For over 40 years, since the first Earth Day, we’ve been told to turn off the lights when we leave a room and turn off the water while brushing our teeth and that this would save the planet.  I have never believed a word of it, even as I have dutifully followed the advice.  I also recycle and compost and grow a bit of my own food…  It just never feels like my small efforts can possibly make any real difference.

For years, I have been waiting for real innovation.  Something big.  Bigger than windmills.  Bigger than a few solar panels on the roof.  Bigger than high speed rail.

Here is the kind of innovation I’ve been waiting for:

This kind of talk makes me feel optimistic about the future.  This is the kind of stuff I wish our government would invest in.

5 thoughts on “Optimism

  1. That is fascinating. The earth is self sustaining if it’s natural systems are not tampered with. It is encouraging to see that there are people out there who are looking for ways to work with nature rather than conquer nature.

  2. Very, very interesting. It’s sort of like taking recycling/composting and applying it to everything… a complete loop. I love it.

  3. Oh, Susan, you stole my word! I was going to say, “Brilliant!” It would take a lot to convince people as a whole to begin to consider this concept, however, I’m glad someone IS! (You’d be surprised how many people DON’T shut off the lights or the water, close the refrigerator door, etc.)

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