Monday, November 29, 2010

Sweet November, Post Carbon Institute! LOVE IT!


i love learning.
i love watching.
i love learning by watching.
i assume you love learning by watching as well.
Although, some people think watching is a way of consuming faster, i am ok with that kind of consumption.

So here is a short video, that you can learn, open your eyes in 5 mins.

Lessons to be learned:

1) You may not stop consuming. Just decide what to consume.
2) i received a link posted by JOY. That was an article which claims that giving thanks makes you happier & healthier. That explains why i am soooo energic:P
3) You know what to do after 2nd lesson! Say 'thanks!' to someone(preferable to whom knows you, otherwise it may seem like the scene from a French moive. i changed my mind. you can say it to whoever you want! Yes, i am watching SATC!)


Sweet November, 29th, The Soul of the Money!


Yes, i know what you think: Money does not have soul. Because, we made it up, we create it. i mean Lydians did so hundred thousand years ago. We still use it not exactly in the same form but for the same, extended purposes.

This extended purposes have a meaning according to Lynne Twist. Everytime we buy a thing, we make a decision. Decisions we make represent us. By making right decisions, we can add value and even soul to our money. No more words, i hope you enjoy it...

Lynne Twist- The Soul of the Money


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sweet November, 26-WasteLand! LiZ:)

Good morning Dear ALL!

i am happy today. If there is something called 'luck' in the universe, life gives my part so generously.

At the time i started writing that blog, i knew that it was going to add value to my life. i am not writing these to tell 'i knew that i ll be Carrie Bradshaw one day, as famous and cool and thin as she is.' To be honest, SATC was this year's or let say for the last 4 months discovery for me. i know i m a bit(!) late. i was not that interested to look/search for something. i was more like 'whatever-it-comes-person'. Unfortunately, it doesn't work in that way. Of course sometimes but not frequently, things appear just in front of you and all you gotta do is to take them, to see them. For the rest, you need to search for them. However, there is also one more thing that happens to me pretty frequently as well: learning and hearing from people! it seems like, people around me think of me, whenever they confront something with an initial of'G' ,GREEN!

As you read before, almost everyday, i had 'thanks to' part. Today, i want to thank my very inspiring, giving, open minded, thoughtful, brave friend LiZ!
Here is why! WASTELAND! Imagine that, you are living just in the middle of 'waste'. You make your money by seperating recyclables from the rest. The last thing that can happen to you is probably to be a part of an art project! Moreover, amazing that you are part of an art which is deeply connected to your work: WASTE! it is what Lucy Walker tells in the documentary and from what Vik Muniz makes/creates an art object. It is an impressive case that combines green, contemporary art(ist), real people to gain recognition!

Lessons to be learned:

1) You can meet right people anywhere,anytime! Thanks LiZ for strengthen my argument: 'i am THE lucky!'.
2) The more you give, the more you receive. Not the way around:)
3) Keep searching, and keep talking! and don t forget listening:P


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sweet November, 388 is not only a number!

it is a HUGE number! How do i know that? Well, i got something to tell. i am cheating on my blog, i started to write in another web site. However, it does not count. Because, it is in Turkish and i am not the only writer of course. There are other student-writers who 'create' that website. i feel more like a guest writer in GAZEVERSİTE. Shh...

i again diverged from the topic. So, i had/wanted to write about that number since my very dear friend FuD suggested me to write about that 350 movement. Then just after he suggested me, JOY told that their slide show and pictures are great. They are planning to have big 'picture' by volunteer people that can be seen from the space. Then time to talk about 350. According to environmentalist scientists, 350 ppm is the CO2 density that should not be exceeded. Guess what? We are already over it. We reached 388 ppm(part per million) from 275 ppm within the last 200 years. So,it is time to make it 350 ppm again!

Lessons to be learned:

1) Being a guest is nice.
2) 388 is not nice.
3) Appreacite people who wish to be the part of big picture!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sweet November, CANCUN: a lost battle against climate change... and acknowledments!!


