So I am going to add a series of pages that talks about climate change in regards to the three absolute necessities of life: food, water, and shelter. We’ll start with the last, because that’s the page I happen to be on, and I have already written one blog about it (link given below).
But first, imagine the least environmentally-imposing shelter. One day, while I was helping pick up trash in Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC, which is a large, very wooded park, we followed a lot of trash within a creek to what turned out to be a homeless encampment within a cave under a massive tree’s root systems. It was a very large cave for a creek bed, and probably slept at least four people. They had pots and pans and laundry hanging outside to dry, but the cave itself was completely natural and did not even look like it had been enlarged.
It is the only place I can think of where I know humans aren’t impacting the climate by their need for shelter. Although this example tries to come close: https://www.greenmatters.com/home/2018/08/08/Z235p8K/nolla-neste-tiny-cabin.
And then are the beautiful ice hotels in Quebec and , but I wouldn’t call that shelter – I would call that torture.
This page is going to evolve over time to include more ideas and helpful actions to fight climate change regarding your home. But please consider that every single new home built today is increasing climate change, even if you have renewable energy and give back to the grid: there is the process of designing a home (computer use), of manufacturing any new materials to build with, of transporting the materials, of putting the house together — all of this uses CO2, even if locally sourced. Yet we need places to shelter – so what do we do? The two main steps you can do to fight climate change as regards your shelter are:
- Move into an existing place and make it more environmentally friendly, or in this case, just more friendly.
or, if you must go to a newly-built place or build a new house
2. Choose small and efficient, in an efficient location, using salvaged materials.
There’s more of course. I’ll pull together some of the things we’ve been talking about in our Facebook discussion group: www.fb.com/groups/ClimateSteps. In the meantime, please see these two articles:
Thank you for every action you take.