Carnival of the Green #12

Urban Eco is thrilled to be hosting the Carnival of the Green this week. Lucky us, we’re between last week’s Carnival at Ideal Bite, and next week’s at the blog formerly known as Treehugger Mum, now EcoStreet. We’re like an awesome green blog sandwich.

The Carnival of the Green is organised by City Hippy and Triple Pundit and is a roving digest of the green blogosphere with a sustainability focus as opposed to green politics in general. Just like a regular real carnival it roams around offering a sample of its world.

Holy canoli, were there a lot of posts this week. Some didn’t make it in previously, and we’re including everything we received this week, so go get another cup of free trade coffee and hunker down for a good read. Without further ado:

Green Consumption
Supply and demand for greener products
Elisa from the hip & zen pen
says, “Feeling good about a purchase is an incentive, but it is not incentive enough for consistent, mass adoption, so I outline what needs to happen for a green product to be mass adopted.” We at Urban Eco couldn’t agree more!

Bamboo, biodiesel, and solar power at American Apparel
The Greenerside
blogged about highlights of the Compostmodern 2006 conference, which featured green thinkers, designers, and publishers.

Purveying Cool with a Conscience
Enrique at Commonground has an entry about how Bono plans to turn price-conscious consumers into ethical shoppers by aligning himself with major brands and selling sustainable goods through major outlets.

Part 3 of the Craig Sams Interview
CityHippy
finds out why Craig thinks the sale to Cadbury’s of his pride and joy, Green & Blacks, was an essential move for an ethical business.

Culture
“Little Birds” little steps, kids learn
The vegan artists Veronica and Carlos from Was Someone have a shout out on the Animal Broadcast Network blog. Their artwork about animals is quite interesting.

Why Own a Car?
Cathryn, the Camden Lady
, offers some good reasons on why we should reduce car ownership. Global warming and pollution are major reasons for environmentalists, but if we’re ever to turn significant numbers of people away from cars, we need think of other motivations. Personally, her reason “I like drinking” is one of the better incentives. (But there are other ones, too.)

Environment
Out of sight … out of mind
EarthEcho International
points out the effects trawling has had on our underwater ecosystem. They include some pretty stark photos of the damage that’s been done to deep sea coral reefs. But they have some good news about what they’re doing about it.

reGrowing the RainForests
Lee from Exuberant Pantaphobia
has posted about a friend who is planting the same plants that have been clearcut from rainforests around the world. He’s replicating his program from the original Sri Lanka to Costa Rica, Brazil, Canada and other countries.

Food & Gardening
I Feed Me
Aaron at Powering Down
provides a brief but rich history of ye olde Victory Gardens and the modern agricultural system. His suggestions for growing your own food are worth their weight in oil. Dig in!

Slow Food : Consumer Reports On Organic Food
The Dirty Greek
has good info on what food should be bought as organic, and what can still be healthy and conventional. I should have read his post before I stood in the vegetable section of Whole Foods this morning, wondering if I could save money on non-organic bananas for our baby.

Plotting a gender clash
Jane from Horticultural
has a few thoughts about the clashing of genders in the garden, something I hadn’t considered before but that’s quite interesting.

Veg-Ag Feedback
Judy, the Savvy Vegetarian, has comments on her recent article Vegetarianism and Sustainable Agriculture.

Politics & Policy
The War On Eco-Terrorism Is No Big Deal
Debitage
blogs that the DOJ’s campaign against eco-terrorism is not the insidious plot that some environmentalists think it is.

Today’s CO2 will still be heating the world 100 years from now
Natalie from Philobiblion and My London Your London
recently attended a London meeting about global climate change hosted by Friends of the Earth. What’s the UK going to do about it (climate change, that is, not FOE)? Sounds like there are good ideas for legislation, but more MP’s need to get on board.

Al Mansell favors big business over the public
Jen’s Green Journal
talks about a bill that would increase the amount of sprawl and pollution in Utah and not let the public have any recourse.

Reviews
Book Review: Global Deception – The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom by Joseph A. Klein
Don at the Evangelical Ecologist reviews this book, highlighting the parts that deal with the UN Environmental Programme. Don offers a conservative opinion of the UN’s environmental objectives. Don also offers thoughts on Pope Benedict XVI’s first encyclical: Deus Caritas Est (”On Christian Love”) from an ecologist’s perspective.

Jared Diamond in Albuquerque, an Interview
Mary Ellen from the Blue Voice was sorry to miss Jared Diamond’s speach at UNM during her visit there. She found solace in the Albuquerque daily paper Alibi’s interview with him. His latest book is Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.

Whew! Hope you enjoyed this week’s Carnival of the Green! Don’t forget, look for it again next Monday at EcoStreet. All past Carnivals can be found on the City Hippy site.