Green Gays?

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    Sep 12, 2007 3:02 PM GMT
    Along the lines of the MRI guy's post, is there anyone on RJ who works in the environmental/ecology field?

    I've met few if any 'mos in this field, which is somehow surprising. They're almost nonexistent/invisible at the conferences I attend.
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    Sep 12, 2007 5:19 PM GMT
    Hmm... I think you have to be a bit more specific.

    Do you mean:

    ecology - a multidisciplinary scientific field, or

    environmentalism - a group of countercultural politico/religious philosophies, or

    green industries - which at least until recently, meant those affiliated with horticulture.

    For job(1) I work in biogeochemical research and public health. For job(2) I dabble in horticulture.

    I recently took a date, who claims to have infallible gaydar, to the largest horticulture convention on the west coast. He couldn't spot anyone for sure. Maybe all the foliage interferes with the gaydar.
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    Sep 12, 2007 5:22 PM GMT
    Since awareness of Global Change (including the impacts of global warming) on the environment has more than one "leg" in meteorology and climatology, I can tell you that there are many, many gay men are in this field. In fact, there seems to be a disproportionate number of gays in the National Weather Service, and local pollution control agencies.
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    Sep 12, 2007 7:11 PM GMT
    I recently started my own Public Relations firm...my area of focus is environmental issues. Check out my website if you like at www.davidlearpr.com :)
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    Sep 12, 2007 7:17 PM GMT
    mindgarden: All of it. Really, I have a hard time finding anyone. Sounds like your date has had the same experience.

    b00duhb0i: Well, we've got a similar firm like that here in Austin. They have the gays. But then again, that's P bloody R sweetie dahling! ;-)
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    Sep 12, 2007 8:56 PM GMT
    Im among a handful of UK specialists in the Transport aspect of tackling Climate Change and getting gas guzzlers and cars in general off the roads, altho I do have a broader background in Environmental and business consulting.

    And it pisses me off when Europe harps on about the US not signing up to Kyoto when on the ground and in the individual states they have made a far greater impact on tackling Climate Change than the rest of Europe put together!
  • iHavok

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    Sep 12, 2007 9:04 PM GMT
    I admire any man who can pull up a good Ab Fab reference while referencing a discussion about ecology.
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    Sep 12, 2007 9:08 PM GMT
    Oh Ab Fab is VERY ecological. Didn't Edina buy a baby whale in Antarctica or something? Gorrrrgeous.
  • phill

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    Sep 15, 2007 4:59 AM GMT
    I think the queer sensibility is such that we understand the more esoteric things about life than most other, so from personal experience i have met alot of older gay men involved in the beginning of the national advocacy of greener technologies and ideologies. Although america and british historians say that many gay poets and authors had harsh critique about both meat industry and ecological degredation it wasnt a public eye phenomenom.
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    Sep 16, 2007 9:27 PM GMT
    I think you would be hard pushed to prove that there are any more Gay men than there are straight people engaged in these industries I think thats just sexual snobbery myself
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Sep 16, 2007 9:34 PM GMT
    Well, my PhD is going to be granted by the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavioral Biology program, and I've TAed graduate microbial ecology, so arguably I qualify. I'm really more of an evolutionary biologist, but at the microbial level, the distinction between ecology and evolution is very fuzzy.
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    Sep 18, 2007 3:15 AM GMT
    wa o , i can not understand clearly.
    ecology, it seems no much people.
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  • joggerva

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    Nov 10, 2007 2:42 AM GMT
    Well it appears this thread may be dead, but I'll weigh in anyway. icon_biggrin.gif

    I'm an environmental engineer, and I have to agree about the lack of gays (at least that my gaydar would pick up on) at professional conferences.

    Rugger, I don't think you said exactly what environmental field you are in. So, what do you do? (Very funny profile by the way, what's a proud gay guy like you doing with such a homophobic duckie?)
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    Nov 11, 2007 5:35 PM GMT
    Hi folks. (When, oh when, am I gonna get a picture up?)
    I'm 67, retired schoolteacher (h.s. math), and in retirement I'm studying up on the whole climate change thing--the word is that we've got ten years left to turn things around, and I figure that, with luck, I'VE got ten years left, so I thought let's go for it.
    Anyhow, I'm doing a lot of reading, in books and on line. The local college has a good enviro program and I'm hanging around, available to help on various projects. I'm not going to save the world singlehandedly, but am doing what I can. It's exciting.

