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Kirsten Firminger is a Doctoral Candidate in Social Psychology. Her dissertation research focuses on individuals who have voluntary chosen to reduce their consumption levels (aka the amount of stuff that they buy). Her research interests center on understanding the processes of social and behavioral change.

Stimulus dollars at work: Greening homes for the winter

posted by Kirsten Firminger

By Kirsten Firminger One of my favorite magazines, GOOD, put up this great video looking at the intersection of green job creation, what happened to some of the federal stimulus money, helping the environment through reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and […]

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Only 35% of Americans feel that global warming is a serious problem

posted by Kirsten Firminger

By Kirsten Firminger According to new polling done by The Pew Research Center, only 35% of Americans feel that global warming is a serious problem, down from 44% of those surveyed in 2008. Only 36% feel that there is solid […]

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What are you doing on October 24th International Day of Climate Action?

posted by Kirsten Firminger

By Kirsten Firminger October 24, 2009 is the International Day of Climate Action. It is a global call to action to put our world on course to get back to 350 ppm. 350.org states that “350 parts per million is […]

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Propaganda flashback – The US Government wants YOU to conserve

posted by Kirsten Firminger

by Kirsten Firminger According to the United States government (during World War II), it is your patriotic duty to waste less and recycle more. All of these propaganda advertising images are courtesy of Duke University’s Ad*Access digital image database. Click […]

Sailing the plastic vortex: Video highlights

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by Kirsten Firminger Following up on my previous post, Setting sail for the plastic vortex, which focuses on Project Kaisei researchers who are studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, I found that they have posted up some great new videos […]

Adventures in learning how we buy less – Part 1: The start of my journey

posted by Kirsten Firminger

by Kirsten Firminger I am finally collecting data for my dissertation. It is focused on people living in New York City who have voluntarily chosen to buy less. I launched the survey last Thursday and I am already amazed at […]

Making our voices heard: A week of taking action on Climate Change

posted by Kirsten Firminger

European leaders are saying that Americans do not have the will to take action on Climate Change. They are highly concerned that we will (again) ruin the efforts being made to set “legally binding and internationally enforceable targets for reductions […]

What should we do when our tap water is not safe?

posted by Kirsten Firminger

If you have not yet read the article on America’s Toxic Waters published by the New York Times this week, may I suggest you check it out. While I have been reading about concerns with our water supply more and […]

Recycling can be fun!

posted by Kirsten Firminger

I am currently on my honeymoon in Australia (yay!). As I have previously mentioned in my blog about greening amusement parks, my husband is a roller coaster enthusiast. This (of course) means that we have been riding some roller coasters […]

Tracking our trash

posted by Kirsten Firminger

I think this is so cool. MIT is conducting a research project which involves inserting “smart” chips into objects that become trash, which are then tracked in order to learn where all our trash goes. As they state on their […]

Remember Ted Kennedy by giving the American people real health care coverage

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Ted Kennedy died late last night. He spent his career fighting to get health care coverage for all. May his legacy be completed by passing real health care reform in the coming months as a fitting tribute to him.

Greening our amusement (parks)

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Kirsten & her very enthusiastic husband getting ready to ride another roller coaster My husband is what you would call a roller coaster enthusiast. By the end of this roller coaster riding season, he will have ridden 218 different roller […]

Want to lose weight? Eat mindfully.

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Photo courtesy of Kirsten FirmingerIn a new research article being published in this month’s Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Dr. Alan Kristal and colleagues found that people who eat mindfully (defined as those were aware of why they ate […]

Setting sail for the plastic vortex

posted by Kirsten Firminger

As reported by the Mercury News, Project Kaisei researchers have sailed to collect data about the Great Pacific Garbage patch (or plastic vortex), which is created by plastic debris and other trash brought together by ocean currents. Some scientists estimate […]

Is all life created equal? In memorial to two Deep Ecology Movement leaders

posted by Kirsten Firminger

The Deep Ecology movement has suffered two big losses this year with the passing of Arne Næss in January and Bill Devall at the end of June. It led me to delve more into the writings and the history of […]

La Victoire sur les Sachets – Victory on the plastic bags

posted by Kirsten Firminger

I ran into this courtesy of the unconsumption blog. It is a video called La Victoire sur les Sachets, or victory on the plastics bags. It is a short film of an African community where plastic bags are transformed from […]

Back to the Sack + Green Apple Festival volunteers = Successful day of action

posted by Kirsten Firminger

It may not be the new Harry Potter movie, but I’m still very excited to share with you some of the video footage that resulted from IDP‘s highly successful Back to the Sack day of action which was one of […]

I would rather laugh than cry to get through this crisis

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Global warming is a serious thing. There is much that needs to be done – so much, that it is hard to even know where to start. Everyday I learn about something new that needs to be fixed. Another crisis […]

What will hitting the magic number 60 mean for global warming?

posted by Kirsten Firminger

It is official. With the Minnesota Supreme Court ruling in favor of Al Franken, the Democrats will have reached the filibuster-proof magical number of 60 senate seats. Franken will likely be sworn in early next week in time to jump […]

Can a bunny be enlightened? I give you the Buddha Bunny…

posted by Kirsten Firminger

This year at the Burning Man Project, a 20 foot bunny is going to seek enlightenment. How do I know this? Well, last year I contributed a leaf to a New York based multi-media art project I thought was cool […]

You are not your khakis

posted by Kirsten Firminger

I’m on vacation this week – here is one of my favorites previously published on our old blog site: “I’m breaking my attachment to physical power and possessions because only through destroying myself can I discover the greater power of […]

Mindful wedding planning part two: Ceremony reading

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Following up on last week’s post, here is a wonderful reading I ran across while looking for something that reflected our values to be read during the ceremony. It reminded me of some of the previous discussions we have had […]

Mindful wedding planning in thought and in reality

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Despite Christie Brinkley’s recent pessimistic advice where she stated, “Right at the beginning of a relationship, I would formalize an exit strategy,” I am going to get married in 10 days on June 13, 2009. I am in the midst […]

From Plastic Bags to No Take Out! The Reduce Consumption Challenge Continues…

posted by Kirsten Firminger

At the Interdependence Project, we recently concluded our one month practice of reduced consumption! [pause for applause and cheering] It was a great month of activities, including pledging to reduce our use of disposable items, making and giving away reusable […]

Can we prevent global warming by meditating?

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Image courtesy / MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Global warming, already high on the list of major problems, is much worse than we thought according to a new study by MIT. The image you […]

Meditators have bigger brains

posted by Kirsten Firminger

New research using MRI scans from UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging shows evidence that meditators have larger brains than a control group of non-meditators. The lead author of the journal article, Eileen Luders summarizes,”We know that people who consistently meditate […]

Across generations of mothers

posted by Kirsten Firminger

It amazes me when I think about how interconnected mothers and daughters are and how we shape each other over generations. As I look at the path of my life, I realize that I would have never have gotten to […]

Spring cleaning of the daily routine

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Things have been hard for a lot of people I know lately. My work hours have been cut. Some of my friends have been laid off and others are working really hard just to have a slim chance of a […]

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