Flushing Rainwater

Clean, drinkable water is a precious resource, so why are we flushing it down the toilet? I ask this question almost daily (no joke). Well, LifeHacker has a great comment thread going on this very question.

The thread is part of a post about how one man actually uses rainwater to fill his water toilet basin. This is a great way to do to less harm to the environment, but some municipalities in Canada don’t like people doing this though. Other parts of the world, buildings are built incorporating rainwater collection.

“Domestic potable water collection requires effort, energy, and chemicals for purification and transport. Toilets use 20 to 25% of water consumed in a residential house. Why are we flushing drinkable water down the toilet? In some other countries of the world, rainwater harvesting on a residential level is a mandatory part of building codes.”

Vegetarian Food Fair 2006

This September in Toronto the 22nd Annual Vegetarian Food Fair will be going on at the Harbourfront Center. The festival goes on from Friday the 8th to Sunday the 10th and is North Americas Largest annual event for veggies! There willl be over 100 exhibitions, cooking demos, free food samples (WOOHOO) music and performing arts too! If your in the T-dot I recommend you go check it out. Any event based on yummy, healthy, sustainable food has got to be good!

Weather Network Explores Global Warming

For some bizarre reason some people refuse to realize that climate change, best known as global warming, is happening. Well, the Weather Network is sick of that ignorance and wants to change people’s approach to global warming. They want them to realize how climate change affects everyone, so they are making a show about climate change.

I think it’s great that the weather network is going to communicate the complexities of climate change to people.

“For the most part, the debate over global warming has taken place among politicians, scientists and activists. But it has not been a high priority for most Americans. Cullen hopes to change this. She wants people to understand that global warming is not an exotic issue and that it directly affects them.

“The climate is connected to energy, which is connected to population, which is connected to the economy,” Cullen said. “So I want each show to start with the science and then eventually lead you to your back yard.”

That approach makes a lot of sense.”

Thinking for Yourself

A lot of people can think, but are they thinking for themselves? Who knows. You can make sure that you think for yourself thanks to a list (that tells you how to think).

I actually like the ideas presented by the list, here are some points:

1) If in doubt – ask a question.
3) Understand People.
8) Look at Things from Different Perspectives.

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