A crash course in changing the world.
I wrote this for my Environmental Policy class, and I thought I would share it, since ethanol is the huge alternative in cars these days:
Ethanol is the alternative fuel of this century, Brazil being one of the biggest (or THE biggest, depending on the source) producers and distributors of this energy source for decades.…Continue
Twilight has almost enveloped us, but we're not done having fun yet. The music is loud, the games are ongoing, and it looks to mine eyes that this party will never end. As I swing to my left to catch the frisbee flying my way, I momentarily lay eyes on the scene of my ex-boyfriend and his new fiance sharing space and kisses atop the surrounding lawn. I miss the catch and nearly land on my face.
Laughing, I stand to throw the disc again, looking down briefly at its flashing…Continue
Apparently, engineers at Princeton are developing a new flexible sensor that stores the mechanical energy from normal human activities such as walking and dancing. It's a tiny thing that can be placed on the bottom of one's shoe in such a way as to be bent and rounded with every step, so that just walking or running can produce the…Continue
Vandana Shiva is another hero I'm tailing, and I've subscribed to the newsletter on her site Navdanya. I saw her speaking at the Headwaters program at my college, and was too afraid to speak to her because she seemed so utterly brilliant to me. A physicist and activist, she exudes a scholarly attitude that truly inspires me to learn all that I can and study to understand. It is my fondest wish that I should come at least CLOSE to her…Continue
Sound energy is generally very small in scope, so is not often thought of as an alternate energy source, but hopefully this won't sound too terribly silly. After all, my proposal is to power something very small with the sound from a highway. Sound energy could conceivably be used to turn the noise from the road to something helpful instead of pollution. There are people who live near airports and busy roads that could capture sound energy from sensors... hypothetically. The energy captured…Continue
I had bread and cheese for dinner tonight.
Don't be fooled by how bland that sounds. It was the most delicious meal I've had in a long time.
I'm alone, but reminded strongly of the times when Ed and I took the bus up to Crested Butte and hung around all day. We didn't have enough money for a restaurant, but we would stop by the grocery store for lunch, buying the simplest things to make the simplest lunches, but it always seemed better than anything that could…Continue
David Foreman was one of the co-founders of the radical environmentalist group "Earth First!" and is working currently in The Rewilding Institute to try to re-establish a belt of wilderness from North America down through South America. http://library.thinkquest.org/26026/People/dave_foreman.html
Dave Foreman came to my attention a couple of years ago during the Spring Symposium at my college, and I've…Continue
*Disclaimer: this is a creative story, not a speculation. I'm trying to project, so forgive me if it doesn't make sense at first. *
I can't help but think Japan has been heading down this road for a long time.
Since May 2010, I have made it my life's work to record social and cultural patterns all over the world, and as an anthropologist, my work has been extensive. I've written books, not only strict non-fiction based on the societies from every place I have…Continue
The word "understand" likely came from a literal meaning of "to stand under" or "to stand in the midst of." This is exactly what I intend to do with my life.
I am currently a senior in college, majoring in anthropology, with a minor in sociology, fields I study because I never in all my life have had a true comprehension of the people around me. I have always felt on the outside looking in,…Continue