The United States makes up less than 5 percent of the world’s population.Yet, we consume over twenty five percent of the world’s fossil fuel resources.When fossil fuels such the gas are burned, they release carbon dioxide.These gases, scientists believe, are one of the main causes of global warming.So What can local citizens do to slow the process of global warming?The 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, issued last year, highlights "the importance of lifestyle changes" in combatting climate change.
Have you ever had trouble resolving a conflict with your landlord?Your co-worker?Your teenager?Maybe the upstairs neighbor who plays music until 3 am?Or, that annoying guy who always blocks your driveway with his car?If so, you might just want to try community mediation.
Volunteers with “Resolutions Northwest” have been providing Portland residents with free to low-cost conflict resolution services for over twenty years.
We may use money to buy goods and services, but as John Poling, organizer with the Cascadia Hour Exchange, points out, money is not the only way, or even the best way to get what you want. He and others at the Cascadia Hour Exchange have formed a network where each person offers their skills, such as house painting, graphic design, child care, or even legal advice. Each one hour block of time given entitles members to exchange their services the skills and time of any other person in the network. Poling believes that relying on non-monetary exchange systems both strengthen local economies as well as create a deeper sense of community.