Monday, December 19, 2005

Iceberg, Ho!

Iceberg, Ho!, Bay Bulls, Newfoundland, Canada, July 2003, Sony Cybershot, Exposure 1/640 sec @ f10.0, ISO 100, no flash © Steven Crisp

Those are seagulls you might be able to see on the left side of the iceberg -- to give you an idea of scale. So this has melted down to just a little guy at this point in its journey. But icebergs floating by nevertheless ... some would shout "Global Warming!" I'm not particularly interested in furthering that agenda, but instead offer a related thought. I think a reasonable question is by what right does anyone consume a disproportionate share of the earth's finite resources? And what are you doing to keep such consumption in check?

I received an e-mail today with a nice article on some eco-friendly building in the UK. Do you think such an approach can ultimately have an effect on our housing strategy? Think 1970s oil embargo and the immediate switch to small, fuel efficient cars that left the Big 3 US auto makers wondering what hit them, saying "but we only build what the consumer wants ..." Hey, similar situation again with Hummers and mega-SUVs and now the trend toward Hybrids. Well, perhaps this approach to housing could also spark something of a revolution. Have a look:

Inspiration of the Day:

Bedzed (Beddington Zero Energy Development), is the United Kingdom's most revolutionary housing. Bar none. For a start, Bedzed is Britain's first carbon-neutral neighborhood, which means that it contributes zilch to global warming. You could go crazy with the shower thermostat, switch on every light in the house, yet sleep soundly, safe in the knowledge that you're still saving the planet.

Read the article here.

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