Sunday, April 23, 2017

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Please check out this link:

https://charleseisenstein.net/essays/institutes-for-technologies-of-reunion/

Charles, whom I met in a double interview in Berlin a couple of years ago, wrote a book I always recommend to everyone: The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible.  I just  wrote him again my gratitude that his amazing clarity  and depth of thinking is and will be available for the world after I have to check out.  He is saying and going deeper into all that I have been trying to say for the past 40 years.  You can get a taste in this article about technologies of re-union and take the opportunity to sign on for his newsletter.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Stunning drops in the cost of wind and solar energy have turned the global power market upside down.
For years, opponents of renewable power, like President Donald Trump, have argued they simply aren’t affordable. The reality is quite different.
Unsubsidized renewables have become the cheapest source of new power — by far — in more and more countries, according to a new report from the United Nations and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).
In just one year, the cost of solar generation worldwide dropped on average 17 percent, the report found. The average costs for onshore wind dropped 18 percent last year, while those for offshore wind fell a whopping 28 percent.
The result is “more bang for the buck,” as the U.N. and BNEF put it. Last year saw 138.5 gigawatts of new renewable capacity. That not only beat the 2015 record of 127.5 GW, but it was built with a total investment that was 23 percent lower than in 2015.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

I have just sent out a brief article - HOPE BLOOMS IN THE VALLEY - about our trip to Wisconsin on Mailchimp (click 'subscribe' to get it.  Check it out.  What do you think?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Our friend Albert  Bates peripatetic world curious Johnny Appleseed of communities write:
I celebrated my 70th trip round the seasons in January, but this year
seems even more active than the last. Last year I was in
Mexico-Belize-Dominican
Republic-US-Mexico-US-China-US-England-US-Morocco-US-Mexico. This year its
Mexico-Belize-Mexico-US-Mexico-US-England-Italy-US-Mexico-US-Ireland-Brazil(SER7)-US-Mexico-Germany(COP23)-India(IPC13)-Mexico.

I am an emergency planetary technician and the solutions I offer are way
cool. Whether there is a habitable planet after I leave it is not up to
me, but not for want of trying. Having the best years of my life,

Monday, March 27, 2017

Please check out the mailing from this site by  clicking on 'subscribe' if you have not done so.  I just posted a piece there about the Los Angeles EcoVillage.  What my friend Albert Bates writes is so much exactly what I am trying to promote to our world that I have posted his own words.  How do you feel about ecovillages?  Have you experience of any of them?  Would you like to?  Do you think you would ever like to be part of one?  Also see my book 'Have You Lost Your Tribe?'  which is all about ecovillages, a history from the utopian communities of he 19th century through the hippie communes to today's ecovillages, including a section on our experience of creating a conscious sustainable community where my sons grew up in New Hampshire from 1978 to 1998.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

RELIGION AND PURPOSE

We all seem to need purpose and meaning.  Without them we often flounder discontentedly. Ill at ease in our preoccupations.  Traditionally religions supplied these for us, but purpose and meaning handed to us by any external source discomforts us.  We sense not divine will but human manipulation through both institutions and traditions narrated by others.  Among religions that is easier for Buddhists with no deity to contend with.  We want to trust ourselves, focus on our enlightenment and a good life free from other constraints.
I have avoided the entanglements of lineage.  I am not even a deist.  I am a theologian with no god, if that does not seem contradiction.  Yet I impune.  I look for intention.  I find intention in myself and therefore I seek it in the universe.  Anthropomorphic thinking?   Possibly.  But I wonder why I am so constructed.  Born of an agnostic mother into a family that avoided any mention of what they did not feel equipped to understand – leave that to the professionals who claim knowledge – with a faintly superior cynicism about the self-serving claims of the followers and uncritical believers.

Is it only that I want there to be a purpose – to the creation, to life, to my life?  It feels right that there be and that I should seek it.  And the responses that seem acceptable truly do satisfy some need in me.  What about you?  Does the concept of God resonate with you.  What is your sense of what you maybe here for, or what you ought to be doing with the gifts life has given you?