As long as I live I’ll hear the birds and the winds and the waterfalls sing. I’ll interpret the rocks and learn the language of flood and storm and avalanche. I’ll make the acquaintance of the wild gardens and the glaciers and get as near to the heart of this world as I could. And so I did. I sauntered about from rock to rock, from grove to grove, from stream to stream, and whenever I met a new plant I would sit down beside it for a minute or a day, to make its acquaintance, hear what it had to tell. I asked the boulders where they had been and whither they were going, and when night found me, there I camped. I took no more heed to save time or to make haste than did the trees or the stars. This is true freedom, a good, practical sort of immortality.

John Muir

This planet is not terra firma. It is a delicate flower and it must be cared for. It’s lonely. It’s small. It’s isolated, and there is no resupply. And we are mistreating it. Clearly, the highest loyalty we should have is not to our own country or our own religion or our hometown or even to ourselves. It should be to, number two, the family of man, and number one, the planet at large. This is our home, and this is all we’ve got.

Scott Carpenter, Mecury 7 astronaut

HOME: a film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Via @thelastminute:

In 200,000 years on Earth, humanity has upset the balance of the planet, established by nearly four billion years of evolution. The price to pay is high, but it’s too late to be a pessimist: humanity has barely ten years to reverse the trend, become aware of the full extent of its spoliation of the Earth’s riches and change its patterns of consumption.

More than a movie, HOME will be a major event all over the globe : for the first time ever, a film will be released on the same day in over 50 countries and on every format : movie theatres, TV, DVD and Internet.

On June 5th we all have a date with the planet !

Apocalyptic Condition 1 weather in Antarctica

Condition 1 weather in Antarctica is defined as wind speed greater than 55 knots (~63 mph), visibility less than 100 feet, and/or wind-chill worse than -100 F. Which is technical speak for the icy bowels of hell. Watch as she opens the door.

Skin Color Distribution

Confirms my theory that skin color is a function of the earth’s axis and exposure to solar radiation. Duh. Tons more interesting infomaps at UNEP/GRID-Arendal’s website.

Sink Positive

A sink that mounts on top of your toilet(s), running clean water automatically as the bowl fills after a flush. You’re not washing your hands in toilet water, you’re washing your hands right before it becomes toilet water. Environmentally friendly, elegantly simple and pretty dang smart.

Burning Man 2007: Recap

photo credit: John Curley

photo credit: Colleen Morgan

photo credit: John Curley

Largest turn-out ever this year with over 45,000 people, perhaps the most press ever due to the early burning of the man, and certainly the most live and archived media produced on site since its inception in 1986.

I was planning on going – would have been dragging a drum or two of biodiesel via Metrolina Biofuels for a generator, sound system and video projector to meet up with the people from Green Society. In the end I didn’t go for a number of reasons, but in bowing out I am regrouping in force for next year.

If you didn’t go or if you’re just now getting back, there’s a lot of digital remnants from this year’s Burn. I’ve been following it all fairly closely and am posting the best of what I’ve seen. Please let me know if I’m missing anything cool.