I love hearing enthusiasm from women who find the ideas for cutting energy inspiring. Most were aware of environmental issues, but just not as tapped in to the input side—the energy we use, how it’s mostly non-renewable, and how the energy future is truly challenging to our way of life.
A good thing
Riding that open-minded wave, I suggest you check out the winter issue of the always fabulous Good. Calling themselves a “collaboration of people, business and nonprofits pushing the world forward”, Good puts out a quarterly print magazine and hosts a raft of bloggers on its daily website.
In neon green on pitch black the latest print edition is called The Energy Issue. The subhead is a little more ominous:
EITHER WE INNOVATE NOW OR WE GET READY FOR A DARK FUTURE
As one of my rare print treats, I had to have a copy. But some of the Energy Issue content is already online.
A light bulb goes off
The issue is chock full of practical info, such as The Good Guide to Saving Energy in Your Life. There’s cautionary nail biters, too, like the When the Lights Go Out, History’s Nine Worst Blackouts. In that it’s clear we take flipping our switches for granted.
A resilience dispatch, Saving Energy in a Hurry: Lessons from Juneau, Alaska, demonstrates that we can power down when we want to and make it through just fine, even on the tundra.
It’s about behavior and choices, as you’ll read in Attitude Adjustment with David Merkoski of Frog Design. The rest of it brings you up to speed on energy today and into the future. The issue is a must-have, whether in print or perusing online.
Always so Good to me
Easy to read and easy on the eyes, Good magazine consistently offers sharp, instructive infographics that get right to the point (see photo for this story). Their visual clarity and colorful, imaginative design adds to a gestalt-driven read. And their top-notch writers cover a slew of smart economic and cultural issues where environment meets lifestyle.
Good makes clear that DIY creativity and community engagement are far more inspiring than compulsive shopping and TIVO addiction.
Read up, share, have fun!
–Lindsay Curren, Lindsay’s List