Today, i am happy. You may wonder why it is so. If you were one of my friends, you would not wonder, you would probably ignore since it does not a rare case! So, i wish you are not my friend(no offence!) and you will continue reading.

Topic: Cancun! The 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference will be held in Cancún, Mexico, from 29 November to 10 December 2010. For more detailed information about COP16 and UNFCCC, you know what to do!
Yes, i know you wonder what "i" am going to write if i give a link for every important information. Here it comes... with another link, but this time it is an video:)) While enjoying your video, i may summarize what it is about! Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, and three members of the European Parliament, Corien Wortmann-Kool of the European People’s Party, Satu Hassi of the Greens and Roger Helmer from the European Conservatives and Reformists had a debate to discuss what can be done more in Cancun than was done in Copenhagen in 2009. There are mainly 2 views i can say: Should we start doing changes or should we first wait till every country accept to do something. You know what every country covers, China, India and US and EU(with its all parties). Almost all of them were agreed that Copenhagen was a failure. The answer of the question 'Why?' was mostly due to lack of synergy and trust. Sometimes, 2+2 does not equal to 5,as it is in synergy, not equal to 4, as it is in Math. It maybe equal to 3, as it was in Copenhagen. Beyond that, environmental problems and their solutions were not supposed to be implication of Game Theory. There was especially one thing that i found important about China. As Roger Helmer feels suspicious and pessimistic about commitments of countries, he said 'none of the developing countries stops their growth to save the world, neither does US. China continues to establish new fossil-based plants. as Europeans we have all the pain,none of the gain. Why should we?'. That is a very-well known argument. What is not that well-known is ,as Connie Hedegaard mentioned, China increases its Wind Power facilities more than any other countries. i also remember more things that China has been doing thanks to Joy's researchs about China's Environmental Plans. This is promising at least. Highly recommended debate!

Thanks RO one more time for sharing the Cancun with me!

Thanks JOY for making me smile:))) i loved it!

Thanks my roomy to remind me Soundtracks of 'City of Angels' were great! My roomy is greater:)) Ready to celebrate!!

Lessons to be learned:

1) Sometimes, age does not guarantee wisdom! (nothing related to my roomy-the best!)
2) Sometimes, title does not guarantee wisdom!!
3) Sometimes, you need to remind yourself it is time to write your SOP:P


Monday, November 22, 2010

Sweet November, 22nd, QQQ!


Yesterday, i wrote 'The Perfect Vagina' and suddenly visits to my 'cute' sustainable life doubled. What can i say? Sex Sells! Although in this case, it was not about sex! Thanks, thanks, thanks! i wish there could be a possible way to combine sex and environment:D

As i started to write yesterday, there are certain questions which can help firms to face with what they are doing. In Ecological Intelligence, Art Kleiner, the editor of Strategy+Business has asked those questions and answered them fairly. What can a firm do when it discovers what it has been doing was wrong; concerning environment, social aspect or health? 1st Q: Do i care? Normally, you expect to hear from a firm 'YYEEEEESS!' as passionate as possible, however, if the firm just ignore it, there is no change! 2nd Q: What happens if i pretend that it never happened? If they start losing their market share or reputation, then they can have a look to 1st Q again! 3rd Q:In what way we are supposed to change our way of thinking? If you are up for a change, then you are supposed to accept that you have been doing wrong! 4th Q: Is it proven? Anf if so, are we gonna solve it or put the blame on others? You know the right answer... 5th Q: Which sources should i follow/trust? Along with Life Cycle Assessment, there are other case-based solutions of sustainability. 6th Q: What will be the cost? You may need to change ingredients, suppliers, intermediaries which mean extra to pay!! i think this is part in which companies seem unwilling to change. 7th Q: Do we really need to know what was wrong? It may cause both ethically and financially challanged minds in the firm. 8th Q: If we decide to change, how can we find a balance benefits and costs? Needs a looong space to write:) 9th Q: Where to start? 10th Q: Does it worth to change? i hope one day this become a ridiculous question to be answered!

