Sustainable Design – what is it? Radical Simplicity Happy Going Green Expo!
Why Simplify?
Radically Simple Living Can Save: <ul><li>TIME </li></ul><ul><li>MONEY  </li></ul><ul><li>FOOTPRINT </li></ul>STARVE THE C...
a personal and institutional  response to: <ul><li>War </li></ul><ul><li>Global poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Ecological crisi...
Quantifying Sustainability Humanity’s Consumption   Compared to Biospheric Production
1-800-NASA
Intact  Ecosystems  provide  Services: Water Purification Carbon Sequestration Climate Regulation Soil Retention Wildlife ...
An Anthropocentric Analysis
“ What you people call your natural resources our people call our relatives.”  Oren Lyons -- Onondaga
A TAIL OF ONE GUY WITH A BIG FOOT PRINT
In the beginning – was this arms dealer Who seemed happy selling top-secret cryptographic computers
But life at the top began to feel lonely The horrors of war and the cries of the Earth disturbed his sleep…
He visited the Navajo resisting forced relocation
He witnessed other weenies with ties courageously speak out against subsidies to automobile drivers.
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 ...
Unsung heroes unleashed his tears
The tipping point was:  the Exxon Valdez  Oil spill
Tools for Change assembled a financial plan  16 years later capital still intact
Your Money or your Life -- Financial Independence Savings interest income Earnings Spending Crossover point Time Money
The Journey to Radical simplicity begins…
Fellowship to study Kerala’s quality of Life
Small families – low infant mortality
Cooperative Mind
60% of gov. spending on healthcare and education. More libraries than all of India.
Abundant food – playful people
Open Prison – 280 murderers   – guards carry no weapons, there are no fences “ We better treat them nice.  They are all mu...
Chendren and Appicherican of the Kani Tribe of Kerala’s Western Ghats Still hunting and gathering
Setting off on a quest in the Indian Himalayas  – how to reduce consumption in North America
In the rain shadow  Zanskar Himalayas
Crossing pass to Kargia
Zache zola song
Fellow traveler Rang Bow Gung Gen in the background
Passing chortens while meditating
Mantras
Kargia -- Zanskar
Fossil Fuel Free  inspiration from villagers
See the footprint from this vantage Returned home to start the Global Living Project
In 1996 – First GLP team Set out to live equitable among all  humanity , all  species  and  future generations
The gleaned bumps & experiences led to…
Radical Simplicity Tools
E cological Footprinting Your Money or Your Life Learning from Nature
There is the “Thrill” Radical Simplicity explores the many sides to sustainability –
And there is the “Nurture”
And then… just having fossil fuel free fun!
And figuring out how to get small –  without magic dust
But also, sustainability in a global context is serious business
“… no longer than  a decade , at the most…,”  Dr. James Hansen  Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times   Heads the NASA Institu...
Nineteen of the hottest 20 years on record occurred since 1980.  -- The Union of Concerned Scientist
<ul><li>Warming Is “unequivocal” </li></ul><ul><li>Widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global mean sea level </...
Species are moving poles-ward at about  four miles per decade .  “ Isotherms” are moving pole-ward at  about thirty-five m...
failing to gain enough weight  during the summer to breed
Over 200 species go extinct every day 1000 times faster than natural rate
Iraqi Deaths Related to  Shock and Awe <ul><li>654,965 excess deaths related to the war, or 2.5% of the population, throug...
Gulf War Deaths <ul><li>205,500 Iraqis died in 1991 from effects of the Gulf war or postwar turmoil (approximates). </li><...
Iraqi Infant Mortality (under 1) <ul><li>40 in 1990  </li></ul><ul><li>102 in 2005   </li></ul>
US Prison Population Highest in the World <ul><li>1 in 142 US residents now in prison </li></ul><ul><li>Topped 2 million i...
Too Much, Not Enough <ul><li>If current trends continue, obesity will become the leading cause of death by next year. </li...
Radical Disparity Wealthiest Billion $70 per day   Poorest Billion $0.25 per day Global Gap = 250:1 and growing Inter-huma...
The face of poverty
How Much Earth is There? 28 Billion Bio-productive   Acres Divided by 6.3 Billion People Living Planet Report, 2003 Data
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  • Jim Merkel: Radical Simplicity Part 1

    1. 1. Sustainable Design – what is it? Radical Simplicity Happy Going Green Expo!
    2. 2. Why Simplify?
    3. 3. Radically Simple Living Can Save: <ul><li>TIME </li></ul><ul><li>MONEY </li></ul><ul><li>FOOTPRINT </li></ul>STARVE THE CORPORATIONS And can
    4. 4. a personal and institutional response to: <ul><li>War </li></ul><ul><li>Global poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Ecological crisis </li></ul><ul><li>Personal health </li></ul><ul><li>Stress </li></ul><ul><li>Boring trivial work </li></ul>
    5. 5. Quantifying Sustainability Humanity’s Consumption Compared to Biospheric Production
    6. 6. 1-800-NASA
    7. 7. Intact Ecosystems provide Services: Water Purification Carbon Sequestration Climate Regulation Soil Retention Wildlife Habitat Pollination
    8. 8. An Anthropocentric Analysis
    9. 9. “ What you people call your natural resources our people call our relatives.” Oren Lyons -- Onondaga
    10. 10. A TAIL OF ONE GUY WITH A BIG FOOT PRINT
    11. 11. In the beginning – was this arms dealer Who seemed happy selling top-secret cryptographic computers
    12. 12. But life at the top began to feel lonely The horrors of war and the cries of the Earth disturbed his sleep…
    13. 13. He visited the Navajo resisting forced relocation
    14. 14. He witnessed other weenies with ties courageously speak out against subsidies to automobile drivers.
