Are carbon taxes in our future? Are “carbon riots” in our future? A 100% increase in gasoline price (by removal of subsidies) caused rioting this month in Ecuador, sufficient to force the national government to leave Quito for the coastal city of Guayaquil. Imagine a carbon tax in the U.S. high enough to change emissions behavior, causing riots in our cities, forcing the national government leaders to relocate to Mar-A-Lago.
The great climate walkout was September 20th, last Friday. What’s next? The UN conference this week, then? Do we wait 18 months for the next presidential inauguration, then many months more before new legislation makes its laborious way through our Congress?
Activists are urging mobilizations “equivalent to war” to combat climate change. But is that the right metaphor and call to action? Wars begin and end, usually within a half-decade. The fight to reverse climate change will likely take decades. Are we ready for the sustained commitment to that effort? Can a political system based on two-year and four-year cycles accommodate activities that will take generations to be successful?
The one book the green building movement needs to read...
Reinventing Green Building is a unique insider’s critique of why certified green buildings are failing to provide large-scale carbon reduction. It is a potent vision for the future that the green building industry needs NOW.
"There is no Plan-et B." An interview by Virginia Cinquemani with Jerry Yudelson, the "godfather of green", author of the wonderful Reinventing Green Building and one of the eminent people that have been working in sustainability for the longest time. We talked about what's wrong with current building certification, including LEED and BREEAM, and what we should do instead.