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Help Promote the New Worldchanging Book

It's been seven years in the making, but the new Worldchanging book is finally here. Now we need your help this week getting this young book on its feet. Not only do initial sales often determine how other booksellers treat the book (spurring bookstores to put the book in more visible locations, for instance), but initial buzz about a book is vital to reaching the audience of people out there who would really love this book, but have never heard of it. Here are several things you can do...


Alex's Town Hall Seattle Talks

In 2009 Alex spoke at Town Hall Seattle over the course of two nights about how cities are the fulcrum point for leveraging a bright green future and how Seattle specifically could lead the way by targeting city-wide carbon neutrality by 2030. In the first video below, Alex shares a compelling story about Albania and Czechoslovakia and how each country approached change. The moral of the story: "Don't be Albania" (the story begins at 47:25 through 54:07): "Albania had to confront the...

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The Good News Paradox: Reflecting on the Human Development Index

This year's Human Development Index (HDI) came out last week and it was full of good news. The HDI started out 20 years ago to provide a way of indexing development and progress that gives a fuller picture of human well being than GDP's shallow economic calculations. This year's report celebrates the fact that over the past 40 years “average life expectancy rose from 59 to 70 years, primary school enrollment grew from 55 to 70 percent, and per capita income doubled to more than $10,000.”...

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Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities: Design Strategies for the Post-Carbon World

Patrick M. Condon, the James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments at the University of British Columbia, has just written a new book Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities: Design Strategies for the Post-Carbon World. The book aims to be an easy-to-use guide to basic urban design rules that, if followed, can help begin to halt the buildup of greenhouse gasses and create a more livable world for future generations. It starts from a premise that Worldchanging covers regularly:...


The State of the Future: Hear All About It Tonight!

Tickets are still available -- only $5 at Brown Paper Tickets! If you're in Seattle, we look forward to seeing you this evening at Town Hall!

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The Conventional Energy Trap: Hermann Scheer [1944-2010]

Hermann Scheer, pioneering German Parliamentarian and renewable energy advocate, died earlier this month. Scheer was the driving force behind Germany's Renewable Energy Act, thanks to which Germany last year accounted for half of all worldwide solar electricity installations. I recently came across one of his last ever interviews, done by Amy Goodman over at DemocracyNow.org. The interview covers everything from the Energy Act, to the impact of political corruption on the transition to...

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China's Urban Low Carbon Future in Shanghai

by Warren Karlenzig China Pavilion, 2010 Shanghai World Expo (Copyright Flickr photographer: penphoto) The Shanghai Expo officially closed yesterday with pomp, circumstance, and a confirmation of the city as the planet's primary hope for a low-carbon future. "Eco-friendly development and dissemination of renewable energy sources and new materials will influence the way we live and will lead the course of industrial development in the future," said China's Premier Wen Jiabao to the closing...

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NYC's Green Infrastructure Plan

New York City is once again leading the way in sustainably planning for the future with forward thinking infrastructure development plans. The New York City Green Infrastructure Plan aims to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs) by 40 percent, while reducing energy consumption and the city's carbon footprint through "green infrastructure." At its heart, the plan is a strategy for dealing with the large amounts of water in the city's sewer systems following heavy rainstorms and the...

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Bill Gates: The Right Goal is Zero

Bill Gates in Rolling Stone on climate neutrality: "We don't really grasp the scale of the problem we're facing," Gates tells me in his office overlooking Lake Washington in Seattle. "The right goal is not to cut our carbon emissions in half. The right goal is zero." Preach.

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Keeping Within Our Earthly Limits

The Living Planet Report, produced by WWF and its partners, shows that humanity’s demands still outstrip the world’s natural resources – a trend likely to worsen, unless leading countries begin to provide the highest quality of life with the lowest ecological demand. chinadialogue looks inside the 2010 edition. Populations of tropical species are plummeting and humanity’s demands on natural resources are sky-rocketing to 50% more than the earth can sustain, according to the 2010...

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