Living Sustainably in the 21st Century
I was born in 1960, back when TV was still black and white. I remember when we got our first color RCA television and marveled at all the color pictures. It also was the golden age of the Space Age. We were in Space! We were going to the Moon! Nothing was impossible, we just needed to throw technology at the problem!
Today, well, we need solutions to the problems that I and my parents, and my parents’ parents created. Technology is still needed, just not the big manly technology of the mid 20th century, but a more sustainable type of technology, one that reuses what we have instead of using it just once and then throwing it away.
Its not going to be easy, we have a lot of the 20th century’s mistakes still with us. Take my apartment for example. It was built in 1978 by three different contractors, and doesn’t meet any of the current building codes for multifamily residences. It does have new energy efficient windows, which has helped in reducing heat loss, though I think that the walls need more insulation.
I could move to a greener apartment, but they are typically smaller and way more expensive, and I like my community. I am part of its political scene, so I have less incentive to move to a green apartment. So I do what I can to keep my bills low, I belong to Spud.com, a CSA-like online grocery, I drive a Honda Reflex, it gets 60 MPG, and I grow plants to green up my section of the apartment complex. And as I said, I’m part of my local political scene, letting the Kenmore, Washington, city council know that sustainable and green living and technology is something that we need to promote in our city.
So the purpose of this blog is to chart my attempts to sway the people in Kenmore to think green and to protect the environment of our city. As well as my thoughts on the green movement in general.
So come with me and we explore our future in a sustainable future.
By the way, this post is made of 100% recycled electrons.