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The Solution is Simple at 350 ppm

The web is abuzz today with two things. One, Amazon.com has been down for hours. Two, the story of Alain Robert (aka spidey) and Renaldo Clarke who both climbed the 52-story New York Times Building.

Renaldo Clarke climbed to draw attention to childhood malaria.

Alain Robert climbed to draw attention global warming and was carrying a banner which stated:

Global Warming kills more people than 9/11 every week.

I took the bait. I don’t have a clue how something like that could even be measured, but his banner alone isn’t why I wanted to look into this guy. I don’t think it’s shocking news that I’m somewhat interested in the developments of Global Climate Change. I like to see what new stuff is happening and what different movements there are. Perhaps one day I’ll even find one that I feel I can contribute to, who knows?

Alain’s T-shirt during the stunt read “The Solution Is Simple .org“.  While I thought this would be nothing more than another meaningless organization that asks you to buy coupons to offset your carbon emissions The Solution Is Simple turns out to be Alain’s personal website and it appears he is very much in the midst of the whole Green Shift. The notion of “Greener is Better” really seems to resonate with this guy.

I have a lot of respect for Alain Robert. It seems everything this guy does has something to do with going Green and he really walks the walk. His site is even hosted by a green company.

Something I found on The Solution Is Simple mentioned twice interested me. 350. As it turns out there is an organization claiming that 350 parts per million is the magical amount of CO2 in the atmosphere which we need.

350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth.

I’m not sure if this is the magic number or not but it’s something to strive for I suppose. At least it puts a goal in mind rather than just the blanket statement most organizations seem to make of “we need to be greener.”

With his stunt and his website Alain is urging everyone to send a message about global warming to world leaders who are meeting next month at the G8 conference in Japan. You should too. There is a simple form you can fill out to do so on his website The Solution Is Simple.

I’m Randy Aldrich and I Approve this message.

NOTE: I am simply pointing out organizations and companies which have claims to being ‘green.’ I have in no way verified the validity of these statements.  Please let me know if you find anything different.

The Story of Stuff

Going Green is a common theme in practically everything these days. Why? Perhaps because consumerism has overrun our society and we’re obsessed with the Stuff. The Story of Stuff is a compelling presentation that describes how the stuff we get makes it into our grubby little hands.

The Story of Stuff

Carbon-Free Stackable Cars

Carbon-Free Stackable CarI recently ran across an idea from MIT students for Carbon-Free Stackable Cars. The idea is to simply extend the range of public transportation. Public transportation typically only allows travel to the most common places. Often your real destination is off the beaten track. If that’s the case and the distance is too great people will often choose private transportation instead. This idea attempts to close that gap.

This reminds me of ZipCar in Boston. They leave cars in residential neighborhoods and allow you to reserve them online. You simply walk to it and pick it up to make use of it by the hour or the day. There’s no attendant and no complications. It’s simply a service you use at your convenience.

The fact that the cars are Carbon-Free is a huge bonus. Since the idea is to travel just small distances it seems like the plugin electric idea is a great fit. I can’t wait to see something like this put into place.

Blackle

My friend mike told me about Blackle a week or so ago. It makes sense that black pixels on a computer screen use a very small amount of power compared to white pixels. Someone thought that just changing the background on Google from white to black we could change the world. Crazy tree huggers. Anyway, Since then I’ve changed all my Firefox search ‘keywords’ so doing a Google search routes me through Blackle instead. I wish they offered all the same features though, it would be nice to use a Black Google Reader, and a Black Gmail interface.

UPDATE: it really only affects older CRT monitors and can actually use more power on a typical LCD screen.

Al Gore ain't got nuthin on wonderingmind42

This is quite possibly the best argument Nay discussion regarding Global Climate Change and its effects yet. You might say there are some holes in his discussion and this is quite possibly true. However; take a look at his other response videos. This video is an over simplified version and he goes into further details in the latter ones to resolve some of these holes.

I think he hit the nail on the head by stating that we can’t determine if Global Climate Change is real or not. What we can say is that regardless of how that turns out the world will be better off if we do something now before it’s too late.

If you don’t want to watch all of his videos at least watch this one and please pass it on if you find it interesting.

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