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Austin City Council adopted a resolution to become carbon neutral as soon as feasible, but no later than 2050. This is one of the most ambitious goals set by a city in the world and we are going to help with the development of the framework how to get there, and write up sector plan on what energy, waste, transportation and manufacturing sectors have to offer to make this a reality.

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FEAT, the Faith based Energy Action Team is bringing together houses of worship to promote climate stewardship and advocacy at their facilities, with their members and other organizations around town. FEAT meets every second Monday of the month at 7pm. Look for the invites on the FEAT page.

Our mission: Climate Buddies is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that wants to empower people to include climate change considerations into every decision they make. We focus on live interaction with groups of people, for-profits, spiritual groups, public and academia. We focus on people, inspiration, guidance and are result driven. Anyone who wants to start to integrate climate considerations in decision making is welcome to join us or invite us for collaboration.

Our invitation to you: meeting the global energy and climate challenges

  • If you could work on meeting the greatest challenge humankind has ever faced, would you?
  • Would it surprise you to know that the climate and oceanic systems have been so perturbed by the massive burning of fossil fuels that the very continuation of human civilization is threatened?
  • Do you yearn to be able to say to your grandchildren, and theirs – and everyone else’s – that you did your part to leave the earth in a healthier condition than when you were born into it?
  • Many suspect that the time left to return the earth to a healthy, resilient condition capable of sustaining human civilization is short. The climate recovery challenge is in fact an energy issue, a challenge to increase both the energy available to power essential services and to make affordable, renewable energy accessible to all.
  • We must and can increase the supply of energy available while reducing the total greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy generation to near-zero rates.

Understanding these premises, we must have the courage to yearn for a credible possibility that each of us, and billions of others like us from all over the world, will become true caretakers for the earth – our planet that has given life to our kind; the creation which protects and nourishes us even in its injured state.

We believe in a world where if we take care of the earth, we can take care of the people. The economy is facilitating in this, not the starting point, just the result.

How are weather events influenced by climate change? Here is a nice tutorial from 2014, the magnitude of these events has increased since then. ... See MoreSee Less

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Cheap renewable power, what can we do with that? How about making fresh water and use it to grow food? Here is a plant in Australia that does just that: desalination and greenhouses. We will be seeing more and more uses of renewable that do not just produce electricity. A combination of products like electricity and off peak desalination will be irresistible in the near future in areas where there is not enough water. What would you make with excess renewable energy if the grid does not need it? ... See MoreSee Less

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With heavier rains, and more flooding, a really airtight car can float, now if only such a car would exist and the engine would not die from oxygen depletion (in other words, a combustion engine), oh wait a minute, that car already exists: The Tesla model S.

As Mr. Musk puts it: "We *def* don't recommended this, but Model S floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time. Thrust via wheel rotation."
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Tomorrow on Shades of Green Talk Radio: commercial solar, which is lagging behind residential and utility-scale solar for a number of reasons, not the least of which is financing.

Our guests will be Kyle Frazier, Chief Revenue Office at Freedom Solar Power and Josh Corbitt with SunPower, involved in the largest commercial solar installation in Central Texas to date. We will also be joined by Joep Meijer, President of The Right Environment, LTD. and Founder of Climate Buddies and Leslie Libby, Board Member at Solar Austin, Owner of Libby’s Solar Energy Solutions & Former Solar Energy Manager at Austin Energy.
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Financing of greenhouse gas reducing projects is very heavily tilted towards investments in clean energy, while 20-30% of emissions from land use for agriculture: only 2% of carbon investments went to this 20-30% of emissions. Time to grow both. Watch for the next post on carbon farming. ... See MoreSee Less

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