Tuesday, August 12, 2008

rise #12

Hey all,

In the first issue of rise I requested that people send in positive items from their lives and so here’s a positive item from my buddy Ian; he’s just finished producing a pro-environment TV show and while I haven’t gotten a chance to see it yet, I’m sure it’ll suck you in:

Battleground Earth: Tommy Lee vs. Ludacris
SUNDAY NIGHTS @ 10:00pm on Planet Green

Congrats Ian!

Green tip: Ditch the disposable bottle; instead make it a point to re-use glass bottles, ceramic mugs, etc. – “Manufacturing the nearly 28 billion plastic bottles used to package water in the United States alone requires 17 million barrels of oil. Including the energy for hauling 1 billion bottles of water every two weeks from bottling plants to supermarkets or convenience stores for sale, sometimes covering hundreds of kilometers, and the energy needed for refrigeration, the U.S. bottled water industry consumes roughly 50 million barrels of oil per year. The good news is that people are beginning to see how climate-disruptive this industry is. Mayors of U.S. cities are realizing that they are spending millions of taxpayer dollars to buy bottled water for their employees--water that costs 1,000 times as much as the readily available tap water. San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom has banned the use of city funds to purchase bottled water in city buildings, on city property, and at any events sponsored by the city. Cities following a similar strategy include Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and St. Louis.” – Plan B 3.0 by Lester Brown

“Waste and pollution are to be avoided entirely. Pollution is a symbol of design failure.” - Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by McDonough and Braungart

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has” – Margaret Mead

Yummy recipe: Get your omega 3’s while making your taste buds happy, for a slew of salmon recipes check out:

Life tip: Fear is usually due to worrying about the unknown. Figure out what you’re afraid of and then make a point to become accustomed to it, e.g. if you’re afraid of dogs, play with a friend’s puppy, if you’re afraid of public speaking, practice speaking in front of small groups. Start small & work your way up; eventually all fears can be overcome.

Interesting website/article: Have you ever wanted to see what a book would look like if everyone had a chance to write in it; check out

Pix this week are from Steve & yours truly,

For next week, please send pictures from travels to Africa.

One last notable item is that rise is now on the web @
http://rise-rk.blogspot.com/. Find old issues, send the link to friends & family, enjoy!