Something I don't see living in the mountains, that caught me by surprise here at sea level--a horizontal ray of sun coming in the kitchen window at sunrise.
Obviously, it takes very little to amuse me.
Perhaps if I had been in Vermont this past winter, the sight of any sunlight might amaze me.
I attended a Citizen's Climate Lobby presentation last week.
One speaker talked about personal ways to cut down energy consumption--traded in his car for an electric one, traded in his boat for an electric one, no longer heats his pool--levels of sacrifice I admire, sure, but how many really can relate.
A second speaker talked about governmental role in cutting dependence on fossil fuels. How surprised I was to learn that the U.S. is behind other countries in examining this (not)!
The third speaker was from Transition Venice. This is part of a worldwide transition movement to make communities more food and energy efficient. She was passionate and her positive energy pinged around the room. She did talk about ninja gardening as in this blog. That is something I see quite a bit of and do not necessarily embrace myself. I really don't see the need for humans to "improve" wild places. I see it as intrusive. Otherwise, I support the transition movement.
The final speaker was very dynamic. (And he was an engineer!) He spoke about Historic Green Village on Anna Maria Island. If you have 30 minutes to spare, there is a PBS documentary about the Historic Green Village. It is interesting.
This is something I have wondered about for a while--solar panels are seen all over the place in VT, where there are really a lot of grey days. In Florida, the SUNSHINE STATE, they seem rare. Wanna make a guess about where the disincentives for solar power use comes from?