For those of us not lucky enough to live in cities where there is forward thinking transportation policy, we can but dream of things like NYC’s cool bike lanes where they are protected from the traffic by the line of parked cars. Of course this was up in leafy Morningside Heights. Other parts of the city still seem pretty scary to ride around in, but the bike share program is certainly taking off.
I’m not blogging much these days…too much of the rest of my life is under construction. But there’s a lot of cool info and resources on my other pages, so check those out. I’m working on a dedicated site which might see the light of day this year. Watch this space for more info.
The whole Steubenville rape case and trial and media coverage does my head in, in so many ways that I don’t even know where to begin. But this is a good place. Well written, measured, sensible. Read it, think about it, live it.
10 Small Changes You Can Make To Help Avoid Another Steubenville.
“In general, I’d say, don’t idle in neutral. There is no neutral. Standing still in this environment is worse than running backward. It takes affirmative time and energy to change culture. It’s exhausting and demoralizing some days. But, there is a growing and passionate community of people, enabled through technology, enthusiastically doing this work. They’re easy to find and growing every day.”
A five minute video with soppy music, but food for thought. It’s ostensibly about education and raising children. But there’s a lot more here. It really speaks to me about the human impulse to simplify things (and people) by putting them in boxes. And that makes progress hard because it means a lot of cool stuff gets missed.
Animal School – YouTube.
Kind of fits with Mark Bittman’s advice: patience. One town, one small law, 3 years. But it’s a start.
“Concord, Massachusetts has become one of the first communities in the U.S. to ban the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles.
According to the Associated Press, the plastic bottle ban resulted from a three-year campaign by local activists. The activists pushed to reduce waste and fossil fuel use.”
via Plastic Bottle Ban In Concord, Massachusetts Goes Into Effect.
“Lead by example, not by volume. Be encouraging, not a know-it-all.”
via The Greenie Pig’s guide to a cleaner, more sustainable 2013 | Grist.
Here’s the list, although I suggest you read the whole article – great food for thought.
1. Keep an open mind.
2. Take it one step at a time.
3. Add — don’t subtract.
4. Don’t ban anything but bans themselves.
5. Don’t be a jerk (or, how to set a good example)