“There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision, and for whom the lighting of every cigar, the drinking of every cup, the time of rising and going to bed every day, and the beginning of every bit of work, are subjects of express volitional deliberation. Full half the time of such a man goes to the deciding, or regretting, of matters which ought to be so ingrained in him as practically not to exist for his consciousness at all. If there be such daily duties not yet ingrained in any one of my readers, let him begin this very hour to set the matter right.” (William James) -theparisreview.org
Benjamin Franklin’s daily schedule (via: this isn’t happiness)
Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an independent (and still work-in-progress ) documentary about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or Pacific Trash Vortex in the North Pacific Ocean. This area shows a significantly higher mass of plastic debris in the upper water column.
Welcome to Plastic Paradise! This fantastic invention has become so pervasive in our daily lives that to imagine living without it seems unfathomable. But how did we get to this point? and where are we headed? In the independent documentary film, Plastic Paradise, Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover the mystery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in one of the most remote places on earth–Midway Atoll. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers whom shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption.
via: Laughing Squid
“Every time history repeats itself the price goes up.”
Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, “A Short History Of Progress” inspired this film, reveals how civilizations are repeatedly destroyed by “progress traps” — alluring technologies serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. With intersecting stories from a Chinese car-driving club, a Wall Street insider who exposes an out-of-control, environmentally rapacious financial elite, and eco-cops defending a scorched Amazon, the film lays stark evidence before us. In the past, we could use up a region’s resources and move on. But if today’s global civilization collapses from over-consumption, that’s it. We have no back-up planet.
Posted in Life and how to live it
Tagged A Short History of Progress, climate change, Documentary, economy, environmentalism, Harold Crooks, Jane Godall, Mathieu Roy, progress traps, Ronald Wright, Vaclav Smil