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Join us for the first ever Race to Zero Carbon and Zero Carbon Coaching Clinic.

This event is more than a run. In addition to the 5K and 10K, we're setting up the Zero Carbon Coaching Clinic, open to the public. Think of it as a "walk through flow chart" that provides an overview of what it will take for New Jersey to get ALL THE WAY to zero carbon.

At various points along the route/chart, experts ("coaches") will be there to explain the details of each strategy (“play”) to the Players to move the needle to zero carbon.

The goal of this event is to empower and inspire people to go ALL THE WAY to zero carbon, ASAP. We plan to turn "racing to zero carbon" into a national pastime, to shift the national mood from inertia and avoidance into full throttle racing to zero. This is going to scale and expand to other states. This is the first event of its kind.

You will want to be a part of it. It’s one of those things.

Background: We are +Footprint to Wings  a 501c3 impact organization based in New Jersey. Our mission is to launch, coach and track the race to be the first net zero carbon state.

The Zero Carbon Coaching Clinic is open to the public. Donations welcome. To register for the 5and 10K, use this link: 

Use discount code GOOGLEZERO $5 off both the 5k and the 10k. Discount expires on Earth Day, April 22 at 11:59 PM.

To zero carbon and beyond!

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+Google for Nonprofits +Google+ +YouTubeHowTo's How do I drop the "org" for my customized url? I feel you are penalizing nonprofits by turning the ".org" into an appendage to their name. That, or some bug has entered into my setup. How do I fix this? It's  +Footprint to Wings not footprinttowingsorg. Help! Thanks.

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Missing Mazi.

In New Jersey on May 21? Come to the first ever Race to Zero Carbon 5K 10K and interactive zero carbon coaching clinic!

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Transformational Schell Games next week!
In the fifth installment of the G4C Industry, join Schell Games CEO Jesse Schell in a Google Hangout on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at 3:00 PM ET for a meaningful discussion on the importance of games in education and learn more about the innovative ways games are transforming learning experiences for today's students.

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Hi There! Starting to explore the very cool Google for Nonprofits options. We get a custom url! So cool. Alas, it seems restricted and I'm trying to figure out how to drop the "org" off the end so that my custom url can be (rather than the cumbersome, )

Also, Save the Date! May 21. Watch this space.

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FINALLY!!! +Jason Rezaian is getting out!
Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, former US Marine Amir Hekmati of Flint, Mich., Pastor Saeed Abedini of Boise, Idaho, and Siamak...

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I will have to check this out.
'The Water Knife' by Paolo Bacigalupi

Several people recommended +Paolo Bacigalupi's The Water Knife  to me,  and I'm glad they did. Bacigalupi is probably best known for 2009's The Windup Girl, and I was interested to see where he'd go with a sci-fi story chronicling the endgame for 21st century water politics here in the U.S.

Those who've read the non-fiction book Cadillac Desert (1986) by Marc Reisner might not be too shocked by the world Bacigalupi depicts. In fact, Cadillac Desert  is held up as a prophetic tome by several of the characters in The Water Knife (TWK) -- and understandably so.

The Water Knife  is at once entertaining, imaginative, and thought-provoking. It's clear Bacigalupi has done his research (and the acknowledgments reflect this). He paints a believable world where climate change and overuse of aquifers have combined to render much of the southern and western U.S. uninhabitable without the aid of advanced technologies (e.g. 'arcologies' -- sealed biomes that use natural symbiotic processes to recirculate water with great efficiency). However, technology costs money, and not everyone has money. In fact, once the bottom drops out on southern and western cities, there are a whole lot of people whose real estate becomes worthless and whose jobs dry up as well. The mass migration is on, and states begin to defend their borders against refugees. Regional civil order breaks down.

Could civil order really fray so rapidly? Well, here in the real world there's been a catastrophic drought in Syria for the past several years that resulted in widespread crop failures. The fast-rising cost of food sparked riots -- riots which in turn brought a draconian crack-down from Assad's government, which in turn led to civil war along tribal and sectarian lines, which in turn caused chaos that attracted ISIS, which in turn resulted in a flood of refugees.

So the dominoes can quickly fall unless plans are laid for a crisis we know is coming. Here in the southwest climate change isn't theoretical. We're in the middle of the worst drought in 1,200 years. We're already planning and building to accommodate these changes -- conservation, re-use, resilience. But are we doing it fast enough? I pondered this while reading TWK. It's partly what made the book so relevant to me.

I also enjoyed Bacigalupi's world-building -- his late 21st century Phoenix, Arizona feels gritty and real, cluttered with lurid products and services aimed at a slow-motion regional apocalypse (murder-mags, collapse porn, and REI designer gas masks and more). It's a world familiar to us but also alien in its cruelty. His world has popular TV shows depicting good vs evil heroes, while the book's actual characters navigate a complicated moral landscape where even the best intentions can result in the death of innocent people. Marauding street gangs bedevil the outer parking lots of malls and abandoned, strip-mined housing subdivisions. Sand storms lash Phoenix and everyone's looking for a way out. A way North. Metered public water pumps and refugee camps. A callousness toward death. A feeling of disdain for outsiders who 'don't belong' in an area. A ruthlessness as older people defend their outmoded ways of life, and young people reject the previous generation's insistence that things return to the way they were -- something that's no longer in the cards for humanity. Instead, young people seek to do what's necessary to thrive under new circumstances -- charting their own course. Adapting.

Again, I live near a big city in a desert climate, and I found the reality in TWK compelling -- just a few bad policy decisions from being possible. We experience Bacigalupi's world through several well-developed characters who are continually forced to make difficult choices. Both the lingo, technology, and organizations in this potential future are convincing -- with various watersheds in the southwest competing for access to life itself. Each one has its 'water knives' -- assassins and enforcers who 'convince' riparian rights holders to part with their future.

It's also interesting that the outside world appears only obliquely in The Water Knife. Chinese engineers and executives appear with their money and advanced technology, but we have little idea what's going on around the globe. This is more a statement on the provincial mindset of the book's characters; they have no interest in the outside world because they are literally fighting for survival right where they are. They might want to escape to Shanghai or San Diego or 'up north', but the larger world is left to look after itself.

You can find links to all of Bacigalupi's work at his web site:

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