Your grandchildren will hate you
Eugene is pleasant in the spring. Flat enough to be excellent to bike almost everywhere, with little car traffic which is mostly well behaved. The university brings new faces every year and clever talk. There is an impressive array of restaurants and natural food stores to serve locals and visitors alike. Well maintained parks and nature preserves surround Eugene, with accessible hiking and biking.
The politics of the town are mostly liberal to progressive with some colorful radicals thrown in for spice. It is also where some of my favorite people in the world live, including Tree and Abigail. Abigail invited me to present at her work with SWAT (Sexual Wellness and Advocacy Team). She wanted to do group trust building, so i did an introduction to transparency tools which was quite well received.
When i got there, some students expressed interest in the communes so i did a rapid introduction of them. Which ended with the lines:
We keep track of our energy and materials use within the income sharing communities and what we find is that our per person carbon footprint is about 20% of that of our mainstream US counterparts. This 80% reduction in carbon emissions corresponds with where the UN’s IPCC thinks all industrial countries should be by 2050. The problem is that almost no one else knows how to get here.
The communes are not brilliant in our use of renewables. Nor do we carefully conserve every kilowatt hour of electricity. The thing we are really good at is sharing resources. In my view, this is the only way to save the world while maintaining a lifestyle which is vaguely similar to what people in rich countries are already experiencing. If your grandchildren don’t hate you, it will be because as a nation we figured out how to share resources well.
Frankly, i think i went over the head of some of these otherwise clever students. It is not a message one hears very often and people are generally dismissive about the significance of sharing. And for me there is no escaping the importance of it. It is at the center of the Point A project and much of the outreach work we do.
If Willow has kids, i want them to like me.
About paxusa funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.
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