Humanity's present momentum of continuous growth in urban sprawl and population cannot be sustained without destroying the earth's most vital resources. For every square mile of populated land, there needs to be at least fifty-five square miles of clean farmland and unspoiled wilderness area to support it. While the oceans are being filled with pollutants and trash, many species of fish and mammals are being threatened. The more people living a high-resource consumption lifestyle, the more vital plants, trees and animals will become extinct.
Unless humans move off the planet to other worlds, mine asteroids, etc. or immediately stop increasing their vast numbers, economic growth on Earth is no longer sustainable. There will soon be global shortages of all manner essential things such as fuel, minerals, clean water, food, housing, and even clean air if nothing is done to immediately stem population growth. Before we know it, billions of children will be born without food, clothing, shelter, or any sort of clean water to drink. Read the book for incredible stories and some amazing solutions...
Everyone depends on a healthy global environment in the same way one depends on healthy organs to function properly. If huge areas of rainforest, for example, are burned down, that horrible form of destruction is similar to having one's lungs cut out while smoking a cigarette! I am simply appalled because this essential and valuable resource usually cannot be replaced.
Pollution and ecological destruction, while very obvious at its source, creates a long-term subtle diminishment in the quality of life for everyone else in surrounding areas, and even throughout the world such as greater Co2 in our atmosphere, reduced health, fertility problems, chronic fatigue problems, widespread depression, increased stress, and reduced water purity. One's environmental quality of life always has to take the final impact.
The one thing really lacking the world over is wisdom to properly manage the forests, the oceans, the rivers, lakes, and all other essential resources with the care it desperately needs. When certain areas or countries are overrun by too many people, that's another serious problem. It doesn't take much brain power to realize that the more dense the population, the more consumption of vital resources, starvation and famine and therefore suffering is likely to take place.
The long-term consequences must never be forgotten in any decision in the area of whether or not to create more children, what sort of methods are to be used to grow food, and how biological diverse the food supply will be. Too many mistakes already have been made in these areas, such as growing too much of one type of food (such as wheat) while using only chemicals to fertilize it and therefore increasing the need to use toxic pesticides to keep insects and birds off.
Biologically diverse organic farming is always far more sustainable and much healthier for everyone. It would also be far better for everyone to rely more heavily on vegetarian sources of protein rather than red meat. Cattle and hog farms are one of the single largest methane pollution sources in the world and methane is hundred times more potent than Co2 as a contributer to the green house effect, not to mention the distasteful idea of slaughtering countless innocent animals.
Of course the global dependency on fossil fuels for most of e veryone's energy requirements is another huge mistake. All manner of alternative sources of energy need to be explored and put into production as soon as possible before the deleterious effects of global warming such as rising oceans, excessive errosion and loss of topsoil, and the massive desertification of previously productive and fertile lands. The process of global warming is slow and insidious, even though many scientists say it is simply a part of the natural cooling-heating cycles going on for hundreds of thousands of years, what humans are doing with fossil fuels is not helping one farthing to prevent future catastrophes such as massive oil spills like the recent one in the Gulf of Mexico, and local air pollution problems!
Much of these threats to destroy vast natural resources (including many plant and animal species) throughout the world is caused by a widespread dependence on exterior conditions to satisfy one's materialistic needs and sensual desires combined with unprecedented population growth. If everyone lived a more spiritual lifestyle much more in tune with nature and correctly applied the philosophy of yoga and meditation, there would be far fewer conflicts and problems to deal with.
Your Environment - Quality of Life Issues in the News
One can debate global warming until everyone either succumbs to intense heat, dehydration, starvation or drowns under 150 feet of water. There is much humanity can still do to help slow down or reverse many insidious changes in our atmosphere, but time is running out fast before a certain "tipping point" or point of no return is reached sending the earth on a terrifying runaway green-house scenario resulting in some of the worse and most far-ranging environmental catastrophes imaginable. What will most likely happen in the next hundred years? What can be done to slow these highly disturbing trends toward an irreversible global melt-down where dozens of low-lying lands, coastlines and costal cities will become part of the expanding ocean?
Your Environment - Quality of Life continued: One cannot abuse nature without nature rebelling. The benefits of so called progress are being offset by unforeseen natural catastrophes. There are many things created by materialistic, narrow-minded science that are affecting the world and stealthily leading humankind into serious trouble. All the unnatural foods being created and consumed and changes in the water, oceans and atmosphere will lead to all manner of diseases, confusions, and other insidious miseries.
A large portion of the world's population is crowded into contaminated environments far removed from the natural setting originally intended for life to exist in. Most people's lives are spent trying to survive in an "urban hell" bound by busy streets and noisy air-polluting traffic. The spirit of life is parched by endless miles of asphalt and concrete intended more for filthy machines rather than trees, animals and humans. The combustion engine has to be one of the worse "conveniences" ever created or depended on.
The total harmony with nature and quality of life that our ancestors once enjoyed is nearly completely destroyed by overpopulation. We are hemmed in cubical structures that are for the most part insulated from the primary energies of nature. The pranic vitality of the Earth's atmosphere is gradually being eroded away by vast numbers of carbon-monoxide producing machines. Most solutions to regain your quality of life may be obvious, but not easy to implement, (see Save the Earth) others may just remain wild ideas, but here is a partial list of what could be done to reduce the exploitation of natural resources and create much needed improvements in the quality of life:
1) Aviod driving those obnoxious, stinking, noisy combustion engine gas guzzlers as much as possible! America's love of the automobile is an environmental catastrophe. Not only are automobiles very dangerous, causing thousands and thousands of deaths and all manner of terrible injuries per year, combustion engine fumes cause all sorts of serious consequences. The massive quantities of free radicals spewing forth from the tail pipes of cars leads to all kinds of problems such as depression, anxiety, confusion, headaches, anger, cancer, emphysema, birth defects, etc. The global pollution from the sheer numbers of automobiles on the road combined is leading the whole world to a very unpleasant, hellish existence. Yes, cars suck! While absolutely destroying what would otherwise have been a peaceful, quiet, meditative environment, they suck in pristine, fresh, vibrant, God-given, life-giving oxygen out of the air and dump out unbreathable carbon monoxide, highly disrupting vibrations, and other toxic fumes in place of it!
If you are really serious about improving the quality of life, it cannot be found in endless traffic jams! Whenever possible, either get on a bicycle or walk! Then you will notice so much more beauty and opportunities in your own neighborhood, you can then finally relax much more, save money on gas, and feel at one with nature. Too many have a very bad habit of hopping in the car just to go a few blocks or even a few kilometers. It is far better to ride a bike or even take the bus. Even though motorcycles use far less fuel per mile than automobiles they tend to create far more noise, also very effectively destroying the quality of life. I would try to avoid the use of anything with a combustion engine no matter how big or small. I not only walk to work, I also walk to do my (organic) grocery shopping regardless of how much I need. If everyone would just do this, our roads would be much clearer and quieter.
If we have to depend so much on vehicles to get around, it is essential that we speed up the availability of and reduce the cost of autos that run on hydrogen fuel cell technology. Electricity is generated in a process in which hydrogen is combined with oxygen to create pure H2O! Imagine your car with only pure drinking water coming out of it's exhaust pipe! However, there may be an even better, much less expensive idea and it is available now! It is now possible to convert your existing car to run on both fuel and water. To learn more about water for gas technology and how you too can build your own water for gas powered car, visit www.water4gas.com for all the SECRETS of Water Car Technology.
2) Conserve electricity and help the environment by using your body's natural energy for every day tasks. For example, instead of using a traditional washing machine, try using a washing machine like this, or this. Not only will you save energy (and water), you'll also tone your muscles and keep your body in prime condition.
3) Create strong incentives for all communities to plant more trees, grow more plants, create more gardens, and grow their own organic food. The world has suffered a MASSIVE loss of vegetation and forests along with a reduction of oxygen and a huge increase of major greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide leading to all kinds of terrible climate and weather problems and rising oceans. Many of the worst degenerative diseases of humankind as well as depression, reduced quality of life, and lack of spirituality have been traced to the loss of certain types of plant pollens, prana (bioplasmic energy), oxygen, etc. in the air which all come from plants and trees.
3 - cont.) Even though there may be other causes as well, I personally have suffered great spiritual difficulties and severe depressions from this loss of natural "orgone" energy. PLEASE avoid any unnecessary trimming or cutting of trees! Green plants are the purifying "lungs" of the earth. They also contain a life-giving subtle force and spiritual or "soul" energy. Whenever I see someone cutting down a tree, I naturally get very angry: this person might as well be cutting out a part of everyone's lung and a part of everyone's soul!
