I loved this article. I think the idea of turning time on a treadmill or exercise bike into an energy-CREATING opportunity is a definite win/win. One of my favorite books is “The Last Hours Of Ancient Sunlight.” The author(Thom Hartman) makes a very compelling argument both against fossil fuel dependence, and for harnessing sun and wind. I don’t remember if he ever got into kinetic solutions, but I’ll revisit it if I ever get the book back.
I also loved this project. Forward thinking people have been using old tires, straw bales, and recycled shipping containers to build houses for years. This man successfully built a home from old plastic water bottles. I can’t tell you how much that appeals to me. These are the types of ideas that should be funded, and funded well. They will pay huge dividends down the road, sooner rather than later.
An area that concerns me is skilled trades. Any solutions to our problems will require chemists, scientists, architects and the like, but we are going to need people who understand basic electricity, water flow, framing, concrete work, etc. Do we have the type of educational infrastructure in place to produce these people? I remember that wood-shop used to be a requirement when I was in 7th and 8th grade. I built a foot-stool. It wobbled. I barely touched a hammer again until it came time to build this house, and I saved thousands by being on-site, and replicating what I saw done. Seems to me we have a great opportunity to make physical work cool again, and rewarding, both spiritually, and financially.
Technology has given us a remarkable gift, the ability to share what we have learned to anyone that wants to learn. I have many gardening sites bookmarked that i plan to use this spring, as, again, I didn’t grow up planting anything to eat, or to smoke. 😉
What if we can turn the excesses of an empty consumer-based society into materials to use in the future? This is possible, and we can help our children as they struggle to make a life by cleaning up some of the messes we left behind. Seems like all we lack is the will….