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Got Plastic?

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Here's an idea: Take some plastic out of the waste stream.  Sequesters some carbon too. And there are nine more cool innovations designed to replace plastic --those receiving the "Closed Loop** - Beyond the Bag Innovator" awards: https://www.closedlooppartners.com/beyond-the-bag-innovations/ **Per their website, "Closed Loop Partners is a New York based investment firm comprised of venture capital, growth equity, private equity, project finance and an innovation center focused on building the circular economy."  

Earthrise ... by Amanda Gorman

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 A beautiful poem by Amanda Gorman:

Regenerating soil and land under solar panels

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This is a very good idea: https://www.greenbiz.com/article/dual-use-solar-farms-welcome-nature-back-land

Future Crunch

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Looking for inspiration?  Here is a site self-described as  "A Weekly Roundup of science, technology and intelligent optimism (not necessarily in that order.)"  I thought is was kinda cool. https://futurecrunch.com/

Women. With Credentials.

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When Joel Epstein of the Wall Street Journal shared his opinion about Dr. Jill Biden’s title, my reaction was visceral. It felt to me like a gut punch. We are still commenting on Hillary’s hair? It brought me back to the 1980s. Fresh with my own credentials  —  a degree in Engineering from Stanford University and a Professional Mechanical Engineer license — I had secured my first position as an Industrial Power Engineer at a Fortune 500 company. I faced off head-to-head with a crusty electrical foreman who declared: “I don’t like working with women. You should be home with your family.” I retorted, “What decade are you from? 1870? Put a bag on your head!” In retrospect, I can say this: at least he was honest. We shared a laugh, and later an excellent working relationship. Still, with countless industrial customers with whom I worked, I felt I needed to be twice as good as my male counterparts in order to be considered by them as even minimally competent. A couple of years later, when I

Restoring Damaged Ecosystems

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In May of 2019, I attended the Global Earth Repair conference in Port Townsend WA.  There I met John Liu and was deeply inspired by his keynote on the topic of restoring large-scale damaged ecosystems.  You can check out the conference and hear his talk here:  https://globalearthrepairfoundation.org/john-d-liu-restoring-damaged-ecosystems-worldwide/  

New Story Hub

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A few years ago I was working on an idea and ended up taking a detour so never got the idea fully launched.  (I called it New Story Center)  Luckily, it turns out that Findhorn has been at it for awhile and is doing a fantastic job! They call their project "New Story Hub".  Check it out: -  http://newstoryhub.com/   You can find a great list of resources here:  http://newstoryhub.com/resources/

Need hope?

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UPDATED 6pm 9/22 The after-watch party is as good as the movie!  Here is the party link on youtube: https://youtu.be/emfG6ehpE4U UPDATED 9/22/2020 Yes, solutions are still possible! If you need hope, then watch this KISS THE GROUND trailer. Kiss the Ground THE MOVIE premiers September 22, 2020!   NEXT STEPS STEP 1: WATCH THE FILM. The 87 minute film is on Netflix. Watch now! here is link to the movie: https://www.netflix.com/title/81321999?s=i&trkid=13747225 STEP 2: JOIN THE BIGGER "KISS THE GROUND" WATCH PARTY -- with cast and filmmakers: here is a link to RSVP - (with cast and crew) at 6pm on FB live: https://kissthegroundmovie.com/watchparty/ The event details are on FB here: https://www.facebook.com/events/314340939677266/ STEP 3: CONTINUE THE LOCAL CONVERSATION  here is a link to the New Story mighty network where we can chat about it before, during and after https://network.newstorycenter.com/posts/kiss-the-ground .

Build a Solar Oven Like This

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A fast tour of how to build a solar oven--the Solar Box Cooker.  Enjoy: For more information, including a materials list, plans and instructions, visit the  Solar Cooking topic in  our Mighty Network at New Story Center

Post Doom Interview

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Michael Dowd and I in a "Post Doom" conversation: