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Going Lo-Tech — No Impact Man May 11, 2007

Posted by Tom in Environment, family, tech news.
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The Family
Imagine waking up in the morning, not having a coffee, not switching on the lights , not using loo paper and walking to work. And once back from work there is no television (or electricity for that matter). That is exactly what a family from New York are doing, on purpose. Their plan is to reduce the environmental impact they make on the planet (or their ecological footprint click link to see how big yours is) for one year as an experiment. I truly admire people who are able to make decisions like this and I wish I was brave enough to do so. Incidentally Colin Beavan (the author of this experiment) tells us his wife loves Four Seasons hotels and he has a two year old daughter. This,I truly believe, makes him all the braver. You can read about it on ABC’s sci-tech section here and you can read the Family’s blog here.


Modern Families April 29, 2007

Posted by Tom in family, social problems.
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Once upon a time children were sent off to work, often in other cities as the family could not support to keep them. While this has changed dramatically Family life is getting more difficult with modern pressures.
There is no time for the family any more. Everyday we are forced to think we need to work more and make more money. All of this leaves little time for the family. Which, when all is said and done, is the reason we are alive (if you follow similar lines of though to Richard Dorkins and Charles Darwin).
That’s why I like this blog (In Portuguese). Translated it’s called “Jewel of the Family” and it’s aim to encourage reflection on the modern family and search for new solutions for old problems.