At Home on Hill Haven
Musings, ramblings, and pontifications on motherhood, unschooling, farming, sustainability, spirit, and life in general...
- Name: J.S.
- Location: northwest Georgia, United States
I'm a living-working-breathing mom, writing, mothering, teaching, and soul-searching from our home in northwest Georgia. We are whole-life unschoolers, which basically means our kids actually have a say in what happens to them (it actually means infinitely more than that, but's it's a starting point for discussion). We are also hardcore environmentalists, anti-industrialists, trying to escape from our dependence on petroleum, manufactured products and other non-sustainable practices. We homebirth, homeschool, and homestead, and try to make sense of it all, in a constant whirlwind of chaos.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I'm a Ravenclaw!
OK, maybe I'm just a nerd :) but it was recently my birthday (I'm a July baby like Harry Potter, although he's technically a Leo while I am a Cancer) and to celebrate my annual solar return I ordered the HP movies on DVD. Thus it should come as no surprise that I've got HP on the brain a wee bit, and if you know that I knit then it should also come as no surprise that I have the HP knitting book, Charmed Knits by Alison Hansel (which is wonderful fun, whether you're knitter or HP fan or both). The upshot here is that I was thinking how I would so be in Ravenclaw rather than Gryffindor, and should therefore use Ravenclaw colors when I knit up my quidditch socks. Ahem. What's hysterical here is that my dear sweet friend Tommasina, who likes to play around in my head, fired off an email to me calling me "dear Ravenclaw" with no knowledge of my recent train of thought! When I told her, she found this online sorting hat... how could I resist? And lo, Ravenclaw I am! Ha!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Now I've Heard Everything: Carbon-Capture-Storage
I have to say that this is the biggest load of horseshit the oil industry is pushing, even bigger than their allegations that they give a damn about anything other than fleecing their pockets at the expense of whatever stands in their way, including our own potential future survival. What this article describes is a proposal to trap atmospheric CO2, compress it, and pump it underground for storage. The best part of the story, I think, is this line: "Capturing and storing CO2 is the only realistic way of reducing emissions while delivering the energy that the world needs to prosper," this from Jeroen van der Veer, chief exec of Shell.
So, Jeroen, you're saying that we can't deliver the "energy the world needs to prosper" without maintaining our current CO2 emissions via consumption of oil? We can't reduce our emissions by reducing our emissions? We can't get our energy from some other source, like, for instance, THE SUN?? My dear Jeroen, if you are truly this stupid (which I am confident you are not), then you must be suicidal, or at least extremely depressed, for surely you have noticed by now that oil is what's known as a non-renewable resource, which means, dear man, that it's going to run out at some point (unless we simply quit using it before we use it up). And in your implied scenario, that is depressing indeed-- no way for the world to prosper without it, with the "without it" part being only a matter of time. I think what you meant was, no way for your company to make gazillions of dollars while destroying the planet without it.
Meanwhile, this carbon-capture-storage concept is still in its infancy, with shaky and as-yet-underdeveloped technology behind it (and most likely, although I have not verified this, the very companies promoting this as a solution are not yet devoting many research dollars to remedying this little snag). Hmm, what about alternatives? Oh yeah, solar and wind power are already in use all over the globe, have been for decades. Microhydroelectric is also already ready-to-go. So how is it you've decided the only way to fuel prosperity is with big profits for Shell and lip service for the environment so you can keep on with business as usual?