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Choices for Sustainable Living

 

Northwest Earth Institute - www.nwei.org

http://blog.nwei.org  

www.facebook.com/NorthwestEarthInstitute 

http://www.nwei.org/discussion_courses/course-offerings/choices-for-sustainable-living

Session One - A Call to  Sustainability

http://www.nwei.org/choices-for-sustainable-living-resources - check out resources for Session One
   http://www.nrdc.org/ 

http://www.zingermanspress.com/books Zingerman's Guide to Good Leading 

www.paulhawken.com author of "You Are Brilliant, The Earth Is Hiring"

Definitions of  Sustainability

Why Bother? by Michael Pollan http://michaelpollan.com/articles-archive/why-bother/

42 Ways to Not Make Trash by Colin Beavan  http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/42-ways-to-not-make-trash 

http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/can-animals-save-us/colin-beavan-advice-from-an-accidental-activist

http://www.yesmagazine.org/multimedia/yes-video/no-impact-man-trailer

http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/sustainable-happiness/christmas-with-no-presents 
by Colin Beavan, the No Impact Man

http://courses.biology.utah.edu/carrier/2010/Readings/end%20of%20diversity/Easter%20Island%27s%20End.pdf

Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson http://bit.ly/aiyr9d 

350.orgA global movement to solve the climate crisis

yes! Magazine - http://www.yesmagazine.org/ 

http://escalatedthinking.com/tools_systems_thinking_iceberg.html 

My Iceberg

Events - People get sick, obese

Patterns

  • People want quick fixes, doctors oblige with drugs

  • People make bad food choices leading to poor immune function

  • USDA Dietary Guidelines are flawed, leading to poor choices by consumers and by food industry

Underlying Structures

  • Stores are filled with processed foods of poor nutritional quality

  • Government supports commodity crops turned into these processed foods

  • Food industry uses cheap gimmicks to sell more poor quality food - MSG, HFCS

  • Scientists are supported by the food & ag industries yielding research that fits the mental models

  • Political decisions influence decisions that should be based on science.

Mental Models

  • People want cheap food - love bargains

  • Politicians want to gain approval, promote cheap food

  • Food industry wants to cuts costs, make a profit, sell more food

  • Scientists love/do 'whiz bang' research - ignore the old boring stuff that is actually filled with wisdom

  • Agriculture aims for 'efficiency' using modern chemistry and machines

  • Politicians are under the influence of big money.

Session Two - Ecological Principles -  resources

www.ecoliteracy.org 

Momentum is now Ensia! powered by the Institute on the Environment at U. of Minn.

Calculating your ecological footprint:

http://www.myfootprint.org/

http://tinyurl.com/EPACarbonCalculator 

300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds   http://bit.ly/9U5Vio from  www.postcarbon.com 
 or here http://www.ecoliteracy.org/blog/300-years-fossil-fuels-300-seconds 

Osprey Orielle Lake - The Womenís Earth and Climate Caucus - http://www.iwecc.org/ 

New Society Publishers - A Nation of Farmers - reviews at Amazon 

Jim Robbins, New York Times contributor  - Index of his articles

Paul Gilding and the One Degree War http://paulgilding.com/cockatoo-chronicles/cc20091106-odw-launch.html  
    His TED talk

Landscape for Life http://landscapeforlife.org/ 

Biomimicry - Ask Nature http://www.asknature.org/ 

Sum Of Us - speaking with one voice to counterbalance the growing power of large corporations.

Session Three - Food - Resources

Shagbark Seed & Mill in Athens, OH http://www.shagbarkmill.com/about.html 

Environmental Issues  

Eco-Ag Resources  

Organic  Consumers Association - Campaigning for health, justice, sustainability, peace and democracy

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition 

Food & Water Watch  

Action Aidhttp://www.actionaid.org/what-we-do 

Nutrition Security Institute http://www.nutritionsecurity.org/index.html - A Non-Profit Organization engaged in research to restore the fertility of earthís soils.

*Food and Agriculture: Toward Healthy Food and Farms - Union of Concerned Scientists
http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/
 

http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/our-failing-food-system/genetic-engineering/eight-ways-monsanto-fails.html

Search results for Monsanto Fails

Ensuring the Harvest
http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/documents/food_and_agriculture/ensuring-the-harvest-full-report.pdf

1,000 Days Movement http://www.thousanddays.org/ - addressing nutrition and health during the 1,000 days between a womanís pregnancy and her childís 2nd birthday. Esp. http://www.thousanddays.org/resources/food-agriculture/ 

Session Four - Community - Resources

http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/small-footprint-fridays-a-sustainable-living-link-up 

Justice Issues  

Slow Money - Investing as if Food, Farms, Fertility Mattered http://slowmoney.org/ 

Local  First - Why Local First http://www.localfirst.com/why_local_first/ 

Institute for Local Self  Reliance on buy local advantages http://www.ilsr.org/2013-independent-business-survey/ 

Affordable SuperEfficient Housing http://blog.rmi.org/blog_Google_Hangout_Building_Permanently_Affordable_Homes 

Earthineer http://www.earthineer.com/ a social site for sustainable living 

Session Five -  Transportation - Resources

 

Session Six - Consumption & Economy - Resources

See The New Economy

Session Seven - Visions of Sustainability - Resources

 

Miscellaneous Websites I have come across:

Rocky Mountain Institute http://www.rmi.org/ - Our mission is to drive the efficient and restorative use of resources.  Working to wean our transportation system off oil.

http://www.thenation.com/activism - Several "Take Action" links related to sustainability.

Grassroots International works to create a just and sustainable world by building alliances with progressive movements, focus is on land, water and food as human rights around the world

Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission http://www.lucascountygreen.com/  - http://www.facebook.com/LucasCountyGreen 

Toledo Metropolitan Area Council on Governments http://www.tmacog.org/ 

Toledo Region http://www.toledoregion.com/

Earth At Risk: Building a Resistance Movement to Save the Planet - and other useful sounding books/DVDs:  http://www.lierrekeith.com/work/