Posts Tagged ‘sustainability’

Say no to petrol!

February 24, 2014
So my radio tells me that Australia has
only enough petroleum to last about a month
and the proposed solution is
to build more refineries here-
what i don’t get is that we Know that
 fossil fuel is no good
yet we continue to plan with it being crucial
to our economy and viability-
like it says on the back of the truck,
‘ if Trucks stop, Australia stops’.
Why can’t we invent
an electric car that runs on the system invented
by 4 teenage girls in Nigeria
which uses a liter of urine
(that’s right, urine)
to provide 6 hours of electricity?
There is enough food in a major city
to last about 4 days-
that isn’t a very good margin.
Who is in charge of the planning dept?
Instead of finding real solutions
to the serious problems we face ,
they keep flogging coal and petroleum
when we understand now
the catastrophic effects fossil fuel
use has on the environment.
But hey, everyone pees and that
is a potential source of Hydrogen
which can be harnessed to provide power
that could conceivably run a car?
Australia is a big country
and very much tied to transport.
Gold stars to those Nigerian girls
and their teacher,
(who must have been doing something
Very right as an educator!)
Their invention is a game changer
and they should be
amply rewarded with
more than gold stars.
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day three…what was i thinking when i started this?

January 19, 2014

What am i thinking now for that matter?

When i started this blog, it was to have a place

to post my artwork, discuss experimental

concrete work and aspects of my attempt at

living ‘sustainably’ on my bush block.

Since then, i have relocated to the city

but i still have a garden-

and i guess my personal focus now

is how to live as ‘sustainably’ as possible

in a rented urban context,

staying reasonably sane without the starry night,

the Fairy Wrens and the singing forest,

making music and art as the core busy-ness of life

rather than as a ‘hobby’.

Sometimes i consider turning off the electricity

and evolving a 12 volt lifestyle while the city

whizzes around me. Exercise bicycle powered laptop

for instance ( i have the recipe for this in my files…)

Guerilla gardening has an immense appeal-

the word ‘sustainable’ is fraught with contradiction-

the infrastructure web has a vicelike grip and it

is slightly unsettling to think that everything we use

has an invisible legion behind it- the resources,

the waste products and the human involvement-

an ethical soup with serious underlying implications.

And, without a reliable food supply

generated where we actually live,

the possibility that a disruption of supply could leave us

trying to make soup out of our old boots is unsettling-

somehow laying in a 10 year supply of canned beans

and getting a machine gun to protect it

from the hungry neighbours

doesn’t ‘do’ it for me.

At my land, i was ‘off grid’ except that

the matches, candles,batteries, gas bottle refills and ice

which allowed me that ‘luxury’

were all issuing directly from a power and

resource guzzling manufacturing sector.

And then there is Food-the chemical load,

the ‘Looks like Apple, tastes like Chemicals’

produce from the supermarket…oh, my.

It’s balancing act on the high wire

with no net, no manual,no culture to fall back on.

How, when we are quite literally stuck in the web,

do we make changes to the way it works?

Is it good enough to be content

with ‘small acts’ such as ‘recycling’

(which, in many cases is actually ‘downcycling’)

and buying fair trade coffee

while out there in the world,

it’s like a real life disaster movie where

millions of unpaid ‘extras’

are suffering REAL suffering, not the Hollywood kind-

when the wildest conspiracy theory

now sounds quite plausible,

when every keypress you ever made is

recorded somehwhere to possibly be used

against you for someone else benefit?

“The Panopticon is watching you,

keeping track of everything you do”

Meanwhile,In my garden,

the carrots have sown themselves-

not in the neat carrot bed i planned

but they are there – the carnations bloomed

and they have the most amazing smell-

well, technically you’d have to call it a Fragrance

rather than a smell-  

intense!

And, by a miracle, a cucumber survived the heatwave-

i found it under a cloud of alyssum that had gone to seed.

Sun Rah says “Space is the Place” and

It turns out that ‘Space’ is a code word for ‘Heaven’.

In my garden, everything is good,

it is a little  bit of Heaven , maybe ?

Going with the code,

it’s a ‘Galactic Garden’.

I think i prefer that to

the ‘Galactic Gas Station’

i heard about on the radio

in a discussion on  mining asteroids

and the problems involved in

resource plundering

at zero gravity!