According to the information under the video clip: In 2009, oil wells around the world pumped an estimated 84 to 85 million barrels out of the Earth, and countries consumed just as much [source: EIA]. That is a lot of oil. We still have oil but it is difficult to access and is encouraging practices like fracking which come with all sorts of concerning problems. It also has meant difficulty negotiating with areas of the world where the oil is because we are so oil dependant. Not having oil would impact on industry, the military, transport, electricity, asphalt, production of plastics and polymers, agriculture. It would create job losses. We pollute the planet so much because of oil but we seem to be locked into a mindset which says we need it. We won’t necessarily go backwards without it. We have the capacity to think our way through and find other fuel options which are more planet and lifestyle friendly. We also have the capacity to rethink our lives so they are not so oil dependant. Do we need all that plastic? Do we need to fly everywhere? Do we need to transport our food huge distances? Can we get to places without our car? That can be a hard one if we are leading busy lives. Public transport can make the day so much longer and , in some places, it is not an option. If you start work at 4am in Adelaide there are no public transport options. Public transport times and efficiency would have a big impact of how many cars we have on the road. People ought not to have to have a car in order to work. There are also implications within all that for personal safety . These are difficult problems but not beyond our bounds for resolving if we think about it. I haven’t yet heard any defence of leaving the oil in the earth because maybe the planet actually needs that oil in the ground as part of its survival mechanism. There is always an assumption we can take things out of the ground in vast quantities and it means nothing to a living planet. We don’t just need to think about oil consumption, we also need to think about preserving the place we live. It always surprises me we do things just because we can and then don’t think the process through properly so we look at implications and effects. It’s not rational to behave like that. We can do better and we could come up with things which suit us and our environment. Why not?
Image : Sustainability for all
I am big on reusing, repurposing and repairing. In the end it’s a habit which you can develop and a way of thinking. I also have got my friends and family into that style of thinking too. We help each other repair things, or find a new use for things or a new home. I collect things to recycle and to hand on to charity organisations so I know that they will get good use. One of my friends said that was a good way of thinking because it gives you a sense of purpose. He is helping to rebuild things to be handed on to charity organisations and refugee camps. As a world we have improved our capacity to redistribute and that is because we have thought about it. Organisations like OzHarvest build the relationships so they can redistribute food to the needy. Adelaide has a number of artists who have created wonderful pieces from leftover and excess materials. Some are beautiful and intricate art works. Others are metallic sculptures which are as impressive as they are inspirational. Greenpeace has a good post about getting beyond reuse, recycle, reduce. We are doing that, but we need to keep thinking about it. We cannot live sustainably on a planet which keeps producing more and more and more. In the end you have enough and enough is plenty.
Recycled sewage ‘will have bugs’, Queensland Government warned | The Australian
“The probability is that something like 8 per cent of these impurities will get through, and that is assuming the system is working properly.”
There must be a way we can recycle sewage and make it safe and not so expensive. Other countries do it and they use it in different ways. I don’t want it for drinking water. I really am not convinced it is safe and this article doesn’t convince me it would be safe. It seems to be very expensive and the article is a remainder that we do need to look at water reuse and we do need to get so much better at it. We have been installing rainwater tanks and underground storage in some new buildings. We have had mixed messages about grey water and we are reluctant to mess up the soil salts. We need better technology and advice with regard to grey water. it also needs to be simplified. If you keep it simple we can all manage and get better at it. We are not helping ourselves by having 19th century practices in the 21st century. We are getting ideas, but they are costly or not quite ready to be put into practice. It just cannot be done in an ad hoc way.
The Green Awards has inspired me to get greener than green and make an even better effort with my greenness. I have put on a tap filter so I don’t buy bottled water. It’ll cost around 6 cents a bottle. I am going to recycle even more and get even better at it. I know for sure now that flying costs more in carbon than anything else so I have to look for the alternatives and be happy about that…I have so many ideas now and I am going to get good at it! I am also going to make an effort to raise awareness about how threatened our Australian species are. Our species are unique to our continent. We need them and we don’t want to be responsible for taking away their habitat either through too much land clearing, irresponsible land clearing or by contributing to global warming. We all mad this mess. We all need to fix it..