So my dryer was on the fritz for the past few days. I called my landlord and he replaced it. Our DVD player breaks and we go get a new one. Our cell phone gets dinged up and we go get a new one. We saw where all those electronics went in that video, but what about the jobs that went in the trash as well. Thinking back to the 2nd week of class, we talked about respect for people. In this day of instant gratification, we no longer have a need for the "repair person." We just need more vendors. Although with the market as it is currently, there seems to be a resurgance of antiquated roles such as shoemakers and tailors.
I came across this video, which could be an interesting possibility to harvest wind energy in third world countries, where the average income is about $10, and expensive turbine technology is out of question. I thought it was interesting how a simple experiment could translate into the development of alternative energy, not necessarily depending on established but expensive technology.
I was watching the news and saw this story come on...a few weeks too late for the debate but here it is anyways! Its about a manufacturer who is reducing the cost of producing solar panels already for a 1/3rd of their typical cost. The experts say the are costs expected to match traditional power sources in just five years!
Here is an interesting account of Interface Carpet's founder and chief and his story on beginning his company. After becoming the biggest carpet square company, and being embarrassed when they had no response to "what are you doing for the environment", he talks about the transition to becoming the best green carpet manufacturer and setting the goal of using nothing other than highly renewable resources in his products by 2020.
UK based, Chetwoods Associates design a wind dam that generates power. How does this change the natural elements of the gorge? I remember many trips to the Red River Gorge in Eastern part of Kentucky and cannot imagine a huge wind dam blocking the natural environment. While a wind dam is an innovative design, there has to be another solution. How far will we go? What do you think?