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Alex Diaz (alexdiazeco) has been at 11 events

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AWorld4Change1,222Join Hosts +Andy Brine  and +Wayne Meador  as they talk with Jeff Harmon of +MissouriWindandSolar on Wednesday, November 5th at 1pm EST | 6pm GMT to learn about building your own personal solar systems, and what products and services they offer to help you along your path to #Sustainability .Scroll Down To RSVP. Responding Yes or Maybe will set a reminder so you can catch the replay.SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FRIENDSFull Schedule AW4Ctv Events Here: http://www.aworld4change.com/eventsSustainability is something that we are all aware of though many of us are unaware of how it applies to us in the Modern Day World. During the show, we exploring different areas of sustainability, eco living, and green lifestyle, to help each one of us create a sustainable modern world. We bring together experts from all around the world to discuss all areas of sustainability, so you can see first hand how sustainability applies to you and your life.===== THEME OF THE MONTH - SUSTAINABLE ENERGY ======We will talking about all areas of sustainable energy from #SolarEnergy , #WindEnergy and #HydroEnergy . Feel free to join the conversation and discover how you can use these energy systems in your life. Links to this months show can be seen below:Watch Live onWebsite - http://aw4c.com/SCMWLiveShowFacebook - http://aw4c.com/SCMWFacebookLiveMobile - https://a.pgtb.me/v7Ddsr---------------------------------------Use #SCMWLive for In Show Comments---------------------------------------===== OUR GUEST ======Jeff Harmon is the owner of Missouri Wind Sustainability In The Modern World - Solar Energy with Missouri Wind and Solar2014-11-05 19:00:00101 
AWorld4Change1,222Can WE become Sustainable?Join Host +Wayne Meador with guests +Jeff Clearwater and +Ferananda Ibarra, on Thursday, September 11th at 3pm EST | 2pm CST | 1pm MST | 12pm PST and learn what it means to be prepared, and why it's important.Scroll Down To RSVP. Responding Yes or Maybe will set a reminder so you can catch the replay.SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FRIENDSFull Schedule Of Live Events Here: http://www.aworld4change.com/eventsQuestion Everything is a show where we talk about the “tough issues” we’re facing as a society. With humanity at risk of collapse, corporate greed and governments dictating our rights, and consumers not knowing the truth behind what’s going on in the world…Are We Sustainable (as a human race)?...becomes a SERIOUS question!We bring YOU experts, have FOUNDED discussions, so WE can ask educated questions, and get REAL answers! ---------------------------------------Use #AW4CLive for In Show Comments---------------------------------------In today’s show, we’ll be talking about whether or not we’re going to be able to be sustainable as a human race. We’ll address some of the things that are broken, and what we need to do to correct our course. Topics On The AgendaWhat really is Sustainability?How are “WE” doing?Can we really be sustainable?Resource Based EconomyCircular EconomyGift EconomiesInvisible ArchitecturesNew Economies-- Our Guests --+Ferananda Ibarra is internationally recognized in the fields of collective intelligence and new paradigm economics. She is a social innovation entrepreneur. Co-founder of 'The Collective Intelligence Research (CIRI)' in France and +VillageLab, an organization which provides -Whole Systems Design for Regenerative communities around the world. Ferananda has worked wThe Path To Sustainability2014-09-11 21:00:0074 
James Dearsley4,631Next Wednesday at 5pm BST (9am PST, 12PM EST) our second What does the data tell you? show takes place. We are privileged to have +Simply Measured Senior Marketing Manager +Kevin Shively who will be giving us an insight into this comprehensive social analytics tool.Aim: To open the hidden world of social and digital marketing analytics by sharing the best services and by reviewing interesting case studies Format: These will be Hangouts taking place every two weeks and will investigate particular platforms and case studies that demonstrate the power of the platform. The Hangout will be structured as a 30 minutes discussion including questions. However, this is flexible depending on the platform, case study, guests and questions. It will be hosted by +James Dearsley  Founder of +The Digital Marketing Bureau  who is particularly passionate about cutting edge marketing techniques and also by the methods of measurement and analysis of the entire social and digital world The aim is to make it a particularly visual Hangout so please, if you are a guest, be prepared to screen share your website or diagrams and pictures that demonstrate what it is you are describing.This is one analytical tool that we use on a daily basis and if you are interested in social analytics this will be worth watching.What does the data tell you?2014-07-09 18:00:0074 
Mia Voss29,287Click here for the direct YouTube Link:The Mia Connect featuring Anabell Hilarski, Iva Ignjatovic, Dave Moore, Mike AlltonTime for another +The Mia Connect Power Chat! This week we are featuring +Iva Ignjatovic +Dave Moore +Anabell Hilarski & +Mike Allton on the panel!Each week we cover a variety of topics including the latest in social media & the online world and feature influencers & innovators from all types of industries who will share their smarts with us. Oh, and we always get a little #BatCrapCrazy   . Check out this week's panel of fabulous guests: +Iva Ignjatovic   - Marketing Strategist, Business Developer, Pinterest RockStar!  http://www.pinterest.com/ivaignjatovic/+Dave Moore   - Moore Consortium - Behavioural Psychologist and Firewalk Trainer+Anabell Hilarski -  #SocialMediaGuia  Marketer, Blogger & Web Traffic expert.  THE woman to know in Panama!+Mike Allton  - +The Social Media Hat - Social Media Manager, Hootsuite Consultant, Star Wars AficionadoTopicThe Mia Connect Power Chat featuring Iva Ignjatovic, Dave Moore, Anabell Hilarski & Mike Allton2014-01-24 18:00:00178 
Chef Dennis Littley672,224Join me this Friday for Our Almost Christmas Party edition of Good Day Google+ !   We're having a Social Media Extravaganza that you won't want to miss!This week my guests will be Social Media Strategist and Marketer +Randy Hilarski   *Social Media Marketer and Strategist +Logan Lynn Roberts : Social Media Strategist, Marketer and Blogger +Anabell Hilarski  and Authority Marketer and Brand Strategist+Alexandra Riecke-Gonzales  \Join us as we chat about life, Google+ and Social MediaBring your lunch or bring a beverage just don't miss the best weekly HOA on Google+!   Sit back, relax and enjoy the show, TGIF!Friday, December 20th at 10am PST | 11am MST | 12 pm CST| 1 pm EST  Check your time zone here-->http://goo.gl/sa8CdP  Watch our show here on the event page where you can leave your comments and ask your questions live during the shows broadcast.  But if you can't watch it live don't worry you can always watch the replay on my YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/user/AskChefDennisSubscribe to my Blog : www.askchefdennis.comFollow me on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AskChefDennisFollow me on Instagram:  http://instagram.com/askchefdennis#gooddaygoogleplus   #varietyshow   #gplustips   #askchefdennis Good Day Google+ - Our Almost Christmas Party Edition2013-12-20 19:00:00191 
Google.org1,409,903Some of the world's leading conservation nonprofits will participate in a #wildlifewednesday Hangout to discuss the urgent state of wildlife trafficking, their collaborations with +Google, and their ongoing efforts to use technology to stop wildlife crime.  Tune in, ask your questions, and learn how you can get involved!The Participants Will be:Lacy Caruthers: Principal on the Google.Org Team Crawford Allan: Senior Director, World Wildlife Fund/Traffic Jonathan Baillie: Conservation Director, Zoological Society of LondonDavid E. Schindel: Executive Secretary, Consortium for Barcode of Life, SmithsonianEnding Wildlife Crime: A Special Edition of #WildlifeWednesday Hangouts on Air2013-12-18 18:00:00405 
Mia Voss29,287 The  #SocialMediaPowerChat happens every Friday & we get our chat on about all things social media & online.This week we'll be dishing with +David Oldenburg of the #OnlineMoneyShow  and +Anabell Hilarski of #HighImpactMediaGroupTopics include Social Media, Tech, Marketing, Online Business and all things new online! We'll be taking your questions & shouting out your comments LIVE so join us this Friday  - don't miss it! Feel like tweeting? Use the hashtag #BatCrapCrazy  Friday, October 18th at  9am PST | 10am MST | 11am CST and 12pm ESTCan't make the show? Not to worry - you can catch the Youtube replay right here or at http://themiaconnect.com/episodes/Invite your friends & share this event - show the love!#BatCrapCrazy     | #GetYourLearnOn  | #SocialMediaTips  | #OnlineMarketing  Social Media Power Chat - Guests: David Oldenberg & Anabell Hilarski2013-10-18 18:00:00106 
Noah Diffenbaugh647,959HOA To Discuss New Paper About Climate Change and Extreme Weather+Martin Scherer and I have a new paper coming out about climate change and extreme weather. The paper will be published this week, and the press embargo lifts on Thursday, September 5. I will be hosting a Hangouts On Air at 4:00pm Pacific time (23:00 GMT) to discuss the results and answer questions as the embargo lifts and the paper is published.This is a continuation of my experiment with having an open discussion with anyone who is interested (and not just media) right as the paper is released - I hope that you can join!#climatechange   #globalwarming   #extremeweather   #science   #sciencecommunication   #hoa   #hangoutsonair   #noahclimatehangouts  HOA To Discuss New Paper About Climate Change and Extreme Weather2013-09-06 01:00:0037 
msnbc2,351,518Join +msnbc's +All In with Chris Hayes and some big thinkers on climate change for a Hangout On Air Thursday, August 15th at 1 p.m. ET.Chris and his guests--including +Kate Sheppard of +The Huffington Post, Andy Revkin of +The New York Times, Joe Romm of the +Center for American Progress, Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins of Green For All, and May Boeve of +350.org--will delve into solutions for cooling a warming world.We'll also preview Chris' new documentary on the topic, “The Politics of Power,” which premieres on Friday, August 16th at 8 p.m. ET.Join the conversation: #PoliticsOfPower   msnbc Hangout On Air: The Politics of Climate Change2013-08-15 19:00:00254 
Noah Diffenbaugh647,959My co-author and I have a new paper coming out this week. The paper is currently under embargo.  I would like to host a Hangouts On Air at 11:00am Pacific time (18:00 GMT) this Thursday (August 1, 2013) to discuss the paper as soon as the embargo is lifted. This is a bit of an experiment with having an open discussion with anyone who is interested (and not just media) right as the paper is released - I hope that you can join! #climatechange   #globalwarming   #science   #sciencecommunication   #hangoutsonair   #noahclimatehangouts  Hangouts On Air to Discuss New Climate Paper2013-08-01 20:00:0049 
Google for Work2,875,738Join us Tuesday October 30 at 8am PST for a Hangout on Air featuring Google Drive Product Managers. Google Drive lets you store all your files online including documents, photos, & videos, as well as Docs, Sheets & Slides, and allows you to access them anywhere, on any device.Tune in for a live walk-through about how Google Drive works, how it can be used in your workplace, and to ask questions directly to some of its creators!Hangout On Air: Google Drive – Store everything, share anything2012-10-30 16:00:00678 

