Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Plant - from Chicago to Israel?

As some of you might know, I'm a tree hugger at heart. Not the fanatical kind though. 
I believe that while it's useful (yet slightly naive) to think the world will be saved by recycling paper and bottles, only big ideas will ultimately make the difference. That's because, believe it or not, most of us, will never recycle enough to actually stop the ecological train wreck. I'll just throw numbers out there and assume that at least 50% of the people on the planet would have to give up their car in favor of a bicycle, before we can even talk about cutting carbon dioxide emissions. That's pretty gloom. There is no chance in hell that is ever going to happen, unless people are physically forced to do it and given a more ecological solution (not optional). So here's where I'm going with this rambling.
I recently stumbled upon news of an old meat packing plant in Chicago which was transformed into a self-sufficient (completely off the grid) plant. The concept is just brilliant and the thought of applying it at different scales and in different regions is extremely tempting.
Take a look at the video...

Now you can take a look at the website for more details on the original concept, here.

Inspired already?

I don't know about you, but this is music to my ears. I even wonder if it could be micro scaled in order to cater to smaller communities.
How about South Tel Aviv? 
If you have an interest in taking part of something really big, that will change your life and that of your community, come forward with your thoughts and ideas.

Have a wonderful weekend all! 

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