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Are tech companies earth friendly?

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Tech Goes Strong – StumbleUpon. This article explores some of the questions and challenges that becoming earth friendly cause. He nicely explains and gives examples and there is certainly some truth to what he says. I responded to it with a comment and said:

There is some truth that companies “Greenwash” their products and things that they fought against in the past. It is also true that it takes time to work the mindset of recycling into people. I am fairly young and sometimes I forget to recycle. It isn’t that people don’t care about the world they pass onto their children or relatives, it is just that being a mature adult is sometimes boring and people hate that.

If people were rewarded immediately, directly for recycling in a concrete way then everyone would do it. I am lucky enough to live at a place that pay people for their bottles that they recycle. If more places had that, people would recycle. But to the average person getting a store to pay them 5 cents to recycle a bottle isn’t worth it. Nor is the time/administrative expense to change the current way of doing business.

It is difficult to get people to see that saving money is as important as making it. I work as a consultant and explain how they can save money if they switch technologies and invest and the hard numbers to prove they will make the investment back in a few months. Do you know what most people do? “Oh well, let me think about it.” People are afraid of the unknown and we can’t push people to change. People change at their own pace.

There are so many great technologies that just haven’t been given support due to the same kind of thinking that causes other problems. “Good enough” isn’t good enough when it poisons the present and future. Take for instance this talk from TED.

How many people do you think are doing this when it would not only increase their health and energy but others as well? If that isn’t enlightened self-interest I don’t know what is.

“Unusual” health problems after oil spill

A Year After the Spill,. I wonder what the government is going to do about it? BP certainly profited from their errors didn’t they?

National Geographic taking video of a dust storm

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satelliteEmbedPlayer.swf?videoRef=08740_00 from – StumbleUpon. They always have such great photos and video. It is nice that there is an organization that is dedicated to preserving the worlds beauty.

Video: Turkish Man Saves Lives By Driving Away Flaming Fuel Tanker

Video: Turkish Man Saves Lives By Driving Away Flaming Fuel Tanker. Wow. I wonder how many people would do this? It is also pretty impressive to see the 180 nuclear workers in Japan that are being exposed to deadly radiation. I wondered if they would sacrifice themselves to prevent larger contamination. I wonder how people’s deaths figure in the cost/risk spreadsheets for owners of nuclear plants.

Momentum: Hacker with iPhone take over NY Times Square screens

Momentum: Hacker with iPhone take over NY Times Square screen. This was pretty interesting. I guess security isn’t really tight on those famous screens.

Want to test for nuclear radiation with your computer?

Geiger Counter Nuclear Radiation Monitor Detector Alpha Beta Gamma X-Ray. So for either $200-$350 you can transform your computer to test for radiation. I wonder if people who live near nuclear facilities use this? I had no idea this kind of stuff existed for the average person.

Collaborative Consumption (via Carbon Voyage’s Blog)

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I reviewed this book a few weeks ago and really liked it. Now you can watch a video where some of the principles are explained. It seems only practical to use these kind of ideas to help resource use become more manageable.

I went along to two events run by NESTA around the issue of collaborative consumption this week. There wasn’t a dedicated focus on sustainability, but it is clear that collaborative consumption is closely linked to sustainability. Both days were facilitated by Rachel Botsman, who wrote What’s Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption. It was really useful, particularly in allowing me to reflect on some of the behaviour related aspects … Read More

via Carbon Voyage’s Blog


Drowning off of Thoughts photo

Drowning off of Thoughts

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The water looks unreal doesn’t it?