Alex Diaz (alexdiazeco) has been shared in 83 public circles

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! circle0Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all!Share and be shared1. Add me to your circles2. +1 3. Publicly share this circle#Circle#Sharers#Engagers#Followers#AddCircle#CoolPeople#Influencers#CircleShare#shareingcircle2014-09-30 03:39:16411523637
John Wood14,677This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you stream.Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-09-25 08:04:124928479120
Laura B Williams864I just posted this circle to My Circles when I meant to post it publicly...ooops.This is a circle full of some of the most talented writers on Google+. I am sharing this with you because I like to share awesomeness. If you  are a writer and I do not have you in this circle please let me know in the comments and I will add you! 2014-07-12 13:09:58344302
Jan Koncewicz2,304Attention:  New Circle to Share!2014-07-02 18:37:54499303
Laurian Gabriel687Shared Forex Traders Circle #2Mark "Include yourself in shared circle" and share it forward!Ice.2014-02-23 10:50:52169000
Jack C Crawford83,338Here's a modest 300 person circle for those that are new and want to get a jumpstart here on Google+  AND, I did add myself, because I wear Google Glass and the circle looks cooler with it.  lolRequested by my good friend and circle member +Islegrooves Sherrie 2014-01-17 23:40:32300442443
Jason Hurtado Daniels29,824High Content Circle at 30,000I am sharing the New Year’s edition of my High Content circle as my community tops the 30,000 mark. This is my most carefully curated circle yet, and includes some of the most interesting people who have joined my G+ community over the past two and a half years. This group of artists, business leaders, educators, engineers, futurists, programmers, and scientists represents the kind of collaborative core we'll need to solve the problems of this century.Not everyone could make in. This circle contains proven friends and new acquaintances.  There are representatives of every continent and dozens of professions. Those who know me are aware that I do not ask for conformity, just civility and good will.Thank you for being a part of this community. Welcome to my world, our world. Make yourself at home and... Enjoy!Blessings,JasonTopics#3DPrinters  #Activism  #Agriculture  #Analysis  #Art  #Artist #Bicycle  #Biodiesel  #Biofuel  #Biogas  #Biomass  #Business #BusinessDevelopment  #Change  #Christian #CivilDisobedience  #CivilLiberties  #CleanTechnology #ClimateChange  #Coaching  #Cogeneration  #Collaborate #Collaboration  #Communications  #Consulting  #Cooperative #Creative  #Creativity  #CRM  #Crowdfunding  2014-01-01 20:54:42500191628
Jason Hurtado Daniels29,824High Content Circle at 30,000I am sharing the New Year’s edition of my high content circle as my community tops the 30,000 mark. This is my most carefully curated circle yet and includes some of the most interesting people who have joined my G+ community over the past two and a half years. This group of artists, business leaders, educators, engineers, futurists, programmers, and scientists represents the kind of collaborative core we'll need to solve the problems of this century.Not everyone could make in. This circle contains proven friends and new acquaintances.  There are representatives of every continent and dozens of professions. Those who know me are aware that I do not ask for conformity, just civility and good will.Thank you for being a part of this community. Welcome to my world, our world. Make yourself at home and... Enjoy!Blessings,JasonTopics#3DPrinters #Activism #Agriculture #Analysis #Art #Artist #Bicycle #Biodiesel #Biofuel #Biogas #Biomass #Business #BusinessDevelopment #Change #Christian #CivilDisobedience #CivilLiberties #CleanTechnology #ClimateChange #Coaching #Cogeneration #Collaborate #Collaboration #Communications #Consulting #Cooperative #Creative #Creativity #CRM #Crowdfu2014-01-01 18:56:4250016519
John Tarantino8,540The jTizzle engager's circle:These are real engagers of mine that I am thanking by sharing this amazing circle. To make sure you are in the next round, engage with me! Once the circle is full I will re-start from scratch, so make sure you in.#jtizzle  #circleshare #sharedcircles #ffcircle #sharedcircle     #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing     #fullcircleshare #circleshare #sharedcircles #ffcircle #sharedcircle     #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing     #fullcircleshare #circlequeen2013-10-12 16:53:25467251623
AyJay Schibig30,988ECLECTIC CIRCLE 10.7.13Welcome to  the latest edition of my  Eclectic Circle of Active G Plussers!  Please Add and Share.  See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy  and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle2013-10-08 05:45:26435525466
John Tarantino7,658The jTizzle engager's circle:These are real engagers of mine that I am thanking by sharing this amazing circle. Just follow the instructions to be in next weeks Circle. To make sure you are in the next round, engage with me! Once the circle is full I will re-start from scratch, so make sure you in.#jtizzle  #circleshare #sharedcircles #ffcircle #sharedcircle     #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing     #fullcircleshare #circleshare #sharedcircles #ffcircle #sharedcircle     #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing     #fullcircleshare #circlequeen2013-09-29 11:36:27388341632
Alessandro Folghera12,404 Happy Tuesday #SharedCircle of #topengagers  To be included in my weekly share, just:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)      (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)3 - Include the circle among your circles4 - Share the circle (include yourself)If you come accross Google error messages, incorporating my circles, please provide me the error, I'm classifying these errors. Special thanks to my #topengagers and friends:+Daniela Calabrò +Ehsan Ahmadi Gharacheh +Jeniffer Naitore Have a wonderful week increasing your #popularity #tuesdaysharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle #trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday        #sharewithyou        #circlefriday   #circlethursday  #followme     #followers #followback #circle #googleplus    2013-09-10 06:13:493724820
John Tarantino5,558The jTizzle engager's circleThese are real engagers of mine from the last week and I am thanking them by sharing this amazing circle. Just follow the instructions to be in next weeks Circle. ➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:1) Plus the original post and add these awesome engagers2) Share this circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)3) Comment on the original post when complete!Optional but appreciated:4) Re-Share or Comment on something that interests you in my stream.#jtizzle  #circleshare #sharedcircles #ffcircle #sharedcircle     #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing     #fullcircleshare #circleshare #sharedcircles #ffcircle #sharedcircle     #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing     #fullcircleshare #circlequeen2013-09-01 11:58:4834212415
Alessandro Folghera11,691appy Sunday #weekend #SharedCircle of #topengagers  To be included in my weekly share, just:1 - do +1 t the post2 - comment the post3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Have a wonderful weekend increasing your #popularity #sundaysharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle #trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday   #afo   #folghera         #sharewithyou        #circlefriday   #circlethursday  #followme     #followers #followback #circle #googleplus    #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles     #sharedcircle  #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircles    #circleshare    2013-09-01 06:32:215016312
AyJay Schibig26,629ECLECTIC CIRCLE 8.26.13Welcome to  the latest edition of my  Eclectic Circle of Active G Plussers!  Please Add and Share.  Find more Circles on my Blog Pagehttp://ayjay.blogspot.com/2013/05/my-google-plus-circles.htmlFind even more Circles at the Share Your Circles Communityhttps://plus.google.com/communities/111717900880304204954#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-08-26 19:21:51425412347
Alessandro Folghera11,248Happy Sunday #weekend #SharedCircle of #topengagers  To be included in my weekly share, just:1 - do +1 t the post2 - comment the post3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Special thanks to my #friends:+Santelia Emilia +Doroteya Delcheva +Daniela Calabrò +Raffaele Romeo Arena +Rome Heels Have a wonderful weekend increasing your #popularity #sundaysharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle #trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday   #afo   #folghera         #sharewithyou        #circlefriday   #circlethursday  #followme     2013-08-25 09:22:315019512
John Tarantino3,624These are my recent engagers from the last week and I would like to thank them by sharing this public circle. Just follow the instructions to be in next weeks JTizzle Circle. ➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:1) Plus the original post and add these awesome engagers2) Share this circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)3) Comment on the original post when complete!Optional but appreciated:4) Re-Share or Comment on something that interests you in my stream.Special thanks to +Christine DeGraff, +Scott Buehler, +Cesare Riccardo  +Daniel Mihai Popescu, +Marlo Angelo Tito, +Richard Green#circleshare #sharedcircles #ffcircle #followfriday #ff #sharedcircle     #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing     #fullcircleshare #circleshare #sharedcircles #ffcircle #sharedcircle     #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing     #fullcircleshare #jtizzle  2013-08-11 17:40:39206221520
Alessandro Folghera9,990Happy Sunday #weekend #SharedCircle of #topengagers  To be included in my weekly share, just:1 - do +1 t the post2 - comment the post3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Special thanks to my #topengagers and friends:+Santelia Emilia +Doroteya Delcheva +Daniela Calabrò +Raffaele Romeo Arena +Rome Heels +Katherine Vucicevic Have a wonderful weekend increasing your #popularity #sundaysharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle #trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday        #sharewithyou        #circlefriday   #circlethursday  #followme     2013-08-11 05:20:115017315
Alessandro Folghera9,161Happy Sunday #weekend #SharedCircle of #topengagers  To be included in my weekly share, just:1 - do +1 t the post2 - comment the post3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Special thanks to my #topengagers and friends:Websketching Web Design +Websketching Web Design Art Moreew.com +Art Moreeuw.com Paolo Vitello +PAOLO VITELLO Have a wonderful weekend increasing your #popularity #sundaysharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #sharedcircleoftheday   #myseoissocial   #besocial   #socializethesocial  #trust#betrustable #trustinme   #ripplescircle  #rippleme2013-08-04 05:33:095009515
AyJay Schibig23,359ECLECTIC CIRCLE 7.30.13Welcome to  the latest edition of my  Eclectic Circle of  Active G Plussers!  Please Add and Share.  Also see  my other curated Circles athttp://ayjay.blogspot.com/2013/05/my-google-plus-circles.htmlShared with:#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle   #ayjayscircles  2013-07-31 00:24:53398958
Alessandro Folghera7,913Happy Sunday #weekend #SharedCircle of #topengagers  To be included in my weekly share, just:1 - do +1 t the post2 - comment the post3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Special thanks to my #topengagers and friends:Christine DeGraff +Christine DeGraff  Emilia Santelia +Santelia Emilia Kimberly Reynolds +Kimberly Reynolds Have a wonderful weekend increasing your #popularity #sundaysharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #sharedcircleoftheday   #myseoissocial   #besocial   #socializethesocial  #trust#betrustable #trustinme   #ripplescircle  #rippleme2013-07-28 06:42:105008419
Jack C Crawford67,189So you all might remember the Angels circle, right?This one has 440 cool guys (caveat emptor ... my preferences may differ from yours ... I like all of these gentlemen).So here's to the men!G+{I added myself just because ...}2013-07-10 20:10:59441913783
Rome Heels2,028#TopEngagers   #googleplususers   #sharedcircle  Would you like to be a bit more popular? Share this wonderful circle ... it's simple! My #friends  are there. Kisses Rome2013-07-03 05:04:2043510212
AyJay Schibig20,831ECLECTIC CIRCLE 7.1.13Feel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  Active G Plussers!  All have posted in the past 60 days.Also see  my other curated Circles at http://ayjay.blogspot.com/2013/05/my-google-plus-circles.htmlShared with:#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle   #ayjayscircles  2013-07-01 23:57:1535281112
Gideon Rosenblatt28,713Gideon Rosenblatt's Top 100These are the folks Google tells me are my most relevant people (slightly modified to remove people who are relevant, but not active here on Google+).Looking through this list, I can tell you that these are great people full of interesting ideas and engagement. I'm not in the circle here, so I can objectively say that this group is a worthy addition to your circles. Enjoy this group of people - I know I do. They enrich my experience here. Without them, I probably wouldn't still be here today. P.S. - If you got a notification, that means you're in the circle. 2013-06-11 20:53:39100662467
Thumb up your Followers ►3,651Share, Share and Share....0_0When a woman ceases to blush, she loses the most powerful charm of her Beauty.Find out the people of your interest by staying in touch with us.If you want to get ravenous number of followers and want to be included in tomorrow's Circle.Just follow these steps and enrich yourself.1 - Add us into your Circle.2 - Share this circle Publicly.3 - Don,t Forget to leave a comment under the Post.If you receive the notification, you are included in this circle. #Love     #Peace    #thumbupyourfollowers    #Happiness  2013-06-06 06:14:59499585169
AyJay Schibig19,119ECLECTIC CIRCLE 6.5.13Feel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  Active G Plussers! Also see  my other curated Circles at http://ayjay.blogspot.com/2013/05/my-google-plus-circles.htmlShared with:#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-06-05 23:40:26354518
Thumb up your Followers ►3,540a Revolution in CirclesKeep Smiling because is is contagious....0_oShare the Love, Peace and Happiness to Everybody.Find out the people of your interest by staying in touch with us.If you want to get ravenous number of followers and want to be included intomorrow's Circle.Just follow these steps and enrich yourself.1 - Add us into your Circle.2 - Share this circle Publicly.3 - Don,t Forget to leave a comment under the Post.If you receive the notification, you are included in this circle.2013-06-03 04:13:55468544861
Thumb up your Followers ►3,474a Revolution in CirclesFollow your Heart but take your brain with youShare the Love, Peace and Happiness to Everybody.Find out the people of your interest by staying in touch with us.If you want to get ravenous number of followers and want to be included in tomorrow's Circle.Just follow these steps and enrich yourself.1 - Add us into your Circle.2 - Share this circle Publicly.3 - Don,t Forget to leave a comment under the Post.If you receive the notification, you are included in this circle.2013-06-01 11:53:30433563460
Thumb up your Followers ►3,416a Revolution in CirclesFollow your Heart but take your brain with youShare the Love, Peace and Happiness to Everybody.Find out the people of your interest by staying in touch with us.If you want to get ravenous number of followers and want to be included in tomorrow's Circle.Just follow these steps and enrich yourself.1 - Add us into your Circle.2 - Share this circle Publicly.3 - Don,t Forget to leave a comment under the Post.If you receive the notification, you are included in this circle.2013-05-30 15:31:10378524877
Richi Jennings41,055Sunday Circle Share of Awesome... :: [yeah, I know it's not Sunday] ::Hello to all the new Plussers I met last week (plus a few I reconnected with).Mainly, these folks are engagers, not passive consumers, so do add them if you're looking for interesting conversations here on G+.Also, feel free to share this with your circles. Spread the love! (Or not, as you wish.)For the previous circle: plus.google.com/u/0/117220625678034723010/posts/bBs6hTf8t6T2013-05-27 12:57:3919420518
Gideon Rosenblatt28,212Good Business Community SupportersThis circle is made up of people who have been critical to the continued success of the Good Business community here on Google+. They've shared good content that matches the community's focus on "business as a force for good in the world" and, perhaps more importantly, they've engaged nicely and been supportive of other people's posts in the community. Here's to all of you. Thanks for your great work - and here's also a shoutout to fellow moderator +Adam Johnson!Here's the community - come join us if this sounds like your thing:https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/1106547936512485040392013-05-25 16:19:155618432
Rome Heels930Best #googleengagers   from my #sharedcircle   #sharedcircleoftheday  +1 and share it !If you want to belong to this Google Shared Circle of TOP Engagers, just comment below this post and share it. Share my #fashionsharedcircle  2013-05-23 20:04:18437687
Jack C Crawford62,698I haven't shared this circle in quite a while ... 136 Awesome GentlemenHere are guys who reside in my inner circle.  Given that I have about 2,000 guys in my circles, this is special, but in now way diminishes any dudes I may have left out.These are the men who interact with me regularly and nourish my soul.Thanks guys!2013-05-04 04:25:26136522168
Jack C Crawford60,726I'd like to share a special circle with you.  These folks are amazing most of the time.  When they are not, you must be patient.  They will be amazing very soon thereafter.Enjoy!(disclaimer: I added myself because I really like this group)2013-04-16 03:30:36501572755
Ben Fisher8,400A great circle of well know #writers   that constantly contribute awesome #content  , share this circle with your friends if you think they would like to get to know some writers.2013-02-17 21:39:33104315
K.W. McCabe7,715This is a really awesome circle of writers and book reviewers. If you would like to be included in this circle either comment or +1, add yourself to the circle, then share - enjoy!2013-02-12 19:37:52410437
Jason Hurtado Daniels12,888Shared CircleSustainability and Clean TechnologyThis is the first installment of a community I am growing. Please let me know if you want to be included. Frequent sharers about: #biology #biomass #biomedical #energy #environment #ethanol #gardening #food #geothermal #green #innovation #international #internet #Linux #methane #opensource #organic #renewable #science #software #solar #startup #strategy #sustainability #technology #wave #web #wind #wireless#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circlesharing #publiccircle  2013-01-16 01:47:255005711
K.W. McCabe7,678This is an awesome circle of writers and book reviewers. Add this circle, add yourself to it and share if you want to be included :-2013-01-14 03:47:46394164
Robert Hughey2,382This is the Thought Leaders Shared Circle.It is public and you're welcome to view and then add these people to your own Circles. Why would you do so?  Well, here you have a group of people who make up an excellent representation of not just Google+ - but of the 'Net itself.This Shared Circle and these people people, myself included, have a firm voice in their writing, keep daily or at least weekly blogs, and though I have not checked every single person as of right now, I would expect the #Klout  score of each member would not be below 50.Please add the Thought Leaders Shared Circle. 2013-01-06 14:46:4710314111
Jason Hurtado Daniels11,903High Content ~ Top Engagers and Thought LeadersThis circle contains some of my favorite people from 2012. They share valuable information and thought-provoking points of view. This is a great circle to follow to stay updated on science, technology, computing, news, business, and social trends.Frequent sharers about: #biology #biomedical #blog #business #code #collaboration #Constitution #democracy #development #economics #education #entrepreneurship #environment #freedom #humor #innovation #international #internet #Linux #marketing #network #online #opensource #philosophy #physics #photography #politics #psychology #religion #science #smallbusiness #social #socialjustice #software #startup #strategy #sustainability #team #technology #web #wireless#circleshare #sharedcircles #sha2013-01-05 18:59:3810011918
Jason Hurtado Daniels11,529Jason Hurtado DanielsShared a circle with you:High Content ~ 2012 YearbookThis circle has been scrubbed to focus on content-oriented people from my circles. This is a great circle to follow to stay updated on science, technology, computing, news, business, and social trends.Frequent sharers about: #biology #biomedical #blog #business #code #collaboration #Constitution #democracy #development #economics #education #entrepreneurship #environment #freedom #humor #innovation #international #internet #Linux #marketing #network #online #opensource #philosophy #physics #photography #politics #psychology #religion #science #smallbusiness #social #socialjustice #software #startup #strategy #sustainability #team #technology #web #wireless#circleshare #sharedcircles #shar2013-01-02 07:46:0310010316
Jason Hurtado Daniels9,760Newbie CircleAt the request of a new-found G+ friend, +Kathryn Brewer, I culled through nearly 10,000 followers to find almost 200 people with a breadth of backgrounds and a common core of human decency. Download this group and your world will open up.I know some of these folks better than others, but I will guarantee that they are "mostly harmless." I try to connect people from around the world and across the curriculum. Topics include #science   #photography   #economics   #politics   #art   #music   #entrpreneurship   #sustainability   #OpenSource   #software   #organic  Welcome to my world, welcome to our world!If you like my mix, share it with a friend!Jason 2012-12-11 21:23:381849210
K.W. McCabe5,721This is a circle of awesome writers. If you would like to be added to this circle of writers - comment or +1 and I'll add you. Then make sure to add the circle, add yourself to the circle and share forward to get more follows by other writers :-)Get followers by:1.) Following people.2.) Getting in circle shares.Then share this circle and you will be in it.It's that simple.2012-12-04 13:54:03358404
Dave Tozier0Jack C Crawford originally shared this post:550 people .... they can't all fit in one circle, but they are all just as much fun.Hope you enjoy these two circles this evening!2012-11-23 01:53:06500204
Dave Tozier0Randy Hilarski originally shared this post:These people simply have shared me in circles in the past year. Every one in this circle is an active GPlusser. People in this circle would like to be circled by more people. I would like to see this circle grow to 500 people by Christmas. Please share circle to be included. Plus 1 does not count for inclusion. To find out who has shared you check out2012-11-22 22:42:39156415
Randy Hilarski13,086These people simply have shared me in circles in the past year. Every one in this circle is an active GPlusser. People in this circle would like to be circled by more people. I would like to see this circle grow to 500 people by Christmas. Please share circle to be included. Plus 1 does not count for inclusion. To find out who has shared you check out +CircleCount    #CircleShareFriday   #circleshare               #sharedcircles               #ffcircle           #followfriday           #ff       #sharedcircle             #sharedcircles               #sharedpubliccircles         #circleshare               #circlesharing             #fullcircleshare 2012-11-21 15:31:11156131114
Randy Hilarski11,639No hype just the facts, these people simply have shared me in circles in the past year. Every one in this circle is an active GPlusser. People in this circle would like to be circled by more people. I would like to see this circle grow to 500 people by Christmas. Please share circle to be included. Plus 1 does not count for inclusion. As +Dirk Talamasca says the rules are the rules. To find out who has shared you check out +CircleCount    #CircleShareFriday   #circleshare               #sharedcircles               #ffcircle           #followfriday           #ff       #sharedcircle             #sharedcircles               #sharedpubliccircles         #circleshare               #circlesharing             #fullcircleshare 2012-11-14 23:17:44144171818

