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Great Life,  Good Health, Cool Style, Low Carbon.

Come buzz around in the Cool Hive and get your groove on.

When you join Cool Hive you buzz around with the Cool folks who take a balanced approach to a low carbon future. Its sexy, healthy, well designed and fun.

Save money, saves time and provides rewards for you and future generations. Get it, improve your health and walk more lightly while having more fun. 

Balance your day to day activities and shopping by converting advertising dollars and credit card interest rates from the Cool Card into projects that reduce carbon emissions. 

Join the community with solutions that will enhance your quality of life while protecting future generations with well designed low carbon solutions. 

Win points to put towards fun rewards.

Exploring the best designs, and the most elegant solutions that improve your life and health.

Cool Hive Helps Integrate Vibrant Ecology to Cool the planet. Like a bee hive we join together in a network to optimize efficiently through elegant design.
Cool Hive is cool style. A carbon neutral lifestyle which is fun and healthy.  It gives you an opportunity to get fit, live longer with out compromising style. Reducing emissions provides a better life for you, your children and their children to come.
Cool Hive will be built  By the People for the People (and other critters too). A legacy created by the users collaboratively. Its functionality and profit is for the public good.
Cool Hive is a fully integrated Market Place that reduces emissions associated with your purchase at point of sale.
Cool Hive is a Green Lifestyle Hub that helps your family live a happy, healthy life without compromise. All purchases through the Cool Hive portal and with Cool Hive credit card support projects that reduce carbon emissions and poverty.
Cool Hive seamlessly integrates with existing systems.
Cool Hive reduces the amount of carbon in the atmosphere by providing clean energy solutions that would otherwise not be affordable.
Cool Hive App's motivate, connect and measure so we can have fun while improving both your health and the planets health.
Cool Hive concepts are available for integration in your business.

Cool Hive promotes great companies and non-profits who are actively reducing carbon in the atmosphere and building the components of a restorative economy.  We showcase great companies that have bio-diverse bottom lines and are actively seeking solutions for an abundant and healthy life for all generations to come.

Our carbon neutral future is stylish, abundant, healthy and fun, come check it out. 

Children, Drought and Fuel

The children of East Africa are shouldering the burden of drought and climate change. 
A school well saves and protects lives of students in rural East Africa, but they are few and far between. 
A drought stricken waste land is no place for a child alone. This was lush grassland only a few years ago. 
Food Aid can provide relief but it is not a long term solution for the nutritional needs of children. 
Coal provides fuel but destroys habitats.  Solar stoves would make a wold of difference. 

Women walk miles to look for wood and water often on dangerous roads.

Maasai traditionally do not cut living wood but the drought has left them little choice if they are to survive. 

All children deserve an opportunity to thrive with dignity.  Reducing our emissions here can support  lives around the world. Cherish all our resources, use less and live more. Conserving resources protects the future of all living organisms. Living with dignity ourselves provides dignity for others. 

The dry lake in Amboseli, Kenya

After driving an hour in this dry lake the only water I found were tears.

Mount Kilamanjaro has lost most of its permanent snowpack.

Dust Devils picking up the smell of death across the Amboseli plain is not the abundant Safari land we once knew.

A Girl With 37 Parts Too Many

Lilian Pesi and her friends need our help.This PSA was shot in Kenya during the recent drought

Together we can build a sustainable future for girls like Lilian Pesi. Clean stove projects at schools and orphanages are a good start. They can be funded with carbon offsets. Once installed they have positive effects throughout the whole system. Clean stove projects keep girls in school rather than out on dangerous roads looking for wood and water. Clean stoves also reduce carbon emissions by 70% because they do not cut and burn wood fuel. Not cutting trees preserves habitat that continues to store carbon. Not burning wood reduces the amount of smoky air, the cause of serious health risks to children's developing lungs.  This integrated approach can provide targeted development that improves the entire system and provides solutions that are wide spread and long term. At the Irbaan school for example, we have installed a well so girls are not taken from school to look for water and it has also kept 500 people alive during Kenya's deep drought. Additionally they do not have to sterilize the water over wood fires so the trees are left standing.

