April 20, 2008

Environmental Thinking at the Fringes

The continuing pressure for creating sustainable sociocultural innovations compel our brightest minds to entertain all sorts of ideas that seem implausible at first glance. Consider recent reevaluations of biofuels for example. However, well-intentioned miscalculations can often make us wonder what other recent, seemingly good ideas should we be careful to avoid? This article from LiveScience explores some of the oddest and counterintuitive ideas being promoted by the growing sustainable science community:
Top 10 Craziest Environmental Ideas

Many people have proposed wild ways to solve the myriad problems facing Earth, including water pollution, smog, mounds of trash and global warming. Ideas range from the rational (if not always easily implemented) to the downright zany. We've compiled a list of some of the wackier (or at least wackier-sounding) proposed solutions to today's environmental challenges.
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All ‘big ideas’ are generated from the perspectives, worldviews and ‘center of gravity’ of their creators. To demonstrate the diversity of environmentalisms here is a blog article on Radical Environmentalism from Shapeshifters:
Wild Resistance - A Brief Description of Radical Environmentalism

The history of eco-defense is nearly as old as the human race itself.

There is a common misconception that radical environmental struggle is a relatively new form of protest. However, the history of eco-defense is nearly as old as the human race itself. Many indigenous cultures around the world held the Earth and their surroundings as sacred. Social rules prescribed how the land and water that gave life to the people were to be treated and honored.

It is only in the last several hundred years that human societies have moved away from these beliefs. The modern world has increasingly lost touch with its wild roots. This lack of understanding and respect for the Earth has allowed the wanton destruction of our planet. This tragedy no longer affects the wild but humans as well.
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And, finally, let's not forget to take time to reflect on our own ecological "footprints" this EARTH DAY: April 22, 2008. We can change the world one choice at a time.

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