Submitted for your approval . . . our story begins in a possible future in a museum that documents our species' survival through a period of environmental crisis. We are all given the temporary gift to see ourselves and our culture as history might view us. In this carnival we will have one foot firmly planted in the now, and the other in . . .
Francis Stokes at Sludgie asks why the electric car on display at the Smithsonian was pulled and replaced with a "souped-up" SUV within days of the release of the film, Who Killed the Electric Car?
Meanwhile, Jeffrey Strain of Personal Finance Advice notes that no one walks in the suburbs, and in fact, the suburbs are designed to discourage walking. I personally got on a tangent about urban planning and walkable cities when I had to spend several hours in a nearby city that didn't have much to offer greenies, and Joe Kissell at the Interesting Thing of the Day writes about a walkable small town near Phoenix that was designed using "arcology" (combining architecture with ecology).
"This next exhibit demonstrates the unnatural ways that people produced food or gardened for themselves. At the crisis time, it was not uncommon for farmers and gardeners to used copious amounts of toxic chemicals to fertilize plants and ward off pests, despite the fact that over 100 pesticide ingredients were suspected to cause birth defects, cancer and gene mutations. As much of these toxic substances were used in the production of crops, it's been estimated that the average home in what is formerly known as the United States had 10 times the pesticide contamination of the average crop field."
Judy K at the Savvy Vegetarian got a chance to look through her daughter's book on permaculture and found out that only worms and other subterranian life-forms should be allowed to dig in the dirt -- Don't Dig In the Dirt - Permaculture and Soil.
Flatbush Gardener (Xris) reviews for us the book Eco-friendly Living in New York City and focuses on some of the book's gardening tips for city dwellers.
CORRECTION: Xris at Flatbush Gardener was reporting on a review of the book that appeared in Science and the City. The Gardening tips in the post are his own.
Elsa Mary at The Greener Side sings the praises of Craiglist and the abililty to find good homes for items to be reused, as well as having many other resources for green-minded folks.
Alexandra Cousteau at Earth Echo asks "What Do We Know?" and wonders how many animal species we've yet to discover, like the squirrel/rat that she highlights in her post. And Mike at 10,000 Birds sees a global impact of bird habitat in his post, The Carribean Connection.
Green space is also becoming endangered. Riversider at the Save the Ribble blog wants to save open space allotments from being developed, and gives us 10 great reasons why these allotments should be saved.
Shannon at Charismatic Megafauna discusses river restoration in general, and the pollution of the ground water and the Tigris River in Iraq with dumped oil in particular. She also believes that the same questions used to plan river reconstruction projects could have been modified to give serious thought to the Iraq War before we jumped in and made a mess of things.
A little bit of green hope on the military horizon? Harlan Weikle of the Greener Magazine tells of a hybrid tactical vehicle scheduled for use by the U.S. military. Methinks that this has more to do with saving on future fuel costs than actual green sensibilities by our military, but it does give me a sliver of hope that we can green them a bit more -- maybe we could get them to stop using D.U. munitions next?
Tracy Stokes at the Eco Street blog writes about the advantages of switching to compact fluorescents as a conservation strategy. Cathryn at Camden Kiwi reminds us to think about our water usage when we travel, and gives us good tips to reduce our water consumption on vacations.
Deanna Taylor of Dee's 'Dotes writes that some of the biggest obstacles for environmental work and other activist activities are greed and government: Dividing and Conquering . . . Lessons in Community Building?
An Inconvenient Truth is the subject of a couple more posts this week. Sally Kneidel, PhD of Veggie Revolution and Josh from Thoughts From Kansas both review the film and bring interesting and different points to the discussion.
Al at City Hippy wonders what is the "greenest positive statement I could make?" What can he do right now? Tired of being told what not to do, he's asking for input on a positive and upbeat message to the world.
A possible future -- but will it come true? Will future generations be both condeming and thanking our generation for our actions, or will humanity be lost to the global crisis ahead? Questions that can only be answered by time, or in . . .