I didn’t mean for the title to stir up fears over your current mortgage situation (although, who am I to say that those fears are misplaced?). I want to talk a little bit about the green movement, as it’s been on my mind lately. I’m in a class called Green Building Technology, and the professor is very passionate about the push towards a more eco-friendly world, and with all of the stats that he pushes on us, it’s hard not to become passionate myself. Earlier today, we were talking about how the greenest kind of architecture is beautiful architecture, because it takes an insane amount of embodied energy to make building materials and generally speaking, people keep beautiful buildings around. Which led me to the question: what if really the greenest architecture is no architecture at all? Which of course (of course?) led me to think of the homeless.
So here’s my shpeel. I was originally going to put it as my facebook status, but it was apparently too long so it wanted me to make it a note, which, in format, looked curiously like a blog post, which in turn reminded me that I’m a part of this wonderful creation of Dave’s so I figured I’d put it on here instead. Annnnyway:
It’s funny how we give millions of dollars in tax credit to companies that make an effort to be green, when, ironically, the most environmentally friendly people are the homeless. Think about it. They are reducing our impact on the environment: they never drive, they are constantly supporting the public transportation system, they don’t waste tons of water on bathing (or on flushing for that matter, but that’s a whole other problem), they don’t waste energy being heated or air conditioned, they don’t have anything electronic to plug in (he says as he types this meaningless post on his energy hungry computer… with all of the lights in his house turned on. Hmm, BRB). They reuse all the time: old worn out jackets, cardboard boxes as houses, paper cups as money collectors, trash bag backpacks, old half-eaten food meals, etc. And they’re great recyclers too, as it constitutes a portion of their income!
I know it’s not their choice to be homeless, but I think we could still learn a thing or two from them about living more humbly to reduce our impact (or, in case your house does go into foreclosure, good for you for being a part of the solution!).