Tomorrow, i ll write about a discussion going on about climate change! i know you are so surprised! BUT! What is surprising here is that, first, the link was sent me by my careless but good friend RO and ,second, there are BIG people talking about climate change and 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference very similar to our volvox rant!

Lessons to be learned:

1) You never know what comes from who! Cheers RO!
2) Boring stuff can be usefull as well!! (i m trying to motivate myself to read articles, do not take it serious!!!)
3) i wish you an exciting and promising tomorrow! you wish others as well!!!


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sweet November, 21- The Perfect Vagina & Environment!


Today,i was really suffering since i did not write my blog yesterday. You know how it makes you feel when you are definitely aware that you had to finish whatever it was and you did not. Therefore when i woke up today, i was so commited and dedicated to watch a documnetary and write here about that. Yesterday, i tried to watch 'The Curse of Oil' and because of some technical problems -need to fix my PC-,i could not see 'the end'. Frankly, it was not necessary to see 'the end', because nobody lives 'happily ever after' in the documentary. That was about pipeline that starts at Baku, capital city of Azerbaijan; passing through Tbilisi, capital city of Georgia, and end in Ceyhan, city in the south coastal part of Turkey. How can you expect to have a fairytale out of an oil story? So, i did not expect and i watched what i expected... maybe more than my expectations. Kidnapping, bombing, protected minority, people who are presurred to move from their habitat, money that do not help the country at all, wrong political moves, money again. To read more about Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, click here.

Hımm, where we left? Yes, so i was telling the story of today. i was full of proimising feelings about watching documentary and writing about it. However, suddenly, i clicked 'The Perfect Vagina'by Lisa Rogers instead of a documentary categorized under Environment. Yes, i really learned some new stuff that i have never heard of like... LABIAPLASTY: vaginal cosmetic surgery in which inner labia is cut off. The documentary was about why so many women -vaginal cosmetic surgery doubled for the last five years in UK- are upset about their vaginas,and if there is other ways to make women happier and more confident about appearance of their vulvas. Are they upset because of their partners or of people who tease them or because they want to have a 'normal' vagina as all other women have? To whom want to watch the documentary, here it is.

There is -almost- never one answer for that kind of questions. We all know that we care about what other people say. Can it be a strategy for firms to be more sustainable? If we,as consumer and source of their profits, demand for more information about the product, will they make their process more transparent? If so, is there anyone who is up to buy a product which has labeled as environmentally distructive or non-fair trade?

i ll write about it tomorrow.

Lessons to be learned:

1) Be in peace with yourself.
2) Be in peace with environment.
3) Be in peace with what is different. (you ll understand what i mean when you watch the documentary)


Friday, November 19, 2010

Sweet November, 19th, Ecological Intelligence!!


It was a looong break that i really miss writing. For a quick report, i was doing pretty well till our fest started. i ate chocolate,not as much as i used to eat(applause!!!), but still, i did! i m sorry, i m not gonna punish myself for that!
i also did not buy any clothes which deserves a huuuge 'wooww', that was a sale time!

So, let s turn to where we left! As i wrote before, that November supposed to be 'sweet'! i do not mean chocolate. i was planning to watch a documentary everyday and write about that. However, plans never work(i should not write my blog adress on my CV, that is soo not good for an employer to see that its potential employee can not follow the plan. shh, between us;)) Although i will do my best for the rest of November, for today, i ll write a bit about a book that i am reading in these days:Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything by Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman is very well known by his works on EI: Emotional Intelligence. However, in this book, he is questioning another type of EI: Ecological Intelligence.
From the beginning, other than finding fulfilling web sites like GoodGuide, SkinDeep etc., there is also something that is going to be 'hot' topic in the market place including business and public sector: availability of information! How we buy stuff? What attracts us? Why do we choose that brand and not the other one? These all seem like questions in a marketing class, which means more than that. These questions bring another questions: How much we care 'green labeling'? Do we care? Are we willing to pay more for greener? If so, how much more? Can 'green' be our only concern? Should it be?