    15. 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. 16. Unsung heroes unleashed his tears
    17. 17. The tipping point was: the Exxon Valdez Oil spill
    18. 18. Tools for Change assembled a financial plan 16 years later capital still intact
    19. 19. Your Money or your Life -- Financial Independence Savings interest income Earnings Spending Crossover point Time Money
    20. 20. The Journey to Radical simplicity begins…
    21. 21. Fellowship to study Kerala’s quality of Life
    22. 22. Small families – low infant mortality
    23. 23. Cooperative Mind
    24. 24. 60% of gov. spending on healthcare and education. More libraries than all of India.
    25. 25. Abundant food – playful people
    26. 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. 27. Chendren and Appicherican of the Kani Tribe of Kerala’s Western Ghats Still hunting and gathering
    28. 28. Setting off on a quest in the Indian Himalayas – how to reduce consumption in North America
    29. 29. In the rain shadow Zanskar Himalayas
    30. 30. Crossing pass to Kargia
    31. 31. Zache zola song
    32. 32. Fellow traveler Rang Bow Gung Gen in the background
    33. 33. Passing chortens while meditating
    34. 34. Mantras
    35. 35. Kargia -- Zanskar
    36. 36. Fossil Fuel Free inspiration from villagers
    37. 37. See the footprint from this vantage Returned home to start the Global Living Project
    38. 38. In 1996 – First GLP team Set out to live equitable among all humanity , all species and future generations
    39. 39. The gleaned bumps & experiences led to…
    40. 40. Radical Simplicity Tools
    41. 41. E cological Footprinting Your Money or Your Life Learning from Nature
    42. 42. There is the “Thrill” Radical Simplicity explores the many sides to sustainability –
    43. 43. And there is the “Nurture”
    44. 44. And then… just having fossil fuel free fun!
    45. 45. And figuring out how to get small – without magic dust
    46. 46. But also, sustainability in a global context is serious business
    47. 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. 48. Nineteen of the hottest 20 years on record occurred since 1980. -- The Union of Concerned Scientist
    49. 49. <ul><li>Warming Is “unequivocal” </li></ul><ul><li>Widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global mean sea level </li></ul><ul><li>Carbon dioxide and methane “exceeds by far the natural range over the last 650,000 years” </li></ul>IPCC Fourth Assessment
    50. 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. 51. failing to gain enough weight during the summer to breed
    52. 52. Over 200 species go extinct every day 1000 times faster than natural rate
    53. 53. Iraqi Deaths Related to Shock and Awe <ul><li>654,965 excess deaths related to the war, or 2.5% of the population, through the end of June 2006. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Published in The Lancet , one of the oldest peer-reviewed medical journals founded in 1823 . </li></ul></ul>
    54. 54. Gulf War Deaths <ul><li>205,500 Iraqis died in 1991 from effects of the Gulf war or postwar turmoil (approximates). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Beth Osborne Daponte, Carnegie Mellon University </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The U.S. suffered 148 combat deaths and 145 non-battle deaths during the Gulf War and the buildup to it. </li></ul>
    55. 55. Iraqi Infant Mortality (under 1) <ul><li>40 in 1990 </li></ul><ul><li>102 in 2005 </li></ul>
    56. 56. US Prison Population Highest in the World <ul><li>1 in 142 US residents now in prison </li></ul><ul><li>Topped 2 million in 2002 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Justice Department </li></ul></ul><ul><li>714 USA </li></ul><ul><li>532 Russia </li></ul><ul><li>413 South Africa </li></ul><ul><li>207 Libya </li></ul><ul><li>194 Iran </li></ul><ul><li>116 Canada </li></ul><ul><li>100 Nicaragua </li></ul><ul><li>91 France </li></ul><ul><li>83 Venezuela </li></ul><ul><li>65 Norway </li></ul><ul><li>29 India </li></ul>Per 100,000
    57. 57. Too Much, Not Enough <ul><li>If current trends continue, obesity will become the leading cause of death by next year. </li></ul><ul><li>Surpassing 500,000 deaths annually, rivaling the number of annual deaths from cancer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Julie L. Gerberding, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention </li></ul></ul>
    58. 58. Radical Disparity Wealthiest Billion $70 per day Poorest Billion $0.25 per day Global Gap = 250:1 and growing Inter-human equity
    59. 59. The face of poverty
    60. 60. How Much Earth is There? 28 Billion Bio-productive Acres Divided by 6.3 Billion People Living Planet Report, 2003 Data

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