Bean Sprouts is excited to be hosting its first Carnival of the Green - the weekly round-up of articles from the green blogosphere. Last week's host was Dianovo, and the next Carnival will be held on July 9th at The Ester Republic.
The Great Outdoors
Let's kick off with Don, who writes in Evangelical Ecologist about a Bible vacation summer school with an environmental theme. Sounds like a good idea to me, but I sympathise with Don's observation that he learned more about both God and the environment from going camping with his parents than from Bible vacation camp. In another post he argues that churches need to close the credibility gap, "if they want to demonstrate leadership over social issues like the environment they must have a good track record leading folks in spiritual matters within their own congregations".
At Pines Above Snow blog, Julie Dunlap writes a book review of
John at hell's handmaiden launches a scathing attack on
Jeremy has some good news over at his blog, The Voltage Gate. In
Harlan of Greener Magazine thinks that using the Internet, particularly blogging, is becoming an increasingly common method for elected officials and public agencies to communicate with constituencies. But, he asks, at what cost?
And David of Ecolibertarian is frustrated by the clumsiness of government attempts to encourage lower–carbon-emitting lifestyles and business practices in Britain, as he expresses in his post Small is Difficult.
Also in the domestic sphere, Tracy at EcoStreet wants you to
I really love Shannon's Ten Great Reasons To Buy Something Used, over on Saving Advice. She's a woman after my own heart.
Also in the garden, Veggie Revolution reports that beekeepers have struggled as hives have failed soon after the bees embark on their pollen-gathering season. In what has become known as “colony collapse disorder,” honey bees leave the hive and don’t return. I've been following this story as I'm hoping to collect two hives of honeybees next weekend, so thanks for that.
Alex submitted the article Ecovillage Update from the Generation Exe blog, about an ecovillage community in the San Mateo/Foster City area. "The community has a shared organic garden, fruit trees, chicken, and a solar PV system, The project was created by Sanda and Brian and they are involved with different organizations in the bay area and have been nominated for a sustainability award by the Green Party of San Mateo". Sounds blissful. Thanks for sharing this, Alex.
Maybe Alex's post provides some answers to the questions Lisa asks in her
At Money Changes Things there is a report about two communities which have banned plastic bags. That seems to be a good way to go. And Leon of Sox First has noticed that investment in sustainable energy is climbing to record levels on the back of concern over climate change, high oil prices and growing government support
I hope you enjoyed the carnival, whether you're a regular Bean Sprouts reader or a visitor. I certainly enjoyed hosting it. And I hope you'll come back and visit Bean Sprouts again.