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Your Eco Blueprint Class4

Your Eco Blueprint Class4



A look at Transition Towns, web-based go-green tools, and sustainability indicators.

A look at Transition Towns, web-based go-green tools, and sustainability indicators.



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  • Your EcoBlueprint 5.26.09
  • subsistence pleasure avoid pain social / love spiritual self-actualization
  • “ . . . (a) low-carbon society would be one which remembers that our planet is a unique gift – perhaps the only one of its kind in the entire universe – which we are indescribably privileged to be born into.” Mark Lynas
  • Where are we going? Industrial Ascent
    • Energy use
    • Resource use
    • Environmental degradation
    • Pollution
    Peak Energy? Techno-Fantasy Green-Tech Stability Earth stewardship Post Mad Max Collapse Great Grand Children Agriculture 10.000yrs BP Industrial Revolution Baby Boom Pre-industrial culture Historical Time Future Time Creative Descent (Permaculture)
  • Changing the myth from…
  • Changing the myth to…
  • What can be done?
    • Global
      • Oil Depletion Protocol
      • Contraction and Convergence
      • Kyoto
    • National
      • TEQs, Cap & Share (energy rationing)
    • Community
      • Transition Towns, cities, villages, rural
    • Personal
      • “ The work that reconnects”
      • self directed re-education
      • getting Gaia’ed
  • Change begins with information. Anita Roddick Gabrielli Design Studio, LLC
  • Sokolow and Pacala, Carbon Mitigation Initiative at Princeton University
  • http://www.princeton.edu/~cmi/resources/CMI_Resources_new_files/CMI_Stab_Wedges_Movie.swf
  • Energy Efficiency & Conservation (4) CO 2 Capture & Storage (3) Stabilization Triangle Renewable Fuels & Electricity (4) Forest and Soil Storage (2) Fuel Switching (1) 15 Wedge Strategies in 4 Categories 2007 2057 8 GtC/y 16 GtC/y Triangle Stabilization Nuclear Fission (1)
  • Double the fuel efficiency of the world’s cars or halve miles traveled Produce today’s electric capacity with double today’s efficiency Use best efficiency practices in all residential and commercial buildings Replacing all the world’s incandescent bulbs with CFL’s would provide 1/4 of one wedge There are about 600 million cars today, with 2 billion projected for 2055 Average coal plant efficiency is 32% today Photos courtesy of Ford Motor Co., DOE, EPA Efficiency
  • Install 1 million 2 MW windmills to replace coal-based electricity, OR Use 2 million windmills to produce hydrogen fuel Photo courtesy of DOE A wedge worth of wind electricity will require increasing current capacity by a factor of 30 Wind Electricity
  • Photos courtesy of DOE Photovoltaics Program Install 20,000 square kilometers for dedicated use by 2054 A wedge of solar electricity would mean increasing current capacity 700 times Solar Electricity
  • What is our budget? Carbon output per person = 2 T per year CO 2 Current levels, typical American = 20 T per year How do we get there from here?
  • www.foodnews.org
  • natural capital built capital & human capital well being human capital & social capital ULTIMATE MEANS INTERMEDIATE MEANS INTERMEDIATE ENDS ULTIMATE ENDS science & technology political economy theology & ethics solar energy, the biosphere, earth materials, biogeochemical cycles labor, tools, factories, processed raw materials health, wealth, leisure, mobility, knowledge, communication, consumer goods happiness, harmony, identity, fulfillment, self-respect, self-realization, community, transcendence, enlightenment source: Donella Meadows, Indicators and Information for Sustainable Development
  • Local Resilience Indicators from Transition Towns
    • % of local trade carried out in local economy
    • % of food consumed locally, produced within a given radius
    • Ratio of car parking space to productive land use
    • Degree of engagement in practical Transition work by local community
    • Amount of traffic on local roads
    • Number of businesses owned by local people
    • Proportion of the community employed locally
    • % of essential goods manufactured within a given radius
    • % of local building materials used in new housing developments
    • % of energy consumed in the town that has been generated by a local ESCO
    • Amount of 16-year-olds about to grow 10 different varieties of vegetable to a given degree of basic competency
    • $ of medicines prescribed locally that have been produced within a given radius.