It rained in Austin last night !!! After about a month of extremely hot weather with highs consistently in the high 90s, it was exciting to hear the drumming of raindrops on the roof.
I feel completely out of touch with the outdoors. Usually summer weekends are spent hiking and doing things outdoors. This year we are spending the summer in air-conditioned bubbles, some big (home, gym, work, stores), some small and moving (car), and try to spend as little time as possible outside.
Is this kind of living sustainable? Sensible? Healthy? Is it even "living"?!
The only reason people live in large numbers in these extremely hot and extremely cold places year-round is because of air-conditioning. We pretend this is normal, grow artificial green lawns in the middle of the desert and spend a lot of money, time and emotions trying to keep alive plants and grass that cannot naturally stay alive in these conditions.
For this life-style we consume SO MUCH energy!! Our carbon footprints are off the charts, so recycling etc seem like trivial efforts to "save the environment". We need to MOVE !!
One good thing is, I've been hang-drying my laundry out on a line. It dries in less than an hour! This is a microscopic attempt at putting a dent in the dirty energy producing process called coal mining.
I wish I had the patience to make vadaam - it would be a great way to put this heat to good use.