10 DELIGHTFUL ECOSHIFT TRENDS
The battery industry is just getting started. Novel anodes will enable car charging in six minutes; lithium-sulfur batteries will have 3x the capacity at lower cost and weight; and solid-state batteries that are lighter, safer, and cheaper are coming out of the labs today. Batteries can not only power cars and other ICE vehicles, but they may soon be cheap enough to store grid-scale solar power and wind energy, eliminating the intermittency concern of renewables.
Community solar is like a community garden shared by a neighborhood. One of the problems with rooftop solar systems is that many people don't own rooftops. About 90 million Americans live in denser communities of apartments. Community solar addresses those scenarios. There are many winners: consumers get clean energy, the site owner gets rent, the utility adds clean solar power to the mix, and regulators get their solar mandates met.
Commuter and utility / cargo electric bicycles, or ebikes, are rapidly gaining in popularity around the world as full or partial car replacements. Ebikes are immensely energy efficient, affordable, practical, fun, have a tiny carbon footprint, and can be charged using clean renewable energy. (They also help rebuild car-free face-to-face community connections!) Read more ...
We can (and should!) vote for less harmful products with our spending. Certifications help us choose products that are made without hurting animals or the ecosystems we all depend on. These include: B Corp, bluesign, Cradle to Cradle, Energy Star, Fair Trade Certified, Forest Stewardship Council, Global Organic Textile Standard, LEED, Non-GMO Project, 1% for the Planet, USDA Organic, Vegan, WaterSense.
Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) offer convenient diversified investing for buy-well-and-hold-long wealth building in the emerging global ecological economy. Advanced battery tech, renewable energy, water management and conservation, and ESG exchange traded funds include: DRIV, ERTH, FAN, GRID, ICLN, LIT, PBW, PHO, QCLN, TAN, SDG, SUSL.
The reality of our lives is always in the present — always in the NOW. Not dwelling on painful past events and not worrying too much about problems that may or may not arise in the future — in other words, letting go of history and mystery — is profoundly liberating. Ultimately, mindfulness and meditation practices are about living our best lives from moment to moment to moment.
A plant-based diet is generally best for most people. So much so that, in many cases, health care practitioners would be more effective by prescribing produce, not pills. And when cooking, it is a good idea to cook by color. Making sure that there is a broad range of colors on the plate is a simple way to ensure you’re eating a variety of naturally occurring substances that boost immunity and prevent a range of illnesses
The Right to Repair movement is conserving natural resources by helping us use our devices for longer and championing the effort to enable easier and cheaper DIY repairs while pushing back against planned product obsolescence. Supportive legislative reforms could reduce the amount of material that’s landfilled, extend the useful life of devices, and cut the demand for the new raw material resources that are used to produce new products.
A more sustainable and desirable future will come to mean simpler living and community-based, re-localized, materials-light, low-carbon, service-based economies — less stuff and less social isolation and more experiences and stronger connections to community and to the natural world. People living in wealthy nations are inevitably going to have to simplify their lifestyles and reconnect with the limiting realities of a full and finite planet.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all". The SDGs were set up in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030: no poverty; zero hunger; good health and well-being; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, life below water; life on land; peace, justice, and strong institutions; partnerships for the goals.