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Jim Merkel of Dartmouth College on Simplicity

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  • 1. Sustainable Design – what is it? Radical Simplicity Happy Going Green Expo!
  • 2. Why Simplify?
  • 3. Radically Simple Living Can Save:
    • TIME
    • MONEY
    • FOOTPRINT
    STARVE THE CORPORATIONS And can
  • 4. a personal and institutional response to:
    • War
    • Global poverty
    • Ecological crisis
    • Personal health
    • Stress
    • Boring trivial work
  • 5. Quantifying Sustainability Humanity’s Consumption Compared to Biospheric Production
  • 6. 1-800-NASA
  • 7. Intact Ecosystems provide Services: Water Purification Carbon Sequestration Climate Regulation Soil Retention Wildlife Habitat Pollination
  • 8. An Anthropocentric Analysis
  • 9. “ What you people call your natural resources our people call our relatives.” Oren Lyons -- Onondaga
  • 10. A TAIL OF ONE GUY WITH A BIG FOOT PRINT
  • 11. In the beginning – was this arms dealer Who seemed happy selling top-secret cryptographic computers
  • 12. But life at the top began to feel lonely The horrors of war and the cries of the Earth disturbed his sleep…
  • 13. He visited the Navajo resisting forced relocation
  • 14. He witnessed other weenies with ties courageously speak out against subsidies to automobile drivers.
  • 15. But when he watched the Raging Grannies cross the line to stop a nuclear test in Nevada… He had no choice as to what side of the line he was going to stand on – for ever.
  • 16. Unsung heroes unleashed his tears
  • 17. The tipping point was: the Exxon Valdez Oil spill
  • 18. Tools for Change assembled a financial plan 16 years later capital still intact
  • 19. Your Money or your Life -- Financial Independence Savings interest income Earnings Spending Crossover point Time Money
  • 20. The Journey to Radical simplicity begins…
  • 21. Fellowship to study Kerala’s quality of Life
  • 22. Small families – low infant mortality
  • 23. Cooperative Mind
  • 24. 60% of gov. spending on healthcare and education. More libraries than all of India.
  • 25. Abundant food – playful people
  • 26. Open Prison – 280 murderers – guards carry no weapons, there are no fences “ We better treat them nice. They are all murderers.” When asked about the philosophy of the treatment of the prisoners, the guard said…
  • 27. Chendren and Appicherican of the Kani Tribe of Kerala’s Western Ghats Still hunting and gathering
  • 28. Setting off on a quest in the Indian Himalayas – how to reduce consumption in North America
  • 29. In the rain shadow Zanskar Himalayas
  • 30. Crossing pass to Kargia
  • 31. Zache zola song
  • 32. Fellow traveler Rang Bow Gung Gen in the background
  • 33. Passing chortens while meditating
  • 34. Mantras
  • 35. Kargia -- Zanskar
  • 36. Fossil Fuel Free inspiration from villagers
  • 37. See the footprint from this vantage Returned home to start the Global Living Project
  • 38. In 1996 – First GLP team Set out to live equitable among all humanity , all species and future generations
  • 39. The gleaned bumps & experiences led to…
  • 40. Radical Simplicity Tools
  • 41. E cological Footprinting Your Money or Your Life Learning from Nature
  • 42. There is the “Thrill” Radical Simplicity explores the many sides to sustainability –
  • 43. And there is the “Nurture”
  • 44. And then… just having fossil fuel free fun!
  • 45. And figuring out how to get small – without magic dust
  • 46. But also, sustainability in a global context is serious business
  • 47. “… no longer than a decade , at the most…,” Dr. James Hansen Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times Heads the NASA Institute for Space Studies in New York City
  • 48. Nineteen of the hottest 20 years on record occurred since 1980. -- The Union of Concerned Scientist
  • 49.
    • Warming Is “unequivocal”
    • Widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global mean sea level
    • Carbon dioxide and methane “exceeds by far the natural range over the last 650,000 years”
    IPCC Fourth Assessment
  • 50. Species are moving poles-ward at about four miles per decade . “ Isotherms” are moving pole-ward at about thirty-five miles per decade .
  • 51. failing to gain enough weight during the summer to breed
  • 52. Over 200 species go extinct every day 1000 times faster than natural rate
  • 53. Iraqi Deaths Related to Shock and Awe
    • 654,965 excess deaths related to the war, or 2.5% of the population, through the end of June 2006.
      • Published in The Lancet , one of the oldest peer-reviewed medical journals founded in 1823 .
  • 54. Gulf War Deaths
    • 205,500 Iraqis died in 1991 from effects of the Gulf war or postwar turmoil (approximates).
      • Beth Osborne Daponte, Carnegie Mellon University
    • The U.S. suffered 148 combat deaths and 145 non-battle deaths during the Gulf War and the buildup to it.
  • 55. Iraqi Infant Mortality (under 1)
    • 40 in 1990
    • 102 in 2005
  • 56. US Prison Population Highest in the World
    • 1 in 142 US residents now in prison
    • Topped 2 million in 2002
      • Justice Department
    • 714 USA
    • 532 Russia
    • 413 South Africa
    • 207 Libya
    • 194 Iran
    • 116 Canada
    • 100 Nicaragua
    • 91 France
    • 83 Venezuela
    • 65 Norway
    • 29 India
    Per 100,000
  • 57. Too Much, Not Enough
    • If current trends continue, obesity will become the leading cause of death by next year.
    • Surpassing 500,000 deaths annually, rivaling the number of annual deaths from cancer
      • Julie L. Gerberding, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • 58. Radical Disparity Wealthiest Billion $70 per day Poorest Billion $0.25 per day Global Gap = 250:1 and growing Inter-human equity
  • 59. The face of poverty
  • 60. How Much Earth is There? 28 Billion Bio-productive Acres Divided by 6.3 Billion People Living Planet Report, 2003 Data