7/7/07: The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook

LiveEarth.jpgThe Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook is the official
companion volume to today’s Live Earth concerts, 24 hours of nonstop
concerts broadcast from around the world on 7/7/07. It’s a fun little book, meant to connect with a younger audience via tongue-in-cheek suggestions, practical advice, factual information, and imaginative, bluesky solutions for climate change.

Each of the book’s 77 articles is presented as a brief instruction or command. I contributed a few pieces that Streetsblog readers might appreciate. They were: Ride a Bike, Decongest Downtown, Ride the Train and Fly Right (which, more accurately would have been titled "Fly Less," but that’s not very snappy). It was a fun project and, I think, a great opportunity to inject some of the progressive ideas that we talk about here on Streetsblog into the mainstream.

The book was edited by Duncan Bock and produced on a ridiculously short timeline by Melcher Media. Charles Komanoff also helped to research and fact check some of the book’s carbon emission calculations.

Here is the Ride a Bike chapter…

  • gecko

    nice. very encouraging.

  • Eugene Resnick

    I heard from my friend Jeff that Chevrolet was a major sponsor of the event. Is this true? Could they not have found a more appropriate sponsor. Why provide a platform for a car company, one of the main elements of the problem, to sell its products?

  • Yep. The Chevy ads were all over the MSN webcast and NBC broadcast. Their boast was something like, "We have five models that get over 30 mpg."

     

  • ddartley

    WOW!!! THIRTY MILES PER GALLON?!?!?!

  • gecko

    Yeh, the pressure is on.

    It was also kind of strange when IBM started making personal computers, but the when the reality sinks in about the dire urgency to cut down on material waste things will start to happen. (“When everything thing else fails reason prevails.”)

    Developed world hybrid human-electric transport and transit will require substantial industrial design to fit the bill but are most likely quite feasible for urban and even long range implementation.

    (Though, Chevy probably doesn’t have a clue at this point.)

  • Great work! But that cartoon is scary.

  • Niccolo Machiavelli

    Is there a chapter on oil taxes?

  • Astute Blancoponte

    nice work Aaron. see this week’s Time Out NY for some “deep green” things you can do as well.

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