Monday, October 24, 2011

It Ain't Easy Being Green

We're totally screwed. Phoenix is last on every list. We're heating up fast, dumping toxins all over the south (check the groundwater under downtown), building houses for the house builders, sprawling out while ignoring empty lots all over town, using about 2% of our 350 days worth of sunshine for solar power, driving our big cars away from our big houses to buy stuff we don't need. People used to move here so they could breathe and now none of us can. Depressing. But the lecture tonight at The Heard was a relief. Surrounded by smart people, listening to Andrew Ross (who wrote Bird on Fire, Lessons from the World's Least Sustainable City about his Phoenix research - go get it) it seemed like maybe it wasn't too late to change.  

Then we got in our big car and drove way north to our too big for us house, surrounded by golf courses, and it became so clear - I'm the problem.

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