Monday, October 20, 2008

Forests: Modeling, Climate Change, Bicycles

I know of a number of people who have ridden bicycles to avoid using cars for decades based on conscience {vis-a-vis Quaker processes, in my case, formerly} - doing something on principle or doing the right thing - in response to Global Warming / Climate Change.

And bicycle riding can be also fun and liberating - a 'flow: the psychology of optimal experience' experience, as well as physical movement which can lead to well-being.

What can you or I do to change the cultural practices that are leading to Climate Change / Global Warming to reverse it, where human fossil fuel burning and carbon emissions are one key contributor, in the US and around the world? Besides riding a bicycle, here are some possible ways of reconceiving energy use -

Modeling as 'practice' works ~ e.g. Gandhi {& India}.

How to move to abundance by design, especially vis-a-vis Amory Lovins' work? Modeling may work here, too: creating appropriate energy-economic models has merit.

But beyond far-reaching energy-policy changes and dramatic innovations in solar technologies, for example, perhaps moving to more agrarian or forests-centered socioeconomic processes ~ in northern California and the Pacific Northwest, for example ~ has merit.

How to move actually from design to ethos, vis-a-vis energy use, but also loving bliss {think omega-3s and MDMA for reference experiences}?

Harbin Hot Springs {see Harbin's pamphlet "Living the Future," for example} is an interesting milieu {but not as model, even virtually: Harbin just is} to explore envisioning this, especially in the pools. :)

And I see only a few bicycles on the 4 miles of the Middletown - Harbin road.

The exploration of the relaxation response is another aspect of being that might offer ways to envision innovative ideas, and possibly realize them.

- Plant Trees Scott

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