It’s RIDICULOUS not to bike

A campaign in Malmö Sweden, combined with smarter biking infrastructure, has increased the share of transportation held by biking from 20% to 30% since 1995. In 2003, the city’s bike and transportation department did a study and found that 50% of all trips under 5km were by car. That study inspired the campaign called “No…

Consider “Consider the Lobster”

Eric shared an essay written by David Foster Wallace in 2004, which covers the Maine Lobster Festival on assignment for Gourmet magazine. He says it’s a very fast read with 20 short pages and the whole thing is definitely worth going over, but if you want to save some time the discussion material won’t start…

Discussion on environmental preservation

Tim, our fearless new member, chose two articles to check out for the next meeting. He says that there are plenty more on the subject of ecological economics out there, and would love to see suggestions. Articles: Eaters of the dead, back to life in Cambodia – nature.com Does paying to protect the environment work?…

Video to counter our McKibben article

This week we discussed Bill McKibben’s article “The Mental Environment.” It adopts a rather negative slant—that humans in modern western society are despairingly self-absorbed.  I came upon a video that proposes a different notion. Jeremy Rifkin asks, “Can we reach biosphere consciousness and global empathy in time to avert planetary collapse?” The Reading and Media…

Discussion Questions for “The Endless City” and “The Mental Environment”

Mallory chose two readings from Adbusters #90, Whole Brain Catalog. Both of these articles examine the changing of our environment due to physical “advances in technology” and, concordantly, how our “mental environment” is reacting. From The Endless City: How terrified are you after reading this article? Let’s talk about our own pros and cons of…

Hello Sustainers!

It’s finally here! Footprint Magazine has been reincarnated online and is looking for writers, photographers, videographers…you name it. To learn more, visit the About section or come to the first Sustain Mizzou general meeting of the year tonight at 7pm in the Walt Disney Room.

Discussion Questions for Blessed Unrest

In our first week, the Environmental Reading and Media Group chose to read excerpts from Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken. Project leader Nick Mustoe offers the following questions for discussion: The start of what became the modern method of biological categorization, Systema Naturae by Linnaeus, consisted of only 11 pages. Is it conceivable today that we could…