2012 is proving to be a rather interesting year so far. After an abnormally warm winter with little snow, Spring has arrived in rapid succession and it, too, is bringing forth some warmth that, for the northeast, is usually seen in May and June. Not that anybody is really complaining. We human beings seem to prefer warmth over cold; the light winter and now warmer Spring is being embraced by most people. Even the creatures in our midst are enjoying the quick greening of the landscape and the easy access to food. The squirrels and birds are all very busy, gathering materials for their soon to be arriving brood. Is this warming a sign of climate change? We are breaking temperature records – we apparently have not been this warm since 1894. Was there climate change back then? The fact is, the climate has always been changing. Look back into the long history of the planet and one can see that change is the norm. Our myopic view of a generation is no standard of what the climate should be. Change, it seems, is the only constant. The universe has it’s own plans, and we earthlings can only adapt to the changes that are thrust upon us. This is, by the way, our true purpose, and skill. It’s the reason we, as a species, have made it this far. So instead of lamenting that change is disrupting what we think of as “normal,” we should instead be embracing change and learning the skills of resiliency. Becoming resilient means that we are able to adapt to the changes, whatever they may be. That, in essence, is what being “green” is really all about. Those with the smaller footprint can endure the changes. Those who can grow their own food, who have skills to barter, who have a home that won’t freeze in the winter when the fuel oil man doesn’t come…they will survive, even thrive when the Shit Hits The Fan. They’ll be making compost, while everyone else is in panic mode.
In this issue, we celebrate those who have embraced resiliency. We’ve brought to you here some of the best minds and hearts in our region who have been “green” before it was trendy. These are the leaders, the pioneers who have forged the path for us to follow. Their innovation, vision, and a whole lot of courage in the face of adversity and challenge has gotten them to this point of being recognized and respected as leaders that they are. And the timing could not be better. While we are in the midst of the paradigm shift of epoch proportions, the wisdom of these leaders will be highly sought after. So consider yourself lucky that you have this copy of eco-LOCAL in your hands, because you have an insiders view of the “who’s-who” in sustainable building and alternative energy in the greater Capital Region of New York. If you are forging your own path towards resiliency, these are people that you want to know!
Earth Day comes on April 22, and eco-LOCAL is hosting a Green Building Symposium, at a very unique home in Queensbury, Warren County. The newly finished “Residence at Shallow Creek” has been built as a showcase of the latest sustainable technologies and methods, old and new. Come meet the team of professionals who’s vision has come to life with this one of a kind home. Get up close and personal with the direct application of Passive and Active Solar Power, Geothermal Earth Energy technologies, Local and Reclaimed Building Materials, and Living with the Land Design. See page 41for more details.. Thanks for reading, as always. Remember to support the advertisers inside with your business and love. For without them, this magazine would not exist.
Last Updated (Sunday, 20 May 2012 02:42)