Re: [rootsradicals] Re: Driven to Despair a cool PBS Special
- I've been following this and other threads we've had here about energy
efficiency. It seems very easy to get quickly bogged down in facts(?)
and figures that ultimately don't mean much to people like me (who are
not exactly scientists). Wouldn't it be a much more practical
discussion if we were talking about sustainability? Why aren't we
asking the question "Is my chosen form or transport sustainable in the
long term (without a negative environmental impact)?"
While horses may not be "efficient" by some definitions I would wager
they are (for most places) sustainable.
Asking about sustainability rather than efficiency also means we take
our immediate environment into account. Efficiency discussions don't.
- Hi EmilyI tried to reply to your personal email to me, but it bounced as your IP blocked it...so here's my responce:I am aware of Michael Pollan's work, and have explored a lot of similar ideas.
As a Permaculture gardener/designer/assistant teacher, I know the very best knowledge/wisdom lies with the remnants of indigenous cultures, and Permaculture's attempts to revive that knowledge. That our local indigenous people (Maori) are very interested in Permaculture, is a joy! As David Holmgren says (as one of the co-orignators of Permaculture) "all we're trying to do is get people back in touch with that peasant groundedness, that 'common sense' about how to live sustainably in place", and pass it on to future generations of all life in good condition!Horses will be part of the future mix for transport systems, as will oxen as seen in the Peak Oil doco "The Power Of Community"http://www.powerofcommunity.org/cm/index.php .....and of course bicycles, especially Xtracycles!I passed on some articles to a friend (see the links below) and he completely freaked out. He's now really keen it get his garden really firing, make sure his bicycles are functional, and I'm working on him to get involved with our local Transition Town group...community is the only real "solution"...we'll have pull togeather to survive.RegardsTedNelson, New Zealandhttp://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&sid=a7AhRhE4NJlM&refer=home
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