Large Pacific storms are pummeling the Bay Area this weekend, which is keeping me from surfing. Since I can’t safely be in the water, I can at least enjoy announcing (via NatGeo) that Palau and Chile have created new marine protected areas in the Pacific.
Fresh water may be the ultimate community shared resource or commons. It’s a finite and renewing resource. It’s essential for life as we know it. We spend billions of dollars on space exploration searching for it on other planets. How we make use of this scarce shared resource now and in the coming decades will say a lot about our social nature. Marketing principles about pricing and distribution can help us make better use of water during times of drought.
“We should stop and think about how we can use the ocean and not use it up.” –Sylvia Earle
As of the last count that I could find, which was published in 2008, there are more than 400 dead zones in the world’s oceans.
A recent story from the Business Innovation Facility about the MEGA project touches many of the themes of this blog: how to distribute affordable energy to rural communities living off the grid at the bottom of the economic pyramid. It also raises an interesting question about scale.
MercyCorps works to build secure, productive, and just communities in some of the world’s toughest places like Somalia, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, and Haiti. They recently shared a success story about small-scale irrigation in Zimbabwe that’s really a story about distribution.
As mentioned in a recent article from the Center for American Progress, U.S. infrastructure for wastewater and stormwater needs at least $298 billion in repairs, maintenance, and upgrades before 2030.
It might be easy to skip over this blog post I saw about yet another conference, this one at Santa Clara University. Does the world really need another conference, or another blog post about a conference?
In this case, it probably does.