Gentle technology

 

         meets the

 

      global crisis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TubeWaySolar was previously a website with purely factual alternative solutions; now it has also become one about our deep human principles. Now, in the midst of the Covid pandemic, I feel urged to connect the two topics.

Because of the climate catastrophes evident everywhere, some of the suggestions could be implemented to benefit our communities. 

May you, dear reader, discover new and exciting things about both aspects.

 

 

 

Together we inhabit the particularly beautiful, but also very sensitive habitat of the earth. And so we suffer the consequences of the constant destruction of nature, but with noticeable differences depending on the region.

Many of our previous structures are breaking down. Processes within the structures of capital and the economy are also increasingly experiencing the same turbulence as our global climate.

 

The turnaround from some dead ends is necessary and still possible! To this end, the inventions shown here should also be put to wider use. The aim is to find easy-to-implement solutions to the problems of our industrial building, agricultural and transport systems. transport systems. These approaches make it possible to reduce CO2 emissions, steel, concrete and petroleum consumption, as well as the consumption of many other resources, by up to 80%.

It is up to the manufacturers to test the respective concept in terms of technical details. 

   

When it comes to counteracting climate change, there are holistic problem analyses, scientific warnings and techological alternatives. But there is no way getting around the fact that a stark reduction in oil production, with less asphalt, agrochemicals, cement and plastic, will change some of the things we have come to love thanks to our excessive consumer mentality. The targets of Rome and COP26 in Glasgow 2021 will therefore probably have to risk quite a bit in fossil energy reduction!

This process could also clear up everything that is actually getting out of hand. It shows insights and ways to what we and the entire biosphere are lacking – namely biodiversity, healthy use of arable land, water and air, and, and,

and. The limits to growth are very real. 

 

But in the end, the corporations that are still powerful today, including OPEC, car manufacturers and the big energy suppliers will give in and switch to genuinely sustainable. The shirt will probably become closer to them than the skirt. Likely it will be concern about the unleashed forces of nature that will also make them rethink and plan new. After all, mainstream neoliberalism and anthropocentric ideologies are ultimately just as tied to climate and the biosphere.

I hope that these thoughts are not merely derived from my optimism of purpose! Otherwise the saying "war and corpses, the last hope of the rich" would be justified. Rather, I believe that hope is more long-lasting; and that work that is matured in sorrow and combined with love proves its worth. Surely we should also be able to apply the latter to the logic of our economic operators?

 

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Foresighted researchers have argued that only geothermal and solar thermal energy, wind and water power and the use of solar foils, bio-gas and saltwater batteries are now considered climate-neutral energy options.Nuclear, fossil, cobalt/lithium and hydrogen should therefore not be used anymore – despite the high energy density of these materials. 

Why? Because otherwise - in combination with chemical-based turbo agriculture and the effects of current global trade - we will fall even faster under the prevailing pressure of rapidly increasing climate heating and this blind fury will cause us hell on earth. 

In mutually honest recognition - as "one humanity" - the power of necessary, wise action can still arise.But with 8 billion people on earth, we are gradually running out of air, water and raw materials. Yet the current economic model of competition is becoming increasingly absurd and could drive us into reckless overexploitation and new devastating wars.

  

If our diverse cultures reflected on their own roots and customs and the local economy in their own regions, then this global crisis could be overcome. In addition, we should – indeed must – expand already developed non-fossil, sustainable technologies.

 

It is up to the policy of all national interests that domestic-regional exchange of goods gains legal priority - over all the widely dispersing world trade. This will free our economy and the agricultural peasantry from the global pressure of wage and market dumping on our basic food and consumer goods. The global economy does not have to remain a hopeless constraint!

 

Whether we will use the alternatives set out below in the coming decades depends less on concerns about our wealth than on whether we believe in a good life in the future.

 

Governmental, future-oriented regulations make sense with regard to labour and the economy, and also with regard to ethics, freedom and morality. It should be noted here that work – things that need to get done – never runs out. And with local economies being protected, every activity that is useful to the local community can turn into a worthwhile job. But fully automated waste sorting systems and waste material recycling are also gaining an increasing role, as are wind columns - such as those from Vortex-Bladeless. 

 

Let us therefore quickly seize effective opportunities – which by means of technical alternatives allow us to turn back in time and give future generations a livelihood. 

 

Overseas traffic is also invasive to marine animals introduced into ballast water. And long-distance tourism sometimes turns epidemics into pandemics.

 

But let's be honest, don't we want the fastest possible solution, towards natural soil fertility with all the insects essential for pollination?

Don't we want to harvest food from our gardens and fields tomorrow still (see button: Autonomous Device in the Field)? Unfor-tunately, 2/3 of the "silent spring" has already become reality! 

 

 

Copyright: M.Th., Vienna, during the 2020/21 pandemic

 

 

 

  We and our climate 

 

What to do

 

in the face of

 

 rapid

 

global heating?

 

 

This article talks about our outer and inner atmosphere which both have an effect on our climate.

