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Two years ago, Chris Paine, the writer and director of Who Killed the Electric Car?, purchased a mid-century modern house on...

Two years ago, Chris Paine, the writer and director of Who Killed the Electric Car?, purchased a mid-century modern house on a hillside in Culver City, California. He bought it not only as a new home for himself, but also a new space for his community-one that he envisioned as a melding of Moroccan and modern aesthetics, a paragon of environmental design, and hub of social discourse. He calls it the Marrakesh House, and he also calls it home."Originally, I thought of having a communal house," explains Paine, who noticed the similarities between Moroccan and Californian climates, topographies, and public-private courtyard spaces. "You know, living with friends and other people around me. But I didn't want to get into the politics of communal living." As he sees it, a central component of community is living by example. So, in fashioning a home that could double as an art venue or a meeting grounds for creative thinkers, Paine sought to incorporate sustainable design into every component of the property.With the help of project manager Shellie Collier and interior artist Charlotte Jackson, the renovation operated under a guiding principle of reuse-that is, the team didn't want the carbon footprint of implementing green redesigns to negate the benefits. So they purchased reclaimed barn wood and concrete from nearby construction projects; they maintained surrounding plant life and erected a raised-planter victory garden (designed with Los Angeles's low precipitation in mind); and they built fences out of the wood they gathered after pruning onsite trees.In the end, the process produced 75 percent less waste than a conventional renovation, and resulted in a stunning, colorful property that gets 60 percent of its energy from rooftop solar panels. Paine's home will now play host to conferences, film screenings, art shows, local weddings, and yoga classes, all the while serving as an object lesson in the aesthetic and environmental potential of sustainable design. "I wanted a house where people could come here and see things and say, Oh, wow, I could do that at my house. And I think that's what I have."


The entrance to Marrakesh House features open doors and a warm welcome.

The light in the living room is entirely natural-not a single bulb had been turned on.

A close-up of the courtyard reveals some of the house's many colors.

The electric car(s): alive and well in the Marrakesh garage.

Solar panels help power the house-and the above cars-even on a gray day in Los Angeles.

From glass components of the building's original chandelier, to the knobs of discarded dressers, a slew of found objects were used to build the backyard's lemon tree tea house.
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Young leaders from around the world are gathering at the United Nations Headquarters in New York Saturday to address arguably the most urgent issue of our time. The Youth Climate Summit comes on the heels of an international strike spearheaded by Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, who arrived in New York via emissions-free sailboat earlier this month.

Translated from Swedish, "berg" means "mountain," so it may feel fated that a young woman with Viking blood in her veins and summit in her name would be at the helm. But let's go out on a limb and presume Thunberg, in keeping with most activists, would chafe at the notion of pre-ordained "destiny," and rightly so. Destiny is passive — it happens to you. It's also egomaniacal. Change, on the other hand, is active; you have to fight. And it is humble. "We need to get angry and understand what is at stake," Thunberg declared. "And then we need to transform that anger into action."

This new generation of activists' most pernicious enemy is denial. The people in charge — complacent politicians and corporation heads who grossly benefit from maintaining the status quo — are buffered from real-life consequences of climate change. But millions of people don't share that privilege. For them, climate change isn't an abstract concept, but a daily state of emergency, whether it comes in the form of "prolonged drought in sub-Saharan Africa…devastating tropical storms sweeping across Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific…[or] heatwaves and wildfires," as Amnesty International reportsare all too real problems people are facing on a regular basis.

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"We need to act right now to stop burning fossil fuels and ensure a rapid energy revolution with equity, reparations and climate justice at its heart," organizers say.

There's no doubt the visual images from the marches send a powerful message to those on the ground but especially those watching from around the world. GOOD's own Gabriel Reilich was on the scene for the largest of the Climate Strikes. Here are 18 of the best signs from the Climate Strike march in New York City.

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