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Water! What you can do.

Today is international blog action day! The topic this year:


This stuff of live, still being pressure from being privatized, will replace oil as the the resource most fought over this century. Access to clean drinking water is so basic, I can't believe it is being denied to so many for profit. And ground water pollution continues to make otherwise drinkable water toxic.

Here in Berlin, there is renewed pressure to privatize the water system, and people are right to jump to action. Witness so many bad examples of privatized water treating people like dirt!

The other thing that bugs me is how Vancouverites use water. We use the most per person compared to anywhere else in Canada. My condo was using 280L/day/unit average, and most units had 1-2 occupants That's like 3-4 hot water tank's worth! Some is technology (low and dual flush toilet) but it's mostly lazy and inappropriate use (hosing stuff down, watering the lawn too much, having too much lawn). People think we have lots of water, but not with climate change coming. We'll have a tougher time accessing water, especially in the summer.

See the petition below for what YOU can do. And also:
1) Stop polluting ground water, no more cosmetic pesticides, or soaps that have phosphates!
2) If you have property, don't solidly pave over surfaces! Use permeable rocks or paving; let the earth clean its water instead of being surface runoff.

Petitions by Change.org|Start a Petition »

Askers vs Guessers


It seems Chinese culture is also a highly asking culture. to me anyways. Though I agree, asking is way more efficient and powerful than guessing, because it allows much more room for individuals being different!

Long Time!

Yes, travel has been whirlwind and I havent' spend much time writing here. I have had some very interesting thoughts in reflection, but computer time is precious since I'm always looking for new hosts and networking for work. But I'm just about to stop travelling and learn German, so maybe I'll write more soon.

For this week, here's a bit of news: World Blog Action Day 2010: topic is WATER!

Change.org|Start Petition

Help spread the word on this coming world issue.


London Thursday to Saturday

General note: I will be sharing my photos here on Dropbox, until I figure out something better.

Thursday Aug 12

Arriving Thursday afternoon on the coach, I didn't have a solid arrangements for a
couchsurfing host, but 3 maybes. One of them were feeling sick, one was out late, and one was moving. A, the one who was moving, said to call on the day. He siad he could host, but expect "messy", in which I confirmed to be perhaps clutter and a bit of noise packing. And that he might be busy. Ok, but that turns out to mean unpredictable schedule due to errands, and not mentioning things he needed to do. I was a bit ticked cuz I wanted to go to a burning man pub gathering, but I processes the feelings despite tiredness due to the heavy pack.

I had to clean up yogurt that split onto my computer in my bag, and then I helped A move a bag to his friend's house via transit. Turns out the friend left home, so I left myself to go to the pub gathering. But he never showed up after 2 hrs, so I assumed he didn't want to come. Unable to reach him on the phone, and with no coverage in the tube, I didn't get his message til I was out in the burbs again.

"But you said you would come out to clubs with me! That was what you said when I agreed to let you stay" (paraphrased). Ok fine, except tube was stopping now. Fine, 1hr night bus it is.

Finally downtown, and with his cell low, the SMS adventures begin.
Come find this Internet cafe, it's the only on open on Leicester Sq.
Nope, can't find it. I ask him to meet me at a fairly big entrance at
a show. The next text: come to trafalger square, bus stop on charing
cross road, everyone knows it. Nope. Not there. Add to this issues
with the latest updates to my jailbroken iPhone, and frustrations
mount. A bit chilly, getting hungry, but at least I'm enjoying the
London sights. Much later, he finally emerges, but I'm far to tired
by now. Since he had a pass, we go into the club "Heaven" anyways: 3
of 6 rooms open on Thursday night: main one was poppy, one r&b, one
chill. It was a good crowd, good balance of all respectful fun types.
But not really my scene, so we left to take the 50min bus and 30min
walk back. Boy I was tired.

And my jailbroken iPhone has been full of hassles since I upgraded a few things in Cydia. Teaches me to risk it on the run. Travelling with technology has been challenging.


Friday started at 11am. Did another load of stuff to A's friend,
Daryl. Wow what a difference, a cool guy, has IT skills and and lots
of interests. Shared awesome stories about working class London,
community, purpose, and even FreeGeek! After we went down seven
sisters road looking for food and key cutter. A took me to have some
yummy jerk chicken, plus rice and pop, for 2.5£! Eating on the run
with the box in my left hand, we chatted with the guy at the
independent hardware store.

Yes there are lots of little independent stores everywhere. It
actually reminds me of Hong Kong alot: lots of local corner grocery
alcohol, quick food, and gambling stores in every neighbourhood. The
car culture seems to breed big boxes and kill independents.