4) Give strong incentives for every community to be self-contained rather than be dependent on other sources for electricity, water, gas, sanitary needs, etc. Such wiser actions as these lead to much greater wealth, quality of life and independence on the long-run
5) "Self-contained" sources should consist of windmill turbines, solar panels, hydrogen fuel cell electric generation plants, and methane producing systems utilizing "biomass" reservoirs from waste matter.
6) Replace all "gas guzzling" incandescent electric bulbs with much more efficient fluorescent light bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs utilize no more than a quarter of the power that incandescent (filament) light bulbs use to produce the same amount of light. In some cases, a 5-watt fluorescent bulb can even be used to replace as much as a 40-watt incandescent bulb without sacrificing luminosity! That is the same amount of light for only an eighth of the energy used! I am surprised more people don't do this, because an average household can easily save hundreds of dollars a year in electric bills.
7) If everyone had the attitude of selfless commitment to the need of others and expressed that commitment in a very intelligent and efficient manner, the quality of life would improve for everyone dramatically. We need to build self-supporting communities where all resources are responsibly managed and shared by all individuals.
8) The most obvious requirement is the need for population growth control without infringing on the rights of others, but encouraging all to avoid having more than two children per family or far better to simply adopt children as there are hundreds of millions of children in third world nations left to fend for themselves in dire poverty. Everyone must either do this or continue to suffer massive losses in the quality of life not only for today, but also throughout all future generations.
Most of the energy and resources of a community is lost to construction of new shopping centers, more housing, roads, freeways, water utilities, landfills, polluting power plants, hospitals, fighting crime, jails, etc. If population growth could just be stopped, then vital energies and resources can instead be used to dramatically improve the quality of life inside the existing urban developments! This would include the creation of parks, trees, botanical gardens, free educational centers, nature reserves, recycling centers, alternative energy systems, more efficient, pollution free transportation, paying off national and state debts, etc.
It makes no sense whatsoever for anyone to have any more children at least for the next 25 years to help reduce the incredible burden on the local and global environment, especially now with so many more people living longer and growing so much larger in size. The present rate of global population growth simply cannot be sustained indefinitely without it soon crashing head on into some major calamity or disaster such as a worldwide drought, famine, disease, and/or massive war along with severe and permanent damage to other plants and animal species. I would have to say what used to be such a positive, essential thing is now the worst thing anyone can do as nothing else can guarantee more human suffering and misery than continuing to create even more consumers of vital diminishing resources. Time is running out fast!
Unfortunately it is usually the poorest countries that contribute to the fastest rates of population growth. The scariest part about this population explosion is how it is accelerating rapidly out of proportion as more and more people are born every minute. The more people who are born, the more there will be in the future to create even more offspring! Until finally there is simply no more resources left anywhere on Earth to sustain any kind of decent lifestyle. One of the first things that is disappearing rapidly is the availability of safe drinking water and irrigation water for farming. What is dangerously deceptive is there may always still be plenty of land space on Earth to physically expand into, but who can live in the middle of a desert or without water and fertile ground to plant crops?
What used to always be the most rational instinct is now the most irrational instinct. There is now no reason whatsoever to create more humans other than to increase stress and decrease the quality of life throughout the world while increasing the burden of survival on everyone else and to plunge all nations deeper and deeper into debt and poverty. It is vital that everyone who reads this get the word out for the obvious need for population growth control in every country of the world. Please educate others on this most essential and vital need!
9) I would even go so far as to recommend celibacy within marriage and relationships because there are actually great long term benefits to the quality of life while being sexually obstinate. And the longer one conserves sexual energy the better one feels! Learn more about the benefits of celibacy here. Society has undergone a tremendous moral decline in the last 50 years. It is due in part to the rejection of the principles of family and marriage combined with poor education, wide availability of pornography, alcohol, drugs and junk food. Another major factor has to be the overindulgence of sex which tends to act just like a shot of heroine or cocaine on the brain reducing its ability to value, sense and appreciate higher values, love and spiritual realities.
10) Support all propositions and measures that propose the construction/preservation of natural and recreational parks, forests, lakes, natural preserves, zoos, aquariums, museums, libraries, and other educational centers. Discourage overpopulation or anything that can result in further urban expansion. Let's place a strong emphasis on the "quality of life" rather than "quantity of life." Unlimited growth is impossible to sustain indefinitely in a finite world without first making major, major sacrifices to the quality of life!
We are passing through a dangerous time in our world's history. The ecological consequences of overconsumption and uncontrolled population growth will be terrifying unless present trends are stopped!
It's a time when massive consumption -- more junk food, more sex, more people, more debt, more drugs of all kinds, more of just about everything except time is threatening the quality of our lives, environment and communities at every level of society, irrespective of age, race, or status.
Humanity's present momentum in population growth cannot continue without seriously destroying the earth's most vital resources. The more people there are trying to live a high-consumption lifestyle, the more species of vital plants, trees and animals become extinct.
There will soon be global shortages of all manner essential things such as fuel, minerals, clean water, food, housing, and even clean air if nothing is done to immediately stem population growth.
11) Invest in the companies that promote organic agriculture, solar panels, windmills, hydrogen fuel cell technology, hydroelectric power, and/or other "earth friendly" renewable systems. Please learn as much as you can regarding "earth friendly" and "socially responsible" investing. For example, AERT (Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies) is a recycling company that creates moisture resistant building materials out of waste wood fiber and reclaimed plastics. There are many other recycling companies out there, including one that develops microorganisms that break down pollutants and hazardous chemical waste. There are some companies that create natural gas and electricity from wood residues, paper mill waste sludge, and agricultural waste (biomass). Be alert for all kinds of old and new renewable technologies that could solve all sorts of environmental and financial problems.
All the money wasted on military expenses and space exploration could have easily been used to develop and build vast arrays of windmills and solar power generators. A much better quality of life would have been ours if vital natural and human resources not wasted so much on fighting wars, illegal drugs, tobacco, red meat production, oil dependent machines, and other environmentally destructive enterprises. Instead of cooperating with each other and nature and instead of working together to create a much more beautiful, self contained, harmonious and loving global society, too much creative energy has gone into security and defense. A very tragic situation indeed. God has given humanity so much, yet so much opportunity for a much better world has been destroyed by ignorance, dogmatism, materialism, prejudice, greed, fear and selfishness.
12) Support Americans for Fair Taxation. The present tax system is inefficient, invasive and unfair, resulting in an unnecessary burden on the American public, reduced quality of life, and unnecessary consumption of natural resources (paper comes from trees!) Americans for Fair Taxation propose replacing the entire income tax system with a single, simple federal sales tax that gains revenue from economic consumption rather than personal earnings, thereby saving massive amounts of vital resources, paperwork, time, accounting, auditing, etc. To make this plan absolutely fair, everyone is to receive a monthly refund to cover the taxes on the first thousand dollars (or around that much) spent on monthly necessities. In this way, only extra spending beyond personal necessities is taxed.
13) Plant a tree! Support The National Arbor Day Foundation, it is the largest tree-planting environmental organization in the world.
14) Honor Julia Butterfly Hill and her "Circle of Life Foundation." Visit her web site and find out what you can do to make more responsible decisions regarding your impact on the environment and quality of life for everyone. All life is precious, we are all connected and interdependent. Learn how to be more responsible and aware of the consequences of your actions. You might want to read her eloquent words in "Julia's Reflections on Big Mountain" that are so similar to my own sentiments about how materialism is wasting away what is profound and sacred.
15) Respect, cherish and love all life. Honor the rights of animals. Always love them, never eat them nor harm them in any way. Meat contains the neurohormones of the fear and terror of being slaughtered. I don't think humans were meant to eat meat except only as a last resort during times of drought and famine or in harsh climates. Personally, I find vegetarian sources of protein much more appetizing than a dead pig, a large fish or bird. Birds, big fish, and especially mammals are emotionally conscious beings. God incarnates in all life forms, and very often in the sparkle of your pet's eyes, you can see the devotion it has for you.
Environment - Quality of Life - The World's Energy Crisis
The world is gradually marching towards a severe energy crisis, what with an ever-increasing demand of energy overstepping its supply. We have always known that the energy we use everyday is not unlimited, yet we take it for granted. Oil, gas, power, even water has limited availability. Yet, we have not taken enough precautions to deal with a possible energy crisis. When I say 'we', I am not referring to the governments but to all of us, the common people.
Oil and gas have already become too expensive, and with each passing day, they are moving towards being extinct. Some ignorant people think that energy crisis is a myth. They fail to see the big picture. There have been three major energy crises so far – the 1973 oil crisis, the 1979 energy crisis, and the 1990 oil-price hike, apart from several regional crisis.
