Collect the sun. Harness the wind. Alternative energy is exciting. I get excited. Though, maybe not as excited as this guy who works at the local coffee shop where I go, and is studying electrical engineering and solar energy.
When I see solar panels on homes and wind turbines along a ridge line I can appreciate their aesthetic qualities, but I am also reminded that these interventions represent an impulse to engage–to make things better.
A single wind turbine or solar panel does not do much to fix the damage of climate change. These small interventions do however communicate that there a people who are committed to engaging in these problems in an effort to mitigate the damage. The conversations that surround these forward-thinking projects include disagreements over aesthetics, financing, environmental impacts, ideal placement and so on.
Discourse is necessary. These concerns are all valid. Frustratingly though so much opposition is disappointingly egocentric in motivation. Large-scale projects inevitably stall.
These things take time.
Time moves continents, reduces mountains and empties rivers. Time is the Terrible Trivium–faceless and indifferent, dealing in terms unfathomable to humans. Consequently, I rarely feel compelled to act with haste.
What worries me is that we have changed our relationship to time.