Tree-Hugger Factoid #26

4 June 2010, 13:37

Source: National Geographic Magazine, March 2009
Photo Source: morgueFile


#1 · Caleb Schafer

7 06 2010 - 16:15

How seriously and in depth have folks studied the Amish as a model of sustainability. They don’t have cars. They don’t use electricity at all. The always grow their own core sustenance. It seems to often being “green” especially in architecture, is about technologies that allow us to consume as much as we currently do, instead of an encouragement and framework to consume less…if indeed that is the problem. The Amish comment was very serious, as I grew up surrounded by these people who are rooted in community and collaboration…although they wouldn’t know what those words mean in this context. i.e. they are doing what they’re doing without being coerced or pursuaded that it’s the “right” thing to do. It’s just their way of life….what about you…..what about me? Are we really interested in transformative sustainability? How about becoming Amish? How radical are you about being “green”? :)