Of course there is no one and only answer for these questions, but we at least can say that if people can reach more clear, simple, understandable ranking information of brands, they can make more rationale choices. We are not only talking about environmental impact of products, but also social aspect of businesses.

It is not a smooth surface that you can walk easily. It has seriously sharp edges in which you can find yourself lost.

Lessons to be learned:

1) No need to be afraid of being lost... There is always other ways!(or were they the same?)
2) Social aspect is as important as environment! (no need for tears my friends, i love you!)
3) i miss reading book... not online!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sweet November, 11th BRUSSELS!!


Today, i m not going to write about a documentary. As i told you(i do not know who you are but i am somehow sure that you remember that!), it was supposed to be my break time. Well, i can not stop writing this: i ll be in Brussels!!!(applause!!)

There will be workshops about my 2 ...s(i could not find the exact word for this, but it is something good:)): Environment & Enterpreneurship! i have no doubt that you are going to listen to my days next month! Moreover(it reminds me of my prep school time's essays), i ll go to visit my erasmus friends!!(happy happy happy!)

Other than worrying about huge rise in my carbon footprint due to flights, i am happy!

Lessons to be learned:

1) There is always an open window!
2) Walk all the ways in Berlin!! (little compansation for flights!)
3) Do not use plastic plates!


Monday, November 8, 2010

Sweet November, 8th The CURSE of OIL/1


i ll have a break for 10 more days probably. Unfortunately, this post will be one of the shortest ones.

i am sure you already heard a lot about Oil Companies. Especially these days, consequences are inevitably visible. When you watch that, you ll see more examples. You ll see how it effects local communities in Africa, how companies tried to make people(mainly people in court) believe that they are innocent, how they strongly believe that they are innocent. That was the shocking part for me to see in board members' faces pure innocence. Is there a difference between being innocent and feeling innocent,btw?

However, there is a point that i can not stop myself from saying: this is not only their fault. Governments, policies, infrastructure... everything else is in the scenerio except of indigenous people. i do say it literaly! Because, in the agreement with government, it was written that indigenous people do not have right to sue oil companies due to problems caused by oil company. That would be the time when i would question myself and my ethic policies. That is also the time when the state should remember its people come first,supposedly even though it says all these are for higher life standards.

i think all we can do is wishing the best for future when we will not exploit oil for plastic, heating, fuel,cars, lipsticks etc... instead, we can find less harmfull -hopefully harmless- sources for our daily needs.

Lessons to be learned:

1) What goes around comes around... does not work for virgin sources!
2) Be passively active!
3) If there is no life, there is no higher life standards

Cheers!! Have a nice day!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sweet November, 3- Prisoners of Katrina


These days i have a bit strict schedule,and unfortunately i m not going to write for the neat few days. To be honest, i ll visit my friends and will enjoy a lot. It was not just to make you jelou,sbut if you are, you are totally right! Just try to be happy for me:P

After writing these happy sentences, it seems a bit hard to move Hurricane Katrina and how it effects prisoners' of New Orleans not only during 4 days of catastrophy but also for the following months. In the beginning, try to imagine you behind the walls without any information, food, drinking water, electricity. Or do not try to imagine, it is really bad! Feeling the water going up to your chest... and you do not have any idea if it was the last day of your life... i am not trying to make it dramatic. It is what happened.

However, the most influential part of the documentary was not the hurricane itself actually. How that situation was managed, how it became part of election advertisement, what happenned to people who are lost(!) since their papers are lost were the main points that led me to think about how natural disasters affects people lives. While trying to be environment-friendly, i m doing few things that also affect people around me. When they asked me what will change if i am the only person who pursues that way, i used to answer them saying if it postponed the inevitable, i would be the part of it. However, sometimes, future is not that far away. i hope i am exaggerating! And you know i am the Polyanna in Modern Times!

