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February 28, 2008

To be Released

I would join NPO rebuilding and/or design teams that are helping rebuild the South due to Hurricane Katrina.
I could volunteer for companies or organizations that do historical building renovations. And do research on renovations that would be more sustainable to the environment and share this information with my boss in hopes that it will impact their process.
I could also volunteer at a landscape architecture firm and do research on ways to prevent the cutting of trees when doing new building projects. I would once again bring this research to my boss and hope the take it into account. This OBVIOUSLY depends on the company I would be volunteering for.

I would do paintings that illustrated how unrealistically beautiful the world was 8 billion years ago, before human inhabitance. I would possibly do paintings of what the environment is now to see the contrast. I would then sell these paintings for thousands of dollars and donate that money to wildlife conservation organizations.
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I would plant gardens for people in patterns and symbols, as art pieces, and would charge them and donate the money to tree building organizations or a flower/plant conservation organization.

Even though I absolutely love me a steak, I would quit eating red meat sue to its high concentration of harmful synthetic hormones. To actually make an impact I would have to take it one step further and organize a boycott and hope it will affect red meat production. Or I could lobby in Congress to get them to pass stricter hormone concentration laws.
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I have thought about actually going into biology so that if I were to lobby in Congress there would be some merit behind my arguments. This would increase my chance of impacting Congress members.

This may not be lyrically in the terms of a song, but I would write to chemical companies and explain scientifically how their chemicals are ruining many ecosystems. I would also write Congress to push them to test more, if not all, chemicals before they are put into the market as well as the environment.
This idea may overlap an artistic action as well as lyrical one. I would “graffiti� quotes around the city on who and how many people are suffering due to contamination of many aspects of the environment, especially water.

February 21, 2008

Appreciating the Environment

Goal 7: Environmental Sustainability

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
-Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732
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Modern technology
Owes ecology
An apology
-Alan M. Eddison

In America today you can murder land for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see, and nobody calls the cops.
-Paul Brooks, The Pursuit of Wilderness, 1971

The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.
-Ralph Nader. Quoted in Linda Butts, ed., Loose Talk, 1930

The sun the moon and the stars would have disappeared a long time ago…had they happened to be with in reach of predatory human hands.
-Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life, 1923

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?
-Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985.

Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites.
-William Ruckelshavs, Business Week, 18 June 1990

"Access to an adequate supply of clean water is a basic human right." -Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke, Blue Gold

I was not able to upload my music files so here is a playlist with the explanation of inclusion for each song:

1. Smart Went Crazy -Atmosphere. Smart here may represent the technology that has caused the environment to go "crazy."

2. Sitting, Waiting, Wishing -Jack Johnson. "Must I always be waiting on you, must I always be playing your fool?" This is probably how Mother Earth feels towards humans with their lack of effort on her behalf.

3. Mediocre Bad Guys -Jack Johnson. This song is for the people that sit around and wait for action to just happen. They may not be horrible people, but can be considered "mediocre bad guys."

4. Lost Ones -Lauren Hill. "It's funny how money changes situations....did you really gain from , you really lost one." This along with the next song are for the politicians who are too wrapped up in money and power, to ever allow environmental consciousness into their lives.

5.Forgive Them Father -Lauren Hill. "Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do....they say all the right things to gain their positions." Once again for the politician, and once again looking at money induced ignorance.

6. Hello, Goodbye -Unknown Prophets. "I wanna say hello to the good times, goodbye to the bad times." This song represents the hopefullness and determination of those who are actively making a difference for our environment.

February 14, 2008


I know this does not occur just in the twin cities, but is a social design issue that continually affects the public without them even realizing it. It is the design of drug representatives catering huge gourmet lunches to doctors and all of their staff. The drug representatives do this in order to get an opportunity (such as lunchtime) to talk to the doctors about why they should choose their drug. This does make sense for a business decision, but it looks too much like bribery to me. You know how doctors push for drugs before the think of other alternative treatments. The whole time they do this they are thinking about the pressure these drug reps are going to put on them as well as the pressure of the office for that gourmet fettuccini. While the doctors and the staff enjoy the gesture, it unfortunately allows the drug companies to have way too much power over how the medical industry is run. It allows them to continue to raise their prices knowing the doctors will loyally continue to thrust their drugs at their patients, without giving a mention of any generic cheaper brands. There are people who absolutely need these drugs and are forced to pay these high prices. Once this money is received from these innocent people the money is spent to lavish those that are already well off, not to mention vacations and BMWs for those that work for these companies. It makes me sick and I hope to God that we will get a president that believes in universal health care. The reason that I chose this issue is because I have friends who are nurses or receptionists in doctors’ offices and they naively love these catered lunches without realizing the vicious cycle they take a part in. What I have done to be a de-activist about this issue is share my feelings about it with my friends when they talk about these lunches.