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2014-01-24 13:12:24 (247 comments, 3 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Climate Reality

I must say, Al Gore and his team continue to do a heck of a job lifting awareness in ever more creative ways. Here they are with the Cost of Carbon initiative, which includes this important appeal for all us to throw our names in the ring. I just did, and suggest you do, as well:

http://forms.climaterealityproject.org/page/s/people-vs-carbon?utm_source=PvCEmail3&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=PeopleVsCarbon&source=email

When you can, and if you haven't lately, take a look (or another) at the +Climate Reality website. Scroll down through the initiatives and videos. Really, really awesome stuff. Should get far more play, in fact. Maybe the world has a case of Gore fatigue and equally awesome folks like +Bill McKibben are now more in vogue. Perhaps. But that takes absolutely nothing away from Gore's continuing contributions and hisf... more »

Most reshares: 5

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2014-07-17 21:37:02 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

It's all in how you frame it

I absolutely love the trend to consider climate change a risk-management issue far more than a threat debate. The latter, as this article finely states, throws you inevitably into a denial clash. The former is unavoidable even to deniers, since even they -- everyone, in fact -- insure against potential risks in their daily lives. Climate just happens to be the biggest risk of all.

#climatechange   #climate   #globalwarming   #sustainability  

Most plusones: 28

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2014-12-17 18:27:06 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

It's about time!

As the President said today, this is the right thing to do.

Hail to the Pope!

#Cuba   #Pope   #Obama  

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2014-12-18 13:38:22 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A creative and planet-saving Xmas gift

Some of you may know I began writing my first book, Green Hope, but given recent events, I'm pivoting to this one: The Hypergreen Neighborhood, to provide a desperately needed guide on how to trigger the global social tipping point that might just save the day. Indeed, it's the ONLY thing that can at this stage.

Please check out this +FundRazr crowdfunding site and contribute as generously as you're able. I can't do it without you, and I need to get going right away to take full advantage of 2015. Check out the cool perks, too, so you can get something in return.

So, please give. Let's do this TOGETHER.


#globalwarming   #climatechange   #climate   #carbon   #sustainability   #greenbooks   #green   #crowdfunding  

A creative and planet-saving Xmas gift

Some of you may know I began writing my first book, Green Hope, but given recent events, I'm pivoting to this one: The Hypergreen Neighborhood, to provide a desperately needed guide on how to trigger the global social tipping point that might just save the day. Indeed, it's the ONLY thing that can at this stage.

Please check out this +FundRazr crowdfunding site and contribute as generously as you're able. I can't do it without you, and I need to get going right away to take full advantage of 2015. Check out the cool perks, too, so you can get something in return.

So, please give. Let's do this TOGETHER.


#globalwarming   #climatechange   #climate   #carbon   #sustainability   #greenbooks   #green   #crowdfunding  ___

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2014-12-17 18:27:06 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

It's about time!

As the President said today, this is the right thing to do.

Hail to the Pope!

#Cuba   #Pope   #Obama  

It's about time!

As the President said today, this is the right thing to do.

Hail to the Pope!

#Cuba   #Pope   #Obama  ___

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2014-12-15 14:55:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Pressure? Yes, but of another kind.

Of everything written on the outcome of Lima COP-20, this one is perhaps the clearest and most succinct.

Read it?

OK, here's the real deal. This peer pressure won't work, the name-and-shame montage under the elegant sounding Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC). Recall the name. We'll certainly be hearing it a lot. It is the world's new climate-change framework, sure to become a more formal agreement a year from now in Paris.

For all the reasons stated in the article, though, it won't get the job done. We're so deep in this hole that it requires far greater ambition and a structure with teeth. But then again, we've known that for some time now. We've known they wouldn't and won't be up to the task. And we know why.

We also know the rest of us can't... more »

Pressure? Yes, but of another kind.

Of everything written on the outcome of Lima COP-20, this one is perhaps the clearest and most succinct.

Read it?

OK, here's the real deal. This peer pressure won't work, the name-and-shame montage under the elegant sounding Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC). Recall the name. We'll certainly be hearing it a lot. It is the world's new climate-change framework, sure to become a more formal agreement a year from now in Paris.

For all the reasons stated in the article, though, it won't get the job done. We're so deep in this hole that it requires far greater ambition and a structure with teeth. But then again, we've known that for some time now. We've known they wouldn't and won't be up to the task. And we know why.

We also know the rest of us can't simply leave it up to them. We MUST move on our own fronts, as so many already are, and that includes another brand of pressure altogether.

You know what surface tension is, the molecular pressure that keeps an item attached to a surface. The classic example is a drop of water on top of a table. As the table is tilted, the drop hangs on for dear life, not yet rolling down, until the tilt becomes too slanted and the molecules can no longer adhere. The drop then rolls down. Rapidly.

We're currently witnessing the exact same thing in the world's climate crisis. The people are tilting the table. Pressure is building from below. The powers that be are resisting and trying hard to hold on. But it's only a matter of time, only a matter of how quickly we can create a slope steep enough to loosen and break their grip.

And then their emissions will tumble like the falling drop. Rapidly. Suddenly. A social tipping point will be upon us, and today's majority opinion in favor of climate action -- at home, at work and in government -- will finally become voter pressure for the laws we've been waiting for, consumer pressure for sustainable brands to become bestselling goods and services, and peer pressure amongst ourselves to spread the magic of a simpler, low-carbon lifestyle.

THAT's the pressure that will solve climate change, provided we'll still be on time. If the INDC is all our leaders can do, well that will be all they can do. The rest is up to us.

The rest is up to YOU.

#climatechange   #LimaCOP20   #sustainability   #globalwarming   #carbon  ___

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2014-12-13 12:41:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

La voluntad de ser líder

COP20 volvió a decepcionar, como todas estas conferencias climáticas suelen hacer. La utilidad del proceso se ha reducido al margen de las cosas, ante la urgencia abrumadora de la crisis que nuestros líderes no tienen la capacidad de enfrentar como adultos, precisamente el llamado que hace este caballero en un pasillo en Lima (foto).

Dicho eso, hay que admitir a la vez que esto no es nada fácil. Basta con mirar el ejemplo de nuestros países latinoamericanos, tal como destaca el reportaje abajo de +The Guardian. El Brasil de Lula logró unos avances que Dilma ahora retrocede, pero ella entonces encamina unos acuerdos prometedores. El grupo de los seis países que forman AILAC mostraron en Lima el liderato que todos esperábamos, pero algunos de ellos, particularmente el país sede del Perú, traicionan en sus propias políticas nacionales.
Es así en... more »

La voluntad de ser líder

COP20 volvió a decepcionar, como todas estas conferencias climáticas suelen hacer. La utilidad del proceso se ha reducido al margen de las cosas, ante la urgencia abrumadora de la crisis que nuestros líderes no tienen la capacidad de enfrentar como adultos, precisamente el llamado que hace este caballero en un pasillo en Lima (foto).

Dicho eso, hay que admitir a la vez que esto no es nada fácil. Basta con mirar el ejemplo de nuestros países latinoamericanos, tal como destaca el reportaje abajo de +The Guardian. El Brasil de Lula logró unos avances que Dilma ahora retrocede, pero ella entonces encamina unos acuerdos prometedores. El grupo de los seis países que forman AILAC mostraron en Lima el liderato que todos esperábamos, pero algunos de ellos, particularmente el país sede del Perú, traicionan en sus propias políticas nacionales.

Es así en el resto del planeta, con políticos, empresarios y hasta las mismas ONGs que pretenden ser más rectas. La hipocresía se ha convertido en parte de la lucha -- algo irónico, como una comedia trágica de Shakespeare, llena de personajes muy complicados.

Pero dentro de todo, vale destacar el nuevo liderato, las nuevas voces de acción y esperanza, que podemos ver en América Latina. AILAC tendrá sus contradicciones, pero es sin equivocación un esfuerzo genuino de girar la marcha hacia una dirección más refrescante y efectiva. Brasil y México, los dos colosos de la región, empujan a las grandes potencias a moverse más de lo que de otra forma harían. Costa Rica es...pues Costa Rica, el gran ejemplo. Uruguay y Colombia emergen con movimientos importantísimos.

Nuestras empresas se unen, también, aunque hay que decir que no tanto como reclama el momento. Esta es hoy la gran oportunidad que tienen ellas y que tenemos los que podemos influir sobre ellas.

Precisamente por las paradojas inherentes al proceso de gobernar y de acordar pactos globales, ya no podemos contar con los políticos para imponer soluciones desde arriba. La UNICA esperanza ahora son las empresas y su capacidad de innovar y llevar al mercado a gran escala las marcas y soluciones que reduzcan dramáticamente la huella de carbono de todo comprador de esos bienes y servicios, sean ellos consumidores particulares, las mismas empresas en sus gestiones de compra y suministro, los gobiernos y otras instituciones.

