How are we talking about the problem? How should we talk about the problem?

week 8

I would be far more in favor of destroying the means of production than I am for an individual switch to environmentally conscious behaviors. In all honesty, I don’t think either of two will give us the solution we need but I think this highlights my thought process in regards to the problem. That is that solving the problem is infinitely more important than our individual ability to say that we are contributing. With that being said, I take engagement seriously as claiming it implies some pretty serious ideas about how we conceive of the problem, our relationship and its importance. If engagement does not translate into solutions, I don’t see why anyone is interested in it.  We are not individually responsible for the problem, some of us need to be the answer to it but that does not implicate even distribution of the solution. The problem is part of our structure, therefore the we need to find a way of destroying our structure or negating it. This is why my brother and I feel like interviewing each other would be irresponsible. Due to time constraints I then decided to find people talking about the problem online and examine the nature of the discussion. I decided to look into the mainstream discussion because it has pretty real current impact. I went to r/sustainability and took a look at a discussion started by a member who joined an eco-community. His impressions of the eco-community were entirely positive, as expected by someone who is personally invested. The eco-community is in the Netherlands and exists with the help of a subsidy provided by the province. The original poster claimed that the community consisted of engineers teachers and nurses. I don’t know how much these professions pay in the Netherlands, but unless there is quite literally one of each of those profession in the community this goes against the idea that this is only attainable by wealthy people (which was very present in the comments). I personally don’t see the eco-community model as scaling, but it’s interesting to see how malleable the idea is. I was honestly surprised by the comments expressing concerns about it being a “hippie-cult”. I am interested in seeing what people are worried about losing and general fear of cult behaviors attached to environmentalists. Perhaps this is similar to the fact that other protest movements are seen as consisting of radicals, however in the scenario people want to join and escape the cult. That does not apply with other movements. Speaking on my critiques of individuality as it relates to sustainability movement, I was not surprised to find the idea in spades not only in this conversation but other ones like it. It seems as though there is a possibly considerable portion of the conversation which doesn’t see environmentalism at fundamental or even at substantive odd with capitalism. Either the conversation will have to develop, or the mainstream will have to be bypassed. I am personally thinking the latter is most likely to occur if we are to attain a solution. Below is some footage of the village’s creation from their YouTube page as well as a link to the post on Imgur and Reddit. 

I live in an Eco-Village that produces 100% of its heat and 70% of its electricity sustainably. I am currently working on a design with 100% energy & water and 50% food self-sufficency. from sustainability

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