Prices have been rapidly increasing for the last five years, thanks to the ever-increasing demand and the increasing shortage of energy resources.
How soon will it be all gone?
Are the cynics right in saying that we are making a mountain of a molehill, or is the energy crisis for real? Picture this: We have already exhausted 50 percent of the available oil. At the current rate of consumption, the rest of the oil will finish in 32 years! Imagine if the rate of consumption increases! We all know it is bound to increase. So, even the present generation will face an acute energy crisis in the later years, let alone future generations.
What are we doing about it?
Are we equipped to face the impending energy crisis? What can you and I do to tackle it? For starters, we need to understand the importance of energy in our lives and stop taking it for granted. We have to minimize the use of oil, gas, electricity, or any other fuel. We cannot afford to waste any available energy. It is also important to spread awareness about limited availability of energy resources. Simple things like joining a car pool, switching off car engines at traffic lights, and minimizing the use of gas and oil in everyday activities will help a long way in crisis-readiness.
What are the alternate energy options?
As a responsible world citizen, start looking for alternate energy solutions like solar energy and wind energy. Employing these alternate power solutions is extremely feasible and cost-effective. You will not only cut down your power bills but also contribute to a better future of the world.
As the term suggests, bio-fuels are fuels that are formed when biological matter decomposes. The bio-fuels are mostly derived from plants. Bio-fuels exist in all the three states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas.
Difference between bio-fuels and fossil fuels
Bio-fuels are different from fossil fuels in the following ways:
Fossil fuels take a million years to build whereas bio-fuels can be made extremely fast, in a matter of days.
Fossil fuels generate huge amounts of pollution. Bio-fuels are comparatively safer.
Bio-fuels are renewable sources of energy unlike fossil fuels.
Different types of bio-fuels
Bio-fuels have been categorized into four types: first generation, second generation, third generation, and fourth generation.
The first generation bio-fuels are derived from vegetable fats, starch, and sugar, which are in turn derived from food-crops. The first generation fuels are also derived from animal fats. Biogas, bio-diesel, and vegetable oil are some examples of this type of bio-fuels.
The second generation of bio-fuels is mainly derived from waste biomass, thus making it a more balanced option compared to the first-generation bio-fuels. Different kinds of alcohols and diesel generated from wood fall into the category of second generation bio-fuels.
The third generation comprises of bio-fuels derived from algae. Algae are farmed on large scales for creating these bio-fuels. The algae fuels are extremely environment-friendly as they can easily decompose into the soil without harming it.
The bio-fuels in the fourth generation are derived by a method in which micro-organisms are raised to work with carbon dioxide to generate fuel.
Advantages of bio-fuels
Bio-fuels prove advantageous in the following ways:
Bio-fuels lessen the burden on gradually-vanishing fossil fuels.
Bio-fuels are environment-friendly. They help reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere.
Bio-fuels, especially, bio-diesel prove to be very cost-effective for consumers.
Disadvantages of bio-fuels
Bio-fuels are not bereft of criticism. Though beneficial for the environment, bio-fuels have its disadvantages, paradoxically in the environmental purview. Bio-fuels have received criticism for many reasons, a couple of which are stated below:
Economists have long debated on the usefulness of first generation bio-fuels when compared to the lack of food they cause. Generating fuel from food crops makes food crops unworthy of human consumption. Some people believe that being a higher priority than fuel, food should not be farmed for making fuels but for human consumption.
Making bio-fuels require acres of farming land, thus encroaching upon the natural habitat of plants and animals.
We all learned about the renewable and non-renewable sources of energy in school. However, we never paid much attention to the rapid consumption of the non-renewable sources of energy until recently. The world is faced with severe energy crisis now and none of us remain unaffected anymore. Should we leave everything to the governments, or can we do something to save power? The answer is simple: we can.
Let us look at how you can save power at home.
Computer: More often than not, we do not switch off our monitors even after we have shut down our computers. Keep the monitor and the computer switched off when you are not using them. Start practicing this even when at work. You will help save some more power for the world.
Light bulbs: You must have seen compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs being advertised all the time. You must have even used them at times. As a power-saving measure, start using the CFL light bulbs as much as you can. If you are thinking they are more expensive than the regular bulbs, the benefits of the CFL bulbs will prove much more cost-effective in the long turn by the amount of power they will save.
Air Conditioner: Set the temperature at the minimum or maximum best you are comfortable with, depending on the season. Try not to set it at too high or too low temperatures. Setting the air conditioner at reasonable temperatures helps save a lot of energy.
Washing Machines: Do you use your washing machine as often as you want? Do you use your washing machine even when there are not enough clothes to wash? Minimize the number of washes by washing full load of clothes every time.
Television: Take off the power plug of your television set when not using it. This may not sound a big deal but this tiny step will help save power.
Geysers: Keep the geyser thermostat at the minimum heat. You do not need to heat the water at a very high temperature or for too long.
Refrigerator: Bring hot food to room temperatures before putting it into the refrigerator. You can also save power by taking cold or frozen food out of the refrigerator much before the mealtime, thereby saving power in heating it.
Car: For an air-conditioner equipped car, pull up the windows of your car before switching on the air-conditioner.
With energy sources depleting at a rate faster than they are being built, it is only wise that we use the abundant energy available for free – the solar energy. Apart from the easy availability, solar energy helps control environmental pollution. Most of us shy away from installing solar power solutions at home thinking them to be expensive and cumbersome. You will, however, be surprised to know how easy it is to employ these power solutions. Moreover, these will help cut down your power bills. Finally, you will be delighted to know tat you are doing your bit to save power for the future generations.
This article will explore the various solar power options available for home use.
Solar cooker: A solar cooker is a cooking utensil that uses absolutely no fuel for cooking. You can cook food for up to five people in the small box. If you are thinking that using a solar cooker will reduce your chances of spreading up a varied platter on the dining table, you will be surprised to know that you can not only boil food items in the cooker but also roast and bake! The only limitation with the solar cooker is the time it takes to cook. However, given the free source of energy it uses, this is a great option for cutting down those sky-rocketing bills and saving some power.
Solar home lighting: A solar home lighting system converts solar energy into electrical energy for your home. This is done via cells that are charged with solar energy. So, in the night, if you wonder how the lights are on in the house, it is because of the solar energy stored in the solar cells. You can install the solar home lighting system in your house and not worry about the electricity bills anymore.
Solar heating system: Installing a solar heating system in your home helps cutting down your electricity bill along with saving the world's quickly-exhausting power. If you are worried that a solar heating system will turn your sweet home into a gadget house or that it will be an expensive investment, your concerns are misplaced. Companies providing solar power solutions for homes make it a point to install aesthetically-pleasing heating systems in your house. As per as expenditure is concerned, investing in a solar heating system is wise because you get a return on your investment within 3-4 years, giving you absolutely free service after that.
With the world's ever-increasing demand of power being more than its supply, it is about time that we take concrete steps to save power. Apart from being conscious about the usage of power and water at home, one can employ pollution-free and cost-effective power solutions at our homes. Solar power solutions and wind power solutions are the two of the most efficient solutions that can replace the conventional power solutions employed at our homes.
These solutions can help you combat power outages, reduce your electricity bills, and also help the environment.
This article will explore the cost-effective wind power solution that you can employ at home.
Wind power solutions work best when the following conditions are met:
You have a house or farmhouse spread over a big area. Typically, wind power solutions are employed in areas that spread over an acre.
The average wind speed in your area is around 11 miles per hour. If you stay in a place that has little wind flow, your system will not work. Consult an expert before installing the wind power solution at home.
You need to draw water from external sources. You can install a wind power system even when you do not need to draw water from outside. However, if you need to draw water from outside on a regular basis, a wind power system offers the best solution.
Your house needs a lot of uninterrupted power supply. Combating those power outages is easy with the pollution-free wind power systems. You need no longer worry about a break in your work because of a power uncertainty.
A typical wind power system comprises of a tower and five blades to churn out wind energy. The length of the wind tower varies depending on the location of your house. You may need a longer tower if you are in low-wind zone; you can work with a shorter tower if you live by the beach. Using a wind generator, this wind energy can be converted into useful electrical energy to be employed at home for running various electrical appliances. You can even store the power generated for later use, making wind generators more efficient than convention power systems.
If you are confused with the wind power jargon, here's a piece of information for you. The terms, wind mills, wind turbines, and wind generators are used to refer to the same machine.
With the world slowly moving to the much-dreaded energy crisis, it is important that we reduce our dependency on non-renewable sources of energy. Non-renewable sources being renewable are about to get extinct. Renewable energy solutions refer to those energy solutions that can keep churning energy without exhausting the resources. Three types of energy solutions fall into the category of renewable energy solutions: solar energy solutions, hydro energy solutions, and wind energy solutions.
