Green distractions galore

Everyday this week I’ve bumped into references to environmental websites. I can’t help wondering if this is meant to mean something.

I chortled when I saw the reference to Unscrew America. I imagined a website all about people challenging such things as climate change denial, the Iraq war, etc. The zany, psychedelic website is actually about promoting energy efficient light bulbs.

The Garden Girl TV website gives no cause for confusion. Patti, the garden girl, wants us to adopt Urban Sustainable Living. She has one hundred hours of video tape and is releasing new how-to videos weekly. Pond care, hand spinning, eco-friendly christmas and care of bantam chickens are just some of the topics covered. Folksy, funky and practical.

Paul Reynolds, blogging at McGovern Online, pointed his readers to a posting from The Times (of London) Green Central blog that listed “The Top 50 Green Blogs”.

My top pick from the list is called The City Fix, a blog exploring sustainable solutions to the problems of urban mobility. It’s global, authoritative and kinda fun. Every post has a photo or graphic.

Of course, I got distracted into looking at links listed by City Fix and spent ages scanning through The Copenhagen Bike Culture Blog. Again, it was the photos that captured my interest. A fury Mountaingoat Bike, bike rack statement sculpture, loads of different cargo bikes, and even the cycle lockers on the new Auckland bus-lane were all pictured.

It was when riding down Willis Street that I came across billboards for the “Change the World” book. There’s something like 50 actions listed that will help you make a difference to the health of the planet and society.

The book has been sweeping the world, and Aotearoa is the latest to have its own version. This is almost two years after it was released in Australia – I should know as I’ve got a copy sitting in front of me. The price has jumped from $10 everywhere else to $15, but hey good value. When you go to the accompanying website, We are what we do, you can watch people as they progress toward changing the world and even sign up to note down your achievements. Exhausting, but barely any mention of getting political.

Well, my last website of note is a reference to a new book from AA Travel UK listing 100 eco-friendly places to stay around the world. The Guardian story, Go Lightly, highlights several hotels, an inn, apartments, a homestay and a treehouse. Yes, a treehouse, well actually a comfy cabin built into a 200-year-old chestnut tree (called www.perchedansleperche.com).

Thoroughly distracted, but somewhat better informed, it’s time to actually do something practical. A dozen silverbeet seedlings are waiting to be planted.

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