Originally Posted by first wind
looked at as a whole, i think the problem is a bit deeper than fiberglass
This is a forum for sailing.... as I see it we (sailors) only can look at a little part of the whole picture. If sailors take care for their part, if horse riders or tennis players and skate boarders do their part, too... then the whole picture is changing.
But we cannot point our fingers at others... saying its up to them to take the consequences out of the global problems we have. And only because we (sailors) use little bit wind
by "plastic sails" we define ourselfs as "green and eco-friendly". That self lying and self betraying.
For an individual its enough to think about how own life style (and that of our family
members) can be changed which definitely is consuming too much resources in Western world (Rec.:
Yes, you are right I am using a computer which does not follow the princips of sustainability).
I already have stopped more than 10 years ago to have a car (before I drove a big 6 cylinder business car as consultant). I dont travel for leasure holidays with cheap
flight tickets to visit over weekend London for a concert or fly to Rome for one day for buying
Italian shoes or to Baleares/Spain for making party on weekend as I shortly experienced it from my neighbour's son (a nearby grown up teenager).
I try to avoid buying
toxic and gene manipulated food
... and I dont buy every 2-3 months new shoes and clothes to look like a fashion victim.
My mobile phone
is more than 4 years old after my old 8 years old Nokia died... and still I can do everything from emailing, sms to online banking or watching WebTV not having the latest smart phone
And when I have a damaged desktop
computer I repair it with used parts
buying on ebay. As soon the Microsoft operation system is out of date, I overplay it with Linux
to keep it running so I have computers
being 10 years old.
One can have a living with low costs doing it smart to avoid lots of consumption
. Its possible but not easy... not a perfect life, but at least the carbon foot print is reduced. Right ?
As I think to live on a boat
, this is the only alternative for me to do boating
. So my target for 2016. I cannot have a house plus a boat
for leasure times. Luckily I have a job which I can do on board of a boat, so I can give up land based living.
Its hard to find the right balance, indeed... too long we - as human mankind - went into the wrong direction since times of industrialization. And still too many big concerns are sitting in a bigger trap than me as individual for making profit to satisfy the share holder of N.Y. stock exchange... and not stopping to damage our lifes and health
(e.g. by toxic products (see latest Volkswagen scandal) and wasting huge energy ressources).
In my understanding we have to address relevant questions, in every segment of life... its very urgent.
As I have not seen since more than 30 years that politics are doing the right decisions to protect the lifes of billions of people its time for "direct citizens democracy". Not just an empty word or utopia. - Alone in Germany
where I live every year 100,000 people die because of health
problems caused by soot particles from diesel
engines (cars + trucks) instead it would be easy to write a law that every diesel engine
must have a particles filter. Thats stupidity, more its gross negligence which should be punished with imprisoning. - Am I the next to die of ?
Living together in the world of boating
can teach us something positive: having respect for mother nature. I always felt that sailing should be in harmony, with the weather
conditions. So in consequences to find a real balance it should start from scratch, from design to boat building... till the end of the life of a boat.