Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 145.

November 27, 2009
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Hope everyone had a good day yesterday and remembered to be thankful for what they have…

Whatever happened to the days of cross-country landscapes zooming by from a sleeper car? Planet Green spoke with author James McCommons, whose new book Waiting on a Train: The Embattled Future of Passenger Rail Service asks–quite rightly–why has the world’s greatest railroad nation turned its back on the form of transportation that made modern life and mobility possible? (Amtrak is fantastic, can’t wait to take another trip)

…How much do we love that about children?! Because they don’t just think those delicious thoughts , they act on them. They decorate their own cathedrals. If we let them have room to breathe , have time to just think, play, and make mistakes. If we nurture this discovery process, children find their own voices , their own creativity.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve gained a reputation for being the eco-freak of the family. Quite possibly, you’ve got an uncle who is just itching for you to bring up global warming so he can tell you what a load of conspiracy crap you’ve bought into and make mincemeat (not pie) of you. Take a step back, and reconsider your green lifestyle. If saving the planet is your goal, so be it. But think of it in terms that others may better relate to.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has joined what appears to be a growing chorus of voices suggesting that the best hope for an agreement at the U.N. climate talks next month in Copenhagen. That voice? Let’s understand that we have several complex problems to work out and not enough time to do it.

When Libuse Binder’s new book, Ten Ways to Change the World in your Twenties arrived, I was excited to crack it open and see what it had to offer. As a self-professed realistic idealist, a book with both big ideas and small details appeals to me.

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Comments (2)

  1. su says:

    Love trains. Seems silly to have rail lines being abandoned while more highways are built for multiple trips and vehicles. I’m a realist and I know we can’t go back to a time when folks do all their regional travel by train, but we need to consider using them more often for trips, not just for commuting. Trains provide local jobs and a full train produces less pollution than the equivalent in vehicles on the roads. I hope the
    predictions they are coming back turns out to be true.

  2. david says:

    Me too – its my favorite way to travel!