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Blog Prompt #3: hug a tree

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"God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools." --John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club

*note to self: i don't think God is really the point here.. nature, yes. But....who are the fools?*
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*Regarding Environmental Sustainability: I think it is important to look at differences around the globe relating to population, gross domestic product, rate of natural increase, consumption patterns, emissions standards, etc. There is a huge disparity between more developed countries and lesser developed countries. The United States, for instance, continues to produce and consume at an alarming rate, yet hesitates to take responsibility for its environmental impacts. At the same time, there are lesser developed countries in the world that are trying to meet their basic needs for food, potable water, and shelter. I think an important aspect of the Millenium Development Goals will be addressing these issues and finding ways that we can deal with these disparities, while making environmental, economical, and social benefits a priority. This blog will reflect my thoughts, inspirations, contradictions, blahblahs regarding this........*

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"Well I think as designers we realize that design is a signal of intention, but it also has to occur within a world and we have to understand that world in order to imbue our designs with inherent intelligence so when we look back at the basic state of affairs in which we design.. we, in a way, need to go to the primordial condition to understand the operating system and the frame conditions of the planet and the exciting part of that is the good news that's there because the news is the news of abundance and not the news of limits and I think as our culture tortures itself now with tyrranies and concerns over limits and fear we can add this other dimension of abundance that is coherent, driven by the sun, and start to imagine what that would be like to share" --William McDonough, from the Monticello Dialogues

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"I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun's energy.... If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago." --Sir George Porter, quoted in The Observer, 26 August 1973
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“Humanity is part of nature, a species that evolved among other species. The more closely we identify ourselves with the rest of life, the more quickly we will be able to discover the sources of human sensibility and acquire the knowledge on which an enduring ethic, a sense of preferred direction, can be built.� --E.O. Wilson, author of The Future of Life

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watch the last part of The Lorax:

*note to self: go to youtube.com to see the whole thing*

http://youtube.com/watch?v=o-Y0Az-4wUg&feature=related

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