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Paul continues his call with Alan Booker on the subject of the BBB. And although they started section 2.3 last podcast, they still don’t finish it…

2.3: Applying laws and principles to design (continued)

Most of the carbon that a tree uses to build itself is sequestered from the air, then when leaves fall or the tree rots, the carbon is used to make soil.  Alan argues that Rocket mass heaters are thus carbon-negative because even if you were to burn the entire tree in an efficient manner, the overall process of the tree growing would have taken more carbon out of the air than burning it would have released.  Burning junk mail and Amazon packaging in an RMH could be more environmentally friendly than taking it to a local recycling center?  Need to do the math on that, but it’s possible.

Tesla Roadster effect: instead of making laws to dictate how permaculture should be done, create the permaculture equivalent of Tesla’s Roadster – something that makes the idea you’re selling so appealing that it becomes an almost must-have thing.

“Every object must responsibly provide for its replacement” Difference between legal-must, and natural-order-must.  Legal must implies threat of legal action.  Natural order must implies a physical inevitable.  “You must not dance on the edge of a cliff” could be taken in a “I have a right to” manner, instead of the intended warning of “you will probably fall and die”.  Working with ecological systems requires us to work with principles rather than narrowly defined laws.  Principles lead to strategies that vary by biome, etc. that lead to individual technique and tactics.

Future podcast plan to do a page-by-page review of Ecotopia.  Alan agreed knowing full well that they’d never make it through this book.


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