Roland Dürre
Sunday August 26th, 2012


During the vacation I spend in the wild South of Greece (Peloponnes, Mani), I sometimes read a few of the internet “information pages”:  ARD, SZ, Spiegel and such.

And I notice that remarkably often the news sound helpless. Take, for instance, mobility. Here is what I read:

Even the vehicle that won the VCD price for being equipped with the most economical combustion motor still produces far too much carbon dioxide. Electronic cars are nowhere near coming onto the market. Fuel prices skyrocket…

And then there comes the fear:

What will happen to the backbone of the German industry – automobile industry?

To be sure, the fear seems justified. But here, too, there are solutions. And we definitely should concentrate more on the solutions. Also in the “news“. Wouldn’t it be nice if the media were to spread less helplessness and fear, and instead work at a concept for the future?

Our future will be characterized by change. Because the change we need will happen. In fact, it is already under way. This change will and must happen with our collective and individual awareness. We have to change our mental concepts. And that is what we will do, simply because we will have to do it. The process will be a part of the evolution, supported by our world-wide network through the internet.

And here it begins. Even as I write this, more and more people try to coordinate work and life better. Many use public transportation or their bikes more often than they used to. And they will probably soon use the electro scooter. We will have to and will manage to make our mobility, along with our entire lives, a little more “decroissant”.

In many areas, the hierarchic structures dissolve, being replaced by networks. Entrepreneurial initiatives substitute systemic realizations. Strict interconnection is replaced by lose interconnection, central control makes way for self-control. This will be particularly necessary in complex social systems, and that is where it will happen. Maybe this could also indicate how we might solve our “current problems”, such as EU and EURO.

More and more people start changing their habits. They refuse to be made part of the marketing mechanism. They reduce their consumption. They no longer want status symbols. They are more nutrition-conscious. They get joy in their lives from what is really important to them. They prefer being something to seeming something. They get more critical and autonomous and will no longer accept being told what to think by religions and associations.

If we want change, we need no federal programs. They would be no help, because what must happen has to come from deep inside ourselves. It might be a good idea to do without subsidies and regulations, because they will certainly not help us. The development of our awareness and our values must happen in a fair discourse, free from suppression. And it has already started.

Parallel with this, all we have to do is act. Decentralization is the motto. We all together, as well as every individual person, must do what is right and refrain from doing what is wrong. It is quite simple, isn’t it?

(Translated by EG)

5 Kommentare zu “Change”

  1. Lutz Wulfestieg (Sunday August 26th, 2012)

    Passend zu deinem Artikel haben wir am Samstag an einem Themenabend “Kubas Gemeinschaftsgärten” im Wandelkino teilgenommen.
    Was wir bis dato nicht wussten, Kuba hat die Entwicklung des Nach-Peak-Oil schon durchlebt.
    Nicht freiwillig. Nach dem Zerfall der Sowjetunion und dem Boykott durch die USA war Kuba gezwungen, die Infrastruktur komplett umzubauen. Keine Erdölimporte, der Zusammenbruch fast des kompletten Außenhandels erforderten ein schnelles, drastisches Umdenken.
    Regionalisierung der Landwirtschaft, Einsatz von Ochsen statt Traktoren, Verteilung von Fahrrädern, Einsatz von Bussen (Camel) mit bis zu 300 Plätzen sind nur einige der Maßnahmen, die das Überleben gesichert haben.
    Positive Nebeneffekte: Übergewicht und Diabetes sind drastisch zurück gegangen. Eine starkes Gemeinschaftsgefühl hat sich gebildet.
    Nicht, das es in Deutschland so dramatisch kommen muss. Aber es wäre dumm, vor diesem Beispiel die Augen zu verschließen.

  2. Hans Bonfigt (Monday August 27th, 2012)

    … und nur am Rande ergänzt:
    Das Elektroauto ist genau so eine Nebelkerze wie die “Energiesparlampe”.

    Anstatt “Medienkompetenz” qua Scheissbook zu erlernen, wäre ein
    bißchen Physik angebracht, vielleicht so ein Jahr Boltzmann-Repetitorium.

    Dann nämlich wüßten die Kids, was Wirkungsgrad bedeutet und
    wie bescheuert die Elektroidee wirklich ist.

  3. Chris Wood (Monday August 27th, 2012)

    A fine posting, except that throughout “we” seems to mean German residents, although this is never made clear.

  4. Chris Wood (Tuesday August 28th, 2012)

    I am no great fan of electric cars, but I cannot entirely agree with Hans. Photosynthesis has an efficiency of 3% to 6%. To drive a car using the result of this will lose two thirds. Fertiliser and tractors will also be needed. So the overall efficiency will be about 1%. An electric car charged up using photovoltaic panels is more efficient. Until thermonuclear power works, this may be the best sustainable way to drive a car. An alternative is to use solar energy to generate diesel fuel, without using normal crops. Experiments are being made with genetically modified algae, etc, but they have a long way to go.
    We are heading for serious trouble, and cars are not the main source of CO2. Whether cars are electric or diesel makes little difference.

  5. Lutz Wulfestieg (Wednesday August 29th, 2012)

    In dem Zusammenhang möchte ich auf eine indische Entwicklung hinweisen. Den Airpod. Der Motor wird mit Druckluft betrieben. Ein Tankinhalt mit 175 Liter komprimierter Luft bietet etwa 200 Kilometer Reichweite. Warum nicht?

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