As a designer of legacy products that have been providing sustainable cradle to cradle solutions since 1991 I've learned that problems ask for solutions, solutions often provide new business for local economies. Working together and taking the design challenge to end hunger in our lifetime while reducing emissions by 80% seems as much an opportunity as a problem. The  environmental movement is about MORE not less. 80% of a products footprint is established at the point of design. We not only need to design sustainable products we need to design sustainable systems that provide positive effects throughout the web of life. 
According to Carlson, "We are entering into a Restorative Economy, a re-design that will provide the lions share of future profits to those who find systemic solutions to the worlds environmental issues.  Products and profits will come from systemic solutions that redirect existing capital to clean energy solutions for a doubling population and eliminate deep poverty. We are creating a movement where we can all be part of the solution through transparent, seamless redirection of existing capital. Natures systems are abundant, productive and adaptive and so is our community. We can come together and redesign a system that works for everyone. A restorative economy builds wealth and environmental stability with a bio-diverse bottom line that includes MORE (Money, Organisms, Resources, and Ecology ) in every decision.  As you consider design and solutions  ask yourself what footprint you are leave. What seed are you planting.  Include MORE in your design and the system will improve overall and set a precedent for what is expected of designers. It has to improve the system not rob the system and have a holistic approach. This often increases product longevity. What does accounting for MORE mean? MORE puts Money, Organisms, Resources, and Ecology on the "bio-diverse "bottom line and provides MORE value throughout the system that includes solutions for those in need.

I had wanted Cool HIVE to be a global HIVE where we could all work on systemic design and trade in solutions ideas and farm stuff. I wanted us to be able to Cool your credit card by having purchases offset by affinity programs. Connect, build and advise projects in the HIVE. Our slogan was "Come Buzz around with us and team up with friends to produce long-term legacy solutions that save lives with everyday activity." I was not big enough to do this. Nor do I have the personality to make something big like that, but it doesn't mean its not a good idea to team up with friends and brain storm on solutions that can protect our habitat and reduce carbon emissions and famine. Acting as a team. I live on a mountain and deer and native plants our my team. Partially I chose this after being in East Africa  and spending time with the Maasai, who are literally outside all day. They have a calm, regal quality and I knew that rushing around trying to save the day was not exactly the right solution.  If we could find a way The corporate challenge of paying the environmental date as they go while staying competitive me mean a redesign of a productive business system. Our lives need to connecting  to life giving systems that integrates with your daily life. Millions of girls like Lilian Pesi will thank you for Making the Planet Cooler  by reducing your carbon emissions by 5% and offsetting with a solar stove purchase.

We Have the Technology Now We Need the Will.

This was the little piece on CNN and in Times Square on Climate Action day Oct. 24, 
hosted by Bill McKibben and 350.

The Maasai Climate Action was challenging as on the day of the shoot elephants blocked the children's passage through the dry river so we didn't have a total of 350 kids at any one time. I would say, having seen the devastation of drought, East Africa shows Climate in Action. They endure unthinkable suffering from lack of water. That alone sends a clear message to the world. We need reality based climate policy TODAY. Each of us should make a personal sustainability goal to help reduce our emissions everyday. It matters to children all over the world today and tomorrow.

Solar Stoves Buy One Give One

Reduce CO2 emissions at home and while camping $25

Kibera Outskirts- Displaced People Crowd City Slum

What is The Cool HIVE?

What is Cool HIVE? The name alone tells the story, we are Helping to Integrate Vibrant Ecology (HIVE) to Cool the planet. We Cool the planet by lowering our carbon emissions. A Cool planet is carbon balanced and looks at systemic solutions that create a cascade of  positive responses.

What we want to build to achieve this?
Cool Sustainable Development - A robust revenue stream that funds carbon reducing sustainable development projects with existing business structures. The Cool HIVE revenue stream supports communities in need, while simultaneously reducing global carbon emissions and protecting the environment. Our current primary focus is on purchasing solar stoves for schools in East Africa.
Cool HIVE Forum - Share your ideas and business solutions in the The Cool HIVE  Honeycomb, a sustainable interconnected online architecture. Systemic connections are where solutions are found. Everyone can join in the upcoming Cool HIVE  architecture. With your honeycomb link we can pollinate ideas together and world class solutions will blossom.
Cool HIVE ShopHelp us get started by doing your online shopping in The Cool HIVE  Affinity mall with over 300 name brands. It is a simple way of carbon balancing your everyday purchases. The affinity mall will donate 2 - 15% of the purchase to The Cool HIVE and we will buy solar stoves with the money. This is one way to balance your carbon footprint. Carbon reductions help everyone you, future generations and all species in the environment.
Cool HIVE Credit CardSoon you can sign up for The Cool HIVE credit card and your everyday purchases will be carbon balanced.
Cool HIVE  has also created BeDelightful a Fair trade market place model, here hand-made product offerings help lift people out of poverty with their beautiful natural crafts. The profits are donated to  sustainable development projects that reduce poverty and carbon emissions simultaneously.
Cool HIVE is just getting started. If you would like to help make the planet cooler and build The Cool HIVE please contact Daisy Carlson for an executive summary and business plan at Millions of girls like Lilian Pesi, will thank you.

