Thursday, 7 May 2015

Let's Get Paid For Not Re-Inventing The Wheel!

A different approach to stop climate change perhaps?

You'd think we were living in the tropics the way the weather has been recently. Mornings already in the mid-20's is not bad at all. Coupled with lovely sunshine and blue skies it is fabulous unless you consider the sweltering side of a hot day. And it is not even Summer yet...

Bob and I are lucky in that we live in an old farmhouse. An old farmhouse built in the beginning of the last century and sporting 60 cm thick walls and not too many windows. They knew their stuff back in the days of yore. In fact, the one side of our house has no windows...the stormy side!

Our house is usually cool in summer and warm in winter and could be much more so once we insulate the roof better. But life is highly livable in it.

The other day, also extremely hot one, I was in a modern house. A very nice modern house with big and many windows and an open plan layout. Hot as blazes though and it was hard to hide from the sun even inside the house. That got me thinking about our constant need to change things. Why?

Our worldwide obsession to have big, better, different and best of everything, might turn out not to be that clever after all. Apart from changing that which has worked for ages, we have collectively chained ourselves to constantly run on that notorious treadmill of life. Most would love to come off it, but alas they need to carry on to fund their ' newness '

You know, even in this department our previous generations knew best...they only bought things if & when they could pay for it in cash...
. Of course the other side of the spending coin is climate change / global warming.
Each new thing we buy, has to be produced somewhere. Produced with perhaps a few harmful chemicals used in the process and later discarded into our precious EARTH.

Most of our homes are bursting at the seams with stuff in it. Finding clothes in our over filled closets is far from easy yet we still buy new ones.

Have you ever thought about how much water is being used to make one item of clothing? For example, a pair of jeans uses over 6000 liters of water. The humble T-shirt about 1500 liters....Interesting article worthwhile reading.

It is no secret that most of us are driven by the mighty and powerful buck. So here is a different way of approaching this whole debate of how to save our planet.

The governments should put a premium on reusing stuff. Let's be paid for using up already existing houses, clothes, cars etc.

Once people realize that there is a way off that extremely tiring and exhausting treadmill of life, they might grab it with both hands and hopefully start a trend...The Retro Is Cool Trend.