In a caravan of solar-powered vehicles, the Climate Solutions Road Tour traveled India for five weeks, gathering good news of homegrown sustainability solutions. We managed to get three of these messengers on the phone: Caroline Howe and Jitin Abraham—both in Delhi—and Deepa Gupta, in Vadodara. They met the president of India, they took Thomas Friedman of the New York Times for a ride, and by all accounts fulfilled their desire to “create, communicate, and celebrate” powerful solutions for the future.
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This race will draw “a line in the sand,” says Peter Diamandis, the CEO and chairman of the X-Prize Foundation. After the Progressive Automotive X-Prize is won, “there is no reason you should not be driving a car that gets over 100 miles per gallon.”
With the Tour de France-style competition approaching, it is clear that there is more at stake than just the $10 million prize. Even the runners up may find themselves on the front lines of a transportation revolution. “We’ve been driving the same old cars for 100 years,” says Diamandis. Things will never be the same.
If I were in Manhattan, my visit to the Environmental Health Clinic might involve a session afloat Dr. Jeremijenko’s raft/office on the East River. Under the circumstances, she treated me over Skype, checking my toxics and discussing treatment options, including a pet tadpole and a No Park (an urban parking space-turned-garden). The creator of the Green Light and other therapeutic instruments, Jeremijenko is a relentless synthesizer of technology, art, ecology, and delight. Our creativity, she says, is one of our most powerful tools, because “if we think of our agency just as green consumers, then our agency is only as big as our wallets.” Which is just plain boring.