Solar energy solutions: The sun's energy is the most abundant energy available on earth. Make use of this free energy. You can employ solar power solutions at home. This will not only cut down power bills but also help you contribute to a greener world. Solar power solutions comprise of solar cookers, solar heating systems, solar lighting systems, solar dryers etc.
The sun has always been a source of heat energy and light energy. With the advancement of technology, the sun's energy can be used to create other forms of energy.
The solar energy systems have many advantages apart from being cost-effective and environment-friendly. They are low on maintenance thus saving your time and effort. Also, solar systems give you a return on investment very soon, thus making the systems free after some time. Cooking with solar energy is also considered extremely healthy. Families have started employing solar energy as a power solution at their homes.
Hydro energy solutions: The hydro energy or water energy is an effective renewable energy. One can convert the hydro energy into electrical energy to run vehicles and various electrical appliances. Hydro energy is typically generated on a large scale. It has been estimated that 90 percent of the electrical energy produced by renewable resources is produced solely by hydro power. Dams are built to help generate electricity by tapping the water power.
There have been some concerns about using this energy because it is supposed to adversely affect the water-borne flora and fauna.
Wind energy solutions: Windmills were in existence even in the years before the birth of Christ. They helped tow boats and pump water. Eventually, post-industrialization, they became a source for generating electricity.
Windmills and wind turbines have never been passe. Wind energy can help generate tones of megawatts of electricity. When employed at individual estates, it can help do away with conventional power sources. An excellent renewable source of energy, the wind energy will go a long way in promising a good future to generations to come.
The shortage of power, the rapid consumption of non-renewable energy, the ever-increasing demand for power supply, the daily warnings about our environment are enough signs to tell us that it's time we do something. So, what can we do? For starters, how about living off the grid? If I have startled you with that proposition, let me tell you that living off the grid not only helps the environment and helps save power; it also cuts down our electricity bill substantially. Now, that's a tangible benefit apart from all the good you will do to the world. Trust me, you will feel good doing this.
Let us first study the advantages of living off the grid.
Reduced dependability on exhausting resources: Who wants to depend on public utilities all the time? Living off the grid helps you rely only on your resources and not the ones supplied by governments or corporations. How often have you cursed when faced with a power outage in the midst of some important work or a party? Wouldn't you like to take charge of such factors affecting you life? With alternate power solutions, you can.
Freedom of usage of naturally available resources: How would you feel when you don't have to pay for the power you use? Wouldn't it be delightful to use as much power as you want without worrying about the electricity meter? You can make use of the abundant power available in the nature to light up your home and make your food. The solar power solutions and the wind power solutions are the answers to your power quest (well, literally!).
Reduced power costs, helping save your money: How would you feel if the electricity bills stop coming in your letter box? The alternate power solutions give you a return on investment very soon, thus making the power supply to your home eventually free!
Making way for a healthier environment: Don't you bless the people who planted trees years ago not expecting them to miraculously grow? They planted those trees for the future generations. Make the future of your future generations secure by giving them a greener, healthier world. Cut down on the usage of non-renewable sources of energy. Try to use water minimally. There is not much drinking water left for the next generations.
If you are thinking it is not very feasible to live off the grid, look for alternate power solutions and you will be surprised to learn that they are not only cost-effective but also extremely feasible.
Electrical energy was one of man's greatest discoveries. It has helped build new civilizations. The large amount of electricity produced has its source in fossil fuels, nuclear fission, water, and wind. This article will explore the different methods of electricity production.
Electricity is churned out by enormous turbines. These turbines need a support to be moved. There are various ways of moving these turbines:
By burning fossil fuels: Electricity is produced when the blades of a turbine are moved by enormous amounts of vapor. This vapor is generated by heating a lot of water in huge furnaces. The water is heated by burning fossil fuels like coal, petroleum, and natural gas. This method releases enormous amounts of carbon dioxide in the air, thus severely polluting our atmosphere. It is important to turn to alternate methods of electricity production for long-term benefits.
By water: You must have heard how dams are constructed to produce electricity. A popular method to produce electricity, a water dams serves two purposes: restricting water bodies and producing electricity. Water dams use the river water to move turbines, helping them produce electricity. Electricity generated this way helps control air pollution; however, this method of electricity production adversely affects the ecosystem in the water bodies.
Water accounts for 90 percent of the world's electricity generated through renewable resources.
By wind: Electricity is produced when wind energy is converted to electrical energy. Wind mills or wind turbines are used to churn up enormous amounts of wind energy which is then converted into electrical energy.
The latest in wind energy advancement tells us that wind energy is helping create portable cell phone chargers.
By nuclear fission: Yes, nuclear fission does not only make atom bombs, but also helps produce electricity. Nuclear fission causes a chain reaction where the element Uranium is bombarded by neutrons causing it to split. Every time a Uranium nucleus is split, more neutrons are released, causing more splits in the already split Uranium nuclei. The resultant chain reaction generates a lot of heat which is used to heat water the vapor of which eventually moves turbines to create electricity.
By bio-waste: With technological advancements, electricity is also being produced by bio-waste. Bio-gas is a typical way of generating electricity in rural areas in countries like India. In fact, a new technology evolved in the state of Bihar in India that uses human waste to generate electricity.
If you have been bogged by the enormous electricity bills you have been getting, it is time to take some concrete steps. You can reduce your electricity bills by following very simple steps.
This article will list some simple, easy-to-do things to reduce your electricity bill.
Limited use: Start with the room you are sitting in. If you were to take a call in another room or join your family at the dining table, would you just step out of your room without any concern for the electrical appliances in the room? If you would, stop right there, and look around. Switch off all the appliances even if you would be back in five minutes. Yes, even that will help. Every drop of water constitutes to the ocean.
Another thing to take care of here is what you perceive as an electronic appliance. Would you switch off the television set, turn off the fan, but not the light bulb? Yes, you need light, but not now when you are leaving the room. Taking care of these small things will go a long way in reducing the dreaded huge electricity bills.
Smart investments: Make some smart power investments by replacing your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. These bulbs are a great power-saving investment.
Buy the Power Save gadget. The gadget helps monitor the power supply to your house and uses the minimum that is needed.
Home appliance usage: Most of us complain that the electricity bill touches the sky because of the number of electrical appliances they have at home. However, the electricity bill is not directly proportional to the number of gadgets you use but the way you use them. Let's see how you can avoid the typical power-wasters.
Use the washing machine only when there is a full load of clothes.
Keep the geyser on for the minimal amount of time.
Keep the air-conditioner at the minimum low or high temperature, just enough to keep you off the heat or the cold outside.
Switch off the computer monitor even when you take a one-minute break. It takes just a second to switch on the monitor again!
Yeah, you have to stick to this way of life for saving power at home and for the world.
Remember, reducing your electricity bill is equivalent to saving power, thus helping the world save power for its future generations.
When the future of electricity is discussed, quite a number of thoughts come into mind. Let's look at a few of such ideas.
Electricity will be wireless!
Wouldn't it be delightful to see no wires in the house even with an uninterrupted supply of electricity? Will the future see wireless supply of electricity? Apparently, it will, according to industry experts. Last year, a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology conducted a wireless electricity experiment successfully. This dream has never been far-fetched, and with the success of wireless electricity experiments, this dream will soon come true. So, it is not very far that we will see electrical appliances charging themselves off air!
Consumers will have complete control!
Industry experts believe that in future, your power supply will not be dependent on the electricity department but on you. You will have complete control on how you want the power supply to reach your place. You may not be required to pay the mandatory amount when you are vacationing around the world, shutting off the house. Experts see a variety of control options for consumers in the future. Now, whether this future is in the next ten years, or twenty, or a fifty years is not known, but what is known is that the future will see the consumers in control of what they use.
Electrical energy will be clean!
Do you know that the remains of electricity production emit enormous amounts of carbon dioxide in the air? The future of electricity is perceived as green and clean. Given the concern for the environment, the electricity in future will make use of renewable sources of energy, leading to a clean environment. Currently, electricity is produced mostly by consuming fuels that are on the verge of being extinct.
All things will be electric!
OK, we have already seen electric cars and electric shavers, what else will the future see? May be, electric shoes! Combs, toothbrushes, watches, glasses, even clothes may become electrical gadgets. If these sound far-fetched ideas, visit the futuristic shops at Akihabara in Japan for a glimpse of the future.
There will be no outages!
More than anything, consumers look forward to seeing a future with absolutely no power outages. Alternate power solutions promise to take us into a future that has no power interruptions. With increased dependency on power for everything, consumers need to have an uninterrupted supply of power.
