Biomimicry: More Cause for Optimism!

In a TED lecture, Janine Benyus says things like: We need to remember that we live in a competent universe where organisms live gracefully. Life creates conditions conducive to life. We need to reconnect ourselves to the genius of the natural world.

She shows several examples of brilliant design in nature and how scientists are using those designs to create better human systems. That is a cause for optimism, isn’t it?

At the end, Janine invites us to visit this website:


For over 40 years, since the first Earth Day, we’ve been told to turn off the lights when we leave a room and turn off the water while brushing our teeth and that this would save the planet.  I have never believed a word of it, even as I have dutifully followed the advice.  I also recycle and compost and grow a bit of my own food…  It just never feels like my small efforts can possibly make any real difference.

For years, I have been waiting for real innovation.  Something big.  Bigger than windmills.  Bigger than a few solar panels on the roof.  Bigger than high speed rail.

Here is the kind of innovation I’ve been waiting for:

This kind of talk makes me feel optimistic about the future.  This is the kind of stuff I wish our government would invest in.

Green Home Chautauqua

Please click on over to Audubon’s newest website: Green Home Chautauqua!

The idea behind it is to provide folks in the Western New York region the resources they need to do green renovations.  Right now, it is mostly a template and we are looking for help filling in the content… so, if you know contractors and suppliers of green products or services, OR if you know of a homeowner who has installed something “green” and would be willing to tell his or her story on this website, please let me know!!


Are you going to play?

Saturday, March 29th between 8pm and 9pm – your local time…  Turn off the lights!  Why?  Read on…

bulbsEarth Hour is a global event created to symbolize that each one of us, working together, can make a positive impact on climate change – no matter who we are or where we live.

Created by WWF in Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour has grown from a single event into a global movement. In 2008, millions of people, businesses, governments and civic organizations in nearly 200 cities around the globe will turn out for Earth Hour. More than 35 US cities will participate, including the US flagships–Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco.

Earth Hour brings together communities, local governments, corporate and nongovernmental organizations to heighten awareness about climate change and to inspire our nation to take practical actions to reduce their own carbon footprints.

Read more about it here:

So come on!  Play along!  Turn off your lights, your computer, your TV, EVERYTHING that draws electricity.  Light a candle.  Tell stories.  It’ll be fun!