Green (Living) Review

All too often the advocates and proponents of renewable energy, of solar, wind, wave and hydro (as in mini hydro) by trying to convince people claim that those can meet all our current and future energy needs. Not at the rate that we consume and waste energy at present. We need to transition to a green world without fuels that damage the environment and Planet and neither fossil fuels nor nuclear can and will that.

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Remember That Catastrophic Natural Gas Leak in California? Yeah, That Could Happen Again

Nature Conservancy - Science

Published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters , the study presents a first-of-its-kind national baseline assessment of underground storage wells in the U.S. Our study presents a census of active underground storage wells in the U.S. NatureNet Science Update.

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Does an eco-village have to be in the countryside?

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) For the majority of people almost everywhere the village equates the countryside and thus they would believe that a village, also an eco-village, can only exist in the countryside. Most people in the developed world today live in urban areas.

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The Biggest Blind Spot of Urban Greens?

Sightline Daily

Less-regulated urbanism, Yglesias argues, would allow taller buildings, which would accommodate dramatically more people, office space, and shops in the most efficient and desirable locations: close to city centers. Ballard Condos. Photo credit JeriSisco, cc.

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Found in Translation

Nature Conservancy - Science

In her culture and language, the term Tla-o-qui-aht does not differentiate between people and place; it means her people and the land as indistinct from one another, and similarly it means the past, present and future.

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Think apocalyptic – and turn despair into action

Green Blog

A recurring claim in articles that warn against “environmental catastrophism” is that alerting people to the threats posed by climate change will only produce apathy and despair. Let’s start with the illusions : Some stories we have told ourselves — claims by white people, men, or U.S.

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Put a Face on Climate Change

Sightline Daily

Indeed, those who view climate change as being harmful to people are significantly more likely to support climate policy responses. And the fact is that climate change will harm people in every community in North America. People trust doctors, nurses, and public health officials.

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HALA and the $100,000 Question

Sightline Daily

The crux of the HALA plan is to allow much more housing construction while also requiring developers to build—and raising taxes to pay for nonprofits to build—at least three times as many apartments per year affordable to low-income people. They are economically exclusive by nature: scarcity means only well-off people can live there, and a large and growing share of detached houses in Seattle now cost more than half a million dollars.

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The Brave New World of Orphan Black

The Alien Next Door

“ Oh, Brave New World that has such people in it!”— Eugenic strategies flourished in the USA in the early 20 th Century when thousands of people underwent forced sterilization.

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The Trust Game

Sightline Daily

Few people were sympathetic to his actions, but many were sympathetic to his plight. In general, people tend to overestimate the side effects of female birth control, falsely believing , for example, that contraceptives cause weight gain. Photo credit MestreechCity, cc.

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Book Review: The Transition Handbook, Rob Hopkins

Eco_Living

Rob Hopkins founded the Transition Movement whose aim is to build resilience to the twin threats of peak oil and climate change in communities through a return to localisation of services. The second section of the book is about presenting a positive vision of a resilient future and the third is on how to get there. The transition movement has also experimented with using local currencies to strengthen local economies.

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Q&A with Judith Rodin: Dialogues on the Environment

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek: How can environmentalists better innovate to make bigger things happen faster for nature and people? Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive By Investing in Nature.

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IMF: Cut Energy Subsidies and Reduce Global CO2 by 13 Percent

Green Prophet

Watch The Guardian’s recording of Nemat Shafik’s presentation in Washington D.C. More than 1,000 people descended upon Amman protesting increased fuel prices, according to Reuters. “So the only people who actually pay the full price are the top 30 percent in Jordan.

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Ecosocialist Conference shows potential for a united green left in North America

Green Blog

Capitalism is trying to kill the planet, but the people are rising up.”. The second presenter in this session, Dan Piper of Socialist Action, counterposed the need for working people to “seize command of the productive apparatus.” “A resounding success!”

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The End of Plenty

Green (Living) Review

The greatest impact this end of plenty will have is on our present consumer society and consumer culture and that of disposability, which is not going to be a bad thing at all either. Those who have grown up in this “on demand” consumer culture, unfortunately, will be in for a real harsh shock and a very rude wake up call unless they, like all of us really, transition to this new way now.

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Debunking the myth of shale gas

Green Blog

The present reserves estimate of 579 trillion cfg would only sustain current production for about two and a bit more decades. My advice would therefore be to curtail the use of these sources (if not an outright ban on them) and begin the transition to renewables.

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