    As for finding gays as I work my way along--dunno. Not so far, anyway.
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    Nov 13, 2007 12:15 AM GMT
    joggerva: The ducky is gay too. He just keeps me humble.

    I'm a project manager for a company that does ecological restoration. Basically we replace lost habitats. My main focus has been water quality work...wetlands and creek/riparian projects. It's half design/consult and half landscaping (we have our own crews do the work).

    I took a big pay cut moving to this from high tech, but life is much better now.
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    Dec 03, 2007 5:59 AM GMT
    I work for The Ohio Department of Transportation, Office of Environmental Services. I work as a GIS Specialist. I have a degree in Physical Geography and an MS in Atmospheric Sciences. Our office does alot of restoration and mitigation projects, especially in wetlands and along rivers and lakes......I feel your pain. I am the lone gay representative in my office of 70...there used to be 2 others, but they retired in last year, so I am it.... sigh!
    Sporty_G
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    Dec 03, 2007 6:44 AM GMT
    http://www.treehugger.com/


    fun site guys check it out
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    Dec 29, 2007 10:53 PM GMT
    I have been an environmentalist for a long time, since the oil embargo in the 70's. I have been practicing green architecture for most of that time but most intensively starting in the mid 90's.

    You can ask be questions about green architecture if you wish.

    Frank
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    Dec 30, 2007 5:29 AM GMT
    I'm currently wearing a green shirt.
  • metta

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    Dec 30, 2007 6:29 AM GMT
    Yes I am. icon_smile.gif

    I have a 10 year old business that is in the green industry. I work from home. I drive a hybrid. I'm a vegetarian. I recycle. I'm pretty green icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 19, 2008 8:29 PM GMT
    Hey guys,
    I'm a postgrad student in Product design. I specialised my project in sustainable product design.

    I'm quite into that stuff, even if i think half the "solutions" people offered aren't actually going the good way toward a better future...

    Anyhow, i'd love to talk to guys about sustainable product design developement if anyone is into that (job or personnal interest..)

    And by the way, i'll be looking for a job as product designer by the end of this year! icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 20, 2008 4:28 AM GMT
    Wow...this is a cool topic.

    I work for an environmental company in the water/wastewater treatment. I definitely want to pick at some of your brains for more info.
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    Jan 20, 2008 4:57 PM GMT
    metta8 saidI drive a hybrid.


    nah its still a vehicl

    Hmmm now lets start working on that behavioural changeicon_lol.gif
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    Jan 20, 2008 5:08 PM GMT
    Well it's nice to see that a handful of guys are in this broad industry.

    I'm particulary interested in any architects or landscape architects who hold to very green standards, such as adhering to LEED practices.

    Perhaps more traditional industries will be going green and the 'mos who work for them will adopt a new sensibility, with some even shifting their specialization or going back to school.

    Every dude on every site claims to love the outdoors, at least in the writeups. Few claim to be green or eco-friendly though. Seems to be a disconnect there, although I risk being an annoying absolutist by saying that (this site's forum area has had its fill of absolutists lately).
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    Jan 20, 2008 5:16 PM GMT
    No, I don't know anyone personally who works in the field; although, I'm/We're all in debted to you for all you do for our planet. Who knows how abominable life on earth may be if it weren't for environmentalist and other scientist.
    My only scepticism on the whole "Green" thing as lately is, how much do most people honestly care about the Green movement? I can imagine those atop the heap of society find it a fad and something that will pass, and that other people may only be doing it because it's popularicon_confused.gif? I really want to know whose outside the industry are here for the long haul, who really wants to make a sacrifice now, for something better later, who actually knows what the "Green" lifestyle is? Because if the majority of people are only here for the cake, than the cause will be S.O.L. when a fad comes around, with something sweeter, to take our validity away.