Reinventing Sustainability: How Archaeology Can Save The Planet By Erika Guttmann-Bond. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2019. This is precisely the positive, creative approach we all need to using the understanding of the past to optimize the resources of the present for a future where species – including humans – can thrive. We humanists cannot let the… Continue reading Book Review
Health, peace, and education are the foundations for inclusion, equity, and access, all of which foster diverse organizations and communities. These are the building blocks of healthy societies. Those building blocks depend upon a clean, stable, and healthy planet. That healthy planet is critical for creating the society we want, and the society we already… Continue reading Is Your Cultural Institution Wavering on its Climate Change Stance?
Early in February, 60+ museum professionals met in Miami, Florida, for a joint summit, Sustainability: Governance, Relevance, and the Environment. Their hosts were Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, and two of AAM's professional networks: Historic Houses and Sites Network and Environment & Climate Network. Gardens at Vizcaya - careful and regular pruning helps protect trees from storm… Continue reading Sustainability & Historic House Museums
During 2017 and 2018 I had the pleasure of working with three other Principal Investigators to explore how/if to create a Life Cycle Assessment Library for the materials and processes that cultural heritage professionals use in their daily practice. Sarah Nunberg, a private conservator; Eric Pourchot of FAIC; and Matthew Eckelman an engineering professor at… Continue reading Planning a Lifecycle Assessment Library for Cultural Heritage Professionals
"George, the last known Achatinella apexfulva died on New Year’s Day 2019. George was approximately 14 years old. He is survived by none…." George, Achitanella apexfulva, courtesy DNLR for original post Not quite two years ago I met George. On the first of January this year the world lost George. Here's a link to the… Continue reading Losing George, and a Species
By L. Hunter Lovins, Stewart Wallis, Anders Wijkman and John Fullerton. New Society Publishers, 2018 Last fall my e-feed brought me Second Nature’s invitation for an upcoming webinar with L Hunter Lovins about this new book. I was fresh from attending the Global Climate Action Summit and eager to learn more from the leadership of… Continue reading A Finer Future: creating an economy in service to life
The City and County of Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency is hosting community climate action planning gatherings all around the island. The gatherings are a terrific example of how to engage the public - meaning how to educate us (the public) while learning from us at the same time. Legend for Climate… Continue reading Climate Action Planning: Oahu
The Council of the Parties (COP24) is taking place in Katovice, Poland, right now. The goal is to agree on the "rulebook," the how-to for fulfilling the Paris Agreement. Despite the United States' intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a coalition of "subnational actors" - those who are not part of the federal government… Continue reading Cultural Institutions at COP24, Poland
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a scientific body. It deals in facts not policy; facts not politics. It is to help policy-makers and politicians to make policy. This week the IPCC released its report that will be guidance for CoP24 , the Council of the Parties (countries) meeting for the 24th time.… Continue reading What the IPCC Special Report Is and Says – In Short
There are 17 United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs -- seventeen ways that individuals and businesses and countries can contribute to a more sustainable world for all: happier, healthier, and more equitable. The SDGs address poverty, equality, education, health, life on land and below water, livable communities, and more. Number 13 is about the… Continue reading How do the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals relate to The Paris Agreement?