I parted with A and headed towards Hackney. A nice change of scenery!
My next host Adam is really cool and mellow; a major European BM
participant, he speaks very well of Nowhere in July. He shares his
place with 2 other cool peeps. He also showed this amazing old BBC
show, Brass Eye, way out satirical on the ridiculous fear culture. He even pranks some real celebrities and officials, for example on a made up drug
called cake. An MP even asked a question about cake on the house of commons!

It was good to catch up on sleep somewhere comfortable...

Adam showed me Brick Lane, a nice fun and funky area. Vintage markets and food stands, indian food, definately my kind of speed. Some decent interesting t-shirts, almost went for one. Then, I went to listen to the London Philharmonic orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. I went up to the Gallery, where you can stand or lie down for 5 pounds. The space was beautiful, and I added greatly to my classical music appreciation! Go line up 1.5hrs before the show though; the BBC Proms series is only through this summer I think.

Although London public transit is pretty good, late night isn't all that great. The night buses are 12 minutes apart, but it take most of an hour to go from central to Hackney. So hopping 2 house parties after a 7:30 concert was a bit challenging. My friend who brought me places was on bike, and both times I basically arrived just before he wanted to leave.

So yes, 2 awesome house parties! Very good to connect with a cool local with great friends. Lots of fun was still had as I stuck around, some very cool people, great music! walked back from the 2nd party at 4am.

1 day before departure

Wow, I'm flying tomorrow! Fully scheduled day. Final pack, stuff into storage; air-care and deactivate car. Hopefully replace iPhone battery. Then some friends are coming over, yay!

After all the running around and getting stuff done and sorted, I'm ready for the trip to start. Once you've left; no matter what you haven't done, what you haven't prepared, what you don't have, it's done. Just work with what you got. I sometimes wish I can turn off my preparing and planning nature more.

but until then, more prep to do now ;-)


Most of my blog entries have much more reflective and hence private these days. I've need this and it's helped me lots!

I'm pretty active tweeting these days though, come find and follow me!

Cambie Bridge Spinning

A lovely photo found its way back to me! yay!
Much of the lower mainland is near sea level. A few years ago, they said sea levels will rise 1-2 meters in the next century. Since then, they seem much quicker ice shelf melting, and it's more like 5 meters within the century now. What it looks like for Vancouver:
Click to view large version

Also include Manhatten, Shanghai, Beijing, Florida ...

How do you feel if you are doing something that will flood out your friends or your children? Or ignoring, not voting against, such climate crimes being condoned and subsidized by your democratic government?

We need to speak out and demand for a fair, strong, climate agreement this December in Copenhagen!
Vancouver: Join the largest rally on Cambie Bridge, Oct 24, noon.

Everywhere: Help with the TckTckTck campaign, Becuase the clock is ticking!


Blog Action day 2009: Oct 15 tomorrow

Tell a story, upload a video, or explain why the Copenhagen climate talks matter to your readers, whether they are mothers, snowboarders, or even miniature boat builders, because no matter who your audience may be, we all share an interest in solving climate change and building a better, cleaner, and more sustainable world.


Why take action in the tar sands?

Greenpeace recently held 3 different protests at the operations in the Tar Sands.
This "Mordor" cannot continue if humanity are to survive another 50-100 years.


Often heard arguements against Greenpeace actions:

You’re trying to take away our livelihoods.

The conflict is not between workers and Greenpeace, or between jobs and environmentalism. It is about what kind of a future we want for our children. Do we saddle them with climate chaos, un-breathable air and poisoned water? What kind of an economy do we build for them? We need long-term jobs that are sustainable and in sync with our environment – that is the only real job security we can have in today’s global economy. We’ve shown [PDF]
that Alberta could thrive as a renewable energy superpower, with green jobs that don’t devastate our environment and are part of the solution to global warming and not the problem.

Canada’s economy is healthy because of the tar sands and you want to endanger it by shutting them down.

It is true that Canada’s economy, largely viewed as having survived the last economic downturn better than most, is increasingly reliant on oil revenues. This is actually probably the biggest threat to our economy - we’re increasingly putting all of our eggs into one basket; and that basket, the tar sands, has some major faults. As superpowers like the USA build a clean energy infrastructure and begin to recognize the benefits of renewable energy and as the global community intensifies their efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, tar sands oil will increasingly become a global pariah.

Greenpeace contributes to global warming by driving/flying to the action.

Yes, life does create a carbon footprint. And that is why Greenpeace is reducing its own footprint. Our offices are increasingly energy efficient, we purchase offsets and we have moved to renewable energy sources like geothermal in our headquarters. We are not asking anything of industry and government we are not willing to do ourselves. Nor do we expect life to come to a halt and to live in caves.




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