Lessons to be learned:

1) Do not overrate your last day studies!
2) Do not underrate them either!!
3) Environment is not another system apart from us.

Tip of the day: Check your water-clock to be sure there is no leakage!


PS: i was supposed to study TOEFL.. NOW...or 3 weeks ago!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010



Respect!! i have never thought or admired people who are architect... till i watched that! i m not going to say that i wish, because i know i would live the same life if i had a chance to choose. So, i settle with sayin i appreciate!

In the documentary, 6 genious (Norman Foster,Will Alsop, Francois Tirot, Laurent-March Fisher, Werner Sobek, Stefan Benish) were making comments on how new,sustainable buildings can be possible, and how we can integrate those systems to our current/traditional one without comprimising economical benefits and comfort zone.

Few examples made it really clear. One of them was the building which nicknamed as The Gherkin. This is a building in UK which you can notice the difference at the first sight. Other than seeming extremely modern, it is extremely functional. (To people who know how muck i like the word 'functional': i mean it!!) Its design enables people to work inside without having airconditioning system. As it is explained, wind can blow inside the building without making people hold their papers to fly. In another sample building, material used is 25% less than the ones which has the same inner volume. Less metarial means less cost as well as less resource use. Materials are also important. Steel, aliminium and glass can be recyclable and/or reusable , so they are Werner Sobek's favourites. Green areas in the building is another sign to make the building green; not only as colour but also as a concern of sustainability.

To sum up, as it is said in the documentary, sustainability is not only about making environment friendly buildings. It is also about people and economy. Fortunately, these do not need to be conflicting!

Lessons to be learned:

1) There are people who believe in innovation.
2) There are people who are clever.
3) There are people who can make enourmous amount of money by combining innovation and intelligence.

Tip of the day: If you can not change yourself, change your house! Invest more on efficient energy-water-waste systems!


Monday, November 1, 2010

Sweet November, 1- DIRT! The movie


Yes, today is the first day of 'Sweet November'! Although 'Sweet November' is not in my top comedy-romance movies, i call this november 'sweet'. Because, this month is documentary month. For me, watching something, does not matter if it is movie or documnetary, directly related to hot chocolate. i am not drinking hot chocolate right now, but i still can smell it.

Same for the people who are talking in documentary 'DIRT!'. Yes, as i feel hot chocolate, they feel dirt. Documentary starts with our relation with dirt and microorganisms. How we become as we are today, both religiously and scientifically. In both cases, we came from the clay/dirt/soil/dust and will be back to it. As they say, 'Dirt and People intimately linked.' Without dirt, we can not survive. That point is very clearly explained furtherly in the documentary: how we destroyed our soil with the way we do agriculture, with coal mining, with fertilizers,with tractors and with the way we live today.

What happened to people who used to produce and live in rural regions? Of course, as it seems and is promoted that urban is the place you can get closer to money if you can find the 'right' way. However, this is not the only reason. People move/migrate because there is no field left for agriculture. They are not able to earn money from their fields since they need to pay for credits they took from banks to buy tractors,and pesticides. This is a 'perfect' circle that you can not find a way to be out. Unfortunately, that led to many farmers' suicides within last years.

One more point worth to mention, monoculture. If you want to more about why organic agriculture is important and how monoculture harms the field and make more vulnurable to diseases and natural disasters, check the web site!

Lessons to be learned: This is mostly 'thanks to' part this time!

1)MT! Thanks to his supportive comments, i start writing about documentaries! Cheers!!
2)Fa! Thanks to his passion for comedy-romance, i started to have a taste and rituels of watching movies! Cheers!!
3)EZ! Thanks to her.. i love hot chocolate.. and i love dreaming!

Tip of the day: Turn your garbage into GARDEN! Compost!!!