By: Gordon Kubanek, CACOR Member.
This is the story of how my wife and I came to a place where living ‘zero carbon’ (without using fossil fuels) was a natural and necessary step in our attempts to have our beliefs, money and actions align. As we are members of the middle class (I am on disability) a primary challenge has been to make this attempt affordable. Surprisingly, with a bit of good timing, patience, persistence and luck, our investments in Zero Carbon technologies have paid off, both for our wallets and the environment. I want to make it clear right now that this journey remained relatively stress free, slow, realistic and affordable only because my wife kept me connected to reality and on budget. This article is divided conceptually into three parts: Truth, Goodness and Beauty – the three ideals of Platonic philosophy. As I examine our relationship with climate change I equate Truth with Science, Goodness with proper conduct, and Beauty with Morality.