Martin enjoys hanging out the washing. No, I don’t make him do it. 😉 He offers… For the 20 minutes or more of uninterrupted(except by mosquitoes) peace and quiet. He gets to be alone. He gets to listen to the radio if he likes. He gets to listen to Radio National, his station of choice. I prefer background music to talking so he loves this quiet time in our garden in the twilight after the kids are in bed where he gets to enjoy the peace at the end of a long day.
The other evening whilst he was hanging out the washing he comes in with his little hand held transistor and tells me I would LOVE this talk. I’m thinking “no, not really” until I heard the topic of discussion. Peak oil and related. Sadly we missed about 40 minutes of it but we were able to listen online and download it too. 😀 I highly recommend listening to this. Richard Heinberg talks about the end of easy to access fossil fuels, how this will impact on things like food, lifestyle and the GDP, how the economy will suffer and much more. It sounds very doom and gloom I know but it’s actually very well presented and raises and addresses the questions of what can we do, what will happen and some things to think about very carefully that may affect our journey into the post peak oil world.
The link is HERE.
One of the comments that struck me was that growth over history is the anomaly. Our economies before the industrial revolution were stable things that ticked along nicely. Another comment that struck a chord was that 1 litre of petrol, at approximately $1.50 contains the embodied energy of a months worth of hard labour for a single person. Really makes you stop and think doesn’t it.
When listening to Richard Heinberg speak I felt like he had taken all the partly formed ideas, thoughts I’d had but not been able to complete and many things I’d instinctively believed that were in my head and put them into eloquent words. He had also padded out my thoughts, completed them and added a whole lot more ideas that I hadn’t even begun to process. I have listened to the podcast which I downloaded, 3 times. It’s good! Just search Radio National and then the Big Ideas program. 🙂