Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Productive / Counter-Productive

videoCheckout the accompanying video. It shows what I found to be an incredibly ironic situation. The foreground shows a wind farm, silently and cleanly harvesting free, renewable energy. Wind turbines are the poster child of the clean energy movement. Let's flag this as a very Productive situation.

Located just behind the wind farm is a huge commercial facility. It is ringed by an evenly spaced collection of energy consuming, light pollution producing glare bombs. To make matters worse, this facility is lit like this even when the facility is closed and no business is taking place. Let's flag this as very Counter-Productive.

So, past meets future as our bad habits are bumping into our best aspirations. Hopefully, we'll continue to see the growth and adoption of these clean and renewable energy sources. At the same time, it is hoped that we'll see these energy wasting and environmentally destructive behaviors of the past fade from memory. If not, our best technological efforts may never be enough to overcome our worst habits.