Hablamos de soluciones energéticas renovables, abastos y eficiencias de agua, transporte urbano, edificios verdes, agricultura orgánica de alto rendimiento, todo tipo de producto de consumo: jabón y detergente, electrónicos y juguetería, ropa y accesorios, muebles y decorativos -- en fin, TODO, tanto el producto final como el ciclo de producción completo y el comercio justo y circular que lo trae al mercado, así como la promoción de una vida muchísimo más sencilla, solidaria y en comunidad que precisa de MENOS cosas materiales para ser feliz. Ayer mismo publiqué aquí un post sobre las soluciones de vanguardia que recopila y presenta la organización Sustania: http://www.sustainia.me/

Repito: ESTA es nuestra gran oportunidad y el momento es AHORA. La providencia magnífica que tenemos es que esta nueva forma de producir, consumir y vivir es absolutamente SUPERIOR a la presente y totalmente consistente con el objetivo de reducir la pobreza en nuestros pueblos.

La sostenibilidad ahorra dinero, mejora la salud y nos colma de grandes conveniencias cotidianas. Las empresas por su parte se abren al crecimiento fantástico de estos bienes y servicios verdes en un mercado globalizado que superará los 10 billones de consumidores. La oportunidad es histórica, verdaderamente sin precedente.

La única pregunta es: ¿Quiénes serán las empresas líderes? ¿Quiénes harán las apuestas e inversiones en esta nueva economía? ¿Quiénes tendrán la visión y la voluntad?

La Comisión Global que preside Felipe Calderón lanzó el reto en agosto, mediante el estudio y plan de acción llamado The New Climate Economy http://newclimateeconomy.report/ que nos presenta las oportunidades con una claridad esperanzadora. Debe ser documento de trabajo de toda junta directiva en América Latina y toda región del planeta. No cubre todas las áreas, pero es un comienzo estupendo.

Nadie sabe si lo vamos a lograr a tiempo, porque tiempo no queda mucho. Lo que sí sabemos es que no lo vamos a lograr si no nos movemos con el más alto sentido de inteligencia y URGENCIA. Sí sabemos que no lo vamos a lograr si esperamos que lo hagan los políticos. Por lo tanto, sí sabemos que la única forma de lograrlo es esta Nueva Economía y que ella está enteramente en NUESTRAS manos, no la de los gobernantes.

Está en nuestros productos, marcas y soluciones, en la forma de producirlas y distribuirlas, en cuán asertivamente convenzamos a nuestros públicos a que las compren y cambien su conducta, desplegando las más avanzadas tendencias de comunicación y los más amplios e inspiradores movimientos e iniciativas de comunidad y solidaridad.

Ese es nuestro desafío, mis amigos. Vamos. Let's do it!!!!!

#sostenibilidad   #sustentabilidad   #cambioclimatico   #sustania    #LimaCOP20   #sustainability   #globalwarming   #energiaverde  ___

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2014-12-13 04:20:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

We are all Sustanians

Solutions, solutions, solutions. Think tank Sustainia is looking for every sound sustainability solution from anywhere in the world that can help accelerate the way out of climate change. Visit http://www.sustainia.me/collaborate/ to pitch in.

It's one of the most exciting initiatives going on today, as it presents solutions as a destination, the world we want, the cities, homes, food, health, education and companies we want.

Sustainians of the world: unite!

#sustainia   #sustainability   #climatechange   #globalwarming  

We are all Sustanians

Solutions, solutions, solutions. Think tank Sustainia is looking for every sound sustainability solution from anywhere in the world that can help accelerate the way out of climate change. Visit http://www.sustainia.me/collaborate/ to pitch in.

It's one of the most exciting initiatives going on today, as it presents solutions as a destination, the world we want, the cities, homes, food, health, education and companies we want.

Sustainians of the world: unite!

#sustainia   #sustainability   #climatechange   #globalwarming  ___

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2014-12-10 22:26:16 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

For Mujica and Uruguay, only the beginning

Or so I hope. Or so we should ALL hope. Jose Mujica leaves the presidency of Uruguay next March -- term limits kept him from what would have been a sure reelection -- but he musn't be allowed to leave our hearts and minds.

That's because more than ANY other national leader in the world today, Mujica represents not just what every other leader should be in outlook and outcomes, but what every citizen of the world should be in terms of our approach to climate change and the future that awaits our children.

I wrote about him and his path to climate sanity in this Oct. 2012 post following his speech at the Rio+20 UN climate conference:
https://plus.google.com/118018939924152190745/posts/Z63jgH4Ha7h

And here he is in the link below in what should go down as one of the greatest and most visionary speeches of... more »

For Mujica and Uruguay, only the beginning

Or so I hope. Or so we should ALL hope. Jose Mujica leaves the presidency of Uruguay next March -- term limits kept him from what would have been a sure reelection -- but he musn't be allowed to leave our hearts and minds.

That's because more than ANY other national leader in the world today, Mujica represents not just what every other leader should be in outlook and outcomes, but what every citizen of the world should be in terms of our approach to climate change and the future that awaits our children.

I wrote about him and his path to climate sanity in this Oct. 2012 post following his speech at the Rio+20 UN climate conference:
https://plus.google.com/118018939924152190745/posts/Z63jgH4Ha7h

And here he is in the link below in what should go down as one of the greatest and most visionary speeches of our time, of this unique and epochal time in human history, delivered at the 2013 UN General Assembly. If Spanish is not your thing, here it is with the English interpretation: http://youtu.be/mw-9XvcoHXo

Mujica lays out in no uncertain terms the daunting conundrum we face. The future holds fantastic potential in new discoveries and social justice, but we won't get there from here unless we solve the climate crisis, which will be excruciatingly difficult unless we reach the needed global consensus and agreements, which in turn will be nearly impossible without a transformation of the human heart.

It is the latter that holds the key, he insists, because if humanity has been unable thus far to strike a climate agreement, it is largely due to what he calls prehistoric attitudes and divisions that keep us from the degree of solidarity and collaboration that is needed. "Our biggest challenge, therefore, is cultural and political." And we all know how long that change can take! We're seeing those attitudes and divisions once again this week in Lima.

It's as if Mujica had anticipated the barrage of recent articles pointing to the wrenching technical challenges ahead in avoiding 2C and falling short of the world's remaining 500 gigaton carbon budget in the next 10-15 years. That is, if the challenge of the heart is a prerequisite to solving the challenge of carbon and biodiversity, we should be getting ready for a wild ride, indeed.

Role for Uruguay

But here's what I'm left wondering after seeing this 2013 speech and others by Mujica. Go through them on +YouTube. Developing countries, he says, must not consume at developed-country levels, and developed-country consumers must bring their own levels to within the planet's limits. He presents Uruguay as an example of a country that is happy with its own level -- a country, BTW, +The Economist named Country of the Year last year. No small feat.

This is a huge point, the equity issue in today's climate debate. How does an emerging market fight poverty without ruining the planet for everyone, including themselves? Should developed economies, then, which caused this whole carbon mess in the first place, reduce their consumption and emissions to make room for the growth of poor countries, since there isn't enough of a carbon budget left for everyone to grow as usual?

We can be fairly confident folks in developed countries will resist that. They won't want to give up their lifestyles, at least not in the next decade or so it will take to consume the remaining 500 GT budget. And we can be just as confident most emerging-market consumers will continue to fight for their fair share.

Problem is, we can't all have our cake. Growth-as-usual at that scale is simply not viable. The world, therefore, needs a model of growth unusual, a country that shows us HOW to grow and reduce poverty without busting the carbon budget. A level of income and consumption high enough to provide SUFFICIENT comfort, but low enough to be in harmony with Earth. Production of energy and products decoupled from carbon -- indeed, those are the brands that can and must grow to enable the needed behavior change. A degree of social cohesion, or social capital, that creates not just policy collaboration, but more importantly the level of community and unity we know from social science and experience is the deepest and most effective source of happiness, once a minimum level of material comfort is achieved.

Scandinavian countries were once considered such a model, but we now know their carbon footprint is too high for that role. In fact, no developed society qualifies. It must fall on a developing one where consumption and carbon levels are still comparatively low, and of them all, Uruguay stands tall. Witness, among other achievements, the path it's on to generate as much as 90% of its energy from renewables within the next two years, one of the highest in the world.

Could we be looking here at a Uruguayan Dream for the world to follow, instead of the American Dream everyone around the world is now rushing toward? For it is a new Dream we need. Over at the Center for the New American Dream http://www.newdream.org/ economist Juliet Schor and others are feverishly brainstorming ways to transform the U.S. to adopt precisely this new set of planetary values, roughly the ones Mujica is articulating.

Perhaps Schor & Co. should be looking at this small state deep in South America, which clearly has much to teach the rest of us about how and why this new Dream works. Achieving consensus is a start. Mujica is himself a strong sign of that. A politician would only dare speak his mind like he does if his people mostly agree and are behind him, as are the 65% of Uruguayans who approve of his work and have just elected a new president from the same party and mindset -- reelected, actually, since Tabare Vazquez served prior to Mujica and got much of this going during his first term.

And so the table is set for Uruguay to mean more to the world than it has to date, and for Mujica to remain an active voice in this most important of all movements, at this most important of all moments. His plans are to retire to his humble home and launch a school for dozens of adopted children.

Here's hoping those plans include a vibrant role to ensure those children have a future.

#josemujica   #uruguay   #climatechange   #carbon   #sustainability   #UNCOP20  ___

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2014-11-28 21:01:30 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Good poll numbers

You may have seen this by now, the latest poll highlighting that "more than one quarter of Americans are climate change skeptics," as if that were a number to dread, or an excuse to throw our hands up in despair.

The flip side is that about three quarters, or a solid majority, believe climate change is real, that the science is sound, that humans are causing it, that the consequences of inaction are horrendous, and that we must therefore do far more about it than we're now doing.

The other piece of good news is that the principal drivers of climate skepticism, totaling 63%, are only three, and they can be rather easily countered in any good reasoned argument -- although I must admit that the first of these, where people claim that warming mustn't be happening because it's cold where they live, suggests an intellectual capacity... more »

Good poll numbers

You may have seen this by now, the latest poll highlighting that "more than one quarter of Americans are climate change skeptics," as if that were a number to dread, or an excuse to throw our hands up in despair.

The flip side is that about three quarters, or a solid majority, believe climate change is real, that the science is sound, that humans are causing it, that the consequences of inaction are horrendous, and that we must therefore do far more about it than we're now doing.

The other piece of good news is that the principal drivers of climate skepticism, totaling 63%, are only three, and they can be rather easily countered in any good reasoned argument -- although I must admit that the first of these, where people claim that warming mustn't be happening because it's cold where they live, suggests an intellectual capacity which may be unable to grasp the simplest of explanations.

Still, there is hope even with those folks, and more so with the other two groups, not to mention the ones constituting the other 37%. The hope is in triggering a massive activation of the three quarters of Americans who do believe. Granted, this proportion has held fairly steady for a couple of years now. Skepticism has proven a hard nut to crack.

But that's just because we have failed to ACTIVATE believers sufficiently and with the right strategy. People respond to reason and change behavior best when prompted and influenced by those in their inner circles whom they trust most. That is basic social and brain science.

The trick is to launch a Big Initiative, which can only be done by brands and companies strategically aligned with the project, to penetrate those inner circles deploying a combination of digital, content marketing, CRM, customer-touchpoint, and mass-marketing strategies to get believers to use their super-majority numbers and the persuasive arguments we can facilitate, and go on the offensive.

It's the missing link that can turn these poll numbers into a fantastic story!

+Sustainable Brands just posted a story about an important contest where leading brands can showcase what they're doing to change consumer behavior through the use of their products. I'll be on the lookout to see which ones include initiatives such as this one.

#climate   #climatechange   #sustainability   #greenmarketing   #sustainablebrands  ___

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2014-11-25 17:10:45 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The monomyth and hero brands of climate behavior

Author and thought leader Joseph Campbell popularized the concept, when he summarized the treatment of heroes in stories across history. Take a close look at this brilliant powerpoint adaptation from a +Sustainable Brands event last April, by +Park Howell.

Howell converts the monomyth into a cycle that helps any brand markedly improve its sustainability storytelling, by making it far more captivating, compelling, powerful and dramatic, which in turn makes it more original, shareable, searchable and actionable.

Actionable as in getting people to change their climate behavior, which in the end is what the entire struggle over climate change has come down to, now that we know for certain that UN global deals and top-down solutions will not work -- for unless the world's brands can persuade billions of people to buy... more »

The monomyth and hero brands of climate behavior

Author and thought leader Joseph Campbell popularized the concept, when he summarized the treatment of heroes in stories across history. Take a close look at this brilliant powerpoint adaptation from a +Sustainable Brands event last April, by +Park Howell.

Howell converts the monomyth into a cycle that helps any brand markedly improve its sustainability storytelling, by making it far more captivating, compelling, powerful and dramatic, which in turn makes it more original, shareable, searchable and actionable.

Actionable as in getting people to change their climate behavior, which in the end is what the entire struggle over climate change has come down to, now that we know for certain that UN global deals and top-down solutions will not work -- for unless the world's brands can persuade billions of people to buy their sustainable stuff and leave the rest collecting dust on store shelves and showrooms in every neighborhood on the planet, the only story that will be told in the future is the one of our Shakespearean demise.

Not that storytelling is the only solution. But it has become an indispensable part of the mix, more so considering we have a fabulous story to tell. The green life is simply better. Solar and building efficiency save a ton of money in power bills, and solar is now available with no up-front investment. Reuse, recycling and reduced materiality saves even more, as does water efficiency, EVs and mass transit. Organic food is far healthier, as is walking and biking. Parks and public spaces bring communities together across physical and demographic distinctions. 

But for people/companies/consumers/citizens to become aware and convert that awareness into change, we have to tell the stories behind these enhancements with particular drama and zest. That's what it takes to break what Campbell calls the Refusal of Call, when we refuse to change even in the face of danger.

