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A two-storey, 2,800-sq.-ft modern design in Decatur, Georgia by Robert M. Cain, proves its competence as a clean design being awarded the highest possible LEED rating – Platinum – for having exceeded the requirements by a significant 11 points and being certified “Energy Star”.
What is so unique about the RainShine House to make it a prominent example of green architectural design? Above all, it is the butterfly shaped roof that collects the rain for recycling. Photovoltaic cells mounted on the roof are positioned southward to take full advantage of the solar energy. The roof, being suspended on the continious celerestroies also “lets the sunshine in” and saves extra energy.A two-storey, 2,800-sq.-ft modern design in Decatur, Georgia by Robert M. Cain, proves... more
There is no more of an insidious killer than drought because of its subtlety and silence. It creeps across the land and air sucking out its moisture and leaving nothing but devastation and hunger in its wake. It robs humans and other species of the sustenance they must have to survive, and it seeks to cast a dark shadow in the background of the raging fires it precipitates. It takes great pleasure in the misery it creates and shows no remorse for the lives it takes.
Too dramatic you think? I think not. Drought has been and continues to be a persistant and severe threat upon the Earth. Only now, it is excelerating and becoming even more of a persistant and severe threat due to our own intervention. Can you imagine that? We by our own hand are exacerbating the very condition that is leading to our own demise due to our own selfish oblivious actions or lack of action regarding it.
And as we see with many parts of the world including Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and now even the U.S., the balance between conservation and waste of this life giving resource is dangerously out of balance. The balance between a stable climate that supports life and an erratic climate that destroys life is also dangerously out of balance in concert with actions surrounding water resources. And its remedy now rests with human choices. So what can be done?
Besides an entire shift in consciousness and in how we see water, political will is one important way water policy is fixed from local to the federal level. However, as with consciousness surrounding the climate crisis people must be aware that there is a problem and that it effects their lives. Once that message is clear people seek to move beyond the confortable boundaries they live in to exact change. For many, severe drought in Kenya, China, or Gaza does not phase them as to them it is a world away. However, when we realize how the hydrologic cycle plays into all of our lives and how it is affected by pollution, waste, mismanagement, privitization, and now climate change, those areas of the world do not look so far away anymore.
And this is where we are at now. Looking across the great expanse of our world and seeing the effects of drought and how close to home it is to us and that its effects are not indigenous to just one part of the world. That is the first step towards action.
We need not live in a world without water, but that will mean living in a world without apathy and fear of facing problems head on to solve them. It will not be easy to do now as we already see the relentless shadow of drought moving across the landscape, but it is something we must do in order to save our most precious resource in order to save ourselves.
This article and interview with Peter Gleick gives us good insight into drought, the global water crisis, and the solutions that lie before us now.
How we can avoid a world without water
http://www.alternet.org/water/127703/peter_gleick%3A_how_we_can_avoid_a_world_without_water/?page=1There is no more of an insidious killer than drought because of its subtlety and... more
It doesn't rain that much in Tucson, Ariz., but when it does, Brad Lancaster makes use of every drop. Lancaster has perfected the art of capturing and saving rainwater.
Actually two stories on this npr site, one written the 17th of Sept and the other in January. The January story is Harvesting Rainwater by Not Letting It Go to Waste, a way to recycle used water from the dishwasher, washing machine and other places other than the toilet, since it has too much bacteria.
A key to Peace is to help developing nations by giving them the tools to succeed, not just give them the food and money. People are out there doing just that and more of 'that' needs to be done by organizations and people.
Image from: http://www.tradenote.net/keyword/recycling/
It doesn't rain that much in Tucson, Ariz., but when it does, Brad Lancaster... more
Rainwater harvesting is taking America by storm. A San Francisco woman built her own 1,250-gallon rainwater catchment system with parts from a hardware store for $200. Web traffic has tripled at HarvestH2O.com, which provides information on harvesting rainwater. More idea houses now incorporate rainwater collectors as a green design feature.Rainwater harvesting is taking America by storm. A San Francisco woman built her own... more