Archive for May, 2010

Eco Barons

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Eco Barons

Definition of an Eco Baron: An idealistic environmentalist who is devoting their life and fortune to protecting nature preserves and forging a path to achieve their big eco-dreams.

I just finished reading Eco Barons, which was fascinating and thought provoking. The book was also of particular interest to me because I have had the good fortune to meet 3 of the Eco Barons that are profiled in the book: Doug Tompkins, I met at the World Wilderness Congress in Alaska 4 ½ years ago, then Roxanne Quimby, I met at a Green Conference/Festival in San Francisco 2 years ago and just recently, Kieran Suckling, at an event honoring him in Los Angeles. Each of their stories are amazing and inspiring.

I highlighted a few passages from the book that are particularly profound and meaningful to me-

Page 77:”The notion that humans have no inherent, absolute right to exploit and lay waste to nature.”

Page 126: ” The act that revolved around a few simple ideas few found objectionable: Americans cherished nature and did not want animals to become extinct; therefore, it should be illegal to kill endangered species or destroy habitats critical to their survival.”

Page 142:” It means the human experience is becoming increasingly impoverished as plants and animals become extinct, or as our lives become so removed from nature that the experience of those plants and animals becomes extinct.”

Page 297:” Their (the environmentalists) actions are their message: that there is a clear choice, a difficult choice, a right choice, and to make it is to express the faith that it is not too late to save the world-and that a new way of living can be better, healthier, smarter, and more prosperous.”

Page 298:” It took hundreds of millions of years for nature to construct the storehouses of coal, oil, and gas beneath the surface of the earth, the chemical residue left behind by countless extinct prehistoric lifeforms (which is why it is called Fossil Fuel). Oil and natural gas formed from deep pressure and heat exerted on huge layers of dead plankton and algae buried beneath the bottoms of ancient seas, some of which are now the world’s great deserts. Coal is made of the fossil remains of primordial forests buried by time and cataclysm. Every time a gas tank is filled or an electric generator is fired up, the remains of long-extinct creatures are providing the energy.”

Page 299:” Society should take from the earth only the resources that can be renewed, and emit only those substances that can be safely absorbed or purged by nature.” This last one is BRILLIANT!

Trouble in Pebble

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Trouble in Pebble

Our relationship to the wilderness  has unified the great United States of America from its inception. Our love of the land, the great outdoors, has been a source of  awe and pride. Bobby Kennedy Jr reminded me of all this in a speech he gave just this past week. He then moved on to speak about a very icky plan in the works that would essentially destroy an unspoiled region of Alaska for the purpose of building one of the world’s largest gold and copper mines. It’s called Pebble Mine and it was the first time I had heard about it.

Pebble Mine is a huge industrial project  which is backed by the British mining giant Anglo American,  Canadian Northern Dynasty Minerals LTD,  Rio Tinto and the Mitsubishi Corporation. Pebble Mine would be built in the watershed above Alaska’s pristine Bristol Bay, where tens of millions of sockeye salmon come to spawn every year. This Eden would be transformed into a wasteland, where the Pebble Mine would spew a horror show of toxic waste/battery acid into the Bristol Bay’s headwaters. The hideousness just goes on and on. Why do I care so much? Even though I don’t live there, it is a situation that we all have a shared interest in: the security of our food supply,the cleanliness of the water and the preservation of the land and of animals habitats. I don’t think that humanity should suffer for this, while the foreign corporations profit, poisoning and desecrating our great land.

I love our country, our earth and care greatly about its health and well being, so that’s why I had to tell you about this, hoping that someone who reads this can help in some way.

