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Seek to re-use all buildings capable of being adaptively re-used. Plan with the the 3 Ls: long life, loose fit, low energy. Make passive environmental control and good daylighting  the norm.

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We need actual functioning ecologies, not green wash. Green rooves are green wash.

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Buy less stuff. Stuff is waste.

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Lets not undertake needless building work. The building industry creates large amounts of ghg. The less it does the better.

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As  climate change quickens, pressure comes on, we must all work hard to resist the dark side of our human natures, as WB Yeats informs us. Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.  

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A climate ready Auckland is a much smaller city, of about 300,000. Transport is by water, tramway and bicycle. The economy is local, not global, and all activity including activity with negative environmental impacts occurs near to the city. 

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This is the issue of the tragedy of the commons, shall we use it up first, before someone else does. Clearly low carbon emissions in AK while all our manufactured goods come from somewhere else that continues to make global warming happen achieves little. NZ has small, with no real power to influence the global situation.  The pragmatic decision, to which we are culturally inclined, is to continue to use it up , because every one else is. This is what we have been doing. Morally...

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The Internal combustion engine and the coal fired power station lie behind most aspects of human life these days, from food production, to cloths, to travel, to heavy industry. Every year co2 production increases, at a world level, as more people go "high tech". "green initiatives" are generally mere green wash.  My idea is that we move away from this energy intensive economy to a much more low tech one which relies on the physical labour of humans for its energy inputs. A side benefit is...

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kelp strewn

auckland, New Zealand

Joined this community on Dec 18, 2018

Bio Living on a rocky coast, much of my work involves hanging on tenaciously in a dynamic, rapidly changing environment.

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