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Well Designed solutions for generations to come.  
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Cool Hive gives you cool design, and cool style that cools the planet.

Come buzz around with the Cool folks building a well styled, low carbon future and you too will find ways to get your groove on.  Together we take a balanced approach to designing a a life that is healthy today, and safe for generations to come.

Cool Hive improves the quality of your life today while building a low Co2 future.

Cool Hive saves you money, saves you time and provides healthy, stylish solutions for our modern world. Cool Hive rewards you and future generations. It will improve your health and give you an opportunity to walk more lightly while having more fun. 

Cool Hive balances your day to day activities and shopping by offsetting carbon at the point of purchase. We convert a portion of each sale and Cool credit card purchase into sustainable development projects that reduce carbon emissions. 

Cool Hive builds community bringing all the work on climate into one Cool Hive, that helps integrates vibrant ecology (hive) to cool the planet.  We provide a buzz of conversation from a host of experts and fields to cross pollinate ideas and solutions. Like bees working together Cool Hive  Helps Integrate Vibrant Ecology into every day life and business decisions. Cool Hive synergizes our potential through collaboration and diversification. 

Cool Hive shares a broad diverse landscape of ideas, design, solutions, science and technology. We are well diversified to build a truly robust restorative economy that can clean up the mess we made in the side effects of the industrial revolution. By focusing too much on a mono-crop of money we have left immense environmental debt. Cool Hive literally has a bio-diverse bottom line.

Cool Hive integrates carbon, natures currency, into all of its practices. If we are not accounting for carbon we are simply not accounting and converting all of it into environmental debt for future generationsThat now totals trillions of dollars of unaccounted for debt. We really need to buzz around this together if we are going to have a honey of a future.
Cool Hive rewards you and future generations with fun rewards. There are family oriented games and activities that help you buzz more freely through life with healthier choices. We offer perks to make it easier. LED's, Fit bits, solar solutions. The hive is a honeycomb of solution and sweet surprises

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. With less pollution we can breath easier.

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. 
Images from Drought coverage 2009 by Daisy Carlson.
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.