I see in my life all these things. Stuff. Accessories. Equipment. Technology. Computers, phones, clothes for every occasion and mood. Gadgets with widgets that I would never use or use only once. Bags with zips I don’t need, magazines I don't read, soft furnishings that clog up my overworked attention. Stuff that piles up, gathers, … Continue reading Rant and Rave
Museums concerning the environment
The public can get invoked about an environmental issue on principles alone, but often struggles to know the extent or the details of the problem. Perhaps one of the challenges is finding translation from science as to the extent of the problem. Perhaps similair to doing internet research on our own medical problems, we become … Continue reading Museums concerning the environment
Nature as employer
How is the myth of job creation trumping sustainability perpetuated? I imagine it is a combination of people having immediate needs, more important that planning for the uncertain future, and of widespread ingnorance on what it is that creates jobs. How do people learn that by sacrificing biocapacity now, irreversible job losses will occur in the … Continue reading Nature as employer
What is the tide that lifts all boats, Reagan?
There is supposedly a welfare system supporting you if you are in dire need, but it only seems to supports you at a certain level of existence. That level still leaves many struggling: in poor health, exposed to social ills and worked to the bone for the enrichment of others, or most likely not working … Continue reading What is the tide that lifts all boats, Reagan?
some ideas on how to create sustainable society, part 4
All new houses built could be required by law to install solar geysers and solar panels (if no access to a clean energy generation is available, such as wind power) as well as energy conservation strategies e.g. passive solar, orientation, roofing colour (to reduce the need for air conditioning and heating). All pre-built buildings and … Continue reading some ideas on how to create sustainable society, part 4
some ideas on how we create sustainable society, part 3: ecosystems and agriculture
Regarding plants, animals and biodiversity, what one could term natural communities, there seems to be this play-off between conservationists, and human development and resource use. Human development is an easy one to understand and justify, but resource use does not justify turning rainforest into palm oil plantations, soy and cattle enterprises - when all these … Continue reading some ideas on how we create sustainable society, part 3: ecosystems and agriculture
I know, I know, it is too reminiscent of the days of Communism to talk about 'common ownership', and we all know and it is proven that ownership under the capitalist system generally inspires good and efficient care of a resource (using certain criteria), but still....some part of me has always struggled with a system … Continue reading ownership
Why is there this system, where one can afford vastly more than the next - this is the free market mechanism, supposedly, that 'creates wealth'. For how many does it create wealth, and what are the social and environmental costs of wealth creation associated and unaccounted for? Must there be poverty and joblessness in order … Continue reading Questions
A thought on inequality
The fact that we live side by side, and yet some live in squalor and cannot afford some of the basic services and material goods while others lead disgustingly excessive lives, is immoral and should be criminal. One cannot attribute this to the hard work and ingenuity of some and the laziness of others. There … Continue reading A thought on inequality