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The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World by John Robbins and Dean Ornish - Editorial Reviews - From Publishers Weekly - What can we do to help stop global warming, feed the hungry, prevent cruelty to animals, avoid genetically modified foods, be healthier and live longer? Eat vegetarian, Robbins (Diet for a New America) argues. Noting the massive changes in the environment, food-production methods, and technology over the last two decades, he lambastes (in a manner less tough-mindedly restrained than Frances Moore Lapp‚'s classic Diet for a Small Planet) contemporary factory-farming methods and demonstrates that individual dietary choices can be both empowering and have a broader impact. Robbins, heir to the Baskin-Robbins ice-cream empire (he rejected it to live according to his values), takes on fad diets, the meat industry, food irradiation, hormone and antibiotic use in animals, cruel animal husbandry practices, the economics of meat consumption, biotechnology and the prevalence of salmonella and E. Coli. Some details are downright revolting (euthanized dogs and cats often are made into cattle feed), horrific (some 90% of cows, pigs and poultry are still conscious when butchered) and mind-boggling (it takes 5,214 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef). Despite all this and more distressing information, Robbins ends on a hopeful note, detailing growth in organic farming, public awareness and consumer activism worldwide, as well as policy changes, especially in Europe. Well researched and lucidly written, if sometimes overly sentimental and burdened by clich‚d rhetoric, this book is sure to spark discussion and incite readers to examine their food choices. (July 2)Forecast: Diet for a New America was both controversial and influential; Robbins's name (and that of Dr. Dean Ornish, who provides a foreword) should draw readers, particularly to the author's six-city western U.S. tour. Global warming, animal rights, meat safety and genetically modified food are being recognized as important issues, but the kind of sea change the book calls for is unlikely to find a mass audience. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal - Robbins, author of the classic Diet for a New America, believes that plant-based nutrition and particularly vegan diets (free of meat, milk, and eggs) lead to long life and good health. Citing statistics, research studies, and selected quotes that extol the benefits of such diets, he also argues that animal products are responsible for such diseases as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancer. Robbins deplores the inadequate sanitation and inspection in meat-processing plants and argues that many of the illnesses and stomach ailments that people complain about result from animal agriculture and the pathogens it introduces into our bodies. He also raises concerns about the dangers of fad diets that advocate high carbohydrates, high protein, or high fat. Robbins's zealous advocacy of plant-based nutrition and his refusal to consider the need for animal products in human nutrition throws his book off balance. Nevertheless, those who want to know more about vegan diets will gain many insights from his provocative book. Recommended for large nutrition collections with a diversity of viewpoints. [For more diet and nutrition books, see Anne Tomlin's "A Balanced Diet of Nutrition Resources" in LJ's May 1 consumer health supplement. Ed.] Irwin Weintraub, Brooklyn College Lib., New York. - Irwin Weintraub, Brooklyn College Lib., New York - Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"When the subject is the environment, Diane MacEachern has long been ahead of the times." - The Christian Science Monitor
"The most important book your book club will read this year… Big Green Purse is a 'must read, save, refer to' book that will get us through the next critical decision making years."
-Mary Hunt, inwomenwetrust.typepad.com
"A very good all-encompassing book about our environment and how individuals can make a difference…The perfect gift for someone who needs a friendly book on how to be more green." - Thegoodhuman.com
"Big Green Purse is a highly informative, well researched and important green living book for women…it's the kind of reference book every green mom should have on her bookshelf." - Enviromom.com
"This book helps us realize the power we have to make a difference through our purchases…Who better to show us all the best and easiest ways to green our lives than Diane MacEachern?"--www.natural-living-for-women.com
"One of the most informative and life changing books…instead of just telling us the three R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recyle) Diane actually tells us how we can do it."
"If money talks, Diane MacEachern is using hers to say "Save the Planet." …MacEachern has shopped green for 20 years and has lots of tips for what's worked for her and what hasn't…In Big Green Purse, MacEachern encourages readers to take the power of the purse to an even higher level." - Body + Soul
"Best-selling environment writer Diane MacEachern shows women -- who spend 85 cents of every dollar in the marketplace -- how to start wielding their purchasing power for the good of the planet, and buying green as if their lives depended on it." - Plenty magazine
"A fat compendium of tips on how to buy everything from furniture to cosmetics that is more environmentally-friendly, without getting bamboozled by greenwashing." - Salon.com
"A call-to-action with a simple message: women, use the power of your purse to solve the environmental crisis, while protecting yourselves and families."
"Get your copy today!...MacEachern doesn't mince her words and she isn't soft- pedaling this issue. She's a warrior princess, a fighter, a Queen, and she is not taking prisoners. She's out to help save the environment - but she can't do it alone. We're her army. Buy her book...get her widget, and join the fight."
-Yvonne DeVita, (www.lipsticking.com)
"Big Green Purse is an everyday consumer's resource - almost like a phone book's worth of information. It is a well -organized and easy to read guide that offers do- able suggestions for buying everything from beauty products to cars, cleaning products and food." - Andrea Learned, Learned on Women
"Big Green Purse is not just a list of things you should buy or avoid, rather MacEachern explains in detail the current marketplace, the issues and what the impact of buying these green purchase will make on the environment."
"The book is a great resource for anyone not just women who are interesting in learning how to make better environmental decisions with their purchases."
"We forget too much how much power we hold in our hands as consumers and how much good we can do with it. This book is a perfect guide for using this power in a green and wise way." - Ecolibris.com
Product Description - Protecting our environment is one of the biggest issues facing our planet today. But how do we solve a problem that can seem overwhelming-even hopeless? As Diane MacEachern argues in Big Green Purse, the best way to fight the industries that pollute the planet, thereby changing the marketplace forever, is to mobilize the most powerful consumer force in the world-women.
MacEachern's message is simple but revolutionary. If women harness the "power of their purse" and intentionally shift their spending money to commodities that have the greatest environmental benefit, they can create a cleaner, greener world. Spirited and informative, this book:
- targets twenty commodities-cars, cosmetics, coffee, food, paper products, appliances, cleansers, and more-where women's dollars can make a dramatic difference;
- provides easy-to-follow guidelines and lists so women can choose the greenest option regardless of what they're buying, along with recommended companies they should support;
- encourages women to spend wisely by explaining what's worth the premium price some green products cost, what's not, and when they shouldn't spend money at all; and
- differentiates between products that are actually "green" and those that are simply marketed as "ecofriendly."
Whether readers want to start with small changes or are ready to devote the majority of their budget to green products, MacEachern offers concrete and immediate ways that women can take action and make a difference. Empowering and enlightening, Big Green Purse will become the "green shopping bible" for women everywhere who are asking, "What can I do?"
Renée Loux demonstrates that being green at home is easy, affordable, and better in every sense of the word. She discusses the daily choices we face that can keep the home, personal care, and beauty routines free of toxins. She exposes the dirt on cleaning products and common hazardous ingredients and reveals her recommendations for greener options, including her "Green Thumb Guides" for choosing non-toxic, eco-smart, and human-friendly products. Peppered with compelling and inspiring facts, Easy Green Living is full of "5 Step" lists, products and recipes for green cleaning, helpful charts, safer choices for every room, and inspirational advice so we can save the planet--one cleaning spritz at a time.
As recent special issues of Vanity Fair, Time, Newsweek, and other major publications have demonstrated, going green is an idea whose time has come. Whether addressing big-picture topics like renewable energy, or offering simple suggestions for everyday living, this complete lifestyle guide shows that healthier choices don't mean a radical or complicated life change--it is, after all, easy to be green.
About the Author - Renée Loux, author of Living Cuisine and the Gourmand Award-winning The Balanced Plate, is a celebrated (and celebrity) raw foods chef. Host of the TV show Easy Being Green, she works as an eco-advisor for companies, spas, and hotels. Renée lives with her husband Shep Gordon in a house run on solar energy in Maui, Hawaii. Visit reneeloux.com.
Much of what has gone wrong with the world, he argues, is the result of inadequate and misdirected education that: alienates us from life in the name of human domination; causes students to worry about how to make a living before they know who they are; overemphasizes success and careers; separates feeling from intellect and the practical from the theoretical; deadens the sense of wonder for the created world.
The crisis we face, Orr explains, is one of mind, perception, and values. It is, first and foremost, an educational challenge.
The author begins by establishing the grounds for a debate about education and knowledge. He describes the problems of education from an ecological perspective, and challenges the "terrible simplifiers" who wish to substitute numbers for values. He follows with a presentation of principles for re-creating education in the broadest way possible, discussing topics such as biophilia, the disciplinary structure of knowledge, the architecture of educational buildings, and the idea of ecological intelligence. Orr concludes by presenting concrete proposals for reorganizing the curriculum to draw out our affinity for life.
