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Bono’s 10 Ideas for the Next Decade

Posted by Michael Hughes January 5, 2010

It has been impossible to avoid the top ten lists or the best of or the worst of fill-in-the-blanks.   This list however has a different perspective.  It is forward looking not backward.

10.          Return us to the “sexy automobile.”  The greener, the cleaner, the meaner on fossil fuels.  Check out the Tesla (currently at the corner of 9th and Pearl St in Boulder) or the Fisker Karma car, very sexy.

9.            Protect Intellectual Property Rights.  TV (that’s intellectual? With the exception of 30 Rock), music, film, video games.  Other wise Susan Boyle will be writing jingles by weeks’ end.

8.            An Equal Right to Pollute (and the Polluter-Pays Principle)  It’s no surprise that developing countries object to taking their feet off the pedal of their own carbon based growth.  Each person has an equal right to pollute and there might be a way to monetize this. Economists would prefer to tax carbon at the source, but so far politics has gotten in the way.

7.            A Person (Dr. William Li) and a Word (Angiogenesis).  Perhaps the greatest advancement against tumors in the 21st Century. In a world worrying about whether it can afford health care, advances in prevention are at a premium.

6.            Matter Doesn’t Matter.   Dr. Anton Zeilinger, an Austrian physicist, is becoming a rock star of science for his work in quantum teleportation.  His own version of E=mc2 ends in a cosmic punch line: that when it comes to the origin of the universe, information matters more than matter.

5.            Festival of Abraham.  The idea is an arts festival that celebrates the origin of the three Abrahamic religions:  Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

4.            People Power and the Upside-Down Pyramid.  Somewhat of a Gandhi with the British empire approach. Can you vision Gandhi with an electronic social network? In Africa, Secretary of State (Hillary) bypassed officials and met instead with Twaweza a citizen’s organization that is quickly spreading across Africa and holding officials accountable (Twaweza is Swahili for “we can make it happen.”)

3.            Taking the Fight to the Rotavirus.  In other words the vaccines exist.  In this case where it is mortality or a vaccine I would take the latter.

2.            Viva la (Nonviolent) Revolucion.  Placing hopes in the possibility that tyrannical regimes take note the trouble an aroused citizenry can give you.  In hopes of these people find among them their Gandhi or their King.

1.            The World Cup Kicks Off the African Decade.  The response when a national team qualified for the 2006 jamboree was that in the Ivory Coast (even though it was splitting apart) was so ecstatic that the war was largely put on hold as something more important than deathly combat took place, i.e. a soccer match.

To read the full article go to;  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/03/opinion/03bono.html?ex=1278219600&en=72e6b391f7b6913c&ei=5087&WT.mc_id=OP-D-I-NYT-MOD-MOD-M130-ROS-0110-HDR&WT.mc_ev=click

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Holiday tips to go Green

Posted December 23, 2009

Make Your Own Wrapping Paper

Most mass-produced wrapping paper you find in stores is not recyclable and ends up in landfills. Instead, here’s a great chance to get creative! Wrap presents with old maps, the comics section ofa newspaper, or children’s artwork. Or use a scarf, attractive dish towel, bandana, or some other useful cloth item. If every family wrapped just three gifts this way, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.

Buy Energy-Saving Holiday Lights

Now you can decorate your house with LED lights that use 90 percent less energy than conventional holiday lights, and can save your family up to $50 on your energy bills during the holiday season! LED lights are available at many major retailers, including Target, CostCo, and Ace Hardware.

Add Organic and Local Foods to Your Holiday Feast

Support local family farmers who grow sustainable meat and produce. Not only does it taste better, you’ll be doing your part for the planet too. Looking for an organic turkey or ham for Christmas dinner? Find out where to get local green products in your neighborhood.

Stocking Stuffers: Test Your Eco-Knowledge

Do you have a family member who loves the outdoors? Stuff their stockings with Sierra Club Knowledge Cards, which come in a variety of outdoor themes ranging from survival skills to baby animals. Another great stocking stuffer is “guilt-free” chocolate! Give the gift of organic, fair-trade chocolate and you can eat your way to a better planet.

Give a Gift the Gives Back!

Help support the critical work of the Sierra Club and give an eco-friendly gift at the same time! Sponsor a Wild Place this holiday season and share our country’s most special wild places and national parks with friends and loved ones. Sponsorships start at $20 and come with a range of special gifts, like a photo, plush animal, certificate of sponsorship, or a backpack. For last minute shoppers – or the most eco-conscious person on your list – download a virtual version and print or email your gift right from home

Get a Pesticide-Free Tree

Demand is on the rise for Christmas trees that are not covered in chemicals; some growers use 40 different pesticides, as well as chemical colorants. The good news is that there are now a number of tree-farms that sell pesticide-free trees, so ask your local Christmas tree seller, or search for an organic tree farm near you.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Ninety-eight percent of Christmas trees were grown on farms, not in forests, so at least it’s not as if you’re cutting down an ancient tree. Each year, 10 million Christmas trees end up in the landfill. While your tree won’t fit in the recycling bin with your newspapers and bottles, you can recycle your tree: many cities offer programs to turn your tree to mulch or wood chips. Call (800) CLEANUP or visit www.earth911.org to find the tree-recycling program near you.

