Category Archives: Alternative Energy

How do You Make an Ice Cube from the Sun?

“Solar power, of course,” said Neil Johannsen,  retired Director of Alaska State Parks, answering his own question. He asked me that question as I looked at his solar-powered van, Plover, named after a bird. I love that question. That is … Continue reading

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Island Power – How to Cut Carbon Emissions Without a Lifestyle Overhaul

If you’ve been reading my blog over the past couple years or have just been trying to reduce your carbon footprint, you know how hard it is to make meaningful lifestyle changes and still be part of modern society. Or, … Continue reading

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Earth First

Is there any chance that we can put the earth’s needs before our own and conserve resources? It’s a tall order and I’m not really sure it’s possible. Not because we don’t want to save resources in theory but because … Continue reading

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Turbines as Far as the Eye Can See

Last night I watched Disruption. Climate. Change. a precursor to the People’s Climate March on Sept 21st in New York City. It was a powerful call to action. I was momentarily sorry I would not be able to go to … Continue reading

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Oil and Honey

You’ve heard of  Bill McKibben and the incredible global climate movement he started, 350.org, right? His book Oil and Honey details how he became an activist and what it takes (incredible energy, ideas, speaking and writing ability, and almost no … Continue reading

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Oil Trains in Your Backyard

A couple nights ago, Climate Action Bainbridge (formerly Coal-Free Bainbridge) greeted ferry passengers with No Oil Trains signs to commemorate the oil train explosion in Quebec that killed 47 people and to raise awareness that the same highly flammable oil … Continue reading

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Climate Shame

Or, climate change: it’s a shame. I’m starting to notice a trend, are you? A trend where people probably with the best intentions, use guilt and shame to try to get the rest of us to sacrifice for the greater good. … Continue reading

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Internet Powered by 100% Renewable Energy: Step One

The internet is so ubiquitous most people don’t even think about it. It surrounds us. (Like the Matrix.) We need to take a minute and think about it though. It’s comprised of a network of servers in data centers around … Continue reading

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Solar Chargers – not just for vacation anymore

Spoiler alert: the following may seem like a no-brainer. And, it is. Sometimes it just takes someone else to reframe things for me to see something clearly, differently, or to apply a new use – does that ever happen to … Continue reading

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Good News: Solar Recharging Stations

Sometimes the whole sustainability/climate change/we’re-plunging-into-darkness news gets me down. From movies like Chasing Ice showing glacial retreat to fracking  polluting water systems, killing plants, animals and making people sick to our honey bee colonies collapsing due to pesticides; some days … Continue reading

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