Climbing Up On the Energy Soapbox

As Sean Rees announced earlier, he and I have started up our own environmental advocacy blog, the Energy Soapbox. The link has been in my sidebar for a couple days, but I wanted to give a small amount of background.

I’ve been really interested for quite a while in the ideas of sustainability and have written some stuff on the idea in the past on this blog. I decided it was perhaps time to make a more concerted approach to talking about the issue, which is why I became one of the founding Soapbox authors. I’m hoping to look at the issue of sustainability and try to begin to answer some of the questions outlined on my initial post:

We are beginning to see a new generation of children who grew up with technology, who have far better grasp of it than our parents and grandparents (and perhaps even we) ever will.

How do we address this? What does it take to make environmental awareness and stewardship a reality? Where is the current energy policy of the United States lacking, and how do we change it for the better?

I might even add to that list:

  • How do technology (specificaly, computer) advocates reconcile the conflict between utilizing computers and the waste they cause?
  • Is it possible to have a substantial impact on energy usage without a significant change in living habits or equipment (water heaters, thermostat settings, etc.)?
  • How do we create a positive message about sustainability in a world surrounded by negativities?
  • Is sustainability always the correct approach?

These are things I will be considering and writing about. See you there!

  • Steve Ellis

    Wow – nifty new site – I am impressed and proud. Is this the result of some of our conversations? And where did you meet Sean? Tell me more.

  • Steve Ellis

    Wow – nifty new site – I am impressed and proud. Is this the result of some of our conversations? And where did you meet Sean? Tell me more.