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green ideology
September 19, 2010, 3:05 am
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I’ve decided to post some of the posters I made to this blog space.  You can find all of them under the posters tab at the top of the page.

Here’s the first on how wrong headed we are – already! – when it comes to understanding what it means to be green or sustainable or just sane.  We are a tiny percentage of the world’s population consuming a vast proportion of its goods.  Pigs at the trough.  So now, several generations too late, we all – or most of us – agree we need to make a significant change to how we live.  But the conversation got co-opted by old thinking.  Take for instance our built environment – how we build our houses and towns.  We spread out all over the place, because we got our land cheap out there, and there are fewer ‘ethnics’ and the schools are better and we got a really good deal on the mortgage and the taxes are better and so on.  Just look around.  At how we live.  It’s an economic disaster.  You can’t live within your means if you’re spread out all over God’s green earth.  You can, however, if you live in towns or cities that are appropriately dense with social and economic life close at hand.  Think I’m wrong?  Read your history – no city or country that was strong and solvent spread their resources thinly across the landscape.  Each culture in history has built towns and cities that are structured to serve its citizens – that’s the old word for what we now call consumers in case you’re unfamiliar with it.

This poster makes the claim that real change which would mean building proper cities has been co-opted by people who would have us continue down the same path that led to our unsustainable, sprawling, costly, energy hogging lifestyles.

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