In the world of climate behavior, the call is blocked by several forces deep within. There's human inertia and comfort zones, where we form habits that are hard to break and therefore fear losing what we have gained, ignorant that we will lose everything unless we change. Then there's our relentless search for pleasure, our avoidance of pain and all the risk management we do accordingly, unaware that there is greater pleasure, less pain and lower risk in the sustainable. Our built-in optimism bias blinds us to nasty futures, which means we only bring them on instead of escaping them. It's part of our cognitive dissonance, or the common and instinctive human tendency to deny or downplay information or a realization that conflicts with our existing beliefs and worldview. And God knows climate change can be a rather disturbing realization!

People, that is, are far from rational, a point highlighted in this wonderful climate-behavior presentation by Brazil's +Eight Sustainability Platform, one of the most comprehensive treatments of the issue I've seen, also in April at Sustainable Brands: http://www.sustainablebrands.com/digital_learning/research_report/behavior_change/framework_action_consumer_behavior_change

And that means we ALL must step up and influence everyone we can using every means available. Dramatic storytelling powered by social media and digital marketing has become one of the primary means, and the countless and growing number of brands and products that deliver all that sustainable good have become one of the primary messengers.

On balance, though, they have been far too passive and quiet. Yes, there are many Roads of Trials and Thresholds to Cross. But if these brands want to Master the World, they must begin to honor everyone's Freedom to Live and to prosper. They must, at the earliest, awaken the hero within.

#climatechange   #climate   #globalwarming   #sustainability   #greenmarketing  ___

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2014-11-24 22:11:15 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Center of gravity

We already know that given the speed and scale of urbanism we're seeing across the planet, cities have become THE center of climate gravity, and more so going forward, as we accelerate from 50% of the world's population today living in urban areas to 70% or more by 2050.

That's only 35 years down the road, and the climate consequences are ginormous. We simply HAVE to get cities right, and articles such as this one can help. It's one of the finest summary pieces I've seen, a great one to pass along in the hope we can influence others to take aligned action in their own urban centers of gravity.

#climate   #climatechange   #sustainablecities   #globalwarming   #urbanism  

Center of gravity

We already know that given the speed and scale of urbanism we're seeing across the planet, cities have become THE center of climate gravity, and more so going forward, as we accelerate from 50% of the world's population today living in urban areas to 70% or more by 2050.

That's only 35 years down the road, and the climate consequences are ginormous. We simply HAVE to get cities right, and articles such as this one can help. It's one of the finest summary pieces I've seen, a great one to pass along in the hope we can influence others to take aligned action in their own urban centers of gravity.

#climate   #climatechange   #sustainablecities   #globalwarming   #urbanism  ___

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2014-11-18 20:34:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Still needed: a massive bottom-up push

What a week! The U.S. and China strike a carbon deal hailed as the game-changer that will lead the world to the much-awaited Dec. 2015 global climate pact in Paris. http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/11/12/3591354/us-china-energy-climate-gamechanger/

But not so fast, say leading climate scientists, who remind us that even under the terms of this agreement, plus the EU's previously stated carbon-reduction commitment, and the commitments likely to happen leading up to Paris, we will still blow past a 2C temperature rise and probably past 4C by century's end. http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/11/12/3591341/china-climate-deal-scientists-reaction/

As if on Q, the +The New York Times then gave us a reality check out of India, where the government of Primer Minister Narendra Modi, who took over only last May, is moving... more »

Still needed: a massive bottom-up push

What a week! The U.S. and China strike a carbon deal hailed as the game-changer that will lead the world to the much-awaited Dec. 2015 global climate pact in Paris. http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/11/12/3591354/us-china-energy-climate-gamechanger/

But not so fast, say leading climate scientists, who remind us that even under the terms of this agreement, plus the EU's previously stated carbon-reduction commitment, and the commitments likely to happen leading up to Paris, we will still blow past a 2C temperature rise and probably past 4C by century's end. http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/11/12/3591341/china-climate-deal-scientists-reaction/

As if on Q, the +The New York Times then gave us a reality check out of India, where the government of Primer Minister Narendra Modi, who took over only last May, is moving forward with the world's most aggressive extraction of coal to fuel the world's most aggressive expansion of plants fueled by coal, all using the world's dirtiest coal.

“India’s development imperatives cannot be sacrificed at the altar of potential climate changes,” India’s power minister, Piyush Goyal, told the NYT reporter. So don't count on India and its billion people to join the party in Paris.
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/11/18/world/coal-rush-in-india-could-tip-balance-on-climate-change.html?referrer&_r=0

The world's predicament is captured nicely by the graph below. The best-case scenario coming out of Paris will have carbon emissions still rising at a clip of 40 gigatons per year the rest of the century. As of today, we only have a carbon budget of 500 GT left, meaning we can't burn any more than that if we're to have a prayer of avoiding 2C. With 85 years to go, that means we'll burn 3,400 GT if we settle for those commitments. And that assumes, of course, that the commitments will be honored!

Is that better than the 100 GT per year or the 80 GT in the other scenarios on the graph? I suppose. But the real question we should be asking is whether any scenario is at all relevant once we surpass the 500 GT budget, which we're due to do a short 10-15 years from now.

Which should tell us one thing above all else: We MUST rely on something OTHER than these top-down global commitments if we are to save humanity, and we must do so NOW. The commitments are great, and let's do all we can to make sure they're implemented. But c'mon, who are we kidding? The numbers are as clear as can be. They won't suffice. Top-down solutions will not save us -- global pacts, national laws to honor the global pacts, technology breakthroughs to enable the global pacts.

Needed more than ever, faster than ever, at greater scale than ever, is the BOTTOM-UP. Grassroots solutions. A community and neighborhood awakening. Massive action by people and city governments The long-overdue activation of small and mid-size companies.

The task is monumental, the urgency overwhelming. But the strategies are at hand. I have written about some of them in this space. Others have exposed awesome paths in other places. In her latest book, author Naomi Klein calls them "beautiful solutions": http://thischangeseverything.org/ And that they are.

We must not be lulled into any illusions by these fantastic global commitments. Another set of actions is still needed, and there is no time to waste.

Find YOUR space. YOUR action. YOUR speed and scale. Whatever it is. We are all a part. Let's go.

#climate   #climatechange   #sustainability   #carbon   #globalwarming   #China   #India  ___

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2014-11-17 00:38:55 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The 2,000 Watt Society

Ever heard of Novatlantis? It is a project to retrofit the entire city of Basel, Switzerland, and an example to the rest of the world.

Turns out a Brazilian scientist calculated in the 1980s that if every person in the world limited his/her energy consumption to 1,000 watts, we would keep global temperatures from rising into civilization-threatenting levels.

A Zurich team followed a decade or so later by estimating that the number is actually 2,000 watts, and Novatlantis was born, as explained in the video link below. To put this in some context, Americans on average consume 12,000 watts, while Europeans come in at half that, and the billions of poor folks across the planet hover at about 500.

The 2,000 figure is meant to guide the hot equity debate surrounding climate talks. That is, the equitable approach is for everyone to consume... more »

The 2,000 Watt Society

Ever heard of Novatlantis? It is a project to retrofit the entire city of Basel, Switzerland, and an example to the rest of the world.

Turns out a Brazilian scientist calculated in the 1980s that if every person in the world limited his/her energy consumption to 1,000 watts, we would keep global temperatures from rising into civilization-threatenting levels.

A Zurich team followed a decade or so later by estimating that the number is actually 2,000 watts, and Novatlantis was born, as explained in the video link below. To put this in some context, Americans on average consume 12,000 watts, while Europeans come in at half that, and the billions of poor folks across the planet hover at about 500.

The 2,000 figure is meant to guide the hot equity debate surrounding climate talks. That is, the equitable approach is for everyone to consume the same amount of energy, which would mean that Americans and Europeans would have to drop to 2,000 while anyone below the figure -- arguably the bulk of the world's population -- have greater room to improve their standard of living and reach the 2,000 watt mark.

Over at Basel, the team leading this effort -- in their case to drop to 2,000 -- allege it can be done perfectly without sacrificing quality of life. It's a take on the decoupling movement, the goal of slashing emissions from buildings, homes, mobility, manufacturing plants, consumer products, cities and the like by replacing all things unsustainable with green alternatives. It's what the New Climate Economy is about, launched recently by the Global Commission, or the massive expansion of THOSE goods and services.

There are some, though, that point to the 2,000 watt figure as particularly challenging, requiring much sacrifice, indeed -- the kind most people in developed countries are resisting, and those in emerging markets are fast escaping. And then there's the Big Timing issue, or whether we can pull this monumental transition on time to save humanity. And the extent to which such a slash in emissions should be accompanied by an equally intense reinvention of the way natural resources are extracted and consumed.

All in all, it is a story worth following. Indeed, it is a story worth telling, since such few people know about it at all. Let's start here, by sharing it as widely as we can.

#climate   #climatechange   #sustainability   #globalwarming   #Basel   #2000wattsociety   #Novatlantis  ___

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2014-11-03 22:45:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Pet stories that can change the world

I just posted on the magic of storytelling for green brands, and wouldn't you know it, along comes a story that absolutely blew my mind on the extent to which we can take the practice.

We cannot overstate how amazing it is to reach 50 million monthly readers in as little as 10 months. 50 million. 10 months. That's just unbelievable. But after reading how this pet store did it, it's not just believable; it's a model every sustainable product and service should adopt to change the world.

So please give this story a close read and put your own storytelling on steroids. You can do it, and the world needs it. Desperately.

Check it out, and let's get it done.

#sustainability   #greenbrands   #greenmarketing   #climatechange  

Pet stories that can change the world

I just posted on the magic of storytelling for green brands, and wouldn't you know it, along comes a story that absolutely blew my mind on the extent to which we can take the practice.

We cannot overstate how amazing it is to reach 50 million monthly readers in as little as 10 months. 50 million. 10 months. That's just unbelievable. But after reading how this pet store did it, it's not just believable; it's a model every sustainable product and service should adopt to change the world.

So please give this story a close read and put your own storytelling on steroids. You can do it, and the world needs it. Desperately.

Check it out, and let's get it done.

#sustainability   #greenbrands   #greenmarketing   #climatechange  ___

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2014-11-03 22:32:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The right way to tell your story and change behavior

"Marketing departments," says the author of this great piece, "need to open their aperture on how they view brand storytelling to capitalize on how critical sustainability is to consumers."

He says, and I couldn't agree more, that one way "to ensure that your sustainability efforts maintain the necessary engagement and impact that your brand, business, and our planet needs...is integrated brand storytelling."

YES!!!! Companies need to change the way they tell their sustainability story. Today's content marketing, which has come to take over the way digital marketing is done, is all about the spread of journalistic, not self-promotional, stories. That takes a special kind of writing and communication skill that is not pr-ish, but rather based on storytelling that moves and... more »

The right way to tell your story and change behavior

"Marketing departments," says the author of this great piece, "need to open their aperture on how they view brand storytelling to capitalize on how critical sustainability is to consumers."

He says, and I couldn't agree more, that one way "to ensure that your sustainability efforts maintain the necessary engagement and impact that your brand, business, and our planet needs...is integrated brand storytelling."

YES!!!! Companies need to change the way they tell their sustainability story. Today's content marketing, which has come to take over the way digital marketing is done, is all about the spread of journalistic, not self-promotional, stories. That takes a special kind of writing and communication skill that is not pr-ish, but rather based on storytelling that moves and excites, features that spark the imagination and INSPIRE people to share these stories with their inner circles. And we know from voluminous behavior science that inner-circle influence is how social change happens.

I would just return to what the author says and add Sustainability Departments to the his statement above, because perhaps more than CMOs, this is a change that must be led by CSOs!

#sustainability   #climate   #climatechange   #globalwarming   #greenmarketing  ___

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2014-11-03 22:09:27 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Recurring growth theme

As recent reports by various organizations conclude persuasively and authoritatively that the world is running out of time -- fast! -- to solve the climate challenge and save humanity from calamity, one question that keeps popping up is whether we can pull it off in a way that will allow companies and economies to keep growing, though sustainably.

Here's one article that presents quite a bit of evidence showing that we can. And indeed, we have no choice but to approach the 10-15 years we appear to have left to fall short of 2C, from this perspective. One of the contributions of this particular piece that I find quite novel is the author's statistical correlation of growth, environmental performance and inequality.

From the conclusion: "There are two paths nations and cities can take when it comes to economic growth, environmental... more »

Recurring growth theme

As recent reports by various organizations conclude persuasively and authoritatively that the world is running out of time -- fast! -- to solve the climate challenge and save humanity from calamity, one question that keeps popping up is whether we can pull it off in a way that will allow companies and economies to keep growing, though sustainably.

Here's one article that presents quite a bit of evidence showing that we can. And indeed, we have no choice but to approach the 10-15 years we appear to have left to fall short of 2C, from this perspective. One of the contributions of this particular piece that I find quite novel is the author's statistical correlation of growth, environmental performance and inequality.

From the conclusion: "There are two paths nations and cities can take when it comes to economic growth, environmental performance and inequality. There is a low road, taken by nations like the U.S., the U.K. and Canada, where economic growth comes hand in hand with higher levels of inequality and poorer environmental performance. But there is also a high road, taken by Northern European and Scandinavian nations, where economic growth goes along with lower levels of inequality and greener environmental outcomes. If we want a future where the rapid development of emerging nations and cities is sustainable and continuous, we’re all better served by taking that high road."

Here, here!

#sustainability   #climate   #climatechange   #globalwarming   #carbon  ___

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2014-10-10 02:09:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Replace everything, everywhere

Great example of the change EVERY corporation must make in their production. And then it's a matter of getting EVERYONE to buy THESE products.

