We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road -- the one less traveled by -- offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.
Hi every one, These are the colors that represent the different cancers. All you are asked to do is keep this circulating. Even if it's to one more person. In memory of anyone you know that has been struck by cancer. A Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another Candle.. Please light candle in memory of anyone you know who has been struck down by cancer or is still living with it. We Are Not Human Beings Going through a Temporary Spiritual Experience; We Are Spiritual Beings Going through a Temporary Human Experience!
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Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight
Today the human race causes more suffering than has been experienced in the entire accumulated history of the Earth! If we opened ourselves to feeling this vast of ocean of misery we would commit to ending it today. Factory farms are the biggest offenders, confining millions of feeling, sensitive, intelligent beings to a living hell and producing a tremendous pollution problem. The following organizations are committed to helping animals, the Earth and we humans to become the truly compassionate beings we where meant to be.
Taiwan's solar stadium
powered by the sun!
With all the interest in Global Warming and alternative energy sources, I was excited to read about Mr Toyo Ito's sports stadium in Taiwan. In preparation for the 2009 World games, Taiwan constructed a solar-powered stadium. (See Inhabitat, / Guardian UK Environment)
Toyo Ito's design has a 14,155 sq metre solar roof that is able to provide enough
energy to power the stadium's 3,300 lights and two jumbo vision screens.
The Guardian reported back in May of 2009 that Taiwan had finished construction on an incredible solar-powered stadium that will generate 100% of its electricity from photovoltaic technology! Designed by Toyo Ito, the dragon-shaped 50,000 seat arena is clad in 8,844 solar panels that illuminate the track and field with 3,300 lux. The project was officially opened in time to welcome the 2009 World Games.
Today the World Games Stadium in Kaohsiung, Taiwan has been rated as the worlds most important sports venue by SportsPro magazine, the international monthly publication for the sports industry. During an event, the stadium generates enough energy to supply 75% of its power needs, that is 25% less than predicted, but still enough to warrant the initial capital costs. When not in use it powers 80% of the surrounding area electricity.
There has been a lot of talk about whether the South African stadiums will turn out to be 'white elephants' after the World Cup.
Inhabitat reports that Taiwan's stadium also integrates additional green features such as permeable paving and the extensive use of reusable, domestically-made materials. Built upon a clear area of approximately 19 hectares, nearly 7 hectares has been reserved for the development of integrated public green spaces, bike paths, sports parks, and an ecological pond. Additionally, all of the plants occupying the area before construction were transplanted.
This begs the question, why are more stadiums not built with solar technology?
South Africa has just built five new stadiums and done extensive renovations on another five all located in close proximity to residential and industrial centres and none of them have solar power.
Both the Green Point stadium in Cape Town and the Nelson Mandela stadium in Port Elizabeth are situated in areas that have had to contend with numerous blackouts for some time now and solar power would have been a tremendous plus factor.
According to the Mail & Guardian, South Africa has poured about R20-billion
($2,6-billion), much more than the original estimates, into 10 stadiums in nine cities to showcase Africa's first World Cup. With one stadium, the Moses Mabhida Stadium, in Durban, costing an estimated R1.893 billion (± $243 million) it seems to me that lack of funding cannot be a reason for not using the gigantic roofing areas to help generate much needed electricity. Technology cannot be used as an excuse either, as Toyo Ito's sports stadium in Taiwan has proven it can be done.
So was there a lack of foresight? Eskom, South Africa's electricity monopoly had been investigating solar energy in the early eighties, so why did they not suggest the idea to government. Why did the minister of Trade and Industry not react and what was the minister of Environmental Affairs doing?
It seems to boil down to an I am alright Jack attitude, which must have been growing for a very long time, not just in Africa, but world wide. From before the Copenhagen farce and regardless of all the scientific evidence, it seem that not only the world's leaders, but mankind in general, only cares about himself.
It is such a tragedy that more forethought has not been applied to numerous construction sites through out the world. South Africa has also spent large sums of tax payer's money up-grading airports and who knows what else. Let us hope that they, the leaders, politicians and the people themselves will learn from these errors and demand that we save our planet from man's greed!
By Allan Booyjzsen. www.topical.co.za
For more information see Taiwan Island of Innovation, published in Scientific American, January 2010.
I would like to tell you
about a grizzly bear. Not
bears in general but a
very specific bear. An
Teton Totem came to Jean
as a child of divorce.
Born in captivity, his
owner had 30 bears and