Degrowth is coming it is just a matter of when and how ready we are for it. Running for the hills isn't the solution as that takes us backwards, we have to learn how to live in these cities, in this populous environments that we have created, but without the resources that we've grown so sadly accustomed to.
For instance I am changing the way that I look at my clothes. I want stylish and comfy clothes but I am no longer going to bring dyed cotton halfway around the world to save you guys from seeing my beer-gut. I'm going to source and support locally produced, sustainable clothiers and if they don't exist I'm going to start to create a market for one.
I am also going to tele-commute more and cycle when I can. Roll on summer.
May 16th is "Turn it Off" BC day -- a day for people across the province to turn off their lights and other non-essential electronic and electrical devices. We're going to show the world that BC-ers don't just talk the talk on sustainability -- we're prepared to talk in the dark.
Althought Solar Power Roadshow has been in the media or pubic eye regularly, we have found it disappointing that most people aren't aware of the energy-savings and freedeom from petro-fear that everybody can achieve by using (apparently little-known) future energy and transportation products/services that are available right now, in Vancouver.
These include novel items we've shown on national TV such as water-powered calculators to 1-watt LED lightbulbs ($4/each) that give out approximately the same brightness as 8-watt CFL bulbs or 40-watt incandescent bulbs; or, wind-powered lights so small they fit in your hand. More later..