Green reads for the equinox

Howdy, earth lovers. Before you head home to ready yourself for a proper pagan ceremony to mark the beginning of spring, check out the latest Green Reads:

From the Washington Post, a list of the 10 most endangered battlefields in the country. Two in our region make the list, including the Wilderness, about which Kathryn Faulkner has an excellent story in C-VILLE this week. If we can’t preserve historical places, we’re not likely to do well by plain old open space.

From the Organic Consumer Association, a pair of gloomy texts. First of all, this one details the fact that your cute little natural toothpaste brand is helping some giant, land-raping conglomerate make money. Once you’ve read that and gotten disgusted, move right along to this article, an apocalyptic scenario based around an average 4-degree increase in the Earth’s temperature. Finish your snacks before you start reading, because it’ll make you feel kind of nauseous.

If that apocalypse does come, I’ll want some people on my team like the architect couple who made a Toronto warehouse into their home, displaying maximum ingenuity and dedication along the way. Check out the Dwell story about their place (and definitely look at the slideshow). I think it’s so cool when people reuse a building that, to most of us, would seem too industrial—and too small—to hold a family.

And speaking of reusing houses, a slightly different take here. The New York Times details a shift in the mission of Habitat for Humanity, from building houses to tearing them down. Good news is, a lot of the materials get recycled.

That’s all for now, kids. If there’s something else we all should read, post up a link.

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