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Carnival of Green #26: Save the Ribble edition

P1010061Aloha, fellow ecologists.  This week's Carnival is coming to you from Hippy Shopper, where I'm the brand-new editor - and instead of a baptism by fire, we have a baptism by green!  But let me pause for a minute to thank Ella Rabaiotti, who suffered through training me with grace and charm, but alas, has now gone over to the now doubly enviable CityHippy.  Good luck, Ella!  Now, on with the show! People have sent in a lovely batch of posts and the lovely and talented Al from CityHippy - cofounder of the traveling eco-blog along with TriplePundit - has provided some spiffy handholding as necessary.  Thanks Al - and thanks to Gerry Pugliese, GrrlScientist, Nick Aster, Riversider, Aaron Newton, Camden Lady, Jemilah Magnusson, Enrique, Scott Smith, Melissa Mansfield, Laura Klein, Harlan Weikle, Liz Hincks and Jeff McIntire-Strasburg for providing such great material, and Greg from Save the Ribble for the lovely photo of a wetland that needs not to become a riverworks.  Read on for more on the Ribble and a fat, luscious heap of carnival goodness!


Gerry Pugliese, who notes disclaimerwise that he works for Dr Fuhrman, relays a post about Dr Fuhrman's props for pomegranate juice.  "A rich source of phytochemical compounds shown to benefit the heart and blood vessels. It not only lowers cholesterol, but lowers blood pressure and increases the speed at which heart blockages (atherosclerosis) melt away."

Pomegranate Power:

from Disease Proof:

GrrlScientist offers up "a review of Timothy Egan's book about the Dust Bowl days. This book serves as a powerful warning about environmental damages resulting from human greed and ignorance."

The Worst Hard Time:

from Living the Scientific Life:

Nick Aster wonders, "Why not make a little collapsible container that's small enough to take with you when you go out to eat? Despite the potential for tackiness, it struck me as a good business idea." I commented on previous HippyShopper posts on Orikaso origami dishware and the workplace dish set from vessel.

Would Durable Containers for Takeaway Food Work? http://www.triplepundit.com/pages/would-durable-containers-for-t-002129.phpReigh_belisama_the_shining_river

from triplepundit:

Reigh Belisama has some heartbreaking pictures of the River Ribble, an area described as "horrid," "bleak", "severely underutilised" and "barren" by city councillors eager to establish a new Riverworks.  The Redshanks living in the tidal flats seem to like it just the way it is.

Photographs of The River Ribble - Greenbelt Under Threat.

from Save the Ribble:

Regarding fish smiling as oil passes peak, Aaron Newton of Groovy Green says, "In the future as we pass the peak in global oil production some people may complain about the reduced availability of fish for human consumption. Other will lament the rise in cost. Many in the industry might not be able to continue this way of making a living as fuel prices push ever higher. For our finned friends however peak oil might have arrived just in time."

fish smiling as oil passes peak

from Groovy Green:

"I have a small portfolio of shares in green companies," says Camden Lady, "and updated progress on that this week at http://camdenlady.wordpress.com/2006/05/01/little-green-shares/, as well as commenting further on one which is doing rather well in the current drought by selling water butts at http://camdenlady.wordpress.com/2006/05/03/straight-plcs-rise-and-rise/.  We're having local council elections, and I voted for one green candidate, and two labour ones, blogged at http://camdenlady.wordpress.com/2006/05/02/council-elections-red-with-a-little-green/.

Little Green Shares

Straight PLC’s rise and rise

Council Elections - Red, with a little Green

from Camden Lady:

Jemilah Magnusson of The Green Life blogged from a forest leadership forum in Portland, Oregon.  He describes how he "attends a presentation by Wal-Mart, and is underwhelmed. Wal-Mart shows, yet again, that they are not serious about change, and that they just don't get it."

Forest Leadership Forum Day 1: And now onto the Forum

Forest Leadership Forum Day Two: Leave it to Wal-Mart to Ruin My Day

from The Green Life:

Enrique provided the carnival with a joyful heap of green design posts from Common Ground: "Zero emissions, village-style car-free neighborhoods - and no landfill. A new settlement on the Yangtze will show the world that China wants to help save the planet after all."

Common Ground: Design

from Common Ground:

Scott Smith doubles up with posts from Greenthinkers and Envirolet Buzz.  At Greenthinkers, Nathan has a week on Green Beauty Secrets, with the word here on green shampoo. 

Green Beauty Secrets: Shampoos

from Greenthinkers:

Scott also raises the idea of "a Yard Sale for a Cure," where "you have a yard sale on May 27th and donate all or some of the proceeds to the Yard Sale for the Cure for breast cancer research.  So you help find a cure for breast cancer and recycle/reuse some old stuff you don't want anymore!"