Donate Your Time or Money to an Environmental Group

Get into the holiday spirit by volunteering! There are countless ways to help improve your community – and the planet – from cleaning up a local river to helping inner city kids experience the outdoors for the first time. Contact your local Sierra Club to find out about volunteer opportunities near you. A donation in honor of a loved one can also be a special holiday gift.

Do a “Cool Home” Tour with Our Energy-Saving Checklist

Take a pledge this New Years’ to reduce your home energy use by buying energy-efficient light bulbs. Installing only 6 compact fluorescent light bulbs will save the average American family $60 per year. You can also use our handy “Cool Homes” checklist to see what easy things you can do in your home to save energy. If there’s a fire in your fireplace this Christmas, turn down that thermostat! Lowering the temperature even five degrees can take 10% off your energy bill. Check out a complete list of energy-saving tips.

Recycle Your Old Cellphone

Getting a new cell phone for Christmas? Not sure what to do with the old one? Now, you can drop off that old phone at any Staples store, as part of the Sierra Club cell phone recycling program. Each year, 130 million cell phones are thrown out, weighing approximately 65,000 tons. Recycling your old phone prevents hazardous elements like mercury, cadmium and lead from ending up in our landfills. Find out more.

Last but not Least! Get Ready for Dinner-Table Debate

Are you likely to be the lone environmentalist at the dinner table sometime soon? Win arguments and influence people with our famous holiday survival guide. You’ll find ready responses to the predictable dinner table arguments that’ll be directed at you. Who knows, you might even make a few converts!

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Cash For Caulkers

Cash for Caulkers could be up to $12,000

By Michael Hughes December 15, 2009

Cash for Caulkers?  You mean Cash for Clunkers, the program that induced a boom in auto sales last summer?  No, I mean Cash for Caulkers a program announced by the White House last week that proposes to reimburse homeowners for energy efficient appliances, weatherstripping and insulation.  This new campaign announced by the White House last week proposes to reimburse homeowners for energy efficient appliances and insulation, part of a much broader plan to stimulate the economy.

Elliott Lemenager, a leader in Green movement and energy audits said “The details of the plan haven’t been released yet as the administration is still working with Congress to develop the legislation, although leaked details include rebates up to $12,000 for homeowners. So what does this all mean? More green jobs? A more energy efficient America? Hopefully all of the above, but the main driver behind this program is to persuade consumers to spend money in a way that benefits the environment as well as the economy.

We’ll keep our ear to the ground to give you updates on any developments with this proposal. In the meantime, make sure your Hohm profile (a free energy audit)is complete and find out what improvements you can make to conserve energy in your home and be ready to take advantage of the rebates as soon as they’re available.”  At the present this Microsoft site is Beta Testing and free of charge either through the above link or through Xcel Energy.  Take advantage of this worthwhile energy audit, as I know at some point they will have to charge for it.  Typically Energy Audits run between $100 and $800 in the Boulder area.

Cash for Caulking.  This would put idled contractors and construction workers back to work, would save substantial money and help the climate.  Win-Win.

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Boulder, Green since day one!

By Michael Hughes October 2, 2010

The first inhabitants in Boulder did something new and different. First populated by Miners who came to the area when gold was first discovered in the canyons nearby. The beginning of the green movement was 1859 when a group of Insightful settlers organized the Boulder City Town Company. Even back then, the town grew slowly, because lots were expensive and mercantile type companies were limited to selling to the mines and miners. Boulder homes still continue to be expensive and most homes are near green space, open space or paths.  Railroads came and with that the population tripled by the 1880’s. Boulder as a community began preserving land as early as 1898 with the purchase of the area now known as Chautauqua Park. By the end of the 19th century, Boulder had established itself as a center for health, recreation, and culture. In 1896, the Seventh Day Adventists built a sanitarium for tubercular patients on Mapleton Hill. In 1898, the Colorado Chautauqua opened on a 26-acre site donated by the city of Boulder at the base of the foothills. It is one of only 4 Chautauqua’s that have survived over the years.   In 1908, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. (yes his father was Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. who designed and created Central Park in NYC) was commissioned to advise the city on improvement to its physical surroundings. Olmstead envisioned a high-quality environment, with residential areas kept isolated from industry, in order to maintain clean air where people lived. Olmsted’s report served as a guide for growth in the coming years.  Boulder has been on the cutting edge of the green movement for quite some time. In 1910 there was a threat of an amusement park on the summit of Flagstaff Mountain and accessed by an incline railway that rallied concerned citizens to speak out.  This led to long range plans to protect the foothills and the mountain backdrop.  In the future Boulder citizens decided to prevent further development by acquiring land before it could be developed.  Collectively protecting the land and the ecological integrity of the area. Boulder Real Estate continues to be the best investment in the states. The early settlers took their cue from the Chief of the Arapahoes.  Realizing that clear blue skys, pure water and land preservation be respected.  Smart growth, healthy living, smart children, it’s a wonderful life in Boulder, Colorado.  Boulder continues to buy green open space and buffers the housing with extraordinary green areas and space unknown to other cities in the U.S. We are proud to call this our home Boulder, Colorado.

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