About the Author - DAVID W. ORR is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College. The recipient of the Bioneers Award and the Lyndhurst Prize, he has written three previous books and scores of articles on subjects ranging from education to agriculture.
Essentials of Environmental Health by Robert Friis - Product Description - Environmental threats are occurring on a worldwide scale. Dramatic pictures of the devastating effects of natural disasters lead the nightly news. Stories of chemical spills and contaminated groundwater, deforestation and suburban sprawl, depleted fisheries and exploding human population, litter the pages of the newspapers daily. National and international policymakers are concerned about the potential impact on the health of the world's population and on the global environment and, as a result, much progress has been made in informing the public and introducing regulations for the control of these hazards. As the first in the Essential Public Health series, Essentials of Environmental Health is a clear and comprehensive study of the major topics of environmental health including: Background of the field and "tools of the trade" (environmental epidemiology, environmental toxicology, and environmental policy and regulation). Environmental diseases (microbial agents, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation). Applications and domains of environmental health (water and air quality, food safety, waste disposal, and occupational health). In a straightforward, non-technical approach, the author has included many examples and illustrations of environmental health issues. Perfect for the beginning student as well as the experienced health professional, each chapter concludes with study questions and exercises to engage the reader in further study
Our Global Environment: A Health Perspective by Anne Nadakavukaren - Product Description - Human beings may be the dominant form of life on Earth today, but our health, well-being, and, indeed, survival are dependent on the health and integrity of the environment in which we live. Anne Nadakavukaren explores and clarifies this web of interdependency and interrelationships with uncommon insight into the functioning of the natural environment and the impact of human activities. She provides a comprehensive, up-to-date survey of the major environmental issues facing the world today within a dual framework of ecological concerns combined with specific issues of personal and community health. With the same clear, compelling writing that has made this text a perennial favorite among students and faculty alike, the author imparts to readers a sense of how today's environmental issues affect their own lives. Moreover, Our Global Environment provides the understanding they need to participate in the decision-making processes that will influence health and environmental quality in the decades ahead. The Sixth Edition has been extensively updated and incorporates new issues of concern, including nuclear terrorism, genetically modified crop plants, mad cow disease, the obesity epidemic, and many others. Moreover, the text reviews the latest developments in international efforts to negotiate binding treaties on issues of global concern, such as climate change, ozone-layer depletion, and tobacco use, and incorporates numerous examples of environmental problems and solutions from other nations. Abundant photos and illustrations illuminate the discussion and also help clarify information and identify trends. The text contains 72 boxed features within chapters that highlight relevant, current, and illustrative issues and examples. These include: Tourism: Environmental Boon or Bane?, Seeking Greener Pastures: International Migration, The "Urban Penalty," Population Pressures Spur Mideast Tension, The Perils of Pregnancy, Supersized America: The Other Face of Malnutrition, Eco-Certification of Coffee, Slaughter in the Jungle, International Initiative to Fight Tobacco, Deadly Dust, The Dark Side of Beautiful Blossoms, International Initiative to Fight Tobacco, Beware of Mad Cows, "Loose Nukes" and "Dirty Bombs," Brown Cloud Over Asia, Watch Where You Swim: Recreational Water Illnesses May Be Lurking, and Plants vs. Pollution.
From the Publisher - Titles of related interest from Waveland Press: Cooper-Alley, Air Pollution Control: A Design Approach, Third Edition (ISBN 9781577662181) and Cooper et al., Foundations of Environmental Engineering (ISBN 9781577660484).
Environmental Health by Monroe T. Morgan - Product Description - ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH not only covers the environmental sciences but also the human population. This text emphasizes the environmental practices that support human life as well as the need to control factors that are harmful to human life. Chapters focus on the requisites of life, water, air, food, space, and shelter. Chapters also address proper management of wastewater treatment, solid waste management, insect and rodent control and agents that cause diseases. The top Environmentalist from around the world contribute a chapter in their area of expertise to form the most comprehensive text available.
Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health (Revised Edition) by Toni Weschler - Editorial Reviews - Amazon.com Review - This comprehensive book explains in lucid, assured terms how to practice the fertility awareness method (FAM), a natural, scientifically proven but little-known form of birth control (which is not to be confused with the woefully ineffective "rhythm" method). Author Toni Weschler has been teaching fertility awareness for almost 20 years, and it's only just now gaining in popularity. As the book explains, by using simple fertility signs including peaks in morning body temperature and changes in cervical position and cervical mucus, it's possible to determine when ovulation is taking place. Fertility awareness is therefore useful for not only couples who are trying to conceive, but for those who are aiming to avoid pregnancy without the use of chemical contraceptives. It will be of special interest to those women who have suffered from infertility; many FAM practitioners have told the author that by filling in the detailed charts in the book, they've realized that they were chronically miscarrying, even when their doctors told them they weren't conceiving at all. As the book explains, by charting body temperature, it's simple to tell when pregnancy has occurred--and when there's danger of miscarriage. Taking Charge of Your Fertility also explains how to choose the sex of your baby by timing intercourse according to certain fertility signs. It also features thorough, easy-to-understand explanations of hormones, the menstrual cycle, and menopause, along with fertility tests and treatments and their long- and short-term side effects, plus a topnotch resource section. Recommended for any woman who wants to better understand her body. --Erica Jorgensen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Review - This beautifully written guide to a woman's fertility signs....packed with knowledge, wisdom, humor –a must for the bookshelf. --Co-authors of The New Our Bodies, Ourselves --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"An incredibly helpful book for any person who is searching for their calling and the realization of all the, dreams pertaining thereto."
--Dr. Neil Clark Warren, psychologist and founder, eHarmony.com
"This remarkable book will enable every follower of Christ to recognize and respond to God's calling on his or her life. I commend it heartily and unreservedly."
--Dr. Ted W. Engstrom, president emeritus, World Vision
"Spiritually astute, sophisticated in its use of vocational assessments, and completely practical."--Dana Alexander, director, Office of Life Planning, Westmont College
"This book is a great companion to The Purpose-Driven Life. In practical ways, it helps people discover their "shape" and live their lives in light of their God-given design."--Jim Holsclaw, training and development resources, Wycliffe Bible Translators USA
"This book offers help for the reader to form a Life Calling Map that can guide them into a greater sense of significance for their lives. I commend it for its practicality, strong theological rootedness, and its psychological soundness."
--Dr. Archibald D. Hart, senior professor of psychology and dean emeritus, Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
"This book is exactly what it claims to be. It is a practical guide to finding and fulfilling your mission in life. This is a truly helpful and informative book for searchers and professionals."--Dr. Jay Kesler, president emeritus, Taylor University
"What you do with your life deeply impacts you. This work is a gift to those who are searching and to those who help light the way."--Tim Clinton, president, American Association of Christian Counselors
"A wonderful book that helps us discover, from a spiritual and natural gifting perspective, God's unique purpose for our life. Every person needs to know why God made them. This book will help you move toward a greater understanding of this."--Os Hillman, president, Marketplace Leaders and the International Coalition of Workplace Ministries
"Here is a superb road map for understanding your potential, finding God's will, and investing your life productively for Christ. I highly recommend this book."
--M. Blaine Smith, director, Nehemiah Ministries; author, Knowing God's Will
"In a world too often marked by transience and a sense of "getting by," this book presents a challenging alternative. It clarifies the exciting possibilities of understanding your purpose and lays out very practical steps to fulfilling your calling."--Robby Richardson, director, Internet Ministries, Gospel Communications International
"The tools and principles in this book can help young adults get their bearings and conquer obstacles."--Rebecca Horst, director, CALL Project, Goshen College
"A practical exercise in understanding your unique calling, stretching your God-sized vision, and living it out where God has placed you. These tools help you maximize your effectiveness in your workplace and in every part of your life."
--Kent Humphreys, president, Fellowship of Companies for Christ International
"The Brennflecks uniquely and strategically provide an interactive process to identify, explore, experience, and confirm our personal giftedness, which enhances our sense of individual destiny and worth, resulting in deep feelings of personal fulfillment."--Dr. Gordon E. Kirk, senior pastor, Lake Ave. Church, Pasadena
"I enthusiastically recommend this to anyone questioning the calling of their life. I believe each of us have been gifted by God to lean into the gifts and abilities He has given us. The purpose of your life is out there to be discovered. This book and the tools provided by Kevin and Kay Marie Brennfleck can be a road map to make that discovery. I highly recommend it to you."
