Jul 24, 2007

RRFM and George Monbiot

This Saturday is the Really Really Free Market in San Francisco's Dolores Park. Folks come between 12-dusk at 19th and Dolores in the park. Bring stuff you don't want or a skill to share. Hang out, pick something up (?), and get down w/ other folks creating change around consumption.

And check out this article by George Monbiot: Eco-Junk: Why Buying Less Is More Than Buying Green. This really rocks. He not only takes up the media's pushing of green products, but also the class issues that plague the shopping against climate change paradigm. Yay and thank you, Mr. Monbiot! Below is my fav bit.

"Ethical shopping is in danger of becoming another signifier of social status. I have met people who have bought solar panels and mini-wind turbines before they have insulated their lofts: partly because they love gadgets, but partly, I suspect, because everyone can then see how conscientious (and how rich) they are. We are often told that buying such products encourages us to think more widely about environmental challenges, but it is just as likely to be depoliticising. Green consumerism is another form of atomisation - a substitute for collective action. No political challenge can be met by shopping."

Jul 15, 2007

earth aware travel

I'm tired of using the words "green", "eco____", or "carbon neutral" so today I'm using "earth aware" to tell you about a bike camping trip I took. So bike camping is the way to travel! I'm kinda bent on not flying this year so it looks like I'm staying close to SF for a while. I took a nice spin down to Half Moon Bay last weekend that was soooooo fun. We've discovered that we can camp without reservations for all of $3! Yay! Oh and the pic is me and the loaded bikes over-looking Montara and Pacifica.

And for the shopping updates: I've tried and had some success. I bought some social shoes for the first time in about 2 years. Now I have more than work shoes. My social shoes are pretty functional too actually. But maybe they won't be covered in red Bernal dust all the time.

Speaking of Bernal, check out my updated website, greendogwalks.org If you've wondered why I haven't been writing here, it's in part b/c I've been working on this project pretty intensely. Today we did a poop pick up w/ biodegradable bags in Bernal Heights Park. It was a fun opportunity for outreach and stewardship.

Jul 1, 2007

RRFM Rocks

Yesterday's Really Really Free Market offered SF participants a chill afternoon of stuff swapping and community building. With brilliant sun drenching Dolores Park, we sat around munching on plums and grapes. Some skills were swapped, including sari wrapping, the last manifestation of which is shown to the left.

I got rid of some great stuff that I couldn't use, like extra spices & tea, doktor cockroach stickers, fabric, and such. For sure my favorite part was passing on the skeleton that I exhumed from an owl pellet. Having learned everything I could from the rodent bones, I thought perhaps someone else would enjoy them. It really only took a little description and several folks were actually interested in seeing the bones and teeth. I had fun pulling the largest teeth out of the lower jaws to demonstrate their length and examine the tartar line. Super fun.

If you like RRFM, you might check out the Dirty Dove Infoshop, which opens at Station 40 on Wednesday 7/4 at 2pm. If you have time to put into either of these projects, they're both great examples of new ways of sharing materials and information. Building these alternatives to the systems that exploit our resources and sully our culture is equally as important as removing yourself from the consumption treadmill. These community based efforts make our individual contributions realistic. Check it out!