Monday, January 12, 2009

This Island Earth

I had been thinking about how, with our best efforts, it's hard to live green - for the most part we can make steps in that direction, but most of us own cars. In California, we are running out of water, and I think about this when I take a shower. I read this post today on flutterbean, so I know I'm not alone in thinking about this. I did check , and there is a central place for recycling electronics called where you live for those in The United States. One thing I take pride by association in is that Oakland is the home of Green for All, an organization founded by Van Jones providing training for green jobs as a part of revitalizing the economy. Finally, in the practical matter of conserving resources - refrigerators, as heat-producing devices, use up quite a bit of electricity. Here are tips on how to get them to use less at A Concord Carpenter Comments .

Edit: submitted by jenn's mama:  planetgreen.discovery.com

27 comments:

Robert Robillard said...

I too think more than I do. Lately I have been trying more and more to act on my thinking.

I think positive posts like this one and other fellow bloggers do help educate and spread the word.

Thanks for mentioning me in your post!

stay safe, ROB

bindu said...

That is such a great illustration! I know what you mean. This issue bugs me constantly. Especially now, because I love to travel and see new places, but that in itself leaves such a huge footprint! It's hard to reconcile.

lilaphase said...

I really love this piece!

J.G. said...

Lovely blog! I have named you for the Permios Dardo award (at http://hotchpotcafe.blogspot.com). I hope you take it as a compliment, as it is certainly intended that way.

Adam said...

It's good to read about Americans worrying about this issue as you have such a bad reputation in Europe on this subject ('they won't ratify Kyoto!'), although on an individual level we're probably all as bad as each other. My only personal boast is 'can't drive, won't drive' which already makes me pretty un-American I guess!

martinia said...

Ciao.I love your picture.Un saluto

ThomasLB said...

There are limits to what an individual can do. Most of the green changes will need to be systemic.

Tessa said...

Simply wonderful illustration - it should be used as a logo EVERYWHERE to remind us all of the importance of trying our very best to be green.

Joanne said...

It's true, it is difficult to live green. I like to think that the little efforts we put forth, collectively, make a difference. Enjoyed browsing here!

Eric Barclay said...

Beautiful fish- has a nice iridescent look to it. This would make a wonderful poster.

Arden Reece said...

I love love love the art and thought that goes into your writing! Keep writing and sharing all this beauty with the world! Much luck!

jenn's mama said...

Gera and I just subscribed to cable tv for the first time ever! Really, no lie. And we only did it because of the change to digital tv. Another great site to check out for tips to help conserve water, energy, OUR earth is:

http://planetgreen.discovery.com/

didn't know how to post as a link, but your followers can copy/paste and learn more.

thanks for sharing!

ArtSparker said...

Thomas - I don't believe it's an either/or situation, if people change their habits>thinking changes, eventually>system changes. There's an emotional investment that comes with behavior changes.

j.m. - I added the link you suggested in an edit.

The Financial Puzzle said...

Great illustration - thanks! As a company we're always looking for ways to do our part as well... thanks for the tips.

milly (elephants&redwoods) said...

okay..this fish reminds me of this awesome book from when I was a child and I cant remember the name. it was about some sparkly fish. anyway, if anyone knows the name, please let me know!

On being green...I need to be better. a lot better. it is emotional to change, but I feel so guilty when Im not so its just a matter of time.

Denise Gallagher said...

Wonderful illustration! Great concept and execution.

Thanks for your kind comment
and have a wonderful day!

Denise

Son of Incogneato said...

Wow, this is fantastic. The color, texture, comp. - the whole thing makes me feel good.
Put this on a t-shirt and the world would be a better place for it.

Cheers!
Brian

matt dawson said...

There was a fascinating article on the Times online (UK) about the carbon footprint inpact of web usage (google searches etc etc...). Quite an eye opener! Us illustrator bloggers have an added responsibility... especially with electricity hungry images to load in!!! At least your post tries to offset the energy it requires ;) Nice fish too!

ArtSparker said...

Matt - good point about the electricity usage. Glad you like the fish.

pRiyA said...

i have to say it yet again: another superb illo.
your conceptualization is unusual and the image is striking.
thanks for the environmental links.

j. said...

aw, this is marvelous.
i'm really glad i came across your blog dear.


and if you were to link in a post to my blog, i would consider it an honour.

Nao said...

Love this one, it speaks to the heart of the matter. Our good mother earth is indeed and island.

krickelkrakel said...

excellent illustration and an excellent blog!
have a nive weekend

marcus

Tammie Lee said...

This is a wonderful image!Fantastic.
Funny I just drew a line drawing, will post around Valentine's day, made it into a rubber stamp for the upcoming holiday. It is a single tree, with roots in the shape of a heart that go around the earth. Perhaps many of us are considering our love for our planet and how to live more kindly and consciously, at this time!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

great illustration.... and thanks for the info!

grrl+dog said...

hmm... makes me want to resource some hard to recycle things here... like phones and stuff.

Red-SSR said...

Wow, I love your sense of design, keep posting more your fabulous art...Gary