“Four drivers give meaning to this message. First, the costs of clean, climate-friendly solutions – notably renewable energies – continue to fall as technology improves and business models sharpen. The age-old argument that a green future involves additional expense is giving way to the realisation that a full life-cycle analysis often reveals superior net returns, even when there are higher upfront investments. Second, national and sub-national policy action is accelerating, crucially in China and the USA, fusing the climate agenda with one geared to human health, energy security and technology innovation, focusing for China in particular on reducing air pollution and water stress. Third, citizens are mobilising and will be on the streets of New York the weekend before the summit at the People’s Climate March – with a refreshed narrative that communicates the often complex climate agenda in popular ways, whether in terms of giant ‘carbon bubbles’, rising inequality or stagnant economies. And fourth, finance is moving, although still hesitantly, often led by the world’s policy-guided banks. Stewards of some of the trillions of private dollars, yuan and euro that lie within the global financial system are readying for the shift that lies ahead, as evidenced by the still small but rapidly growing green bond market.”—UN Climate Summit must show climate change action is in everyone’s interests | Guardian Sustainable Business | theguardian.com
“To be fair, the so-called “Climate Change Rowhouse,” with its recycled tilework inspired “in part by 18th-century Portuguese facade work” and in part by clouds, is not everyone’s style. I paid a visit to Long Island City to see it for myself, and let’s just say I didn’t have any trouble finding it. But if I’d managed to design a house that used about 95 percent energy for heating and cooling than traditional homes, and which boasted a green roof and a solar powered water heater to boot, I’d want to be loud about it, too.”—
“We have a chance right now, but whether we exercise that knowledge or not, I guess you’ll have to wait 10 or 50 years and see. Some things may continue and be more resilient than others. Among the changes, that’s one: We’ve seen a loss of ocean life, like 90 percent of many of the big fish, the large sharks, the tunas, swordfish, halibut, cod, even the small creatures like the herring and the squid are significantly depleted from the levels they enjoyed when I was a child. We’re emptying the oceans. We have a capacity to extract on a scale that is far more effective than those systems can replenish. We talk about sustainability but we aren’t actually practicing sustainability at all.”—“I can’t put aside the things that I’ve witnessed”: Meet the star of Netflix’s powerful new documentary - Salon.com
Sylvia Earle on what we’re doing to the planet’s oceans.
What you see is two totally different narratives, and a deep mistrust for the “white” media. This is the much larger consequence of institutionalized racism. On a very basic level, white and black people are living in different realities.
“The message of all of this was something beyond the mere maintenance of law and order: it’s difficult to imagine how armored officers with what looked like a mobile military sniper’s nest could quell the anxieties of a community outraged by allegations regarding the excessive use of force. It revealed itself as a raw matter of public intimidation.”—Jelani Cobbreports from Ferguson. (via newyorker)
In case you're wondering, though I doubt you are...
My tumblr is the space where I can share the stuff I’m thinking about that isn’t necessarily “on brand.” There will always be lighting and design stuff here, because I love that stuff and love to share it. But I might also write about culture, the news or what I’m thinking about.
My tumblr is a little window into my mind and some of it might be a little saltier that what you see on Twitter.