Most of us know a sustainabilly. The urban pickle canner, the suburban farmer, the home brewer, and the off-the-grid craftsman come to mind. However, I am finding that the term sustainabilly needs a bit of refinement in our modern age of specialization.
Love tuna? Well, it's pretty much extinct thanks to the insatiable human appetite for sushi. Scared of sharks? No problem, we've killed almost all of them.
Climate scientists have assumed that the overwhelming weight of evidence would carry the day. It hasn't. Indeed, studies show that, when individuals are challenged with facts contrary to their core beliefs, those beliefs temporarily harden.
Hungary has a rich tradition of environmental activism, from the anti-dam campaigns of the 1980s to the nature conservation efforts of the post-Communist period. It has also seen the rise and fall of a number of Green parties, including the most recent, Politics Can Be Different (LMP).
How can we craft policies and create contexts that favor environmentally responsible behavior and reduce these kinds of conflicts? We think that a large part of the answer lies in improving our understanding of human behavior.
Vultures may be ungainly, but they feed on (and thus dispose of) not only rotting animal carcasses in the wild but raw garbage associated with human settlements. If left to fester, these meal sources of the birds become major repositories of contagious disease, so vultures' dietary proclivities are a distinct boon to human health.
It wasn't particularly easy to find vegetarian cooking in Hungary when I was there in 1990. This was the land of goulash and chicken paprikas, after all. So when I met Ferenc Fruhwald in 1990, he was way ahead of the curve.
've been "prowlin' and a growlin'" for 70 years now and sometimes you forget to take stock of the world around you. It's easy to think that what's here now will be here tomorrow, but it doesn't just happen. It takes you. Only you.
Can we truly speed up the world's transition to clean tech? Can America's splintered right and left find common ground on the climate debate? What is the best way forward for America to achieve energy security? Can the green sector really create jobs and economic opportunity?
Unless there is blood, smoke or threatened police arrests, Occupy consistently complains that mainstream media reporters ignore or shy away from social protests and activism -- their movement, in particular.
Summer is a great time to be outdoors. Events like picnics, swim parties, sporting contests and family vacations provide ample opportunities to spark conversation and instill in our younger generation a greater appreciation for the environment.
This is a historic opportunity for India to take the lead in shaping the global sustainability agenda. Backed by a strong electoral mandate, the new Indian government has been actively rooting for clean technology and energy efficiency in its endeavor to pursue a low-carbon growth model.
We do know that people like to breathe, drink water and eat. Preserving the resources needed to ensure sustenance is a requirement of all political processes and governing regimes. You can't have a Tea Party without clean water to brew tea.
If more environmental studies and more alarming news will not mobilize leaders and the public for an all-out commitment to the preservation of our small vulnerable corner of the universe, what will? Perhaps we need to shift our focus from information to changing human behavior.
I know a different Wisconsin. One covered in plush green or white -- depending on the season -- rolling hills kept perfectly groomed by thousands of dairy cattle.
Colonial women held "birthing parties" in the home of the pregnant woman, in which friends drank "groaning beer" in sympathy with the mother-to-be's labor pains. Even poor colonial women who could not afford lavish meals experienced labor and after-birth surrounded by female friends.