Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume Ninety Five.

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Only a few more days until we head out on our second cross-country train trip for the holidays, and this time we are going all the way to Boston! I do hope this trip is as fun and relaxing as last year’s was, as I am really looking forward to being forced to sit still with nothing to do but look out the window for a few days. On to the green reads…

Excessive and poorly regulated fishing is leading to: a decline in biodiversity, threatening endangered species, and causing entire fisheries to collapse.

Want to know the reality of “clean coal”? A friend from high school has the lowdown…

Allie wants you to reuse that wrapping paper! No need to throw away perfectly good paper that was only used once – just fold it up and store it for next year…

Uh oh, looks like trash ain’t worth what it used to be. The Times reports today that recycled materials like plastic and cardboard, once sold as scrap for a profit, are piling up because no one wants to buy junk anymore. It’s a development that sadly takes a big bite out of a cost/benefits argument for public recycling programs. Cities don’t seem to be cutting back on collection just yet, but the figures are dramatic.

This is a perfect way to recycle your cereal box into a gift box for the upcoming holiday season. All you need to make this is scissors, glue, and some holiday cheer!

This whole sustainability thing is in need of a major branding overhaul. When you let scientists and policymakers control the sustainability conversation you get definitions of sustainability such as “meeting present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.” Talk about boring. Talk about uninspiring.

That’s it for now. Have a great weekend!

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  1. It is, for people like you and I. I agree that it needs to be updated and made more relevant for people outside the sustainability/green world though!

  2. Specifically though, I disagree with him changing the definition of the sustainability movement to be about the individual. I think that’s how we got into this mess to begin with! When we’re selfish, we exploit natural resources because the individual can never have enough stuff. Therefore you can’t make the sustainability movement about yourself; the heart of it is to stop exploiting the earth so that it will last for others to use.

  3. That, I agree with you on. However, individuals do need to do their part and a lot of people think that only companies and groups can make a difference – whereas in reality, every little thing we all do does help.

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