So here are a few links and resources that might be interesting to you. Remember to check out the videos that were posted in my expedition logs. I've picked quite a few of these up from some of the people on the trip. If you have any other resources please let me know, lets keep on sharing these resources.
Thinking about Personal environmental impact:
So a lot of us might be concerned with how our individual lifestyle impacts the environment. One good way to do this is to figure out our ecological footprint. Read up on it. What I think is really great about this tool and others like it is not so much the exact value of the footprint you get, but rather the understanding of how our individual actions influence the environment. From there you can become aware of what you need to do to improve your environmental impact.
www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/ : This a great website that has global rankings of ecological footprints as well as a personal footprint game to help you figure out how you are influencing nature. Even though it is only available for certain countries go ahead and figure out your personal footprint just to understand what parts of your lifestyle hurts or helps the environment.
http://footprint.wwf.org.uk/ : This is another ecological footprint calculator that also lets you know your CO2 footprint
www.waterfootprint.org/?page=cal/WaterFootprintCalculator : Here's a water footprint calculator so you can figure out how much water your lifestyle consumes. This is based on both how much food you consume, how much industrial goods you consume as well as direct water use.
There are plenty of other tools easily available just go online and search.
Here are some really interesting websites that have a lot of information on what's going on in the world of sustainable development. Please let me know if you know of others.
www.rmi.org : The Rocky Mountain Institute is the leading place for sustainable thinking and especially using our resources more efficiently. They have a lot of interesting work on different ways to generate power, improve household energy use and improve car efficiencies and much more. They have a project to redesign cars to be made out of fiber glass and powered with fuel cells. They have a really good resource section with a library, case studies and much more.
www.biomimicryinstitute.org : Biomimicry is the science of copying nature. Scientists are trying to learn from nature how to produce things more sustainably. I was just reading a case study on how scientists are using the flippers of humpback whales to redesign the propellers on wind power generators.
www.ted.com : This is a great site in general. They have videos of really smart people talking about different topics from music to technology to sustainability. Just search for "sustainable" to get a lot of really good speeches. The one by Janine Benyus (the founder of the biomimicry institute) is particularly good. Otherwise just browse around.
www.wbcsd.org : The world business council for sustainable development. They have a great newsletter that can help keep you up to date on everything that's going on in the world of sustainable development. Shell is one of the founders of this council.
www.live-sustainably.org/ : Here's another website that I haven't really looked too much at yet, but it was recommended and seems really interesting. It is much more interactive than the other stuff and there's a lot of blogs and space for comments.
www.energysavers.gov/ : A good resource on different ways to have more energy efficient households.
Ok there are again many more websites out there so lets look for them. Let me know if you find more interesting websites so we can expand this list.
www.cloudinstitute.org : A highly recommended source of educational curricula and links to other educational websites.
www.oberlin.edu/sustainability/resources/in_the_classroom.html : An overview by David Orr a leading sustainability advocate from oberlin college. This includes a link to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) which has a collection of syllabuses.
www.zerilearning.org : A closer look at waste. A collection of scientists that have designed a curriculum to teach students about the value of waste and sustainable development.
http://education.2041.com : This is a small educational curriculum put together by 2041 themselves about incorporating Antarctica and energy efficiency into school curricula.
Ok this is really nothing more than a start. The most important thing is to keep on looking for more information and to keep on exploring. I hope this is useful and keep me in the loop. Good luck.
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