November 2

21st Century Living

Friday’s Big Idea

Today's Big Idea: Smart Energy

Among the many 21st century problems we need to harness our collective intelligence to solve, the energy crisis may be the most serious. Our dependence on fossil fuels is taking an enormous toll on human health and the health of the planet. While many of our pernicious global problems may take centuries to unleash their full effects, global warming has the very real potential to end our ability even to talk about our problems once and for all. 

The solutions are not so far out of reach as they may seem, but with big business interests and governmental policy increasingly intertwined, change will require strategic partnerships and reasoning that makes explicit the undeniable disadvantages – to everyone – of remaining on our present course. 

  1. 1 Mark Ruffalo's Energy Avengers
  2. 2 Beyond Celebrity Adoptions
  3. 3 Frack, Baby, Frack? What You Need...
  4. 4 T. Boone Pickens: Wake Up, Americ...
   
  1. Mark Ruffalo's Energy Avengers

    Mark Ruffalo's Energy Avengers

    Mark Ruffalo’s energy campaign offers a powerful model here – one that leverages cultural power, scientific knowledge, and bottom-line economic reasoning to address the kinds of complex, 21st century problems it takes collective intelligence to solve. 

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  2. Beyond Celebrity Adoptions

    Beyond Celebrity Adoptions

    What the world needs now – and just might be able to listen to – are humanitarian ambassadors like Sophal Ear, who have experienced atrocity and devoted their lives to doing something about it.

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  3. Frack, Baby, Frack? What You Need to Know About Hydraulic Fracturing

    Frack, Baby, Frack? What You Need to Know About Hydraulic Fracturing

    Will the natural gas boom revitalize the U.S. economy and provide us energy for 100 years? 

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  4. T. Boone Pickens: Wake Up, America! We're Fools Without an Energy Plan.

    T. Boone Pickens: Wake Up, America! We're Fools Without an Energy Plan.

    By 2012, world markets will be demanding 90 million barrels of oil a day. The world currently produces 88 million. Our dependence on OPEC oil and non-renewable energy sources is an increasingly bad idea. 

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