paul wheaton wrote:
For ten years people have given me advice on what I should do. Doing all the things that have been suggested would take a hundred people ten years. And then people are pissed that I didn't do the thing they suggested. I can't carry this burden anymore. Somebody else has to solve this. Not me. Probably somebody famous. Probably somebody that knows how to connect to the masses.
Belinda Roadley wrote:
My dad only started changing his mind about permaculture when he saw the benefits. Permaculturists were flourishing during downturns because of the diversity of their farm's offerings. Cattle ranchers were making more money per acre because they started doing rotational grazing. Keeping chickens didn't mean massive start-up costs because there were no sheds involved. Keylined fields were green during the arid summers when everyone else's pastures were going to dust.
Heck, even the little things made some difference. He saw how much more robust and healthy my baby chickens were when I kept them away from medicated feed. He believed they'd drop dead without it. Instead, they thrived. He constantly battled with a weed-ridden lawn. I told him to leave the lawn longer when mowing, and to stop herbicide use (and explained why). After the chicken thing, he gave it a go. His lawn has fewer weeds now than ever.
When people witness (or hear from enough friends/family who have witnessed) the benefits of permaculture, they generally agree the benefits are worthwhile. The exception to this is when they can't see a personal application. For example, it's easy for someone to switch from cage eggs to free-range eggs (thus we almost never see caged eggs in store anymore). It's not easy for a harried mother of five kids who works full-time to suddenly start feeding her family from her garden. It's not easy to convince a business man to stop using his deluxe gas stove and instead build a potentially hazardous DIY stove that requires something "as hippie as sticks" to fuel. (For the record, I love backyard gardening AND rocket stoves, just trying to provide the outside viewpoint).
Rather, the harried mother needs to experience amazing food that she just can't seem to find at the supermarket. She needs to have friends in her situation who grow amazing food for nearly zero effort. She needs to witness cost-effectiveness.
The business man needs to have a colleague who had his modern home architecturally designed and built using passive solar techniques. He needs to go to a pizza party where the hosts cook amazing food on their rocket-stove-fueled pizza oven.
Personally, I believe that the key to getting people to listen is to live what we teach, and do it successfully and in a modern context. Most people think that being green means living like bush people. They think it's unprofitable. They think it doesn't work. They think it's hard. The more things we accomplish in our own lives, the more others are able to see the benefits that apply to their personal situations. The goal is not to be a PSA commercial, but a living, breathing example of how AWESOME the alternative is.
paul wheaton wrote:Ernie is angry. He says that he was told that if he built a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to his door. The rocket mass heater seriously solves so many global problems, but the path between the world and ernie's door is relatively disused.
Anything about regulation and insurance are a bit weak. If the world was keen on rocket mass heaters, the regulation and insurance would follow. And, besides, there are plenty of homes where insurance and regulation don't matter. And for years people would smoke the illegal weed. Further, why are lawmakers and policy makers so keen on stupid shit, but they are not paving the way for rocket mass heaters?
We've made building them pretty easy.
My best guess is "the tesla roadster effect". Before the tesla roadster, people were sure that electric cars were slow, ugly and for short range only. And now tesla is doing the solar roof stuff. I suppose we need some sort of national company that will build rocket mass heaters professionally in homes? And that company might have a big PR department and lobbyists?
Kenneth Elwell wrote:
If there was a modular system for the RMH bench, and a designed combustion unit in kit or "shippable" form, that any mason capable of building a fireplace and chimney could build instead... and it had a UL rating to satisfy insurance companies, depts. of sadness, etc...
Then a builder or home-owner/buyer could make a layout like they were choosing cabinets, place an order, get it shipped in on pallets, and assemble as per instructions.
It would cost more than the current DIY method with local/free material, but the fuel cost savings payback is so fast!
There needs to be a level 2 option.
paul wheaton wrote: All of this stuff is not all that profound. It seems extremely simple and freakishly obvious. I am baffled that I seem to be the lone voice on this stuff. Why can't somebody famous steal these thoughts and get it into millions of brains. They can have all the credit. I don't need credit - but I am about to to pop because such simple and obvious stuff doesn't seem to be getting any traction anywhere.
paul wheaton wrote:replace your teflon pans with cast iron or stainless steel. That stuff is really bad.
paul wheaton wrote:Well, I guess getting 3 upvotes is way better than getting zero. I know that I put in one - so maybe our peeps added 2?
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