  

  

First, the outer atmosphere und our climate:

 

Without its atmosphere, life on earth would be like on the moon: freezing cold, a black and white landscape, no blue sky, scattered light and without the ionosphere as a filter against the hard radiation. On earth, there are a few kilometers of breathable air above us.

 

However, there's also a layer of heavy CO2, which was only 3 meters tall before the industrialization. In the meantime, however, it has already reached an average height of almost 40 meters. 

The toxic CO2 level is constantly being increased by traffic. This causes the strong turbulences and extreme weather conditions between the warm "glass house roof" and the colder air above it. "So it remains absurd that we have to set 1 to 2 tonnes of metal in motion in order to drive around an average human of 80 kilograms", posted the press spokesman of the VCÖ on LinkedIn. He is referring to the way we typically use cars.

Driving only 1 to 2 kilometres with the exhaust inside inevitably kills their occupants. But in sum, it's about all those involved in emissions, such as heavy industry, agriculture and many more. For all life in the "passenger compartment earth" is increasingly suffering the same fate! And the high proportion of fine dust (in the nano range) that has recently emerged unfortunately overcomes both the human cell walls and the brain barrier. Fine dust is carcinogenic, and it also damages our genetic make-up. 

It is therefore high time we rid our entire economy and transportation system of fossil fuels!

 

The consequential costs of the damage caused by climate catastrophes are several times higher than the investments known to be needed to phase out fossil energies! At the same time, a large amount of private assets is passively stored in its administration. But we are also called upon, each and every one of us, to make conscious decisions with regards to sustainability every day, to demand industrial environmental standards and adopting a consumption-critical mindset. 

 

Of course there are opportunities and ways out. On the other hand, the dynamics of encrusted structures and their shareholders (5%) are frighteningly sluggish! They are blocking the path to a greener, cleaner, more peaceful world. They seem to care only about their returns, the utilisation of the remaining raw materials and the finiteness of their earthly life. 

Their "private ownership" of 90%! of all assets should desperately be made public! One can also accept those who have become rich in this way as they are - just like other people. For the common overcoming of today's crises - which we all share and which affect us all - is ultimately unavoidable. 

 

Some shareholders, however, are still held hostage by the all-dominant dictatorship of interest money and returns. Their capitalist power then often only pays for their own structural maintenance: arms manufacturers, nuclear lobbies, agricultural corporations, oil, chemical and electricity magnates, concreters and vehicle manufacturers, and so on. 

But it is high time to reduce fossil fuels in our entire economy and the transportation system!

 

  

   Just now a version of the transition from current economic and financial dead ends      

                                                                                                                         

Neither the current economy, nor politics, nor wind turbine parks, hydrogen, silicon modules, concrete construction technology, e-mobility or vegan diets are able to change our climate and raw material crisis. They only offer a limited compensation for the necessary restructuring for adequate biological footprints. 

 

But general debt relief could be the gamechanger! It is necessary to protect work, trade, mobility and earthly existence itself from the impending global financial collapse. This turnaround would probably have to come from the finance industry itself. It should, indeed must, ensure climatic survival and a new beginning in terms of finances. As early as 594 BC, the Greek polis of Athens took a similar step of solidarity – with benefits for all*.

 

This new decision would neither affect existing hierarchies nor the respective state structures. Above all, it would shift a great deal of capital, which is mostly lying passive, into environmentally compatible projects, thus preparing the technically necessary conditions for fossil-free production and clean traffic. This does not mean a new era of communism, because this measure would only achieve which in ancient times was a good thing every 50 years through the Jewish year of jubilee.

 

Emerging countries must also experience debt relief in order to be able to deal with their situation themselves in the future! There is the permissible question: if all states have a more or less high debt burden – to whom are all these debts owed, or who has borrowed such enormous sums in real terms? Due to the pandemic costs and the resulting situation on the world market, the global financial system as a whole is probably no longer going to yield "lucrative profits". This is precisely what makes a radical new start likely. 

For example, the renowned Lary Fink, head of Blackrock, could take on the role of the historical Greek Solon*. After all, he is an experienced front man among asset managers, with reputations in all currencies and good contacts with several major investors!

 

What to do in the face of rapid global heating? It is only in the paradigm shift to sufficient "green investment" that the Bitcoin jugglers and gun lobbyists have reached the end of their flagpoles.

 

Along with such a cut, there would also be good chances for "TOPten4cleanFuture" – i.e. the transport solutions laid out on TubeWay-Solar – to be implemented. Because they are well suited to efficiently help stabilise the precarious situation of the biosphere and the heated climate. 

 

 

 * Around 600 BC, trade was flourishing in Athens. Grain imported from abroad was cheaper than that from small farmers at home, so many became impoverished and social unrest ensued. To prevent a bloody civil war, the Athenian population made the aristocrat Solon arbitrator in 594 BC. 

The reforms that followed formed the basis of Athenian democracy ("rule by the people"). The Greek historian Plutarch wrote in 100 BC about the social problems before Solon's reforms.