How coal contributes to Kenya's deforestation

The externalities of the fossil fuel business, like the US coal industry, include drought due to climate change. Here in Kenya, as crop yields are diminished due to lack of water, impoverished populations cut even more equatorial forests to increase crop lands. As water becomes dirtier more wood is turned into charcoal and burned to purify it. Fresh food is extremely limited resulting in longer cooking time for hard soaked corn and dried porridge. Trying to meet their most basic needs a virtually carbon neutral population is rapidly become more carbon intensive in an attempt to stay alive. As the world turns its back, Kilimanjaro is loosing both snow and tree cover. Kenya is loosing species diversity at an alarming rate. Lakes and rivers fed by Mt Kilimanjaro's snow cover and micro-climates have all dried up. The Maasai have no place left to walk to find water. Children are thirsty, hungry and being abandoned across the country. A clean energy economy can end hunger in our lifetime and restore habitats that have been marginalized by climate change and our fossil fuel dependence. With just 387 parts per million carbon equivalent in the atmosphere we can see the devastating effects climate change is already having. Are we really willing to continue with our focus on a mono-crop of money while all other valuable assets diminish. We are borrowing heavily not only from our children's future but on our own. Stop climate change NOW, Use Less live MORE.

Irbaan School - Maasai Mara, Kenya

Irbaan Primary School, Maasai Mara, Kenya, opened with three classrooms in November 2007, thanks to the generosity of international donors. The school, serves communities spread out for over the vast grasslands of the Mara region in Kenya, is still in need of ongoing support to provide a quality education to the hundreds of children in the area. More classrooms are needed to accommodate all the children and school supplies from textbooks to desks are in short supply. Funding for enough teachers that includes salaries and accommodation $300 a month, will help keep classroom sizes of reasonable size. Children, who walk as far as 7 kilometers to school, each way, often on an empty stomach, need a hot lunch to be provided. Provide an individual scholarship, $300 a year, and we will include you on the donors page of the Charming The World, Maasai book. I am astounded at the number of children in this tourist-ed region that still lacked access to basic essentials like fresh water and food. This is an opportunity for the first generation of Maasai girls to go to school, and their first opportunity to experience physical and intellectual autonomy. Their young fathers appreciate what education did for them and want to share this gift with all their children. This generation values education and can transform the brutality of poverty into potential.
This well put in about 18 months ago currently sustains 500 people. This area in the Mara has not seen rain for two years. I was there during that last rain. I remember the panic I felt seeing thousands of dead Wildebeest carcasses float into the water stream of hundreds of villages along the Mara river. Children go to school to get a meal. Usually corn and mush cooked over fires from the 50 lb. burlap WFP sacks. I go from school to school and find children lining up for a scoop of corn and see the little ones trying to carry some home for their siblings. It makes tears come to my eyes every time I see it. As the cows die from drought and the milk dries up these children will soon be facing the dire consequences of malnutrition that has come about from climate change today. Yes these are the consequences of climate change, our emissions here are killing children there. We are all complicit in this crime against humanity. Clean development mechanisms are an essential part of climate policy. They will provide sustainable development to those most affected by climate change......children like these.

Kibera Slum Kenya, just after the first rains.

This garbage strewn swamp was once the Nairobi damn, a place where people water skied and fished. Children now wade through the sewage and muck to fight with pigs over scraps behind the overcrowded Kibera slum. Rollling black outs in Nairobi occur because the hydroelectric plant doesn't have enough water to power it

Join Daisy's Simulcast Sunday August 7, 8:00 AM to 10 AM in the 48 hour Blogathon to Aid East Africa. 
Over the course of the weekend, experts in the field of humanitarian assistance will join environmental writers to outline the history of the region and detail how geopolitics, colonialism, ongoing civil wars, climate change and geographic vulnerabilities have combined to create the perfect storm now ravaging East Africa. 
Please consider making a Donate directly to Oxfam in the horn of Africa. immediately to help in the immediate famine efforts. Organizations helping in these efforts 
Sunday 10:00 to 12:00 AM), 

Be DeLightful opens a fair trade gift shop.

Over the holiday's Be DeLightful opened a pop up store in Mill Valley, CA to 
Charm the World for the holidays. The shop helped over 400 artisans, offset 800,000 lbs. of carbon with CFL giveaway program and with the profits we are able to purchase about 100 solar stoves in East Africa. Our sales support sustainable development with investments that protect human health, the environment and education. You can Charm the World too at the Be DeLightful website where conscious giving is a breeze and creates a chain of positive effects  by selling a wide selection of fair trade high-quality goods from around the world while raising money for deep sustainable development.

