Biking in the Rain
We’ve had some extremely warm weather here on the east coast last week. Fortunately (I think) the 100 mile bike ride for cancer last Saturday (the Prouty
) was entirely in the rain… which meant it wasn’t hot. It was wet, a bit more dangerous than dry conditions, uncomfortable in many ways, but not too hot.
As a matter of fact, it doesn’t take much rain to cool some people off to the point of hypothermia, especially when working very hard and burning lots of calories. For me, I knew if I stopped very long I would start to cool off rapidly and would start shivering… so I didn’t stop more than 4 or 5 minutes at any rest stop and I skipped about half of the stops (the Prouty is very generous in the number of stops offered).
For Christmas I received two books that I have been enjoying related to sustainable food, gardening, cooking and green kitchen products and processes. The first book is called “The Green Kitchen” by Richard Ehrlich. It is based on a column in the “Times of London”.
This book has great tips on everything from taking advantage of local foods and seasonal foods, to energy efficient cooking tips, energy efficiency appliances and green cleaning tips. The bulk of the book are recipes with pictures (which is imperative in my opinion). The dishwasher in the house I am currently renting is pretty much useless, so the section on hand washing dishes and when dishwashers are more beneficial than hand washing was particularly interesting to me.
I’m in the middle of a book that I would recommend to anyone who wants to get a feel for what it means to live in this world and have no impact on the environment. This is a book by Colin Beavan called “No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process”.
The first day when Colin begins his ‘no impact’ year, he wakes up in the morning and reaches for the tissues to blow his nose. A part of many people’s morning routine, but Colin had vowed to make no waste, so using a throw-away paper product was not allowed.
In reading about ways that Colin copes with the extreme rules that he placed on himself, I have found myself thinking of things I do every day that could be done with small modifications in my routines or habits that could actually result in “less imact” to the environment. Why not?
Give it a read — its also available for Kindle.
I’ve started collecting books related to renewables, energy efficiency, green products. I need a good selection for my store and it would be great if they come recommended. If you have read any of these or if you recommend others, please reply with a comment. Thanks!
Books I’ve read:
“75 Green Businesses” – I like this book since there are some realistic business ideas related to renewables that don’t required venture capital to start. Good ideas.
“The Green Collar Economy” – This is one of those books that says it all in the first couple of chapters: the economy is bad, the environment is bad, we need to ensure that everyone is part of the solution. Pretty good message, a little too much preaching for me.
“Go Green, Live Rich” – 50 things you can do to help save the earth, with links and ideas. This is almost a bathroom book – pick it up and read a page or two and you’ve learned a couple new things.