By John Micahel Greer
Eco-friendly Wizardry is a hands-on consultant to homescale power conservation, yard foodstuff creation and different common-sense responses to shortage. Written by means of a veteran of the Nineteen Seventies acceptable know-how circulate, it deals attempted and verified strategies and a wealth of approximately forgotten functional talents to aid members, households and groups cope creatively with the top of the age of inexpensive strength.
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The function of the thermostat in the larger context to which it belongs — the system of the house that it’s supposed to keep at a 18 • Green Wizardry more or less stable temperature — is another matter, and it requires a subtly different intentionality. The homeowner, whose job it is to make information out of the available data, monitors the behavior of the thermostat and, if something goes wrong, has to figure out where the trouble is and fix it. The thermostat’s intentionality is to respond to changes in air temperature; the homeowner’s intentionality is to make sure that this intentionality produces the effect that it’s supposed to produce.
This is problematic in any sense you care to contemplate, but it has a special challenge for potential green wizards, because very few people these days actually know how to study information the way that a project of this nature demands. Treat the material I’ll be covering in this book as a collection Principles: Resources for Part One • 39 of hoops to jump through on the way to some nonexistent degree in green wizardry, and the result will be abject failure. If you plan on studying this material, you need to pursue it with the same intensity the average twelve-year-old Twilight fan lavishes on sparkly vampires.
Around the beginning of 2012, therefore, the word “sustainability” began to lose its privileged place in the jargon of the time, as it began to sink in that no matter how much manhandling was applied to that much-abused term, it couldn’t be combined with the phrase “modern middle-class lifestyle” without resulting in total absurdity. Enter “resilience,” which was enthusiastically embraced as another way to talk about what too many people nowadays want to talk about (to the exclusion of more useful conversations): the pretense that a set of lifestyles, social habits, and technologies that were born in an age of unparalleled extravagance can be maintained as the material basis for that extravagance trickles away.
Green Wizardry: Conservation, Solar Power, Organic Gardening, and Other Hands-On Skills From the Appropriate Tech Toolkit by John Micahel Greer