breaking june 2017- california joins beijings BELT world as does Japan- bloomberg commits inner city mayors and business to paris climate accord
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biolight ... ecovent
ONEBELTNEWS.com OWR: underwater power source that has up to 130 times the energy density of Li-ion batteries why doesnt every city adopt mit year round student e-celebrations Village Infrastructure Angels
spaces to watch 24/7 - ashden microenergycredits.com

Monday, December 16, 2013

Dear Samantha, nice to meet you and thanks Chris to introduce each other.

Permit me than to introduce myself and what I'm trying to do.

I'm italian, photographer and visual artist, class 1961, living in Chile since 2006 following, and sharing, my chilean husband's decision to get back to live in his own country.
here my website www.clarasalina.com
and I have of course a FaceBook 
This is my normal life and my job.

Follow here, instead, my green curriculum against plastic waste.

World is terribly polluted, everybody of us know it, but what I'm focusing on it is a possible change of the causes are producing the Pacific Garbage Patch which, I consider, has been created by the superficial opinion that plastic was a "not polluting" material. Please watch this video  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKBWNVNzaPo (Preview 
Plastic has been invented in 1950 decade and in around 60 years humanity made up such a disaster. 
Now, since the developed countries are a step ahead, the question is: how long does it takes these less-developed countries to create awareness within the consumers?
 
Permit me to make some other considerations:
a) packaging, generally including plastic, has reached such a big expansion that it is normal to buy a product with a "shell" that is, at least, 2 times bigger that the product itself and whose life is between 5 minutes to 24 hours
b) packaging, bottles and any container are produced and sold by a market which is considered private from the economic point of view: why the same private market cannot be charged of its own recycling instead of the public administration?
In a city, this Municipality garbage collection model (public) has been for years the only way to get rid of the waste buy now, since the environment is almost saturate, we must change and revert the paradigm.
 
What I' proposing:
  • in any country on Earth, establish by law an obligation for every distributor (markets, malls, fast food, distribution channel and so on) to recollect all plastic they sell: 30% the first year, 60% the second 90% the third, in term of packages, cans, bottles, wrappings, plastic bags and so on
  • barcode, beyond administrative information, can show and permit to control information about material and weight of the recycling waste of any product sold by a cash, per day, per week, per year and so on, simply adding those details to the financial information 
  • ban on plastic bags world wide (*)
(*) on this point I support Bernardo Javalquinto who started the campaign here in Latin America long time ago.

What I did in few words:

Coming here back on 2006, after the typical tourism syndrome, I realized that Chile, even if famous for the incredible landscapes, is not a green country at all.
People is not educated to be green, almost nobody recycle, pollution is something you start to live with.
Of course, personal carbon footprint was (and it is still) a unknown concept and talking about plastic the situation is even worst: people feel it as something easy to use and throw away, with new the toy "the economic boom", everybody is concentrated in consume: 1000s of parties are celebrated using disposable plastic dishes and table cutlery, at the supermarket plastic bags are "benefits" and, at the end of the cash, there is a young guy or girl who put everything you bought in 10/20/30 plastic bags: eggs, lemons, cheese wrapped in plastic and than again in separated plastic bags!

Struggling, trying to understand what to do, wondering myself how arise awareness, I first started to speak with anyone, one by one, common people, very frustrating almost nobody was able to understand my attitude against plastic.
 
Second step was writing: I wrote 100s emails to press, schools, also to distribution channels asking them to stop to use at least plastic bags.

Something start happen, not only due to my effort so I hope, but I'm sure I made my contribution.

But when finally I could see photos of the Pacific Garbage Patch, I realize that any little step I could have done was nothing comparing to that disaster. 
In that moment, I realized that the only possible solution is to revert the paradigm: distribution channel must be charged to recollect any recycling material they sell, packaging or part of the goods (as for instance bottle of shampoo). As I said, barcode is the last bulwark of control: after that there is only the environment. With barcode we can make a control per gram at sale.

And that, of course, even if Chile would accept this change, it was not enough and that every country in the world has to oblige distribution-channels and fast-food to do the same.
Here it is my blog about it http://no-more-plasticwaste.blogspot.com/
Sorry to say it is only in Spanish but I'll translate as soon as possible, apologizing I say: I'm doing all this beside my job obligation.

Concluding: since Chile is now in full election period, I sent this proposal to some Candidates to be President of the country in hope to be effective.
Bernardo Javalquinto offered immediately his support. Only one of them replied in person but nobody talked about the problem nor the possible solution.
After this result, I understood the idea was not enough, so that I decided to present it in person to the people I knew.

Starting from the closer academic professors in my agenda, one after one, I presented the idea to 15 prestigious figures. Reached that point I convoked this first meeting on next Dec. 19 which, I hope, nobody will miss. 
By the way, accepting any kind of result, I made up a plan B, which is an art performance, that I'm going to propose to ARCIS the most active University in the artistic sense.

Samantha, this is what I'm proposing and doing, I'd love to know that as well in Europe there is someone who can promote this idea, which I say it is almost only matter of "space and will".

I hope I have been able to express myself clearly, in case of need please write me back for clarification. 

Thanks to everybody for the time and attention you gave me.

My best wishes
Clara

Monday, April 22, 2013

bookmarks new to us q2 2013
http://whitetiger511.tripod.com/ exciting energy and food security projects by and for hawaii

http://spaceappschallenge.org/projects/ my friend astronaut ron garan says nasa have had their best ever collaboration competition with the public- here are energy related projects

interesting where the carbon energy of producing sneakers comes form -65 parts 360 processing steps many inefficiently designed fro energy viewpoint so that making one pair of shoe typically generates 30 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to keeping a 100-watt light bulb on for one week,


At MIT, Gov. Deval Patrick highlights clean-energy achievements

Earth Day talk details Massachusetts’ accomplishments since the governor’s MIT speech five years ago, and outlines new goals.

