January 15, 2009

Saw an interesting show the other day called Ecopolis (Science Channel). Thought it was pretty interesting… realizing, that we have all the resources an abilities to make a sustainable and more efficient world, yet we don’t.

Well Rachel, what do you mean? First let’s settle a definition. By sustainability I mean being able to meet our own needs (energy, etc) without doing things that make it more difficult for future generations to meet their needs. Sustainability is what the green movement is all about. We have all the resources, such as solar, water,  and wind energy, but we just don’t have enough of them, in the righ places. If we implemented ways to reap all this energy that is abundant and non-depletable, we’d easily be able to take care of ourselves without destroying the planet.

So why isn’t this happening, and why is so bad here in America?
You might think that it’s because it’s too expensive, or too impractical. But it isn’t! I refer back to Ecopolis. We think that solar energy is expensive, and it generally is because it requires so much glass and mirrors. The inventor in Ecopolis was lighting buildings with a solar collector made from plastic! It’s a reality, but we arent using it, and once again I ask WHY?

I hypothesize thus- Americans, in general, are a fast paced nation. We want it now now now. Being so stuck in the present, we have no care for the future, and as such, most of America doesn’t give a rat’s bottom half about what will happen when they are old or dead.

Just some thoughts.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the earth,
befalls the sons and daughters of the earth.
Man did not weave the web of life;
he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web,
he does to himself.

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