More Humans, Less of Everything Else

What rape looks like. Halliburton fracks the Earth.

The extraction of “unconventional” fossil fuels, whether through fracking, deep-water drilling or the unimaginable waste of Canadian tar sands, has provided much of the motivation in my personal life to methodically reduce our family’s CO2 footprint. Since the baseline year of 2000, we have managed to reduce our contribution to greenhouse gasses by approximately 90%. […]

It Takes a Village

It takes a village and long term vision.

Street by Street, Green Living Can Transform an Entire City It Takes Long-Term Vision I recently had an opportunity to work with a great organization in our community, the Uplift Foundation of Nevada. It happened at the second annual Las Vegas GiveCamp, where local web designers, graphic artists and others with technical skills spent a […]

Limits Exceeded – The Predicament of Mankind

Limits to Growth

Civilization has come a long way in the last 10,000 years. To those who follow the latest scientific findings, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be an easy ride going forward. In the early 70s I read the ground-breaking book “Limits to Growth,” detailing a study by 16 scientists at MIT about the consequences […]

Watershed Management Group is Making a Difference

Watershed Management Group in Tucson, AZ

The task of creating a more resilient community can often seem overwhelming, assuming one is even thinking about it at all. Fortunately more and more of us are not only thinking about it, but actively looking for ways to make a difference. There is so much to do. Effective change has as much to do […]

Adapting Las Vegas

Adapting Las Vegas

For over eight years, I have shared ideas about Green Living in this space. The intent has been to hasten a shift toward sustainable community in Southern Nevada while also addressing big issues like climate change. There are many who share my concerns and I am grateful for the significant steps so many have taken […]

Perspective on Modern Life

Human history provides perspective on modern life.

Take a look at the history of our species. We’ve been around a while. The oldest evidence of our human ancestors is a fossilized skull that dates back about seven million years. Most anthropologists agree that so-called “modern” humans came on the scene about 130,000 years ago. The industrial age began a couple hundred years […]

Just Because We Can

Just because we *can* change someting does not mean we should.

We live in a culture with abundant choices and if anything, Green Living is all about choices. But having the freedom to choose is not enough. Choices can be good or bad. Context is a necessary ingredient when making decisions. Think about these two statements: Just because things are a certain way now does not […]

Home Improvements for Planet Earth

Earth, our only home.

Home improvements for Planet Earth are in order. But before taking on such a big topic let’s look at more traditional forms of home improvements. There are so many options. Common improvements include makeovers in the kitchen or bathrooms, new flooring or wall coverings, or even entire additions. In every case I can imagine, there […]

Green Living Reader’s Poll

Global Warming Mindmap by Jane Genovese, http://learningfundamentals.com.au

Lately I’ve been thinking about this column and just what it’s all about. Green Living, Home, Living Lighter on the Planet: topics that are probably helpful to some while others couldn’t care less. How does a writer connect with more people, especially those with different values? For me, this is a place to share ideas […]

Looking Back at a Green 2013

Green 2013

Green Living covers a lot of territory. Let’s take a look back with a recap of the topics we covered in this Green 2013. Winter We kicked off the year with “Liking Las Vegas,” highlighting some great green things that have been happening in the valley. The topic of “Solar-Ready Homes” revealed the logic of […]