Envisioning the Cathedral of Localization

“If your life’s work can be accomplished in your lifetime, you’re not thinking big enough.” — Wes Jackson, founder of The Land Institute. I’m warming up to using John Abram’s cathedral metaphor for thinking about a relocalized future. Abrams talks about the craftspeople who laid foundation stones and framed walls for these beautiful and enduring structures knowing they would never …

Some favorite, inspiring, amazing videos and art

Sent via email by Tom Atlee of the Co-Intelligence Institute.  I found Dana Lynne Anderson’s Song of Creation particularly moving.  – DaveR Dear Friends, I want to share some of my favorite visual sites — art, graphics, and especially videos. I think they will enlighten, inspire, and delight you. Rest your eyes from the written word for a bit, and …

Next year, I am going to celebrate Kwanzaa

…that is if I am not biking from Santiago de Cuba to Havana with friends next December… Every holiday season, as I lament the unwavering consumerism of Christmas, I am happily reminded that there is a “greener” alternative in Kwanzaa – the African American cultural celebration beginning the day after Christmas and finishing New Years Day. Kwanzaa derives from the …

Best wishes for 2008

My daughter Melia brings much joy and humor as well as learning into my life. Over time, I will be sharing some of my experiences in raising her to be an active participant in the conscious evolution to a more sustainable culture. Yes, my intention is that she becomes an eco-goddess of some form or fashion. Some might say this …

Busting the Hubbert Myths Part I

By Jason Brenno and David Room of the Hubbert Tribute Over the next several months, the M King Hubbert Tribute will publish a series of articles that discredit some popular myths surrounding the work of M King Hubbert – the father of peak oil theory – that are beginning to be accepted as fact and thereby confounding the peak oil …

Car Crazy

This afternoon a friend of mine who has a new Porsche Boxster told me that she would not date someone that did not have a “nice” car.   She said she had been lucky that the previous guys she had been involved with all had nice cars.   (This is the same woman that said “meet my new man, Boxster” when she …

The Cathedral of Localization

Last weekend, my friend Aaron, my daughter Melia, and I visited a friend and his family at their recently purchased 55 acre homestead in rural Mendocino county. The homestead has several homes, old barns, sheds, wells, access to a creek, and an unkempt apple orchard. Despite a rough appearance, the apples were delicious both off the branch and freshly pressed …

Localizing Offsets

It is time for me to buy some carbon offsets. In September 2006, in a presentation at West Coast Green in which I discussed carbon offsets, I committed to offsetting all my plane flights. A year later, I still feel ambivalent about the carbon offsets available through various online vendors. Is my $10 purchase really going to prevent a ton …

Oil Independent Oakland Task Force recommendations

Last night was the final meeting of the Oil Independent Oakland by 2020 task force. I can hardly believe it. It’s been a long haul. Amazingly in our last action as officials for the City of Oakland and in less than 30 minutes, we came to consensus on a groundbreaking set of priority recommendations that will position Oakland to become …