It’s assumed that radical changes are needed to live within the resource boundaries of the planet. This idea reminds me of the saying attributed to Albert Einstein – “We can’t solve problems with the same thinking that led them.”
Is the idea of radical change a show-stopper?
It’s not rocket science. Each of us need clean air, water, food and shelter. There’s nothing radical about human needs – they simply need to be met. These days, the opportunity to be educated – to learn – it’s commonly thought of as need as well. This is fine, as long as we don’t trap the idea of education into the confines of “educational system”. There are so many ways to learn outside of this venue, it almost goes without saying that what ever conventional education a person has is just one piece of his or her mind-evolving launch pad. No matter what we’ve learned or how we’ve learned it to date, what counts is what we figure out from this point forward.
Energizing the Ideas
Electricity – both the generation and consumption – is just one resource hog of many. But what we can learn to do as we straighten out the balance here, applies to other places requiring attention. In many ways it isn’t even a case of learning – just using what we already know more effectively … uh, understanding better.
Home Power – Unhacked
Some think this is radical. It isn’t. It’s quite possible to meet needs for electricity with this. There’s nothing special, extreme, or otherwise freaky, about it. Billions would be happy to have this much electricity. What’s needed is to stop trying to meet wants. Sustainable energy with wants as a bottom line is a dead-end. When attempting to reduce and re-balance use, a clear distinction between want and need must be kept front dead-center while thinking.
The resources required to convert the typical western household, factory, school, grocery store, office building – or most other modern example of infrastructure – to renewable electricity isn’t feasible. Power is eaten up at levels far beyond anything sensible. Conservation is the foundation of alternative energy. Building the roof before the footings are in isn’t just lousy math.
Computers, Mind Power and Reality
Once needs are clearly defined, there’s something else to get into the picture. It’s not just about physical resources. If the brains poured into things such things as computers were directed to refrigeration, an affordable, sustainable fridge that runs on a 9 volt battery for years would be something we’d already take for granted.
It’s not difficult – or radical – to begin with foundations. Robotics, medical cures, fossil fuels, psychology, space travel, marketing etc., all chew up mega-tons of mind power. Redirecting the focus so the main effort goes to health – promoting, planet-respecting practices and technology in the areas of soil, water, heating, co-operatives, cooling, nutrition, reasoning … doesn’t take any more energy than the equivalent of turning the steering wheel a little.
Setting priorities properly and recognizing radical change for the ordinary, every-day stuff that it is lead the way to sustainable progress. We’ve been told since we were small to use our heads. Considering how best to do this and then getting it into gear belongs at the top of the to-do list.