Replace everything, everywhere

Great example of the change EVERY corporation must make in their production. And then it's a matter of getting EVERYONE to buy THESE products.___

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2014-09-22 19:10:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Exactly what the world needed

Yes, exactly -- particularly in anticipation of the #unclimatesummit   tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 23). http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/

Welcome to the New Climate Economy, explained fully in the linked report by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. It is the single, most comprehensive, cutting-edge, far reaching work and action plan on climate change developed by anyone, ever. If you haven't read the report, what are you waiting for? This web version is extremely readable. Go!

There are several things I absolutely loved about it. First, it is thorough, scholarly, extremely well researched, and amazingly thought through. It is a manifesto for every economist, banker, policy maker, business leader, NGO activist -- anyone in need of a guide to adjust their own vision and actions.

Second, it comes from theh... more »

Exactly what the world needed

Yes, exactly -- particularly in anticipation of the #unclimatesummit   tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 23). http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/

Welcome to the New Climate Economy, explained fully in the linked report by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. It is the single, most comprehensive, cutting-edge, far reaching work and action plan on climate change developed by anyone, ever. If you haven't read the report, what are you waiting for? This web version is extremely readable. Go!

There are several things I absolutely loved about it. First, it is thorough, scholarly, extremely well researched, and amazingly thought through. It is a manifesto for every economist, banker, policy maker, business leader, NGO activist -- anyone in need of a guide to adjust their own vision and actions.

Second, it comes from the highest levels and can therefore reach the highest levels of decision-making in the world today.

Third, the report presents clearly and factually the raw urgency of the moment, and thus the Commission shows that we only have until 2030, or another 15 years, to make the changes needed to keep global temperatures from rising higher than 2 degrees Celsius above the preindustrial historical average. Few people in the halls of power, including President Obama and all his climate rattling of late, have been willing to go there and put a date on this. And it's about time we do.

Fourth, it presents an action program with the AMBITION the world has been missing to date, focused on three core areas that among them cover the bulk of what must be done: energy, cities and land use.

Fifth, it officializes and legitimizes the framing and language --- again, at the highest levels of officialdom in the world -- to trigger once and for all the common understanding and action we've needed to get this done harmoniously -- or as harmoniously as we can! -- across the world.

Finally, the report's and the Commission's focus is spot on: to show that decoupling the economy from carbon is possible without killing growth. We've known for a long time now that the challenge is to decouple, but it hasn't been as clear as it is in this report that we can decouple AND grow. This is, perhaps, the biggest contribution of all, since it discredits and disproves the principal contention opponents of climate action have used to derail effective action: the notion that the cost of the solutions to climate change are not worth the try, and that it's therefore better to risk doing little or nothing or to focus on watered down solutions that will take far longer than we have. This report ends whatever was left of that debate. Or should, anyway.

Those are the principal strengths, and they are considerable. I do see a couple of gaps -- or better said, one gap and one issue of contention.

The gap is the absence of the consumer, or of the various efforts taking place around the world to influence people and buyers and move them to change their behavior, including placing a wave of green products on store shelves.

The report's focus is the supply side, or top-down, and that's wonderful, since those solutions are indispensable. But demand-side, bottom-up solutions are just as indispensable if we're to hit the report's 2030 target and do this in the next 15 years.

As to the issue in contention, it is whether decoupling WITH growth is at all possible at this late stage. There are a lot of people I respect a whole lot, huddled around The New Economy Coalition http://neweconomy.net/ who have shown that the compound growth of population over the coming 50 years or so, combined with the effect of the carbon ALREADY in the atmosphere plus the gigatons to be emitted by the time we actually reverse course, are sure to throw us past 2C even contemplating the most aggressive climate action, like that proposed by the Global Commission report.

They argue instead that the world should focus on degrowth as a central part of any solution. The report, on the contrary, is an agenda to enable growth by solving the climate change that threatens it. I find it so interesting that both organizations placed the concept of the "new economy" at the center of their name and their work, even though they refer to different visions of what that new economy would look like.

My take on this is that if degrowth advocates are right, their new-economy solutions will not in any case be implemented on time to avoid disaster, given the growth momentum today's economy is carrying. The powers that be are so focused on maintaining growth that switching to a widely shared global vision of degrowth is a practical non-starter.

Therefore, the only hope we have of securing a sustainable future comes down to the one presented in the New Climate Economy by the powers that be. It's our best shot. And to be sure, there are lots and lots of solutions proposed by the New Economy Coalition that coincide -- wind and solar, forest preservation, smart urban growth, many, many more -- so by moving vigorously to join and transition to the New Climate Economy, we may be enabling growth, but we're also implementing the very solutions we will need if we later discover that growth is, indeed, the problem.

So it behooves ALL OF US to not just read the report, but to adopt it as our new climate-action manifesto -- adding the consumer/citizen part it's missing. We only have 15 years, and perhaps less. There is zero time to waste.

Let's do this.

#climate   #climatechange   #sustainability   #globalwarming   #carbon___

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2014-07-30 14:51:47 (67 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The new language of climate trap doors

This fantastic +Los Angeles Times op-ed goes hand-in-hand with this piece from +Think Progress (Climate Progress), shared by +Andrea Learned http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/07/29/3464918/climate-economy-white-house-report/

The message in both stories is clear: the world is already paying a steep carbon "tax" across a wide range of costs associated with climate change, and the longer we wait to counter these costs, the higher they'll go.

The word from the White House in the Climate Progress piece, joining the growing choir now led by the business leaders of Risky Business http://riskybusiness.org/ is that no matter what you think of climate change, the ONLY smart thing to do is insure against it by implementing wise government and corporate policies.

What we're witnessing here, friends, isthe... more »

The new language of climate trap doors

This fantastic +Los Angeles Times op-ed goes hand-in-hand with this piece from +Think Progress (Climate Progress), shared by +Andrea Learned http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/07/29/3464918/climate-economy-white-house-report/

The message in both stories is clear: the world is already paying a steep carbon "tax" across a wide range of costs associated with climate change, and the longer we wait to counter these costs, the higher they'll go.

The word from the White House in the Climate Progress piece, joining the growing choir now led by the business leaders of Risky Business http://riskybusiness.org/ is that no matter what you think of climate change, the ONLY smart thing to do is insure against it by implementing wise government and corporate policies.

What we're witnessing here, friends, is the rapid mainstreaming of a brave new climate language to be used in communication and persuasion, one that obviously appeals to climate hawks like me, but that also SHOULD resonate with deniers and skeptics.

Because time is running precious short, and EVERYONE must start getting on board right about now.

#carbon   #climate   #climatechange   #globalwarming   #sustainability  ___

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2014-07-23 18:58:59 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

With these numbers, we can change the world

Here we go again. This poll points out a recurring theme in this G+ page. It, and most polls like it, indicates that Americans lag way behind other countries in climate views and convictions, and pollsters and pundits react with predictable alarm

But may I point out (again) a couple of angles that, far from alarm, should bring us great reassurance.

First, this means that most of the world's population is headed in the right direction or is already there! Let's not be so U.S-centric when we look at these polls. Americans may represent about a fifth of all emissions, but are less than 5% of the world's population.

Second, as the article says: "When asked if we are headed for environmental disaster unless we change our habits quickly, just 57 percent of Americans said yes, while 91 percent of Chinese... more »

With these numbers, we can change the world

Here we go again. This poll points out a recurring theme in this G+ page. It, and most polls like it, indicates that Americans lag way behind other countries in climate views and convictions, and pollsters and pundits react with predictable alarm

But may I point out (again) a couple of angles that, far from alarm, should bring us great reassurance.

First, this means that most of the world's population is headed in the right direction or is already there! Let's not be so U.S-centric when we look at these polls. Americans may represent about a fifth of all emissions, but are less than 5% of the world's population.

Second, as the article says: "When asked if we are headed for environmental disaster unless we change our habits quickly, just 57 percent of Americans said yes, while 91 percent of Chinese said yes."

"Just 57% of Americans"? "Just"?!! You know how long we waited for that number to break 50%? And the fact that it's 91% in China, the other huge emitter and recalcitrant country in UN talks, is fantastic news.

Note that this question, more than any other, is THE question when it comes to the Holy Grail of achieving an urgent change in climate behavior -- to believe we're headed for climate disaster unless we change our habits quickly. That is heavily loaded in our favor, in the planet's favor.

And this means, in turn, that we can count on 57% of Americans, a solid majority -- and freaking 91% of Chinese! -- to move the rest. Historically, all it has taken for social movements to trigger a massive tipping point is a committed minority of 10%-20%. Today, for climate, there can be no doubt we're there.

So with believers now a majority, all we need to do is ACTIVATE the committed minority into bold, confident action from coast to coast and continent to continent, and I have zero doubt we will change the world.

In America, that is the significance of President Obama's recent conversion to climate evangelist. How much will the full weight of the White House embolden that minority?

The early signs are good. But the main battle is your house, not the White House. It's the local level, the community, the neighborhood, the workplace. That's where it's at. And that's where much more needs to be done than is being done.

That front is up to us. You in? Let's go. And if you need some direction, take a look at this post:

Time for an entirely new direction
https://plus.google.com/u/0/118018939924152190745/posts/j89KoMRdhpY

#climate   #climatechange   #globalwarming   #sustainability  ___

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2014-07-23 12:22:11 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Writers unleashed

Fantastic story by +Grist on a new way to fund the work of independent writers and journalists. Check out #Beacon  and pitch in, particularly the work of #climatechange  writers. As you can see, it doesn't take much, but the impact can be HUGE.

Writers unleashed

Fantastic story by +Grist on a new way to fund the work of independent writers and journalists. Check out #Beacon  and pitch in, particularly the work of #climatechange  writers. As you can see, it doesn't take much, but the impact can be HUGE.___

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2014-07-22 12:06:20 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

What are we waiting for?

This really is quite a country. This story has now been out for about a month. It has been shared extensively on social media. In Florida, it and the National Climate Assessment behind it have stirred up a bit of political controversy.

But across the rest of the country? About the rest of the Assessment? Have you read or heard any mainstream media report on it? Politicians debate it? Celebrities calling the government out on it?

Have you actually read it? Because it's not just about South Florida going scuba diving this century, or even where I live in Puerto Rico. It's about the entire country being dragged down. Of course, none of this is new. Other equally damning reports have preceded this one.

But that's precisely the thing. The continuing absence of urgency. The willingness of most believers -- of most Americans!... more »

What are we waiting for?

This really is quite a country. This story has now been out for about a month. It has been shared extensively on social media. In Florida, it and the National Climate Assessment behind it have stirred up a bit of political controversy.

But across the rest of the country? About the rest of the Assessment? Have you read or heard any mainstream media report on it? Politicians debate it? Celebrities calling the government out on it?

Have you actually read it? Because it's not just about South Florida going scuba diving this century, or even where I live in Puerto Rico. It's about the entire country being dragged down. Of course, none of this is new. Other equally damning reports have preceded this one.

But that's precisely the thing. The continuing absence of urgency. The willingness of most believers -- of most Americans! -- to be hollered into silence by a few.

#climatechange   #globalwarming   #sustainability  ___

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2014-07-17 21:46:57 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Great checklist

Run it by your city and see how you're doing...

Great checklist

Run it by your city and see how you're doing...___

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2014-07-17 21:37:02 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

It's all in how you frame it

I absolutely love the trend to consider climate change a risk-management issue far more than a threat debate. The latter, as this article finely states, throws you inevitably into a denial clash. The former is unavoidable even to deniers, since even they -- everyone, in fact -- insure against potential risks in their daily lives. Climate just happens to be the biggest risk of all.

#climatechange   #climate   #globalwarming   #sustainability  

It's all in how you frame it

I absolutely love the trend to consider climate change a risk-management issue far more than a threat debate. The latter, as this article finely states, throws you inevitably into a denial clash. The former is unavoidable even to deniers, since even they -- everyone, in fact -- insure against potential risks in their daily lives. Climate just happens to be the biggest risk of all.

#climatechange   #climate   #globalwarming   #sustainability  ___

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2014-07-14 12:27:32 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Mainstreaming

As awareness and concern over the likely consequences of climate change gains ground, the country's mainstream leaders are stepping up.

#climatechange   #globalwarming   #sustainability   #carbon  

Mainstreaming

As awareness and concern over the likely consequences of climate change gains ground, the country's mainstream leaders are stepping up.

#climatechange   #globalwarming   #sustainability   #carbon  ___

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2014-07-06 17:19:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Yes, but which hope are we talking about?

The one that says we're still on time to save the planet, or the one that says we're only on time to EXTEND its life and manage the collapse?

This +Grist article presents evidence that to motivate activists, you need the first kind. And that would appear to make sense. Perhaps sensing that, Al Gore went all out for hope in a recent +Rolling Stone story that has made the rounds in social media. Grist summarized it here http://grist.org/climate-energy/al-gore-thinks-theres-hope-for-humanity-after-all/

The case is shaky for the still-time-to-save-this-thing hope, and looks stronger for the extend-the-life variety. Still, no one can question the evidence on how to motivate activists and recruit new ones. As the article says, "attempts to get people to do something — anything — around climate change “shouldbe accomp... more »

Yes, but which hope are we talking about?

The one that says we're still on time to save the planet, or the one that says we're only on time to EXTEND its life and manage the collapse?

This +Grist article presents evidence that to motivate activists, you need the first kind. And that would appear to make sense. Perhaps sensing that, Al Gore went all out for hope in a recent +Rolling Stone story that has made the rounds in social media. Grist summarized it here http://grist.org/climate-energy/al-gore-thinks-theres-hope-for-humanity-after-all/

The case is shaky for the still-time-to-save-this-thing hope, and looks stronger for the extend-the-life variety. Still, no one can question the evidence on how to motivate activists and recruit new ones. As the article says, "attempts to get people to do something — anything — around climate change “should be accompanied – and perhaps even preceded — by messages on effective actions individuals can take” — as well as a strong dose of optimism around the “effectiveness and feasibility” of activism itself."

