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This article is part of The GOOD (and ReadyMade) Guide to Slowing Down, from GOOD Issue 18. Read more of the guide here. If you...


This article is part of The GOOD (and ReadyMade) Guide to Slowing Down, from GOOD Issue 18. Read more of the guide here.If you believe the Supremes, and we think it's only wise to, you know that you can't hurry love. Another thing you can't hurry is a plant. Flowers and vegetables pretty much grow at the speed nature intended, and that's one reason gardening is such an, ahem, grounding pursuit in a world where we're always being exhorted to do everything more quickly. You don't need to till an acre of yard, either. Urban dwellers can get in on it by starting a container garden.1. If you have access to an outdoor fence, create a growing wall by cutting the tops off of empty plastic bottles, filling them with soil and fertilizer, and fastening them with wire to a fence. (Don't forget to make drainage holes in the bottom of your bottles.)2. If you're blessed with a fire escape or a little bit of outdoor space, play around with container-gardening options. Container gardening is a great way to repurpose household items that would otherwise be junked: old rubber work boots, woven plastic tote bags, plastic sandbags, worn-out pots, old wooden boxes, decorative tins. Remember to drill drainage holes in any nonporous containers.3. If you're an apartment-dweller, look into Window Farms, an open-source gardening experiment initiated by two Brooklyn-based artists named Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray. Their vertical, hydroponic system, which uses cast-off plastic bottles and a small electric pump, can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. Visit windowfarms.org for tips.Our Good Guide to Slowing Down was a unique collaboration with our friends at ReadyMade magazine. Check out their good work at ReadyMade.com, and follow them on Twitter at @ReadyMadeTweets.Illustration by Tim Lahan
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Sin City is doing something good for its less fortunate citizens as well as those who've broken the law this month. The city of Las Vegas, Nevada will drop any parking ticket fines for those who make a donation to a local food bank.

A parking ticket can cost up to $100 in Las Vegas but the whole thing can be forgiven by bringing in non-perishable food items of equal or greater value to the Parking Services Offices at 500 S. Main Street through December 16.

The program is designed to help the less fortunate during the holidays.

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However, all of that has changed since the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Voters in Maine, particularly those who lean left, have run out of patience with Collins and her seeming refusal to stand up to Trump. That frustration peaked with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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Currently, air travel accounts for 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions, however that number is projected to increase for several reasons. There's a growing demand for air travel, yet it's harder to decarbonize aviation. Electric cars are becoming more common. Electric planes, not so much. If things keep on going the way they are, flights in the U.K. should increase by 50%.

Nearly every airline in the world has a frequent flyer program. The programs offer perks, including free flights, if customers get a certain amount of points. According to the study, 70% of all flights from the U.K. are taken by 15% of the population, with many people taking additional (and arguably unnecessary) flights to "maintain their privileged traveler status."

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