This is the fifth and last article in the series called ˜New ways of doing old things”.We all have heard the old saying ˜We’ve always done it that way”. Many times there is a good reason for doing the way it has always been done – it works. But, as Bob Dylan said ˜The times they are a changing” and how we do things is going to change with it. With global warming and all its concomitant effects, some of us are starting to think in ways that are new to us.In the last column we talked about how we might judge our lives based not upon how much we have but rather upon what we did. Keeping what we have in working order and learning how to maintain it is very important to most of us.We have already seen this trend developing and in the future there will be more of it. Over the last ten or so years we’ve seen a good bit of this sort of thing – look at the rise of the mega home improvement store.Some people say this came about because an aging American male population needed a way to prove itself. Since running marathons and hang gliding weren’t in the cards anymore, building a new deck or laying tile took its place. Do-it-yourself (DIY) sites on the Internet have increased markedly since the dot-com bubble burst and the equity in our homes went into full retreat.Maintaining the most of what you have while learning new skills has taken on a double meaning, beyond graybeard macho, as the cost of energy, insurance and basic necessities continue to hit new highs.We will see individual, neighborhood and community garden plots spring up as energy costs and the use of crops for ethanol production pushes up the price of food.
Gardens and home improvement will no longer be the pastime of sunshine environmentalists and goodtime Charlies. People will need to make ends meet and these will be a couple of ways to do it.
For many homeowners and people out of a job the new mantra of their lives will become: Make it work, make it last, make it do or do without!
Think Global – Act Local!