Originally Posted by babybun
I really do see your point, but again, I feel that there should be room for dialogue about how to tread more lightly in a variety of circumstances and living situations, in order to spread the word more. If people say, "Well, I don't live in a yurt off the grid I can't possibly live in an environmentally friendly way, so why bother trying?" then no effort would be made by those living in larger homes. And people here are making an effort.
i just happend to begin reading this thread.....I don't live in what I'd describe as a large home....we are renting a 1600 sq ft home, sold an 1800 sqft home to move east, and have plans to build a 2100sq ft home....I was just curious ya know. Then I read all these horribly negative comments from others....who just so happen not to disclose the sq footage of their own home (easier to throw stones that way I guess??)
When people are looking for help, or are asking questions, or are just trying to begin a dialogue, why should someone else come in and try to use that against them? I for one know I was not the person I am today, just even 5 yrs ago (thank goodness
) but I didn't change by people making me feel crappy about myself and my choices, the best teachers I had were kind, and caring.
When are we going to take the same values we hold with regards to how to care for our children (kindness, compassion, understanding, etc) and apply them to our community at large (both IRL and online)? Don't our children learn best by example?
Oh, and one more thing before I hop off my little soap box here
I have a friend that if you asked her how big her house is she'd reply "After the addition we are currently working on it will be 3600 sq ft". Wanna know how they build?
Dirt floor (with re-used carpeting to cover the dirt)
Straw bale walls covered with earth plaster that they make right on their land from the dirt on the ground.
Homemade, composting, humanure toilet
rainwater collection as their only water source
completely off grid solar power and also passive solar (which IMO makes so much difference in the heat you need)
And she is one of the "greenest" folks just in the way she lives
Should she too downsize just because someone else defined a smaller home as more "eco conscious"? Or should she go on with her addition so that she can create an actual studio for herself (she is a fiber artist), bedrooms for her daughters (her son will move into the room the girls currently share), and an actual private bathroom....a home that accomodates *her* family?
Can't judge a book by its cover ya know, so lets just all just be kind, helpful and gentle with each other.