Communicating the Vision
This week, I'm working on a speech for a gathering in the Northeast.
This particular group will be a good group of sustainable types.
There will be sun people and shelter people.
There will be policy makers and enviro-social activists.
There will be water savers and water collectors.
There will be new, perhaps kookie, building products
that the daring and innovative might be tempted to try.
There will be timers for your house, efficient new lighting ideas,
and a bunch of other cool, and to some degree passe things displayed.
But by far, at least in my mind, the most important thing,
is not the things, (even though I am a confessed gear queer)
it's the people.
The section that Oz of earthfamilyalpha will be speaking in,
is the "Communicating the Vision" section on Wednesday.
Now, I'm not going to give the end of the movie away here,
but, I have been thinking about this vision thing more than
just a little while.
Last night at dinner, I kept trying to articulate what I'm thinking,
But it just wasn't sounding right when it came out.
I have been in the business of "groovie green" for almost 30 years.
I have seen it grow through nomenclature after nomenclature.
We have been unconventional, thus defined by convention.
We have been alternative, thus defined as another, possibly better way.
We have been solar, thus defined by the fuel source itself.
We have been renewable, thus defining the others as not.
(I like that kind of shaping)
And equally adept in shaping skill,
for the last 10 years or so, we have called our "thing" sustainable,
thus defining the others once again as not being so.
That worked so well, you started hearing sustainability all over the place.
But in this coming world of Climate Change and Peak Oil,
What is our vision?
Will a vision of clean renewable energy that can join the pantheon
of mature energy sources capable of meeting the needs of today
Will a vision of creating sustainable communities
that flourish in the midst of unfathomable chaotic acres of car communities
Will a vision of biomass fuels and alcohol fuels grown from our rich earth,
so that we can continue our unlimited unrestrained mobility madness,
when billions upon billions on this earth go to bed hungry,
Will a vision of a better way to do something very wrong
be a vision at all?
Or will it just be a continuation
of the Nightmare?
If you are close to or can get to Boston next week,
Come Join Us.
And let's talk about it.
Then, let's take it to the streets.
Your're looking at a picture,
I'm looking at it too.
Do you see what I see there?
Let's talk about the difference,
find out what's in the way,
open up our eyes,
and see the same way.
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*"Broadacre" by Frank Lloyd Wright