Environmental Sustainability Presentation
The second group to present during last Monday's discussion period was preaching Environmental Sustainability. The proposed idea was to learn techniques from the indiginous people about things like irrigation, local materials, waste management, and heating and cooling.
The first was thing proposed was the use of more natural easily renewable materials. One material mentioned was Adobe. This is a sort of plaster material that can be typically found in homes in Southern U.S. and into Central America. The major advantage is that much like Cob is that this material can be formed into just about any shape and contour and also has good insulation qualities. The other material proposed was bamboo because of its amazing strength-to-weight ratio and how quickly it grows.
Other proposed ideas were better use of irrigation, waste management ideas, and energy saving tips. The idea for irrigation was to base it off of an intimate knowledge of the land. Instead of reshaping the land with concrete and such we should use the natural flow of the land to manipulate the water to get it to where we would like. The main arguement for this proposal is the fact that it actually SAVES water over the current ways. Other ideas inculded changing the ways of the societies that value "new" over "used" and throw out things that really have nothing wrong with them just because they are being replaced with a new "better" version.
I guess I can see the benefits from implementing these ideas but there is one big thing that I can't help but wonder. How does the group plan on basically changing the societies views on what is good and beneficial and what is harmful? How easy is it going to be to get people to think "This TV is 10 years old and new, better, smaller TV's are out but I am going to keep the old one...". For some reason I just don't see that happening in the culture that we have established these days. But, that is not to say that it would not be a welcome change to the pompus society that has put to much value into the small and shiny and to little value into the old and faithful.