Enjoy Beautiful gifts at a discount and save lives.

Daisy Arts donates 10% or their profits towards the purchase of clean stoves for schools in East Africa.

A Bright Idea from BeDelightful and CoolHIVE !

Save $60 with each Be DeLightful order and help the planet. We ship every order with a free CFL Lightbulb. This saves you over $50 on your electric bill and the bulb purchase, while also carbon balancing every order. Join us in making a world of difference with a Bright Idea.

CFLs are significantly more energy efficient than incandescent light bulbs because they require less energy to provide the same amount of light. An ENERGY STAR qualified CFL can save about $50 in electricity costs over its lifetime. The use of compact fluorescent light bulbs, rather than incandescent light bulbs, reduces the release of mercury and greenhouse gases from coal-burning power plants. If every home in America replaced just one incandescent light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified CFL, it would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of more than 800,000 cars annually. One Compact fluorescent light bulbs is one 5% step in your energy reduction at home and they are also more cost effective because they last up to 10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs. If everyone in the energy landscape took a 5% step in emissions reductions annually we could achieve significant emissions reductions to protect our environment and global health. Step by step we can have a very positive impact.It is important to remember to recycle at CFL drop boxes to reduce toxins in the trash and recycling stream. Enjoy knowing that you helped the planet with a Bright Idea from Be DeLightful.

The New Race

Who is fueling climate change.
Drought has claimed the lives of more than just cattle in the Maasai regions of Kenya.
Maasai children want to talk to you about the effects of climate change on their lives and yours.

 The Kibera slum is home to thousands who flea the barren landscape to look for work.
Young man looking for food in the junk and sewage of the Kibera slum.

One of the many dry river beds of Kenya., the great Mara River.
Without water and cattle their culture is under serious threat.

NEW Photo Project - What's the Beef in Marin?

Food should be LOADED with Goodness (Local, Organic, Affordable, Delicious, Elegant and Delightful ) I will be on lots of farms as I begin a new book on our local food producers and look for solutions for sustainable development in Agriculture of East Africa. For fun I am collecting recipes with 100 % local ingredients if  you would like to share. Many of these producers can be found at Whole foods and farmers markets and can be purchased with out plastic packaging.It is an honor to introduce you to the farmers and stewards of our food and land.

BEEF - I photographed Stemple Creek farm yesterday while participating in MALTS Bike Beef and Beer Event. A 50 mile ride followed by locally produced picnic lunch. We learned  about beef production and the Marin Agricultural Land Trust.  I committed to buy a 1/4 to 1/2 of a steer, about 110 lbs. to 220 lbs. of organic, grass fed, marin beef at about $5.40 lb. (retail $20).  I am looking for beef buddies. My neighbor is buying 20 lbs. You in? They are almost sold out for the last  harvest of the year so I need to give them the quantity by Wednesday.  I am lining up my buddies to "Have a Beef with".  
consider becoming a member of Malt, Marin Agricultural Land Trust. Helping to preserve farmland, helps you get to know farmers through their unique events that support the preservation of organic small producers and their lands.

VEGETABLES - If you are interested in the biggest, and best box of in season organic veg. picked that morning for $25, follow me to the rogue market. County Line Harvest shows up at great resturaunts 1- 2x a week with mixed veg. boxes. Love for you to join me for a glass of local wine and apetizer after we grab our abundant boxes. Meet new friends, eat good food and take home a weeks worth of amazing fresh flavorful veg.    For Schedule see

FULL FAT - I was talking to a local professional nutritionist, Donna Shoemaker, who has the scoop on the importance of our land and location of our foods and what to eat to avoid disease in our body. Her first tip recommends eating full fat dairy to reduce sugar cravings. I am not interested in getting into an argument. I like the taste of whole milk yogurt so I eat it. Its the way nature made it and for me nature has always proven to be well designed. This is my personal choice after checking out other camps and noticing that the french aren't too fat I like my choice. I have nothing against the low fat camp. I find I can reduce calories for example by cutting thinner slices of full fat cheese, they are just as satisfying as thick ones and I haven't destroyed the flavor.
  I visited the Benoit Creamery that makes full fat yogurt on Thursday. The creamery is on John Matto's 500 acre ranch of jersey cows (which produce some of the richest milk around, thanks to a high percentage of proteins and butter fat). He sells the Benoit family the milk, they mix it with a culture they brought with them from France, and local farm-fresh fruit and honey, including Twin Girls Farm’s stone fruit and Marshall’s Farm’s honey. The Yogurt sets up in their signature ceramic pots and voila healthy,delicious,  full fat yogurt.  