The bottom line is this: regardless of which side is right, both hopes are part of our reality and our activism. Both must motivate us, if we're to have any hope at all.

#greenhope   #climatechange   #sustainability   #globalwarming   #algore  ___

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2014-07-06 15:47:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Cooperative = Circular

This is a combination that is certainly worth discussing in this G+ Community. To what extent is the circular economy also a cooperative economy? Surely the sharing part. That's core cooperative. But other circularities as well. Here's another article that sheds additional light.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/circular-economys-trillion-dollar-opportunity/

#circulareconomy   #sustainability   #climatechange   #carbon  

Cooperative = Circular

This is a combination that is certainly worth discussing in this G+ Community. To what extent is the circular economy also a cooperative economy? Surely the sharing part. That's core cooperative. But other circularities as well. Here's another article that sheds additional light.

http://www.eco-business.com/news/circular-economys-trillion-dollar-opportunity/

#circulareconomy   #sustainability   #climatechange   #carbon  ___

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2014-07-04 16:59:45 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A peek into the future

So where does your city rank? This is huge. A large offering of green buildings has become an indispensable advantage for a city that wants to attract business relocations and start-ups. Truly a new frontier in country competitiveness.

#sustainability   #climatechange   #globalwarming   #greenbuildings   #LEED  

A peek into the future

So where does your city rank? This is huge. A large offering of green buildings has become an indispensable advantage for a city that wants to attract business relocations and start-ups. Truly a new frontier in country competitiveness.

#sustainability   #climatechange   #globalwarming   #greenbuildings   #LEED  ___

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2014-07-04 16:45:40 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Burying Milton Friedman once and for all

Here's a big dose of green hope -- for millennials to so prioritize social and environmental value when making investment decisions.

Check out this beautiful exposé by a beautiful (and very wealthy) soul.

#sustainability   #climatechange   #globalwarming   #socialinvesting  

Burying Milton Friedman once and for all

Here's a big dose of green hope -- for millennials to so prioritize social and environmental value when making investment decisions.

Check out this beautiful exposé by a beautiful (and very wealthy) soul.

#sustainability   #climatechange   #globalwarming   #socialinvesting  ___

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2014-06-28 13:15:22 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

More than UK, France and Canada...combined!

Listen to famed former Bogota mayor Enrique Peñalosa in this recent speech on the coming growth of cities in the U.S. and reach your own conclusions about what we should do about this. All the focus on urban growth of late has been on China and emerging markets, but riding under the radar has been this.

The question is how we will make this sustainable? How to grow like this, everywhere on Earth, and ensure that life on Earth can continue at a reasonably prosperous level? Or should we redefine entirely what prosperity is?

#sustainability   #urbanism   #newurbanism   #climatechange  

More than UK, France and Canada...combined!

Listen to famed former Bogota mayor Enrique Peñalosa in this recent speech on the coming growth of cities in the U.S. and reach your own conclusions about what we should do about this. All the focus on urban growth of late has been on China and emerging markets, but riding under the radar has been this.

The question is how we will make this sustainable? How to grow like this, everywhere on Earth, and ensure that life on Earth can continue at a reasonably prosperous level? Or should we redefine entirely what prosperity is?

#sustainability   #urbanism   #newurbanism   #climatechange  ___

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2014-05-25 22:36:19 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The religious edge

Revealing column on why it's so tough for most people to strike the proper balance between the spiritual and the rational, between climate science and faith. For the minority who deny either the science, the faith, or both, there is no conflict whatsoever. But for that vast majority who believe in both, that balance is a challenge.

Check out this story and see where you come down on the issue.

Thanks to +Andrew Revkin for the thoughtful post.





The religious edge

Revealing column on why it's so tough for most people to strike the proper balance between the spiritual and the rational, between climate science and faith. For the minority who deny either the science, the faith, or both, there is no conflict whatsoever. But for that vast majority who believe in both, that balance is a challenge.

Check out this story and see where you come down on the issue.

Thanks to +Andrew Revkin for the thoughtful post.



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2014-05-25 22:18:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Long haul ahead. Longer than most care to admit.

If Dems can't or won't stand up...

Yup. You got it.

Long haul ahead. Longer than most care to admit.

If Dems can't or won't stand up...

Yup. You got it.___

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2014-05-17 13:11:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Focus on the source

Well, THE source is God. But this post refers to a more earthly dimension.

Applied to sustainability and the imperative of changing climate behavior, this amazing graphic tells us where we must focus.

#climate   #climatechange   #sustainability   #globalwarming  

Use what you've got and #BeTheAwesome  you want to see in the world.___Focus on the source

Well, THE source is God. But this post refers to a more earthly dimension.

Applied to sustainability and the imperative of changing climate behavior, this amazing graphic tells us where we must focus.

#climate   #climatechange   #sustainability   #globalwarming  

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2014-05-13 12:45:10 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

John Oliver: my new hero

As a journalist, I couldn't agree more with him and with +C.J. Shane So much of the problem we face in achieving greater adoption of climate solutions stems from this misperception of the facts as a result of the media's misperception of what it means to be fair. And this is a fantastic way of clearing that up.

This video is funny. But it points out a very serious problem. Too many media people seem to think that "balanced" reporting means that the debate about climate change is represented as 50% vs. 50%, i.e. "both sides." In reality "both sides" means 97.1% vs. 2.9%. Let's not forget that as we laugh.___John Oliver: my new hero

As a journalist, I couldn't agree more with him and with +C.J. Shane So much of the problem we face in achieving greater adoption of climate solutions stems from this misperception of the facts as a result of the media's misperception of what it means to be fair. And this is a fantastic way of clearing that up.

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2014-05-12 04:52:09 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Useful info

More than useful, actually. This is vital climate education.

Useful info

More than useful, actually. This is vital climate education.___

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2014-05-03 19:09:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

So many ways to skin this map

So much open, uninhabited space, and we can say the same thing when looking at every other large country, as well.

The comments following the +Bloomberg News story in the link below are interesting. Check them out. Some say drill, baby, drill. Others say go West, young man. Still others say stay home and leave my hiking spaces alone!

What I'm looking at is all the white space, though -- where the people ARE living. And I think of the fact that in emerging markets, the move to urban areas has accelerated wildly, creating far more open green spaces on their maps. And I'm thinking, as well, that those areas may not be populated, but they are hyperexploited to satiate the consumer habits of those who live in the populated zones.

And in that sense, the map makes us all too aware of the extent to which most of us living in white have... more »

Where ISN'T everybody? Many of the green areas on this #map , census blocks with zero official #population , are State and National  #Parks . One more reason to preserve, protect, and enjoy them.___So many ways to skin this map

So much open, uninhabited space, and we can say the same thing when looking at every other large country, as well.

The comments following the +Bloomberg News story in the link below are interesting. Check them out. Some say drill, baby, drill. Others say go West, young man. Still others say stay home and leave my hiking spaces alone!

What I'm looking at is all the white space, though -- where the people ARE living. And I think of the fact that in emerging markets, the move to urban areas has accelerated wildly, creating far more open green spaces on their maps. And I'm thinking, as well, that those areas may not be populated, but they are hyperexploited to satiate the consumer habits of those who live in the populated zones.

And in that sense, the map makes us all too aware of the extent to which most of us living in white have disconnected with the green. It is a disconnect with profound consequences, as it is one of the forces behind the inexorable depletion of those green resources we know little about -- in part because we know so little about them.

All in all, an absolute great share by +Kevin Fisher

#climate   #climatechange   #population   #nature  

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2014-05-03 17:00:54 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

So how's your city doing?

I know mine isn't even close! And I'd love it to be on this list. Not just to make a "list", but to make a planet. So here we go.

#climate   #climatechange   #solar   #globalwarming  

So how's your city doing?

I know mine isn't even close! And I'd love it to be on this list. Not just to make a "list", but to make a planet. So here we go.

#climate   #climatechange   #solar   #globalwarming  ___

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2014-04-29 00:44:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Mainstreaming resilience

Great piece from +GreenBiz.com. Thanks to +Andrea Learned for sharing. It's about San Francisco's new Chief Resilience Officer, Patrick Otellini, and his take on why resilience has grown so central to city planning.

His job is mostly earthquake related. For most of us everywhere else in the world, resilience is mostly climate related. But the concepts are exactly the same.

One that I loved was Otellini's focus on human networks as a central component of resilience. Of course! The more we know and trust one another, especially neighbors and coworkers, the better we'll react to a natural disaster or food shortage or water shortage or any other climate mess.

Less on-target is his conclusion that resilience should be designed primarily to help us recover, not necessarily to help us survive. Actually, it's both, and... more »

Mainstreaming resilience

Great piece from +GreenBiz.com. Thanks to +Andrea Learned for sharing. It's about San Francisco's new Chief Resilience Officer, Patrick Otellini, and his take on why resilience has grown so central to city planning.

His job is mostly earthquake related. For most of us everywhere else in the world, resilience is mostly climate related. But the concepts are exactly the same.

One that I loved was Otellini's focus on human networks as a central component of resilience. Of course! The more we know and trust one another, especially neighbors and coworkers, the better we'll react to a natural disaster or food shortage or water shortage or any other climate mess.

Less on-target is his conclusion that resilience should be designed primarily to help us recover, not necessarily to help us survive. Actually, it's both, and I would place the emphasis on survival simply because the way things are going -- did you read the latest IPCC report? -- there will come a time when it will be ALL about survival resilience.

In the meantime, though, recovery resilience is cool. So read the story and get into it.

#climate   #climatechange   #resilience   #globalwarming  ___

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2014-04-29 00:00:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Cleantech 101

Fantastic overview. Pass it on.
Thanks +Zachary Shahan. 

Cleantech 101

Fantastic overview. Pass it on.
Thanks +Zachary Shahan. ___

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2014-04-27 18:59:24 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The coming Organic Age

My wife and I buy organic products frequently, but never like this. Never like this weekend. The photo shows a sampling of our pickings, and they're fantastic. And, in my mind, dramatic.

This is crucial because one of the things humanity must do to extend the life of the planet is mainstream the purchase of organic goods, and it gives me great hope to see that just in the last few months, their presence on store shelves in supermarkets and general-merchandise stores has grown to mainstream proportions -- in their variety, design, price and quality. And this is in Puerto Rico, a small peripheral island marketplace.

The best part of the story is the fact that we were prompted into breaking with our routine shopping and looking more deeply into those store shelves by a dear friend, which reinforces yet again the power of word of mouth and... more »

The coming Organic Age

My wife and I buy organic products frequently, but never like this. Never like this weekend. The photo shows a sampling of our pickings, and they're fantastic. And, in my mind, dramatic.

This is crucial because one of the things humanity must do to extend the life of the planet is mainstream the purchase of organic goods, and it gives me great hope to see that just in the last few months, their presence on store shelves in supermarkets and general-merchandise stores has grown to mainstream proportions -- in their variety, design, price and quality. And this is in Puerto Rico, a small peripheral island marketplace.

The best part of the story is the fact that we were prompted into breaking with our routine shopping and looking more deeply into those store shelves by a dear friend, which reinforces yet again the power of word of mouth and inner-circle influence. THAT is the way we will mainstream not just the purchase of organic goods, but every single behavior change needed to move the world in a new direction.

#greenhope   #climate   #climatechange   #sustainability   #organic  ___

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2014-04-27 18:46:45 (119 comments, 3 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

How about some honesty now, and common sense!

Did you all catch this outstanding April 22 story in +Vox http://www.vox.com/2014/4/22/5551004/two-degrees 

Couldn't have said it better myself. Absolutely must reading. Just so happens that I spoke to a group of college students here in Puerto Rico the other day (that's me in the photo) about this very subject. Heck, I'm writing a book about it, called, precisely, Green Hope.

Because that's what this entire climate issue has become all about. Hope. As I told the gathering, and as the article reinforces, the time has come for some brutal honesty on climate, so we may adjust our hope parameters to the future we've created and stop the damaging practice of imagining a sustainable future that is clearly no longer possible.

The reason why the world has been so thoroughly and fanaticallyu... more »

How about some honesty now, and common sense!

Did you all catch this outstanding April 22 story in +Vox http://www.vox.com/2014/4/22/5551004/two-degrees 

Couldn't have said it better myself. Absolutely must reading. Just so happens that I spoke to a group of college students here in Puerto Rico the other day (that's me in the photo) about this very subject. Heck, I'm writing a book about it, called, precisely, Green Hope.

Because that's what this entire climate issue has become all about. Hope. As I told the gathering, and as the article reinforces, the time has come for some brutal honesty on climate, so we may adjust our hope parameters to the future we've created and stop the damaging practice of imagining a sustainable future that is clearly no longer possible.

The reason why the world has been so thoroughly and fanatically unwilling to embrace this new raw truth is, first, because of the newness and the rawness of it -- and second, because, as the article says, "If the goal [of saving the planet] turns out to be impossible, people might just stop trying altogether." So we go on telling each other we're still on time, that we can solve the problem only if take certain herculian measures we know we won't take.

I get it. I feel that concern ALL THE TIME. Whenever I write or speak on the issue, I follow the statement "We're screwed" with the passionate message "But there are still spaces for hope nonetheless, so you must take action."

As the graphic in the photo suggests, there are climate-related things we can do -- adaptation and mitigation -- as well as green-economy engagement -- which allows us to save and make money -- and matters of the soul (alma) -- how about focusing on saving that.

The article says, rightly, that "planning efforts are scant, because few policymakers are prepared to admit that we're going beyond 2°C." I would only add that few companies and families are prepared for the Big Admission, either, and that's hurting our prospects further. It's a monumental breach of common sense.