--Jon Wallace, president, Azusa Pacific University
"This book reflects sensitive, careful and practical thinking about the nature of God's call. It is the ideal handbook for churches, organizations, and small groups serious about discipleship and helping people find their callings and live their dreams for the kingdom of God. For any one searching for a way to serve and to make a difference in the world this ought to be the next book on your reading list."--Philip Carlson, family physician; senior pastor, Bethany Church
Product Description - An action-plan for self-fulfillment that helps people find their true calling in life - This practical and inspirational guide helps Christian men and women of all ages identify and use their God-given gifts to find purpose, direction, and joy in their life and work. Based on their years of counseling and experience, Kevin and Kay Marie Brennfleck offer action-oriented tools and a proven methodology to help readers develop the decision-making skills they need to discover and live the life that God intended, maximizing the synergies between ministry, work, and spiritual gifts.
Kevin and Kay Marie Brennfleck (Pasadena, CA) are nationally recognized experts in career counseling, work satisfaction, and productivity. Their Web site, www.ChristianCareerCenter.com, is the most visited Christian career site on the Internet.
Life Matters : Creating a Dynamic Balance of Work, Family, Time & Money by A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca Merrill - Editorial Reviews - From Publishers Weekly - The Merrills, time management experts who co-authored First Things First with Stephen Covey (The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People), expand their range here to cover creative ways to successfully balance four major aspects of life: family, money, work and time. The premise of their program rests on what the authors call three gotta do's-validate expectations, optimize effort and develop navigational intelligence. For example, if you have determined for yourself and your family that financial security is important (validate expectations), it is necessary to take steps to achieve this (optimize effort) by, say, getting out of consumer debt. Navigational intelligence is the ability to make appropriate decisions when unpredictable events arise that may interfere with your focus. The Merrills borrow a paradigm from their earlier book that divides tasks into four quadrants; urgent, not urgent, important and unimportant. Drawing on personal anecdotes, the authors show how this division can facilitate making choices that balance the requirements of a family life with earning a living. Their philosophy is based on the conviction that a strong family-centered life is one of the keys to happiness and central to a stable civilization. The Merrills recommend working with children to create a family mission statement; they advocate regular family meetings, shared family activities and scheduled "dates" between husbands and wives. This thoughtful self-help manual is not a quick read, but its advice is sound and can easily be applied to daily life. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Review - Marie Osmond Most people I know really want to put their family first, but with all the various tugs and pulls that can cause distractions, the most important things in our lives can be neglected. The invaluable information in this book will help you balance family, work, and finances, and give you the inspiration to help you make the changes necessary to have internal peace and improved relationships. -- Review --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Take Back Your Time: Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America by John de Graaf - Editorial Reviews - From Publishers Weekly - Touted as the official handbook of Take Back Your Time Day (a national event to be held on October 24, 2003), this compilation of expert views on America's battles against "time poverty" pulls out all the stops with its 30 powerful essays. De Graaf, author of Affluenza and TBYT Day's national coordinator, introduces each piece with background on its author and anecdotes drawn from his career as a teacher, documentary television producer and leader in public policy groups. The contributors, who range from economists and policymakers to activists and clergy, describe the problems of the 24/7 lifestyle: rising health care costs, diminishing family time, etc. In "The Simple Solution," Cecile Andrews admonishes readers to give up "obsessive multitasking." ("Think of the things you've seen people do while they're driving-putting on makeup, changing clothes, eating cereal, nursing a baby, reading the newspaper, and of course, jabbering on cell phones.") In "Can America Learn from Shabbat?", Rabbi Arthur Waskow argues that "there are deep human needs for rest and reflection, for family time and community time" and laments that "economic and cultural pressures are grinding those deep human needs under foot." Other authors suggest that the lethal consequences of overwork result in road rage, repetitive stress injuries, health problems, fast food mania, an increase in the working retired, inadequate child supervision, and even a proliferation of dog-walkers. De Graf also includes essays that help readers find ways to take time to be a citizen, retrieve shrinking vacation periods, cease the time-consuming pursuit of "stuff" and engage in job sharing, sabbaticals and other strategies. Illuminating and even surprising (e.g., the average American labors 350 more hours per year than his western European counterpart), this book should sell particularly well in areas were the "simplicity" movement is popular. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Product Description - The typical American worker puts in nine weeks more on the job than his or her European counterpart. The costs of this overwork are enormous, both personally and societally. This bracing collection of essays is both a wide-ranging analysis of the phenomenon and a blueprint for change. With contributions by such notable names as Vicki Robin, author of Your Money or Your Life, and David Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World, this book shows what ordinary citizens can do to restore balance to themselves and their communities. Take Back Your Time is the official handbook for Take Back Your Time Day, a national event rallying support for reclaiming a proper work-life balance.
The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener (A Gardener's Supply Book) by Eliot Coleman (Author), Sheri Amsel (Illustrator), Molly Cook Field - Editorial Review - From Library Journal -
Coleman's personable work draws together the experience and wisdom of his 25 years as a vegetable gardener in Maine. It includes nearly all the material in the previous edition (LJ 11/1/89), communicating a respect and feeling for "the land" and its processes. Every page is imbued with the wisdom and careful observations he and his associates have gathered; from soil structure to "mobile greenhouses" that expand the growing season, each method is thought through to its ultimate impact on the earth and on economic survival. Well-presented graphics illustrate methods and techniques. This new edition includes sidebar references and notes, new chapters on creating fertile soil (without importing items such as manure from sources that may not use organic methods), and use of existing information channels to learn of new information. Of interest for even the smallest veggie patch grower. The Dirt Doctor's Guide to Organic Gardening presents many of the same sustainable concepts with the vehemence of its radio talk show host and news columnist author. Garrett gives tips on a broader range of home gardening, including landscaping and wildlife, and spends much effort on the abuses of past and current practice. Basics are presented briefly, with many eco-asides that help break up the dense, information-rich text. Lack of visuals makes the material harder to absorb, yet one is constantly copying out directions as they appear. These tidbits and the coverage of issues concerning Southern gardens make the title of value, though gathering the tips in an appendix or special section would have provided better access. For general collections. --Sue Gardner, Albert Wisner Lib., Warwick, N.Y. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Review - Revised and expanded is a new edition of a classic gardening guide. Here master grower Coleman presents a simple, effective formula for growing quality organic vegetables, updating details on marketing harvests and using small-scale equipment. -- Midwest Book Review
* Earn top dollar, with minimum effort and maximum profits.
* Improve your garden soil for super yields and superb flavor.
* Buy or build tools that speed your work and increase profits.
* Enjoy a guaranteed salary from community supported agriculture or a membership garden.
About the Author - Andy Lee and Pat Foreman have decades of experience with market gardens and community farms. Their methods can help you super charge your soil and fatten your wallet.
Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long by Eliot Coleman, Barbara Damrosch, Kathy Bray - Editorial Review - From Publishers Weekly -
From first sentence to last, Coleman's ( The New Organic Gardener ) book is a delight--an earnest guide written with an impish sense of humor. It will refresh anyone who wants to get the most from a vegetable garden yet doesn't want to devote too much time and energy to the process. Apparently Coleman thoroughly enjoys every phase of gardening--from planting crops to weeding. Who else has ever suggested, only half in jest, dancing with a hoe? Or keeping a pair of ducks for pest patrol? This is that kind of book. It's also a book full of valuable information on how to harvest fresh vegetables and salad ingredients literally year-round--yet without an expensive greenhouse or indoor light garden set-up. Coleman combines succession planting (small sowings three or more times, rather than one big endeavor) with cold-frame growing in the winter months. He includes how-tos for building simple cold-frames. Given the fact that he lives in Maine, his advice seems all the more reliable. He believes in simplicity ("If what I am doing in the garden seems complicated, it is probably wrong"), seasonality (tomatoes in summer, broccoli in fall, mache in February) and diplomacy in the garden (which "has more to teach us than just how to grow food"). Here, his philosophy of organic growing is shared easily. The book concludes with an extensive chapter on the vegetables that comprise his "cast of characters." Illustrated.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Product Description - If you love the joys of eating home-garden vegetables but always thought those joys had to stop at the end of summer, this book is for you. Eliot Coleman introduces the surprising fact that most of the United States has more winter sunshine than the south of France. He shows how North American gardeners can successfully use that sun to raise a wide variety of traditional winter vegetables in backyard cold frames and plastic covered tunnel greenhouses without supplementary heat. Coleman expands upon his own experiences with new ideas learned on a winter-vegetable pilgrimage across the ocean to the acknowledged kingdom of vegetable cuisine, the southern part of France, which lies on the 44th parallel, the same latitude as his farm in Maine.
This story of sunshine, weather patterns, old limitations and expectations, and new realities is delightfully innovative in the best gardening tradition. Four-Season Harvest will have you feasting on fresh produce from your garden all through the winter.
