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Five Little-Known Tips For Disaster Preparedness

January 12th, 2014 · 6 Comments · books, climate change (global warming), energy, entertainment, health & well being

The record-breaking cold in much of the U.S. reminds me that we’re all vulnerable to extreme weather and disasters, and need to be prepared for them. Climate change means more of everything: drought, destructive hurricanes, heat, cold and floods. It’s broader than just global warming. It’s our internal resources — our attitude and coping skills […]


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Getting Real About Energy Costs And Resiliency

January 13th, 2013 · 10 Comments · climate change (global warming), energy

In our lifetimes we will spend tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars on energy bills*. Reducing the size of those bills helps all of us, especially since burning the fossil fuels to create that energy is heating our planet dangerously.   So, haven’t we all been taught to turn off the lights when we’re not in a room? Doing […]


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What’s Better Than A Benefit Concert?

December 13th, 2012 · 2 Comments · climate change (global warming), energy

I love that rock artists like Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi raised money for victims of Hurricane Sandy in the benefit concert last night. What I’d love more, though, is for the victims, and all of us, to become more disaster-resilient. The U.S. poles and wires electricity system that broke apart in the Northeast like matchsticks last month is


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How Open To Change Are You?

August 28th, 2011 · 3 Comments · climate change (global warming)

Have you or someone you love been affected by Irene, the storm flooding New York City that prompted the almost unthinkable closure of its massive transit system? How about the record-breaking


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Gustav And Living In Harm’s Way

September 1st, 2008 · 1 Comment · politics, sustainability

My heart is with the two million folks fleeing their homes due to Hurricane Gustav. How frightening and painful! I wish for all of them to be safe and secure. There is more, though; the head and the heart should always work together. Doesn’t it make more sense to flee permanently to more sustainable homes […]


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Rebuilding On Ten Feet Under

February 21st, 2008 · No Comments · sustainability

I’m often drawn to the things that people don’t want to talk about. You know, the elephant in the living room syndrome. Today, that uncomfortable topic is the rebuilding of New Orleans.

Along with other excellent people and organizations, Mercy Corps has been helping do the above. Last week I was at Jimmy Mak’s when Neal Keny-Guyer, the CEO of Mercy Corps, was speaking. So


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