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For the good eyed/attentive person, a certain thing might have become increasingly clear as of late; the anomaly I am reffering is that despite reported "increased efforts" on environmental pollution, global poverty, biodiversity decline, energy security and rising food prices, have all kept deteriorating rather than improving or even staying stagnant. As such, even for the average joe or jenny from the block, it becomes more and more clear that the way on how we are handling these problems must certainly not be the most efficient one and that, perhaps, organisations (and indeed, the nation itself) should take on another angle or even adress things entirely differently. Having seen quite enough of the problems at hand (see the lengthier version of my experiences at the text file added), I tried figuring out a way on how we ourselves can alter our lifestyle and decrease these problems decribed. In the process, I also figured out a way on how we can make our (urban) life more simple and make ourselves and our environment more healthy aswell. Perhaps that, with these measures, and if enough people are willing, we may change the current society of Takers alltogether (atleast to some degree) and still be in time to avoid the biggest environmental damage. If not, then things will turn bleak indeed and we might end up
-destroying the planet's life support systems which we need to survive (eg trees which filter the air, rivers to provide our water, ...)
- moving towards a unhospitable planet in which violence, illeteracy, insecurity and a worsoning economic situation are a plenty.
JeremyA7 years ago
I find it odd that you would look to electric, hydrogen fuel cells and flywheel storage for the school bus when most of them are diesel. Why not simply make your own Biodiesel. It would be much more simple and fit into your anarchist dogma much easier. Hydrogen is a joke that is endorsed by the chemical, and fuel companies as well as the government. They do this because they know the technology is so far down the road and requires a massive infrasturcture that they can control. BioDiesel is the democratization of fuel. It can be made anywere there is oil, and a few basic chemicals. I feel for ease of reading this instructable could be shortened, and cleared up a bit. It has a tendency in some places to sound like a rambling manefesto. I must admit I have that habbit as well. Please don't take that as an insult. I simply agree with some of these ideas and I would like to see a more positive response to this as it is read more.
Brian Perry (author)  JeremyA2 years ago
Some old vehicles may no longer have a working (internal combustion) engine, so swapping it out with an engine that only allows to run on a clean fuel seems useful. Hydrogen (and other similar fuels -ie oxyhydrogen, ...) is indeed difficult to work with (short shelf life), but can possibly be more practical in the future as better storage options become available; . Otherwise, biodiesel (or biobutanol in case of a petrol engine) makes more sense.
I have been a bit dense recently. I am just wondering what you meant by "environmental monastery"? I checked the link, and I wasn't sure exactly what you meant.
Brian Perry (author)  anniebananie2 years ago
The idea is that religious people/religious centers act against climate change (for example by making constructions against the effects of climate change) or by living more ecologically. See also arcworld.org/
lloydrmc3 years ago
Wow. Where do I start? How about if you think there is a problem with Illiteracy, that you make absolutely certain that you spell the word "Illiteracy" correctly?

I think that the OLPC is representative of much of what's wrong with the world (yes, I know you didn't present that, and I apologize as it's a real sore point for me) . Children don't need computers, or at least not first (or probably 10th). What they need is clean water and safe sanitation, but that's not "techy" enough.

That all being said, I really do appreciate that you have taken the time and trouble to identify what you think is wrong with the world, thinking through and presenting your ideas as to how to ease these problems.

Brian Perry (author)  lloydrmc2 years ago
It may indeed seem weird to promote computers like the OLPC to children. The intent however is that they use it appropriately, ie for learning skills. Clean water and safe sanitation can only be provided by adults (which have (had) access to knowledge, for example via these computers) in the past.
actionjksn3 years ago
Is this an Instructable on how to clog your browser up with so many tool bars that you loose 25% of your screen and also misspell a bunch of words?
thanks for taking the time to help your fellow humans
JohnJY5 years ago
 No offence, but...tree hugger.  
JohnJY JohnJY4 years ago
Darn! XD I look like a stupid mother----er. XD
JohnJY5 years ago
 Very nice, long, and detailed Instructable, a piece of work that toke weeks, very nicely done, but no my thing.
It's probably because English is not my native language, some of the handwriting is a bit difficult to read for me. Is it possible that you type them up for me?

Miiu7 years ago
Enjoyed. Would like to add this to your ideas of green living via computer. You mentioned the eee - how about the XO? For a quick rundown,
All kinds of people are trying - yay!
Brian Perry (author)  Miiu7 years ago
I know of the XO-1, however I find this PC to be to small and slow to be used for people that use their PC for serious work. Note that were I say "slow", I don't mean that it works slow (as it has Linux running), yet to install other alternative OS' and to do other labour-intensive work (GPS navigation, video-playing, ...), the CPU does not provide enough support. Also, the screen is way too small to do serious text editing, ... I advocate atleast a 10inch screen (the Eee PC 901-1000 has one). Also, I recommend the Eee as it has a 64-bit CPU (so you don't need to switch the PC soon). Note that I do not disregard the XO (its great, especially for people in the developing work that only just start working with a computer), however for serious work (eg Wikipedia-editing, text editing, ...) I do not recommend it. You can however look trough this site to determine other good UMPC's if you don't like the Eee (may other UMPC's are now coming out by several computer brands).
chuckr447 years ago
I think you have some good ideas that were not thought out. I have been researching alternative energy for 3+ years. Here's the reason why solar/wind power has not been accepted in the majority of households. Let's consider the 5 year cost of a solar system vs. the 5 year cost (in dollars, not CO2 or anything else) of mass-produced electricity. In my area the average cost of electricity for 1 month is $60us. Over 5 years that's $3600. Here's a breakdown of a solar system: battery bank: $5000 solar cells: $10,000 charging regulator and all other electronics: $2000 Total: $17,000 Now keep in mind you must replace the batteries every 4-5 years. So repeat the $5000 expense every 4-5 years. Now you can see the reason why the majority of people do not have solar: they do not have the income to support the expense. $3600 vs $17000 for the first 5 years is a big difference. You talk about reducing consumerism and saving money, solar/wind power is not the way to save money. Save CO2 perhaps, but how much CO2 is involved in making those lead-acid deep-cycle batteries you replace every 5 years?
static chuckr447 years ago
In exchanges with those who live off grid, I learn that a battery bank can last up to 10 years. How much CO2 is used to construct the batteries is a valid question, but should be compared to how much CO2 the batteries prevented from being formed over their lifetime. Along with being compared to the CO2 produced to create the machinery used to produce transport the electrical power to the home using solar/ wind generated electrical power. Not to mention CO2 released by the fuel burned to create grid power.
Brian Perry (author)  chuckr447 years ago
Glad you ask that question; please look at the suggestions I made at step 1 and step 6: first of all I note that you make allot (if not all) of the systems diy. This will allow to save on your primary costs. Making the stuff diy is btw explained in more detail and concrete steps/info on how to do so in practice is noted down. Also, I noted avoiding the use of energy storage; rather a simpler hook up unto the net is recommended. Finally, if you do decide to implement energy storage, I recommended using other energy storage devices as flywheel energy storage, hydrogen fuel cells, and or compressed air tanks (the latter being the most intresting). Download the zip file I added and shift trough all of it. (you'll have your work cut out). Btw; I too spend several years researching the technologies and writing them down (4 years)