Micro Eco-Farming: Prospering from Backyard to Small Acreage in Partnership with the Earth by Barbara Berst Adams - Editorial Reviews - Product Description - Microfarms--or small acreage farms—are gaining popularity across the country for their astoundingly high yields and great tasting produce, as well as their profitability. This handbook reveals the secrets of successful micro eco-farming and explains what eco-farmers need to know to start their own small agribusiness. Questions such as What can be grown? How do farmers reach their markets? and What sustainable production methods can be used? are answered in detail and supported be hundreds of real-life examples. A variety of unusual uses for crops are also provided, including producing organic spa products, building an urban greenhouse, creating a heritage rose farm, or cultivating a connoisseur apple orchard. Ecologists, amateur gardeners, farmers, and those interested in sustainable living will enjoy this in-depth look at the spiritually and financially rewarding aspects of this new field.
About the Author - Barbara Berst Adams is a micro eco-farmer. She also conducts research and writes about global microfarming techniques and creating a sustainable world. She lives in Anacortes, Washington.
Anastasia (The Ringing Cedars, Book 1) by Vladimir Megre, Leonid, and Dr. Sharashkin - Product Description - "Anastasia", the first book of the Ringing Cedars Series, tells the story of entrepreneur Vladimir Megre's trade trip to the Siberian taiga in 1995, where he witnessed incredible spiritual phenomena connected with sacred 'ringing cedar' trees. He spent three days with a woman named Anastasia who shared with him her unique outlook on subjects as diverse as gardening, child-rearing, healing, Nature, sexuality, religion and more. This wilderness experience transformed Vladimir so deeply that he abandoned his commercial plans and, penniless, went to Moscow to fulfill Anastasia's request and write a book about the spiritual insights she so generously shared with him. True to her promise this life-changing book, once written, has become an international best-seller and has touched hearts of millions of people world-wide.
The Ringing Cedars of Russia (The Ringing Cedars, Book 2) by Vladimir Megre, Leonid Sharashkin, and John Woodsworth - Product Description - "The Ringing Cedars of Russia," the second book of the Ringing Cedars Series, in addition to providing a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the story of how "Anastasia" came to be published, offers a deeper exploration of the universal concepts so dramatically revealed in Book 1. It takes the reader on an adventure through the vast expanses of space, time and spirit from the Paradise-like glade in the Siberian taiga to the rough urban depths of Russia's capital city, from the ancient mysteries of our forebears to a vision of humanity's radiant future.
The Space of Love (The Ringing Cedars, Book 3) by Vladimir Megre, Leonid Sharashkin, and John Woodsworth - Product Description - "The Space of Love," the third book of the Series, describes author's second visit to Anastasia. Rich with new revelations on natural child-rearing and alternative education, on the spiritual significance of breast-feeding and the meaning of ancient megaliths, it shows how each person's thoughts can influence the destiny of the entire Earth and describes practical ways of putting Anastasia's vision of happiness into practice. Megre shares his new outlook on education and children's real creative potential after a visit to a school where pupils build their own campus and cover the ten-year Russian school programme in just two years. Complete with an account of an armed intrusion into Anastasia's habitat, the book highlights the limitless power of Love and non-violence.
Co-Creation (The Ringing Cedars, Book 4) by Vladimir Megre, Leonid, and Dr. Sharashkin - Product Description - "Co-creation," the fourth book and centrepiece of the Series, paints a dramatic living image of the creation of the Universe and humanity's place in this creation, making this primordial mystery relevant to our everyday living today. Deeply metaphysical yet at the same time down-to-Earth practical, this poetic heart-felt volume helps us uncover answers to the most significant questions about the essence and meaning of the Universe and the nature and purpose of our existence. It also shows how and why the knowledge of these answers, innate in every human being, has become obscured and forgotten, and points the way toward reclaiming this wisdom and in partnership with Nature manifesting the energy of Love through our lives.
Who Are We? (The Ringing Cedars, Book 5) by Vladimir Megre, Leonid Sharashkin, and John Woodsworth - Product Description - "Who are we?", the fifth book of the Ringing Cedars Series, describes the author's search for real-life 'proofs' of Anastasia's vision presented in the previous volumes. Finding these proofs and taking stock of ongoing global environmental destruction, Vladimir Megre describes further practical steps for putting Anastasia's vision into practice. Full of beautiful realistic images of a new way of living in co-operation with the Earth and each other, this book also highlights the role of children in making us aware of the precariousness of the present situation and in leading the global transition toward a happy, violence-free society.
The Book of Kin (The Ringing Cedars Series, Book 6) 2nd Edition (The Ringing Cedars) by Vladimir Megre, Leonid, and Dr. Sharashkin - Product Description - "The Book of Kin", the sixth book of the Series, describes another visit by the author to Anastasia's glade in the Siberian taiga and his conversations with his growing son, which cause him to take a new look at education, science, history, family and Nature. Through parables and revelatory dialogues and stories Anastasia then leads Vladimir Megre and the reader on a shocking re-discovery of the pages of humanity's real history that have been distorted or kept secret for thousands of years. This knowledge sheds light on the causes of war, oppression and violence in the modern world and guides us in preserving the wisdom of our ancestors and passing it over to future generations
The Energy of Life (The Ringing Cedars, Book 7) by Vladimir Megre, Leonid Sharashkin, and John Woodsworth - Product Description - Book 7 of the Ringing Cedars series re-asserts the power of human thought in our lives, in the destiny of planet Earth and in the Universe, and presents ways to consciously control and build up the power of our creative thought. The book sheds further light on humanity s forgotten history, religion, the roots of inter-racial and inter-religious conflict, ideal nutrition, and how a new way of thinking and a lifestyle in true harmony with Nature can lead to happiness and solve our personal and societal problems. Now re-issued with new cover art. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
New Civilization (The Ringing Cedars, Book 8, Part 1) by Vladimir Megre, Leonid Sharashkin, and John Woodsworth - Product Description - The first part of Book 8 of the Ringing Cedars series describes another visit by Megre to Anastasia and their son, showing in ever-greater detail how Anastasia s lifestyle of practical cooperation with Nature applies to our lives. Describing how the visions presented in previous volumes have already taken beautiful form to produce massive changes in Russia and beyond, the author discerns the birth of a new civilization. The book also paints a vivid image of a future America in which the conflict between rich and poor has been transcended.
Rites of Love (The Ringing Cedars, Book 8, Part 2) by Vladimir Megre, Leonid, and Dr. Sharashkin - Product Description - Part 2 of Book 8 of the Ringing Cedars series contrasts today's mainstream attitudes with our forebears' deep spiritual understanding of conception, pregnancy, home birth and upbringing of children in an atmosphere of love. In powerful poetic prose, Megre describes their ancient way of life, grounded in love and non-violence, and shows the potential for this same approach to life today. Through one family's story, he portrays the radiant world of the ancient Russian Vedic civilization, the drama of its destruction, and its rebirth in our present time. Now re-issued with new cover art.
The Journey of Life Eternal by Bahram Shahmardaan - Editorial Reviews - "I was very skeptical... [now] I will give it to all my patients as part of my treatment." -- Dr. Shahroukh Bakhshay, M.D. F.C.A.S., Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon, Tracy, California (2003)
"Very deep Spiritual Insights with examples to back them up and Principles to live by." -- Ms. Christine Allon, Sydney, Australia (2003)
"a very complex subject [explained] in understandable terms that can be verified by one's own personal experience... Bravo!" -- Dr. Satinder P. Bakshi, D.H.M.S., President, Central Council of Homeopathy, New Delhi, India (2003)
Product Description - We have heard many times "The Universe is within us." The Journey of Life Eternal explains clearly why the Universe is within each one of us and how our mind creates the web of illusions that trap us and prevent us from experiencing our true nature--the Spiritual Self that is the Divine Spark within.
The Journey of Life Eternal is an Indispensable Guide to living a Spiritual Life and completing the Journey of Life Eternal, thereby achieving our Spiritual Heritage.
Step-by-step instructions reveal what each one of us has to do to get in touch with the spiritual self within and be enabled to live an integrated life based upon one's true nature. Some of the spiritual principles shared have never been revealed before and for the first time all the spiritual principles have been integrated and codified so as to be easily understood and practiced.
To deal with and overcome the trauma caused by the many demands upon us, we need to understand and master the tools we have to work with and analyze the environment we live in.
To achieve this it is necessary for everyone to become familiar with the important CHARACTERISTICS of the HUMAN MIND.
This book is indispensable for anyone who wants to successfully deal with the common issues of the day, i.e. fear, insecurity, anger, conflicting values projected by the lack of integrity in almost every sphere of society and the resulting stress which causes us to experience cycles of pleasure and pain.