September 24, 2013
Lexicon of Sustainability
Lately I've been helping an amazing project called the Lexicon of Sustainability. By illuminating the positive, solution oriented vocabulary of sustainable agriculture, energy and water, the Lexicon of Sustainability educates, engages and activates people to pay closer attention to how they eat, what they buy, and where their responsibility begins for creating a healthier, safer food system in America. Check out this beautiful, short video that introduces this creative and hope-filled endeavor.
You might also enjoy their award-winning PBS short film series.
April 12, 2013
Headed to Northern Europe
Once again I have the privilege of serving as a lecturer aboard the MV Explorer, home to Semester at Sea and this Coastal Cultures of the West Enrichment Voyage. As you'll see from the itinerary (we're on Segment II and III), this trip allows me to take a first hand look at sustainable practices in European cities who are leading the way. While at sea I will be lecturing on my Ecological Handprints research, model examples in cities along our route, the rapid advance of solar in Germany, and inspirational stories of students who were inspired to action by a Semester at Sea.
November 22, 2012
Lecturing for Semester at Sea Enrichment Voyages
This semester break I have the great privilege of serving as a lecturer on the Dec-Jan Enrichment Voyage through the Panama Canal. I will be speaking on resource policy in Latin America, Ecotourism, and my research on Ecological Handprints. We start in the Bahamas and head on to Jamaica, Colombia, Panama (and through the canal), Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and finally San Diego. I will join a group of lecturers from around the world, including some well known folks like Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and civil rights activist Julian Bond. My family and I are thrilled to cast off together for what will no doubt be an amazing experience. Maybe one day you'll join us?! Meanwhile, here are two pictures of our floating campus known as the MV Explorer..
July 28, 2012
Huffington Post Blog/Interview on Ecological Handprints
I just did an interview with Alan Briskin on Ecological Handprints for the Huffington Post. It serves as a focal piece to present the idea of a collective wisdom. As a teaser, below you'll find the introduction and then the link to the interview.
Decades ago, Woody Allen remarked that the human race faced a choice between sudden mass extinction on the one hand or a slow, painful decline into warfare and the degradation of nature. He hoped the human race would have the wisdom to choose.
Are you laughing yet? There may be a third choice.
Human well-being and nature's well-being are inextricably linked. Both the soul and the soil must be nurtured for life to have meaning, generativity, and significance. Yet too often we live with notions of scarcity, that there is not enough or that competing priorities necessitate painful sacrifices.
Dr. Rocky Rohwedder is a professor of environmental science and currently chair of environmental studies at Sonoma State University. In the past few years, he has traveled around the world looking for alternatives to the kinds of fatalistic choices Allen foretold.
For Rocky, this is no laughing matter, but neither is it all about doom and gloom.
To find out what I said, here's the link to the full article and my answers to his thought-provoking questions.