We have changed our name from MORE Carbon Savings to CoolHIVE

MORE Carbon Savings is an accounting philosphy that incorporates carbon banking. While studying International development and climate change at Stanford and Berkeley, Carlson wrote a thesis on  accounting for MORE (Money, Organisms, Resources and Ecology). MORE is accomplished by including carbon ( the ecosystems currency ) into all of our accounting thus providing MORE value throughout the system. The more carbon we save (reduce or bank) the healthier the planet. Carlson recommends that all business and households do a carbon accounting and offset or reduce their carbon emissions by no less than an additional 5% a year. But to be honest the name was too long and not enough fun. Carlson went to work on finding two words, just two syllables, that would say everything she was trying to achieve. She wanted it to be fun, memorable and well, connected to the architecture of MORE.
Carlson's branding background went to work and with some dinner table conversation the bright idea for the name  Cool HIVE  was born.  Cool HIVE  accomplishes what  MORE Carbon Savings accounting set out to do by Helping to Integrate Vibrant Ecology to make the planet cooler. Cool HIVE builds the connectivity necessary to create a low carbon economy. The Cool HIVE  concept is sound connection based architecture for business' and and families to make the connections necessary to build a low carbon economy and make sustainable choices. The hive can support sustainable development that can reduce carbon and poverty at the same time. "Cool HIVE makes the planet cooler by illustrating the connections between all things. Life is a web, a Hive if you will, of Carbon and we must include it to reduce our environmental debt and protect future generations. We are all part of the problem and the solution. "
Carlson believes we can end hunger in our lifetime and create a restorative economy by incorporating a carbon accounting into our life, our manufacturing, our purchases, our choices, and our governments. "Understanding relationships between things is the first step in providing for relationships between things. Our carbon emissions here are effecting lives all over the planet so our solutions here can also provide answers all over the planet.  The Cool HIVE  builds connections, bridges, for people to find solutions. We need to feel the connections between art, science, nature, technology, government, and cultures to rebuild vibrant ecosystems."
Carlson is just beginning to make the connections necessary to build the Cool HIVE, if you are interested in helping please contact her at

The Story Of Stuff - Cap & Trade

The Girl Effect

I see girls taken from schools to look for wood and water or to be given to older husbands all the time. Please help keep girls in school. It matters not just to them but to all of us. Please watch this video and contribute to keeping girls in school today.

5% Plan to Climate Stabilization by 2025 by Daisy Carlson

The California Golden Gate 5% Plan to Climate Stabilization by 2050 has been updated to reflect the Copenhagen challenge of zero emissions by 2025. This is an achievable step by step strategy to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% or more below the required year 2000 levels, while providing sufficient energy to meet services for a growing population. Authored by Daisy Carlson Stanford 2009 Student of Sally Benson and the late Steven Schneider (IPCC)

This paper sets forth The California Golden Gate 5% Plan, (CGGP) the elements of which are Practical, Achievable, Equitable, and Understandable. The plan can be implemented with public marketing and education, reasonable policy shifts, incremental tax increases and continued progress on existing and new technology being brought to affordable scale. 

The California Golden Gate Plan provides a legacy for future generations in the same spirit of the Golden Gate Bridge that during the Depression provided jobs, building a technological achievement that not only connected two land masses but connected citizens to an investment for all future generations to enjoy and be proud of. The bridge was built with California’s pioneering spirit. In that spirit we will now continue the next journey, pioneering a clean energy economy that is not only sustainable but restorative. California will show the world fiscal abundance can be ethically responsible and environmentally sound. 

The CGGP will provide the state of California additional revenue streams, jobs, energy independence and clean energy revenue. The CGGP will be a model for other states and countries to adopt the fiscally successful use of education, innovation and environmental stewardship to achieve MORE, an acronym used to describe a bio-diverse business metric system; Money Organisms Resources and Environment. This profit criterion for business statements and planning includes a legacy of stewardship that provides MORE system-wide stability.

Compounding Interests Because we all have an interest in a safe future for our children and an abundant bio-diverse environment, we must universally compound our interests. We all have a job to do which means all sectors and individuals taking incremental steps towards a safe future. To achieve near 0 emissions by 2050, every sector would need to reduce emissions at a minimum 4% and new clean energy increase by a minimum of 4% of progress yearly towards cleaner energy, conservation and efficiency. Every sector’s incremental 4% steps would achieve a giant leap towards climate and energy security. (to continue reading this paper click here)