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Thursday, November 10, 2011
Expedition Bhutan Update
Well, we finished the design of the coverage page for the Expedition Bhutan! They have been in Bhutan for a few days now, got blessings from the king and wonderful support for their trip! Check out the coverage page to see what's happening... http://expeditionbhutan.com/
Friday, September 23, 2011
I hope to be working with Expedition Bhutan http://expeditionbhutan.com/ supporting their website and social media outlets. The project could entail managing the blog, photos and trip updates where necessary. A very exciting opportunity!! I would also like to help them weave a story on how the east can learn from the GNH and the west can learn form our mistakes in measuring GNP. I hope to be able to utilize the research I've been doing on the hydropower plants that India has been installing in Bhutan. Here is a link to a story that outlines all the violations, and alleged violations realized in the construction of one of the dams... http://www.internationalrivers.org/node/2408 It is shocking how many violations and illegal acts have occurred during this project.
Monday, September 19, 2011
So many things are presenting themselves to me!! I just bumped into an old friend who is part of a group that is trekking across Bhutan to find out what Gross National Happiness (GNH) really means. Bhutan is on my must see list. They are going through some dynamic changes, including trying to figure out a way to be financially self sustaining. One of the ideas for becoming self sustaining is to dam up the rivers to create energy. They have already allowed some Indian companies to build several hydro electric dams. These dams didn't receive Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) credits, which would help Bhutan to meet part of their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol. It was speculated that India finished the dams before the review and comment period because the construction may not have met the standards needed for credits. I'm still trying to research what really happened.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
I keep thinking about how I can make a difference by reduce my carbon footprint and general ill effects on the environment. I have some fantasies, but what will make them realities? Infrastructure changes, lifestyle changes and societal changes where I live, or moving somewhere else?
I've been without a car since Monday morning April 25th, the day I had to get to SF from Truckee for an interview. Not knowing an alternate way to get there in time for my interview I rented a car. Since then I have been spending more time in SF using public transportation, or human power to get around and renting a car on occasion to get to Truckee. Alternatively, I have taken the train to Truckee occasionally and used a friends car while there. Though one of my fantasies is to live without a car, I have a house in a mountain town with no easy access to public transportation, no buses that come within 3 miles of my house, and an elevation differential between my house and the bus stop of over 800 feet. I have ridden my bike and cross country skied around town, but only when time and energy allow me slog back up the mountain to get home. My knee surgery hasn't allowed me to ride my bike much the last few months, and recently I was told not to do any bent leg exercises for at least 4 weeks, so I'm left with walking and public transportation. OK, I did take a taxi last night, but funds don't allow that as a usual form of transportation. All this being said, to live out this fantasy I will have to move to a more convenient location that will allow for not utilizing carbon emitting vehicles and unfortunately not enjoy the Sierras. Nope, not quite ready for that yet!
I am waiting on the delivery of my new car. It does emit less carbon, has an MPG of 31/25 and the 2011 is ranked #3 in it's class on the Next Green Car Website and #2 in it's class on the EPA green vehicle guide, the diesel is rated #1, but unfortunately it's not available in the US. I don't think it's enough and neither does Gernote Wagner http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/08/opinion/going-green-but-getting-nowhere.html?_r=1 What is it going to take for us to change our lifestyle enough to make a difference? This leads me to my other fantasy of a bohemian lifestyle in a place that you can walk, or ride a bike anywhere you need to go, a small studio apt. or cottage that is very green and limited travel. There is meeting in the middle... I could build a passive energy sustainable house on my lot in kings beach that is built out of mostly reclaimed materials, low, or no maintenance green materials and smaller more efficient space. I have started to design this and since I have very limited coverage on my lot I can't build your typical large Tahoe house.
Oh, and by the way the car is a 2012 Mini Cooper Countryman S All 4
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Trying to stay focused on my journey... I have to believe that it is possible, even in this economy, to get a position that will fulfill my vision to contribute to the greater good and afford me the lifestyle I envision. Kurt Vonnegut, one of my favorite writers, said it best... "I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center." To me this means to keep reaching and stretching without loosing sight of the vision.
So many people are saying to just take a job, because it's better to have something. Many times those are the same people that think work is a 4 letter word and tend to just subsist living day to day. Do I trust the critical eye of someone I respect with my vision? Will their feedback help me see the bigger picture and understand just how very close to my goal I am, or will they offer criticism and give me the same advice? Have I lost objectivity about the struggle I've been going through, and what is the real truth -- am I almost there? Do I plan a celebration to keep me focused on the finish line and put the intention out there?
So many questions. I've created some of the answers and want to believe I can create all the answers. Yes, I fantasize about a minimalist bohemian lifestyle, if that's what it takes, but I still have my current lifestyle to support and have a hard time just walking away from that. Is it better to rip the Band-Aid off quickly and have immediate pain and potential shock, or do it slowly to minimize the pain and spread it out over time? The latter is what I think our government has done with the economic recovery, but just today it was announced that the foreclosure rates have spiked in some of the countries largest cities and in almost every state. Does this push people to strive for a better, more secure life, or does it put them in survival mode?
I think some people have become numb to it all and are in survival mode. I want to stay on the edge and keep seeing all sorts of beautiful things.