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Think Globally, Act Locally!

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Think Globally, act locally. This saying sums up Sustainability pretty well. It goes from the big to the small. We are all part of the globe, but everyone lives in a certain locality. A city, town or a village. The hermitage is a different matter, since it is, almost, self-sustainable.

The practical meaning of the word is, to restrict our limits. The ways from producer to consumer have to be shortened. The trips of vegetables, fruits, flowers, meat and cars, and other machinery, around the world is a colossal waste of energy. Which is automatically saved by buying local products. The ways are shortened and thus energy is saved. With foodstuff the ways can be shortened without much of a problem. Although it is a multi-billion dollar market, since the market will shift, but it will not vanish. People will always eat.

The transfer of technology is a real problem. Highly specialized technology needs a central production facility. Car manufacturers have outsourced part of their production to other continents. The main reason being, to save the transportation costs. One solution for Light products, as the Ultra Light City Vehicle, is to grant the licence to build to local companies. This is not possible for Heavy machinery.

Another important local act should be to reexamine the present infrastructure. Where can it be broken up from a global system to a local network? This would also save lots of energy! Today one facility serves a whole area. For instance the waste water purification is done by one central facility (1). The sewage system is a huge network, with pipes of couple of meters in radius. The distance from the most distant point to the facility must be built, which means a severe incision in nature. The whole of the system can’t be really controlled. Among the many hundreds and thousands of kilometers of the sewage system, it is inevitable that some points the pipes constantly break and the sewage water infiltrates the groundwater. The ecological damage can’t be evaluated. The TOTEM System (2) would be a valid alternative. This is only one example, many more measures can be taken locally by the citizens. The first step should be to establish a Loan Guaranty Fund (3). Another thing everyone of us can do without delay, is to eat less animal products. And to buy the locally produced foodstuff.

By acting locally, we cut the ways and the demand for energy, and this is the way to find harmony and co-existance with nature!

For further reading:

1. Sewage System

2. TOTEM System

3. Loan Guaranty Fund

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    • Happy

      (I’m not sure if I’m posting this in the crceort place as I was unable to post it from the Dashboard.)The type of physician I would like to work with is a gerontologist. A gerontologist specializes in caring for the elderly. I have a fondness for our older population. They built out society and lived in a time that many of us can learn from. I would take great pride in caring for them as they age. In my opinion, working with a doctor that shares my passion and excitement would be the ideal work environment.The type of physician I would not be as excited to work with would be a proctologist. To be completely honest, I just don’t think I have what it takes to be in that environment. It’s important to be professional in any medical environment. I believe my sense of humor would not allow me to be as professional as I would need to be. I would also prefer not to work with ophthalmologist. Several years ago I spent a week with my grandfather at a specialist to have cataracts removed. I found it very difficult to watch the videos of my grandfather’s up coming procedures. It wasn’t difficult caring for my grandfather after surgery, but I must admit the pre-op was an experience that I would not want to assist in on a daily bases.

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    • Ramazan

      Since there is so many fields of steicalpies that I have a choice of, I still really can’t choose one. So I am going base on my personal experiences. My original goal back in high school and maybe even before that, was to work in a Neonatal ICU! I had a brother that passed before he had his first birthday from heart complications, and that year I spent a lot of time at hospitals with my parents. My goal the first couple of years was to work with babies just like him. That was until I had my own children, I would of still loved to have worked in that career field but the heart ache I would most likely endure when one of those babies did not make it home. I could not have handled!On to more positive experiences, I have worked with the elderly and Geriatrics interests me very much. Being surrounded with people that have lived a fulfilled life is so much more rewarding. Even though at times it is the ending stages of their lives, and it is sad when someone does pass. It’s less of a heartache to know that most of the time they are ready to move on. They are still very dependent on you and when you are able to help them with their needs that’s the most rewarding of all, plus you form a special relationship with the patients and their families.

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    • Admin (Max)

      Dear Morgan,
      thank you very much for reading my site and articles. But I wonder how you know, what I don’t know? What kind of drugs am I using? OK, perhaps I am a horrible man, but how do you know? I haven’t heard any complains latelly. About me dying, I can assure you, I intend to carrie on for a long, long time. And about the playboy mansion, I don’t have one and as an ecologist I don’t want to own one. And neither a car, a airplane or any such nonsense.
      Thanks a lot, pal.

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  15. Dawn

    Dr. Max, I totally understand why you is loud right now. If you were accused of crap you would be yelling loud also!!!

    If you needs a refuge to stay where know one would find you, then you stay at my house with my husband and myself and my puppy dog. My mom and dad live in the basement suite. Knowbody would be the wiser!!! as we live in beautiful BC, Canada.

    I would take any man in to try to help them get away from them
    goddamm money and richness, what a croc that is to live like that and not even be able to take a pee!!!

    I read the comments here and i know very well you are not happy with your life, money will never make you happy, this why yo need to share it with me and my husband, we can build the totem together, step by step.


    • Admin (Max)

      Dear Dawn,
      many thanks for your generous offer. But I think I would like to stay where I am now. With my family and friends.
      About the money. I do not need it for myself, but to build the projects. But I don’t worry it will come true, in time.
      Thank you very much and greetings to your husband.

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