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November 01, 2006



The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

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Sushil, thanks for sharing your views. Persons from different cultures have different ways of expressing concerns about modern life and the environment, I am learning. Yet we have much in common.


I am a retired person who in retiremnt has opened a Guest lodge in the Drakensberg,Kwa Zulu Natal.I appreciate that the value of the rand decreases for people like ourselves that live from a pension.I therefore would like to inform people of our guest lodge as the rates are very competitive eg rate is from R250 pppns,dinner,bed and breakfast.I try to give very good value for money.Please can you tell me how i can inform others.

Keith Farnish


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I am a student trying learn more about "green seniors" and what problems they face in their everyday lives?

Also, what changes would they like to see happen in the near future involving energy and electricity? As well, what portable renewable energy applications would benefit this group?

Thanks for your help in advance.


Keith Farnish

Dear Bob

If you can be more specific about questions, and send them to me ([email protected]) then I can give you detailed answers. The biggest problem, though, is that almost everyone - not just seniors - has lost the ability to make the necessary changes in their lives because they have been brainwashed, often from birth, into thinking that the system (i.e. Industrial Civilization) is always right.

In some ways, renewable energy is just an extension of Industrial Civilization, although in its most basic forms - small wind, wave and water energy, and sustainable biomass - it has to be how we produce the small amount of energy we need to live our lives. The primary concern is slashing the amount of energy we use by over 90% as a society. If renewables just allow us to carry on as we are (I don't believe this will happen, because there is far more profit in fossil fuels and nuclear) then they are little better than conventional sources.


Joyce Emery

Bob, I agree with Keith although I express my views a little differently. Even if renewable energy were to replace greenhouse gas-generating fossil fuels to the extent needed to stabilize the climate, to continue to use as much energy per person in developed nations as is done now would likely mean continued enormous consumption of natural resources with continued production of pollution and garbage. All consumption--energy and otherwise--needs to be ramped down.

That said, I believe each person can reduce his or her personal consumption drastically, if they live in a country like the USA. Next, if people join together to tackle the larger problems like reducing transportation needs and changing patterns of community life that create consumption, further reduction can be obtained while enhancing quality of life.

Technological inventions will occur also, but with each wave of new invention in the past, humans never got away from environmental degradation. They simply changed the type of degradation each new technology created. I am not looking in that direction for salvation.

Hmmmm...you mention "portable renewable energy applications." There is one that has benefited me greatly--a bicycle! See my latest post on www.greengranny.org (September 18, 2008) for the difficulties I encounter in using this device in lieu of a motor vehicle. Along the lines of a bicycle, I am interested in hand-cranked or stationary-bike pedaled machines that help perform basic tasks of daily living.


Thank you Keith and Joyce for your comments. It has been very helpful.

I have a few more questions that I hope you both or others can answer.

1. What portable electronic devices do you have/use?
2. How important is portable energy/chargers for these devices?
3. What are some of the energy problems that occur when dealing with electronic devices?
4. Are there any other applications that would benefit from a portable energy source?

Thanks again.

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