Wind power — even without the wind

Innovative storage system could enable offshore wind farms to deliver power whenever it’s needed.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

interesting (new to me) links 2013q1

New solar-cell design based on dots and wires

MIT researchers improve efficiency of quantum-dot photovoltaic system by adding a forest of nanowires.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

MIT Energy Conference 013 - MIT Energy Conference: “From Idea to Impact: Collaborating to meet global energy challenges.”

This year’s student-run conference, held March 1,2, featured several panel discussions led by leaders from energy industries and academia, as well as keynote addresses by former energy secretary Bill Richardson and by David Crane, the CEO of NRG Energy, the nation’s leading independent power generator.

Crane, speaking in an informal question-and-answer with Melanie Kenderdine, executive director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), and a large audience in MIT’s Stata Center, said that part of the problem with bringing innovation to the electricity sector is that “we exist in an industry of Neanderthals …


help list 10 most exciting youth-led energy projects of 2013 - nominations welcome chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

checkout http://www.climatefinanceoptions.org/cfo/about


This Platform provides the following: •
  • A harmonised description of types of funds available, including (a) types of instruments, (b) eligibility criteria, (c) volume, (d) governance and administrative structures, (e) flows, etc.
  • Examples of successful cases of blending different types of grant and concessional funds to leverage private sector financing, in addition to enabling environments conducive to climate action; all of which will be supplemented by examples provided by stakeholders through discussion forums of registered Platform users. •
  • Knowledge centre with a glossary of terminology, a library with related publications, and a wide range of tools to enable project developers to analyse their own projects for better-informed decisions.
  • User community collaborative space for users to connect, share ideas, plan projects, and facilitate South-South networking.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Richardson, Boston 2 March 2013 demanded a rapid retreat from fossil fuels. “One hundred and forty-five countries are making renewable energy the centerpiece of their policies,” he said. “How do we move from a static energy policy and reliance on fossil fuels to sustainable, renewable clean energy?”

History shows new sources of energy are one of two innovations that explain widespread human progress- Norman Macrae, The Economist



Brookings 14 December : Ours is the first generation to know about climate change and the last with a chance to resolve it. Moreover, China's decision-makers are determined to help their peoples and worldwide youth lead the way on this



Extract from The Economist Intelligence Unit, Gregor Macdonald



It is almost certainly the case that humanity has entered a third, historic energy transition. The first two, from wood to coal in the 18th century and then coal to oil in the 20th century, in retrospect seem obvious in their outcomes. But no such benefit of hindsight exists today as economies--western in particular--struggle with the end of cheap oil. Left to cast about for the next primary energy source, energy futurists have probed everything from algae to thorium as industrialism limps slowly away from fossil fuels. But one technology offers promise: solar. Long considered too expensive to consider, solar may now be too cheap to ignore. Solar panels, employed to capture the diffuse rays of the sun, have crashed in price in recent years causing havoc among solar manufacturers. Panels are now barely one quarter of the price they were in 2008. The benefits have accrued instead to users, as efficiency of photovoltaic capture continues to advance, while price continues to decline. The result? Nearly exponential growth in installed, global solar capacity

Thursday, February 14, 2013


mit student curriculum being connected for biogas secondary schools
...h boston there are many exciting people to introduce her to - eg this student catalogue of energy is illustrative http://www.mitenergyclub.org/members

Friday, February 1, 2013


While I have no involvement with clean tech (and suspect it to be rather top-down), it seemed worth checking that students/mentors involved with clean tech projects check out the announcement that this prize process is now being included on facebook and that winners will be promoted on last day of clean tech conference in san francisco march 20
deadline for entry appears to be march 4 -much more here

The Cleantech Goes Social Contest aims to support the development of Facebook applications and new uses of Facebook’s billion-person network to encourage adoption of clean technologies, help individuals and companies reduce their environmental impact, and engage the public in further dialogue surrounding key sustainability challenges.
The winner of the contest will receive $25,000 in funding and personalized guidance from Cleantech Group and Facebook on how to maximize the impact of their idea.

please pass on if relevant
chris macrae washngton dc 301 881 1655 -survey how many oy youth's 10000 greatest job creators will be energy linked

PS 3 YEAR DEADLINE
Before the net generation's goals become post 2015: Norman Macrae Foundation is expecting energy to be one of the first million student massive online curriculum- what isnt certain is how much voice students and bottom-up approaches will get in that curriculum and the future goals of energy - if you know of people who want to form some loose panel for maximising that please tell me while we find someone to take active charge of this

Collaboration Help Needed: Before march 20 my mapping friends will have done more to searc out 5 subnetworks that we want to see converge on representing bottom up-
at MIT out of Boston and www.ashden.org out of london
and from 3 Eastern youth-futures viewpoints:
Bangladesh
Japan
China - a recent meeting at Brookings Brookings 14 December : Ours is the first generation to know about climate change and the last with a chance to resolve it moderated by a chinese expert confirmed that energy is one area that the authorities do want to massively linkin bottom up solution replication- whsn energy is "thought of" as a microeducationsummit issue not merely a microfinance issue the opportunities for youth to take over this future agenda open up

Friday, January 25, 2013


darkness to light: empowered women spark a solar revolution

February 04, 6:30pm - 8:30pm EST
deepak & bunker roy
founder/director of barefoot college
darkness to light: empowered women spark a solar revolution
join deepak and sanjit “bunker” roy, one of TIME’s 2010
100 Most Influential People, for a discussion on how
the women of barefoot college are utilizing their training to
transform their communities, acting as agents of change in
eradicating global poverty.