Daily Habits — Is Anything More Important, Is Anything Harder to Change?

•March 27, 2010 • 6 Comments

This post is our contribution to sustainablog’s Pedal-a-Watt Powered Blogathon this weekend. The long-running green blog (and new green shopping site) is publishing for 24 hours straight to raise funds for the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in Northeastern Missouri. Go join the fun: read post contributions from around the green blogosphere, leave a comment to be entered in a drawing for some great green prizes, and join in the Tweetchat at #susbppb.

Our daily habits seem smaller than they actually are, because (by definition), they are something we do not give as much thought to. They are things we often do without thinking about why we do them, if we should do something else, or what their true effect is.

The truth is, our eating habits, transportation habits, recreational habits, and even simple flip-the-switch habits probably have a bigger impact on our lives, our health, the environment, the economy, and so on than anything else.

Nonetheless, if we ever do think about changing a habit, it is still a very difficult thing to do… or is it?

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Environmentalism and Religion — Similarities and Differences

•February 15, 2010 • 1 Comment

It seems rather common these days for anti-environmentalists to claim that environmentalists treat environmentalism (or, in many cases, climate change activism) like a religion. Environmentalism can infiltrate many aspects of a person’s life and may affect many of their thoughts, feelings and actions. However, calling it a religion is a little off the mark. There are clear differences between environmentalism, or climate change action, and religion.

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How to Deal with Environmental Concern

•February 15, 2010 • 1 Comment

Caring about the environment is a good thing. However, sometimes the concern can get overwhelming. How do we deal with the great environmental collapse humans are creating? How do we deal with the oncoming global tidal wave of climate change, especially when the mainstream media continues to portray the science as questionable when it is not?

Here are a few thoughts.

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lightngreen news

•January 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

so, it looks like i am done transferring all of my old posts from other sites to here — the ones i thought fit here. so, from now on out,  should be newer content.

also, it is easier to go to the site now! new address — lightngreen.com! 🙂

Fear’s Role in Climate Change Issues

•January 16, 2010 • 1 Comment

Originially posted on EcoWorldly on December 4, 2009.

Fear. It is a simple emotion. It is a feeling. But it can also create something complicated — in what it makes us think and do. Fear drives many decisions in the world, and may often cause us to make the wrong decision.

The important thing is realizing the difference between thoughtful awareness of negative ramifications and the actual feeling of fear.

On the following pages, I delve into the relationship between fear and the climate change decisions we are making everyday on individual and larger systematic levels. Additionally, I delve a little more into the issue of fear itself.

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4 Childhood Lessons & Climate Change

•January 16, 2010 • 1 Comment

Originally posted on EcoWorldly on December 6, 2009 (hence, the Copenhagen focus).

There is so much complexity in the politics of climate change right now, but as the Copenhagen climate negotiations heat up, I think there are a few simple childhood lessons to review or keep in mind.

Of course, action to stop climate change is not only about the politicians and international treaties. It is also largely about the individual actions, needs and demands of each person these politicians represent.

So, given that you are not likely to be directly involved in the discussions in Copenhagen, these are also for you on an individual level, in all of your individual decisions and purchases. Of course, you can send messages to your politicians asking them to stop climate change, too!

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#1 Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Great Bicycle City Photo Tour

•January 16, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on EcoWorldly on December 9, 2009.

Topping yet another bicycle list, Amsterdam is #1 here because of the great bicycle photos to follow along with the fact that 40% of traffic is bicycle traffic in Amsterdam and the city is full of bicycle facilities, including a 10,000-bicycle parking garage at its train station.

Amsterdam may not have as high a percentage of bicycle commuters as its Dutch neighbor to the north, Groningen, or as much bike-crazy counter-culture as Portland (Oregon), or the largest bicycle sharing program in the world like in Paris, or naked bicycle rides like in Barcelona and Portland, but compared to these and other world cities I think it is pretty well established now that it and Copenhagen are in a tight competition for the top position. Amsterdam tops this list because of the great photos to follow.

The photos here show love and kisses on bikes, tons of bike parking, creative family bikes, flower bikes, and various cargo bikes, among other things.

Everyone rides a bike in the Netherlands, even Santa Clause (or Sinterklaas). Riding a bike doesn’t take away from women’s fashion at all either, but adds to it here. Biking is a part of normal life — perhaps that is why the Dutch are so calm.

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