Outside Magazine, Apr 2007
30th Anniversary Special Edition
F E A T U R E S
The earth needs a few bright ideas. Meet two dozen people whose visionary thinking just might save the planet. PLUS: 40 ways you can help.
LEAPING TIGER, DROWNING RIVER
Is red the new green? Not just yet. With its massive economy and populace, China is the country environmentalists will watch in the 21st century. Join PATRICK SYMMES on a raft trip in Yunnan, whose wild rivers could be the next victims of eternal dam-nation.
WHAT’S SO FUNNY?
If you want to get the young-and-hip crowd charged up about environmental issues, it helps to work in a few jokes. A look inside the Seattle online magazine Grist and its snarky but dead-serious master plan. BY TIM DICKINSON
A global water crisis is devastating people, creatures, rivers, lakes, oceans in short, nearly everything that keeps us happy and alive. But don’t let that sink your spirits. Activists are on the case, and each of us can play a part in restoring our liquid assets.
(PODCAST LINK CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE)
How Minnesota’s Will Steger, a 30-year veteran of polar exploration and global-warming activism, became Hollywood’s unlikeliest “It” boy. BY STEPHANIE PEARSON
In the heart of rustic Montana, an architectural husband-and-wife duo have built a modern spread that takes eco-design from crunchy to cool. KATIE ARNOLD pays a call. PLUS: Ten cutting-edge solutions for greening up your current digs.
D E P A R T M E N T S
THE O ZONE
FIRST LOOK: At Jack Johnson’s Kokua Festival, in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jack and Eddie Vedder will take the stage and local environmental groups will get the proceeds.
» THE OUTSIDE INTERVIEW: Peter Diamandis, the renegade thinker behind the X Prize, is bribing the world to a better future.
» THE BIG IDEA: A miser discovers the joy of charity. And all it took was the threat of environmental disaster.
» POLITICS: California’s big-wave breaks are about to lose tow-in surfing. Enviro necessity or bureaucratic kookery? PLUS: Swell Power: Here’s one more reason to pray for surf.
» SPORT: The world’s first carbon-neutral cycling team.
» THE DRAWING BOARD: Are you as green as you could be? Take our quiz.
» PLUS: Endangered-species ringtones and a beach cruiser from Ellsworth.
» SPOT ON: Moab gets even better by turning to solar, wind, and bio power.
» THE GREEN LIST: The best in sustainable travel, from Africa’s new safari camp to fuel-efficient jets to a float down Chile’s threatened Río Baker. Plus: Five eco-lodges we love.
» COVET: A zero-emissions pickup that fits five people and their gear.
» PERFORMANCE: Quick-dry coconut T-shirts, wicking corn undergarments, and other products from 40 leaders of the green gear revolution.
Detroit says it’s almost back in the electric-car business. Which is good for all of us.