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buckworks
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« on: August 09, 2017, 02:36:52 AM »

In another thread, amidst gloomy forecasts for the not-very-distant future, Ergophobe said:

>> We need to enact a lot of small solutions and a few big ones, some of which will be painful

Let's talk about that. What are some of those solutions?

It will likely be a while yet before The Powers That Be get enough of a clue ... and enough support from the populace ... to address any of the various crises that are brewing. We can expect hit or miss action at best, and many things will likely get worse before they get better.

So, what are some ways we can be proactive as ordinary folks?

What actions can we take at the individual and household level to:

1) Reduce our contributions to the problem(s)?
2) Make ourselves and our local communities more resilient in the face of ... who knows what?

What do we need to prepare for? and how?

What can we do to be a positive influence, in the areas where we do have influence?

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead
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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2017, 03:03:18 AM »

>What are some of those solutions?
Here are a few...
Policy:
stop subsidizing the oil industry
stop subsidizing corn/soybeans
tax credit for the cost of double pain windows & proper insulation
tax grass in the desert
push the average MPG up 25% within 5 years, then later much higher
tax break for telecommuting
tax breaks for solar/wind power
carbon tariff, put the money into offsetting domestically (more jobs!)


As individuals:
think objectively
buy used
fix things
eat whole natural foods
eat less red meat
turn things off when not in use
consider hobbies that use your own body power
-- if the above isn't an option, electric
--- if that isn't an option, small displacement & light weight
travel less
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2017, 03:55:34 AM »

I just listened to an NPR show about embryonic gene editing. In the near future we should be able to edit-out many chronic illnesses before birth. That could revolutionize healthcare and save trillions.
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2017, 05:40:05 AM »

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CRISPR

It's going to change everything.
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2017, 11:51:24 AM »

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As individuals:
think objectively
buy used
fix things
eat whole natural foods
eat less red meat
turn things off when not in use
consider hobbies that use your own body power
-- if the above isn't an option, electric
--- if that isn't an option, small displacement & light weight
travel less

IT IS UP TO THE INDIVIDUAL
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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2017, 04:15:37 PM »

Stay educated. Educate your kids about the real world.
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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2017, 07:59:21 PM »

Re: Small solutions, this is pretty amazing. 

http://www.domain-b.com/technology/20170809_fuel.html

200 liters of fuel made from solar power and the air's carbon dioxide
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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2017, 06:33:47 PM »

Bucky, I feel remiss not responding here.... I started in on one of my novel-length posts and decided it was important enough to spend more time thinking about before answering. This is a GREAT question and thread. Sorry for not responding even though it's my "fault"!
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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2017, 02:52:18 AM »

>> novel-length posts

I look forward to it! Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2017, 08:36:15 AM »

Its a good thread... and needs serious thought.  I too look forward to Ergos post Smiley

That 200L of gasoline is great.  The DNA idea... does that mean we live longer, with reduced capability though? 
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