The UN's IPCC isn't helping. The group just came out with two reports laying out in great detail the science behind the coming collapse but reiterating the myth that we're still on time to avoid it.

Here in Puerto Rico, a group of us is about to embark on some truth telling, for a change, that we hope will spread globally. The experiment will no doubt come with its share of obstacles, but we're confident it will reveal The Way to frame the new future the world has created and what we must all do, in every corner of the planet, to keep hope alive.

#greenhope   #climate   #climatechange   #sustainability   #UN   #IPCC   #globalwarming  ___

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2014-03-21 01:58:10 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Of risks and dragons
What's really going on here?

The question I'm asking is why this #AAAS  report has gone around the web and received more media coverage than perhaps any other report like it, surpassed only by the #IPCC  reports published by the #UN  itself. It has clearly struck a chord, a wavelength, a nerve.

The stroke of brilliance, as many observers have noted, is the report's focus on risk management. Regardless of what anyone thinks of climate change, no one can or should object to treating it exactly as we all treat normal, daily risks: by insuring against them, which is to say by taking steps to reduce the impact of any likely or potential damage.

"Insurance" in climate terms is the combination of mitigation and adaptation, as well as every social and business measure we can take to avoidca... more »

Of risks and dragons
What's really going on here?

The question I'm asking is why this #AAAS  report has gone around the web and received more media coverage than perhaps any other report like it, surpassed only by the #IPCC  reports published by the #UN  itself. It has clearly struck a chord, a wavelength, a nerve.

The stroke of brilliance, as many observers have noted, is the report's focus on risk management. Regardless of what anyone thinks of climate change, no one can or should object to treating it exactly as we all treat normal, daily risks: by insuring against them, which is to say by taking steps to reduce the impact of any likely or potential damage.

"Insurance" in climate terms is the combination of mitigation and adaptation, as well as every social and business measure we can take to avoid catastrophe.

That is, indeed, refreshing and brilliant. But there must be something more to the rather dramatic reaction to this report. After all, there have been countless references over the years to this same risk management approach. Why the hoopla over this one?

Others have said the report uses simpler language than scientist organizations like AAAS are accustomed to confusing us with. And they're right about that, as well.

A bit more time will probably have to pass before we can pinpoint the chord and wavelength more clearly, but without the benefit of hindsight, I think the buzz is more a sign of a tipping point than simpler language or the risk management angle.

Consider the report's title. What We Know. It's a reference to something matter-of-fact, instinctive, practically natural. It's what we know. Don't you know? How can you not know? Hello!

Growing majorities are already believers. People are coming around. In the U.S., most people fear climate change. A quarter of the population fear it greatly. And that's in the U.S., clearly the most recalcitrant of all the majors.

Yet, the entire issue has remained stuck over denials and petty politics. The UN hasn't managed any significant negotiation. The 2015 global deal seems destined to fall abysmally short of what's needed. So as the climate keeps worsening, it shouldn't surprise anyone that so does the frustration percolating beneath the surface.

It is a social tipping point in the making, no doubt -- one sure to overwhelm the deniers and merchants of doubt as swiftly as tipping points tend to do. That's why they're called tipping points, because they happen when an underlying current tips past a threshold and changes the game.

Interestingly, the AAAS report does something else that is curiously refreshing. It alerts us to the potential surprises that await us in nature's own tipping points, a generally obscure fact few scientists like to highlight. These scientists decided to place those tipping points -- dragons, as they're referred to in some circles, and in this report -- front and center in what we know.

So read the report (linked here) and judge for yourself. Is it the language and the risk, or is there something deeper going on here?

#climate   #climatechange   #sustainability   #globalwarming  ___

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2014-03-15 16:14:27 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Look at the bright side

This article laments that only 24% of Americans care greatly about climate change. And of course we would all want that to be far higher at this stage of the game. But as in everything in life, it depends how you look at it.

A quarter of the population -- that's 82 million people in America who care greatly about climate change, and that's a whole freaking army! Indeed, no military army has ever been anywhere near that big.

Now, let's think people networks. THE most powerful way to spread social change is called conductivity, or the way ideas spread from one person to another in close-knit networks at work, church, family gatherings, among friends, in the  neighborhood, and of course, across social networks.

Get where this is going? Now that we have a quarter of the population on board, let's get them activated, and... more »

Look at the bright side

This article laments that only 24% of Americans care greatly about climate change. And of course we would all want that to be far higher at this stage of the game. But as in everything in life, it depends how you look at it.

A quarter of the population -- that's 82 million people in America who care greatly about climate change, and that's a whole freaking army! Indeed, no military army has ever been anywhere near that big.

Now, let's think people networks. THE most powerful way to spread social change is called conductivity, or the way ideas spread from one person to another in close-knit networks at work, church, family gatherings, among friends, in the  neighborhood, and of course, across social networks.

Get where this is going? Now that we have a quarter of the population on board, let's get them activated, and watch them multiply like cells in mitosis.

#climate   #climatechange   #globalwarming   #sustainability  ___

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2014-02-24 18:36:29 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A rising marketplace

We have to get as many sustainable products in Common. Do you know of any? Check it out.

+Joel Franqui, what's your view of Common from your perspective as a fair trade retailer?

A rising marketplace

We have to get as many sustainable products in Common. Do you know of any? Check it out.

+Joel Franqui, what's your view of Common from your perspective as a fair trade retailer?___

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2014-02-22 22:37:32 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Go recharge your sissy cars

Nothing like some Nazi climate denial humor to spice up your weekend.

Hitler’s Response To Tesla Takeover (VIDEO)___Go recharge your sissy cars

Nothing like some Nazi climate denial humor to spice up your weekend.

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2014-01-24 13:48:09 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Follow the money

Great piece in +Triple Pundit on capital markets and clean energy. Thanks for writing and sharing, +Raz Godelnik.

Raz does a great job pointing to the difficulties ahead, though he skipped a big one: 2C is no longer the right target. It's closer to 1.5, and we're already at or very near 1, so reaching and sustaining $1 trillion per year in clean energy investment to avoid 1.5C becomes an even bigger challenge.

Still, the +Ceres report is useful. Vital, even. I do see one major gap, however: insufficient mention of efficiency and rooftop solar, at a time when these investment strategies should rise to the very top of the agenda in any clean energy conversation or conference -- precisely because it has proven so painfully hard to wean utilities away from fossils. How about looking past these dinosaurs.

And yet, there they are, theg... more »

Follow the money

Great piece in +Triple Pundit on capital markets and clean energy. Thanks for writing and sharing, +Raz Godelnik.

Raz does a great job pointing to the difficulties ahead, though he skipped a big one: 2C is no longer the right target. It's closer to 1.5, and we're already at or very near 1, so reaching and sustaining $1 trillion per year in clean energy investment to avoid 1.5C becomes an even bigger challenge.

Still, the +Ceres report is useful. Vital, even. I do see one major gap, however: insufficient mention of efficiency and rooftop solar, at a time when these investment strategies should rise to the very top of the agenda in any clean energy conversation or conference -- precisely because it has proven so painfully hard to wean utilities away from fossils. How about looking past these dinosaurs.

And yet, there they are, the growing number of solid companies ready to receive investment capital to sweep the planet with efficiency and rooftop financed by solar leases and PPAs, all to create a brave new world of near-off-grid properties in every city and farm.

How about it?

#climate   #climatechange   #sustainability   #cleantech   #cleanenergy  ___

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2014-01-24 13:12:24 (247 comments, 3 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Climate Reality

I must say, Al Gore and his team continue to do a heck of a job lifting awareness in ever more creative ways. Here they are with the Cost of Carbon initiative, which includes this important appeal for all us to throw our names in the ring. I just did, and suggest you do, as well:

http://forms.climaterealityproject.org/page/s/people-vs-carbon?utm_source=PvCEmail3&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=PeopleVsCarbon&source=email

When you can, and if you haven't lately, take a look (or another) at the +Climate Reality website. Scroll down through the initiatives and videos. Really, really awesome stuff. Should get far more play, in fact. Maybe the world has a case of Gore fatigue and equally awesome folks like +Bill McKibben are now more in vogue. Perhaps. But that takes absolutely nothing away from Gore's continuing contributions and hisf... more »

Climate Reality

I must say, Al Gore and his team continue to do a heck of a job lifting awareness in ever more creative ways. Here they are with the Cost of Carbon initiative, which includes this important appeal for all us to throw our names in the ring. I just did, and suggest you do, as well:

http://forms.climaterealityproject.org/page/s/people-vs-carbon?utm_source=PvCEmail3&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=PeopleVsCarbon&source=email

When you can, and if you haven't lately, take a look (or another) at the +Climate Reality website. Scroll down through the initiatives and videos. Really, really awesome stuff. Should get far more play, in fact. Maybe the world has a case of Gore fatigue and equally awesome folks like +Bill McKibben are now more in vogue. Perhaps. But that takes absolutely nothing away from Gore's continuing contributions and his frequent reminders of the Reality behind the Climate crisis.

Bravo!

#climate   #climatechange   #globalwarming   #climatereality   #algore  ___

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2014-01-24 02:51:26 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

How do you spell relief

This Joe Romm piece in +Think Progress is among the most important he has done, because it contains a message we must all heed.

"If we don’t act to reverse carbon emissions quickly, by mid-century every country in the world will be dealing with epic catastrophes simultaneously on a regular basis — drought, sea level rise, heat waves, invasive species, acidification, and super storms. This means rich countries probably will not be offering much assistance to the poorer ones — or willing to intervene in foreign conflicts — since we’ll be suffering at the same time. When the West and Southwest are Dust-Bowlifying, the Southeast is heating up and suffering alternatively from brutal droughts and floods, and the east coast is seeing a Sandy-level storm (or worse) every year. We’ll be devoting all our resources to our own troubles. Compassionfatigue will... more »

How do you spell relief

This Joe Romm piece in +Think Progress is among the most important he has done, because it contains a message we must all heed.

"If we don’t act to reverse carbon emissions quickly, by mid-century every country in the world will be dealing with epic catastrophes simultaneously on a regular basis — drought, sea level rise, heat waves, invasive species, acidification, and super storms. This means rich countries probably will not be offering much assistance to the poorer ones — or willing to intervene in foreign conflicts — since we’ll be suffering at the same time. When the West and Southwest are Dust-Bowlifying, the Southeast is heating up and suffering alternatively from brutal droughts and floods, and the east coast is seeing a Sandy-level storm (or worse) every year. We’ll be devoting all our resources to our own troubles. Compassion fatigue will be replaced by compassion exhaustion."

Did you read that? Carefully? So what's the message I, for one, draw from it? That as we deal with climate solutions to avoid or ease this fate -- a task many of us are deep into -- we MUST at the same time devote far more resources and attention than we're doing today to building a resilient relief infrastructure to deal precisely with this catastrophe overload in a way that DOES allow for compassionate aid to others around the world.

For more on the relief we need, see this post from a year ago:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/118018939924152190745/posts/g1PHbc1YXDE

#climate   #climatechange   #sustainability   #globalwarming  ___

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2014-01-21 12:14:08 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

"The most ridiculous thing I've seen"

You can say that again. A video to make you think. Twice.

"The most ridiculous thing I've seen"

You can say that again. A video to make you think. Twice.___

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2014-01-21 11:46:51 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Our biggest challenge

So China wants its economy to rely more on domestic consumption than investment. But unless we put our heads together to make that consumption sustainable...

I'll let you complete the sentence.

Our biggest challenge

So China wants its economy to rely more on domestic consumption than investment. But unless we put our heads together to make that consumption sustainable...

I'll let you complete the sentence.___

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2014-01-20 22:53:27 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

If you thought the drop in cleantech investment was a bad sign, think again. The total dollar amount may be down, but the number of projects are up! -- the result of the sharp drop in the cost if renewable installations. And when we throw in total climate-related investments, the figure looks even sunnier.

Slate: Buy Green. Sell Stranded. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwgu_RxRA

If you thought the drop in cleantech investment was a bad sign, think again. The total dollar amount may be down, but the number of projects are up! -- the result of the sharp drop in the cost if renewable installations. And when we throw in total climate-related investments, the figure looks even sunnier.

Slate: Buy Green. Sell Stranded. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwgu_RxRA___

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2014-01-08 13:02:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Chinese reality check

Whaaaaaat? But... but I thought...

For all the talk of China's inspiring thrust into renewables, there's this: the story of an astonishing hyperexpansion of coal in the world's chief driver of climate change. Check out this story by Climate Spectator:

http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2014/1/8/policy-politics/china-approves-massive-new-coal-capacity?utm_source=exact&utm_medium=email&utm_content=547145&utm_campaign=cs_daily&modapt=

So what to make of this? That balancing growth and climate wisdom is hard. Consumers in emerging markets simply want what developed markets have. They just do. And they're willing to go even to these lengths to get it -- even at the risk of everyone's future.

Including their own.

#carbon   #coal   #cleantech   #climate   #climatechange  #sus... more »

Chinese reality check

Whaaaaaat? But... but I thought...

For all the talk of China's inspiring thrust into renewables, there's this: the story of an astonishing hyperexpansion of coal in the world's chief driver of climate change. Check out this story by Climate Spectator:

http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2014/1/8/policy-politics/china-approves-massive-new-coal-capacity?utm_source=exact&utm_medium=email&utm_content=547145&utm_campaign=cs_daily&modapt=

So what to make of this? That balancing growth and climate wisdom is hard. Consumers in emerging markets simply want what developed markets have. They just do. And they're willing to go even to these lengths to get it -- even at the risk of everyone's future.

Including their own.

#carbon   #coal   #cleantech   #climate   #climatechange   #sustainability   #globalwarming  ___

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