If you are interested in reading Bobby Kennedy Jr’s article about Pebble Mine: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-f-kennedy-jr/pebble-mine-foreign-minin_b_528324.html

Pebble Mine before

Pebble Mine before

Pebble Mine after

Pebble Mine after

Andy Goldsworthy the Great

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

For those of you who are hearing the name Andy Goldsworthy for the first time, you are in for a treat! He’s a legend in my world and I have been rabidly following his work and buying every single book he’s ever published. His genius lies in his ability to create site-specific sculpture and land art in natural and urban settings using materials he finds in nature which in turn inspires him. A British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist, who now lives in Scotland, his extra fabulous art is either temporary and melts, washes or is blown away by the natural forces of nature. Some of his work is also permanent and I long to see one up close.

I N C R E D I B L E

I N C R E D I B L E

B E A U T I F U L

B E A U T I F U L

M A G N I F I C I E N T

M A G N I F I C I E N T

R A V I S H I N G

R A V I S H I N G

E X Q U I S I T E

E X Q U I S I T E

G O R G E O U S

G O R G E O U S

S T U N N I N G

S T U N N I N G

Cool Art Project

Monday, May 10th, 2010

I have been burning photo CD’s for friends for years and have made more music CD compilations than I can count. For a while, I could only find CD covers that either broke easily or others that wouldn’t stay closed; a disaster either way.  Next I came across paper ones, that are ok but flimsy, and then more recently I found plain kraft paper type ones, that are made from recycled paper, my favorite kind. They are thick and sturdy, easy to slide a CD into, and one of the coolest features is you can personalize the covers yourself. Think what a fabulous and cool art project this could be for kids to do at school or home. It would make such a creative, artistic and special gift. They are inexpensive and a true eco gift, since the CD was made from recycled paper.  Here are a few examples to give you an idea of what you can do and how great they can look. You can find these CD covers in my store www.priscillawoolworth.com.

O N E

O N E

T W O

T W O

T H R E E

T H R E E

Love Cuixmala Mexico

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Being the immense nature lover that I am and have been since I was a child, when it’s time for me to take some time off from work, there is a place I go to that nourishes, heals and restores me: Cuixmala Mexico. Owned and run by two of my closest and very beloved friends, who have beautifully preserved the property’s 26,000 acres, as well as making it wonderfully livable. The vibe is very cool, authentic, and relaxed. What I love about going there is that you are completely surrounded by its natural beauty, so much so, that I forget my other life and easily immerse myself in nature walks through the palm tree groves, bike along the fragrant dirt roads and stroll the beaches for natural treasures. It’s heaven. I’ve been taking my children as well for many years, so they are as attached as I am to Cuixmala.

Palm tree grove

Palm tree grove

Beautifully fragrant biking road

Beautifully fragrant biking road

I can’t forget to mention the zebras, elans and antelopes lolling about, utterly unthreatening and just a joy to watch, free from the confines of a zoo. And the food is delicious and magically restorative; must be because it’s organic and they grow it all right there, next to the mango trees. Even the various cheeses are homemade, along with butter and bread.

Natural treasures found on the beach

Natural treasures found on the beach

Zebras and Elans lolling about

Zebras and Elans lolling about

My latest obsession is this sauce ‘salsa verde’ that is served with many dishes and is an exquisitely yummy and healthy companion to salad, most vegetables, fish or chicken. Since I got back home, I’m living off of it, eating it with anything I can but best with cold chicken and sliced tomatoes. The salsa verde is good for at least 5 days in the fridge, so make extra, so you won’t run out after one meal. Also, I add a little extra extra virgin olive oil and a tbsp of vinegar to loosen it up a bit once its been chilled.

Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde

Recipe for Salsa Verde:

1 handful of Cilantro

1 handful of Basil

½ handful of Parsley

¼ Green Jalapeno Chile Pepper

2 cloves Garlic

¼ Onion

pinch of Salt and Pepper

2 tbsp Olive Oil

1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

and

Put everything in a blender.

The Salsa Verde should be smooth in texture. Add more olive oil if too pasty but don’t let it be too liquidy either.

(I wrote the recipe exactly how I was given it, which I though was charming and it’s perfect.)