Yard Sale for a Cure

from Envirolet Buzz:

Melissa Mansfield at LA Green Living posts "Global Warming Issue Heating Up: a look at the recent attention that the global warming/climate change issue has attracted. The post includes information and resources that educate and hopefully inspire, such as Renew US' 'retrospective' film from 2055 that shows how humankind reversed the destructive path we 'were' on, Laurie David's online petition drive, and Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth."

Global Warming Issue Heating Up

from LA Green Living:

Laura Klein of Organic Authority has a smart post on how to get "fresh summer salads by growing your own delicious organic salad, even if you lack sufficient yard space."

Organic Gardening: Anyone Can Grow a Salad


from Organic Authority:

CityHippy sez: time for Starbucks Challenge 4.0!  "CityHippy & GreenLAGirl launch the latest phase of the Starbucks Challenge to measure just how serious Starbucks are about solving the problems they have accepted exist with regard to delivering on their fairtrade promise. Join the fun, keep Starbucks honest and even win some great green prizes."

Starbucks Challenge 4.0

from CityHippy:

Harlan Weikle has a great article on the "first commercial application of biomass to electricity" at Greener Magazine (co-founded by ForestImagesProject.org).  Biomass Investment Group is building a 130 megawatt power plant fueled by... grass!  "The fuel used in this process is called Arundo donax or "Giant Reed", which is similar to bamboo and grows rapidly, 5 cm per day, to nearly 3 meters in height."

First commercial application of biomass to electricity

from Greener Magazine:

GreatGreenGoods "continues to find products that keep waste out of the landfills no matter how big or how small."  Liz Hincks writes that "this week GGG is focusing on record albums and record album covers.  We have found several ingenious ways to reduce reuse and recycle! Have a little fun and get a bit of a groove on as well!"



Jeff McIntire-Strasburg of Sustainablog asks, "What About a Tool for Community Garden Organizing?" His reader, Chris Davis notes, "We've seen the power of online community organizing tools, but I'm not aware of anything that would allow people to indicate if they'd like to garden or else offer a small piece of land for others to garden. Do you think there would be sufficient interest in people using an online tool such as this?"  This sounds like a job for Platial.

What About a Tool for Community Garden Organizing?

from Sustainablog:

And that's a wrap!  Ladies and gentlemen, take a bow to the very hippy accompaniment of Ezra Pound:

O GENERATION of the thoroughly smug
and the thoroughly uncomfortable,
I have seen fishermen picknicking in the sun,
I have seen them with untidy families,
I have seen their smiles full of teeth
and heard ungainly laughter.
And I am happier than you are,
And they were happier than I am;
And the fish swim in the lake
and do not even own clothing.


Carnival of Green #25 was hosted by Spiral Visions on May 1, 2006, and Carnival #27 will be hosted by EarthEcho International on May 15, 2006.


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Great Stuff GT!!!



Posted by: CityHippy | 8 May 2006 09:45:20

It is really great that you have dedicated this carnival to the River Ribble - as you can see from the excellent photographs on the 'Save The Ribble' blog, it really is a beautiful place, that lots of people care about, however much the Council denigrates it in it's Riverworks literature.

The Council's Riverworks proposals are still at the ideas stage - we think this is the best time for us to point out how bad these ideas are, before too much money and momentum gets behind them - we appreciate all the help, support and publicity that people are generating for our campaign - keep it up! - we are in for the long haul.

We are the first community campaign in our area to use a blog to put forward our arguments - I think it is an idea that could catch on.

Blogging is proving to be a brilliant way of publicising our campaign and mobilising opposition to the idea of putting a barrage across the River Ribble, and building over 4000 houses in it's flood plain.

Keep visiting, linking to and posting about our blog!

Posted by: Riversider | 8 May 2006 13:26:02

Nice work! Thanks for including DiseaseProof.com.

Posted by: Gerry Pugliese | 8 May 2006 15:34:15

Thanks for the mention about community gardens. Here's someone who is using Platial for just that!


Posted by: deisnor | 9 May 2006 06:42:32

Hi Gabrielle

I knew that you would do the carnival justice -great work! Thanks for the farewell, I was a little worried that hippyshoppers may have wondered where I had gone. Not only can you read my ramblings at www.cityhippy.net but I now also blog about green and ethical living in Wales at


By the way, you make a great editor here at Hippyshopper. Keep it up and we'll all keep reading!


Posted by: Ella Rabaiotti | 9 May 2006 11:02:50

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