Steve Grossman

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Blog Action Day + Climate Change = No Worries

Today I am writing in tandum with thousands of bloggers around the world taking part in blogactionday, an annual event powered by Change.org. I don’t agree with everything they do, but like the opportunity to discuss this years topic, Climate Change, and why I’m not worried about it.

I’m not worried about Climate Change because people smarter than I are inventing things like these:

– Vehicles: Suzuki, for example, will preview three fuel cell concepts at the upcoming 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. The vehicles themselves are interesting, but the neatest thing is they each represent a different technology. There’s a plug-in electric car with a small generator motor for longer distances. A hydrogen fuel cell powered scooter and a sort of wheelchair like “personal mobility vehicle” that uses replaceable methanol fuel cell cartridges.

Yeah, I know we’re a ways away from sustainable alternatives to gas engines, but they’re coming.

– In the mean time, there are companies like Zipcar and  Gettaround.com, two companies in the growing short term rental industry. I’m particularly impressed with Gettaround because it seeks to repurpose existing vehicles that would normally sit dormant during the day (meaning it facilitates the short term rental of YOUR car. And yes, you share in the revenue).

– On a completely different note, Slate brings our attention to garbage in the form of the BigBelly solar-powered trash compactor. It runs off the sun, provides a 5-to-1 reduction in volume which translates to less frequent pickups – saving fuel and labor costs in the process. And oh yeah, it can send a txt message when full, eliminating wasted trips.

And finally, my favorite:

– London’s Club4Climate disco features an electricity generating dance floor. And while the linked article only talks about the club, other places under consideration for the technology include airports and malls.

So I’m not worried because people much smarter than I are figuring out how to make zero-emission, zero fuel vehicles that will get us to malls, offices, schools and airports powered by our foot traffic.

What a wonderful world it will be.

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Filed under: Life_technology, Smart_technology, Society

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