Two nice interviews with architect/designer types: Our own Amanda Griscom Little chats with Richard Cook and DesignBoom talks with Cameron Sinclair. Interesting stuff. (both via TH)
Today is the 17th anniversary of the Exxon-Valdez oil spill. Some bloggy thoughts and reflections here and here. AP stories here and here.
It's been a pretty extraordinary couple of days here in Seattle -- "climatepalooza," as Mayor Greg Nickels jokingly dubbed it. Yesterday I went to a small private luncheon with Seattle's movers and shakers. The purpose was to honor both the Green Ribbon Commission's work and visiting author Elizabeth Kolbert. I got to meet the mayor, who was genial and optimistic, reinforcing my sense that he's a bit of a Forrest Gump figure in all this. He got a good idea -- the Mayors Climate Protection Agreement -- from his staff, jumped on it, and now has gotten carried away on a tsunami he doesn't pretend to control. I give him full credit for recognizing and riding the wave. It's a case of accidental greatness, but accidental greatness is greatness nonetheless. His name is on its way to the history books. Kolbert -- obviously nervous and uncomfortable with public speaking -- spoke briefly. She said she hopes Seattle is able to achieve these goals and that others emulate it, because if not, "all hope is lost." Everyone laughed nervously. She didn't.
I just came from a press conference wherein Seattle mayor Greg Nickels unveiled the recommendations of his Green Ribbon Commission on Climate Protection. This is the first big step in Seattle's attempt to comply with Kyoto -- a mission which, via Nickels' U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, now involves some 219 cities (and counting). I'll have more to say about this event and some others in the past week shortly. For now I just wanted to share something said by former Vice President Al Gore (you'll have to forgive me for paraphrasing -- I didn't record it). He talked of two possible futures ahead of us. In one, our children ask, "Why? How could they let this destruction happen?" In the second, they say, "Thank God they had the moral imagination and courage to rise above their limitations and tackle this problem. And it all started in a city between the mountains and the sea. It all started in Seattle." I'm not much for civic cheerleading, but today I'm pretty damn proud to be a Seattleite.
Well, I'm off to the Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival soon for a weekend bonanza of green films. I don't have much time to write, so here's another weekly recap:
Last night I went to a screening of Ice Age: The Meltdown. To be honest, I went more in fan-of-goofy-animated-movies mode than environmental-editor mode. But one of the first lines was: "This global warming thing is killing me." The rest of the movie centered on an escape from the flood that was going to doom the movie's cuddly creatures. It turned out to be good fun, of course, and had the requisite happy ending (oops, sorry). But I started wondering, as I listened to the kids around me gasp and laugh, what it would be like to grow up in a world where all you hear -- even in cartoons! -- is that the whole planet is doomed. I guess this ties in with Dave's beef with the new global-warming ads. How does all that fear possibly help, and how can the so-called grown-ups among us change the message? Should we?
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