The entire Greek people were in debt to the rich. Either they worked the land and delivered one sixth of the proceeds, or if they had contracted debts under serfdom, they were taken away by the creditors and served as slaves. Many were also forced to sell their own children. Once Solon had control over the situation, he freed the people by forbidding loans on people and by cancelling debts [...].   

Source: Plutarch > Solon, translated by K. Ziegler, Stuttgart 1954, p. 224.

 

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The concerted superiority of highly developed regions leaves the disadvantaged countries no economic leeway. On the other hand, their rapid advance also makes them inflexible and blind to technically simple alternatives. In any case, this technical superiority alienates us humans from naturalness, empathy and heartfelt public spirit.

Two worlds, rich and poor, two perspectives – both trapped in themselves – have formed. This state of affairs must be balanced - otherwise, I think, both worlds will be lost!

 

If all work were done by progressive automation, the masses of "released" people would also have to receive a work-free basic income. The companies rationalised in this way would actually owe this to general social hygiene! 

 

In particular, the already developed non-fossil, sustainable technologies should, indeed must, be further expanded. Many meaningful occupations can still be found in these.

 

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Concerning our inner atmosphere 

 

For more than 200 years, some technological developments, purely monetary and economic-political interests, soulless industries and questionable scientific applications have led us into dangerous mazes. 

 

Since then, humans have become rather egocentric and caught up in zeitgeist trends. In addition, we/I know very little about our global environment, about our/my history, and successful but highly complex product developments. Insecurity makes us arrogant, and makes us forget our eternal soul nature. The whence and whither of things and of our own existence no longer seem coherent to us and cause us to suppress essentials (uprooting and loss of values).

 

The industrial revolution has diminished the previously wondrous diversity of nature and brings everything to the edge of existence. The error of our dangerous competitive thinking can still be transformed into the ethically fruitful achievements of an ecological community of solidarity.

 

For where water, air and fertile soil suffer such detrimental changes, all life is threatened.

life as a whole is threatened. Added to this are new moral problems: e.g. that

stable interpersonal relationships and those with our Creator are diminishing.

are diminishing. Family preservation and respect for life are thus lose 

their power and terrain – along with all the serious consequences!

   

 

It is also necessary that previous labour activities that are eliminated by automation are compensated socially. Otherwise, protests and civil war-like conditions remain a threat: because "a hungry men is an angry men – women too".

Even if all work were done through automation, the masses of “unoccupied” people should also receive a basic income without work. The companies streamlined in this way would actually owe this to society. There are still many meaningful occupations to be found here.

 

What, for example, is preventing the swift achievement of existing, ethically high SDG treaties? Is it only the interests of those who are successful in greed, who have become rich with resource theft and patent blockades, wealth transfers and bitcoin trading or with arms and drug deals?

Is it really only because of powerful capital, environmental and economic pirates that we have social and environmental problems? They are probably the main cause, but I think there's more to it:

Despite decades of expert warnings and despite the many environmentally conscious people, no real change of course has yet succeeded - because too many people are only tuned to consumption. 

 

Well, all this could and will change for the better through greater insight!

Solar thermal energy, for example, is a very important component here, along with other points. According to the conviction of solar house pioneer Josef Jenni, "it is the gentlest, most environmentally friendly and most efficient technology. Heat is generated as heat, stored as heat and consumed as heat". Solar thermal energy must be used close to where the heat is needed, for example on the roof of buildings. The heat can be stored locally relatively easily to seasonally. The use of solar thermal energy can indirectly save a great deal of electricity. The energy transition is therefore above all also a "heat transition" (see and translate: www.sonnenhaus-institut.de).

Land-use planning must also counteract further urban sprawl! Therefore, according to my proposal, it should not be allowed to build below 150 m² and not below three storeys. In order to meet the 1.5° target, sustainable, self-sufficient energy coverage must also become a mandatory building standard!

 

However, the earth and with it we are currently experiencing a similar situation as an embryo before its approaching birth:

It, too, is becoming too cramped and is threatened with insufficiency. The little human being also cannot imagine the world outside, and so it is afflicted with existential fear. It is really a matter of being or not being – of life and death!

The placenta is depleted, the environment becomes increasingly toxic, and it enters the great distress in the narrow birth canal. Mother and child (and ultimately also the father) come to the very edge of their possible strength.

 

 

 

Globally, this actual leads to a lack of biodiversity, precarious supply shortages in food, and we are deprived of good air, clean, sufficient water and the general quality of life.

In fact, despite all our efforts, this world, which is always limited, should be lost without salvation! Isn't it already far more than 5 past 12h?

 

Now, how do we move forward? 

 

The last button, Visions for an Expanded Future, is about the opportunities arising from the inner aspects of human existence. Because all our building sites overtax the individual and therefore need a different approach. It is not about worries about the future or technical solutions (and who could pay for them and implement them) but about that very personal security that everyone has in their hands and can find alone with a decision of the heart. 

 

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