Washington (GGM) Analysis | May 9, 2020
by Noreen Wise
I get jazzed by brilliant new ideas on the climate front and wind tree energy, for cities and suburban neighborhoods, is one of them. Such an innovative game-changer. The small tree wind turbine looks more like an art exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum in DC, than an innovative renewable energy solution that can light parks, streets and homes. It’s cleverness is in it’s ability to harness small wind currents that most of us aren’t even aware of.
The three main negatives of the massive wind turbines we’ve grown used to are:
the amount of wind needed to generate energy
The Wind Tree has numerous benefits that may be the ideal solution in cities where not all roofs may direct access to the sun, or homes surrounded by trees that block sun. Additionally, riverwalks and upscale outdoor locations that aren’t conducive to solar panels. Basically, The Wind Tree and Wind Bush fill in the blanks and provide another potent renewable option.
This wonder was invented by Jerome Michaud-Lariviere of France, co-founder ofNew World Wind that produces The Wind Tree, a well as the The Wind Bush. It’s expected to arrive in the US sometime in 2020, but that was before covid, so stay tuned.
The Wind Tree is currently being installed in Paris.🌳
Washington (GGM) Analysis | February 2, 2020
by Noreen Wise
With Italy’s official announcement at the beginning of the new year, that all schools will now teach sustainability & climate change, many American educators are looking for ways to incorporate climate change lesson plans into their curriculum.
This is a big deal. Education will curb the fears that many young students harbor when they hear repeated warnings about the future. News flashes on phones about apocalyptic wildfires that killed a billion animals, and destroyed thousands of homes, is massively anxiety provoking. Lack of information fuels their concern, and action oriented facts curb it.
With this in mind, it was very exciting to see the impactful event at the US Botanic Garden on Capitol Hill Thursday evening January 30, 2020 for teachers in the Washington DC and outlying suburbs. Interactive tables, featuring climate change lesson plans, were spread throughout the breathtaking flora. Sustainability, the environment and nature were also included. Very inspiring. Nature itself is therapeutic. Studying nature along with climate action will improve the mental health of our youth as we rush to adapt to the crushing reality of the climate crisis.
Modeling the importance of composting was powerful, especially on Capitol Hill where Mitch McConnell is blocking compositing in the dining halls in the Senate and House office buildings.
The following are several of the innovative lesson plans featured at the event:
Renewables and Nonrenewables, Oh My!
Waste Less, Recycle More
Greenhouse Manual by the US Botanic Garden: “exploring ways to incorporate a greenhouse as a hands-on learning environment for students of all ages.”
School Tree Planting Program
Native Knowledge, Teaching America’s Whole Story – created by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
Living Earth Teach-In: Sustaining our Future through Indigenous Knowledge
Air Quality Action Guide
What You Should Know About Ground Level Ozone and Particle Pollution
An Educators Guide to the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE)
Oh, and creating seed pizzas that will make spring planting so much easier (this was amazing)