On Friday and Saturday I attended the Midwest Renewable Energy Association‘s annual Energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin. In a nutshell, I came away feeling encouraged by the many exhibitors who have been walking the talk, living with less for decades. It would be easy to wonder what sort of new gizmos are going to change the way we live by making it easier for us to go off the grid. I learned that that is really the wrong question. Renewable Energy is really about a change in values. This is why many folks have been involved in teaching and working for infrastructural change for decades and the country overall hasn’t really come around. They understand and appreciate that we just have to learn to live with less. Mind you, most of these people are doing well for themselves. We were parked next to a Jaguar. They have business sense, and they’re combining it with personal responsibility. Imagine that!
In other news, I just received Beyond Homelessness: Christian Faith in a Culture of Displacement by Steven Bouma-Prediger and Brian J. Walsh. It looks really, really good. It’s a discussion of place and displacement, treating both poverty and ecology in one assessment of our “culture of displacement.” I’ll give it a full review when I’m finished.