Renewable Energy: the power of the human body

The End of Cheap Oil and the Rise of the Scythe

Originally posted on You Tube by Kaivido

Quaintly out-dated?  A bit antiquated?  Well, we might think we can look back fondly on those days of heavy labour and hard graft from the techno-safety of our retrospective armchairs but it’s not so far-fetched to believe that in this age of rising oil prices, food shortages and climate change, we might once again come to rely on pure muscle-power.

 Just watch that girl work the land using only one ecological tool and her own body for energy.  Forget your petrol-driven mower and your electric strimmer.  This may well be the future.  Ghandi, with all his natural insight and indeed, foresight, was way ahead of his time . . .

“Its a tragedy of the first magnitude that millions of people have ceased to use their hands as hands. Nature has bestowed upon us this great gift which is our hands. If the craze for machinery methods continues, it is highly likely that a time will come when we shall be so incapacitated and weak that we shall begin to curse ourselves for having forgotten the use of the living machines given to us by God.”  Mahatma Gandhi


5 responses to this post.

  1. I thought I’d share an e-mail I recieved today…

    PASS IT ON……..

    >>I think this is one of the best ideas I have come across in a long time.
    I believe Topaz own Statoil and Shell in Ireland .

    See what you think and pass it on if you agree with it

    We are hitting €1.39 a litre in some areas now, soon we will be faced with
    paying €2.00 a ltr.

    This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the ‘don’t buy petrol on a certain day
    campaign that was going around last April or May! The oil companies just
    laughed at that because they knew we wouldn’t
    continue to hurt ourselves by refusing to buy petrol. It was more of an
    inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them. BUT, whoever thought of
    this idea has come up with a plan that can really work.

    Please read it and join in!

    Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think
    that the cost of a litre is CHEAP, we need to take aggressive action to
    teach them that BUYERS control the market place not sellers. With the price
    of petrol going up more each day, we consumers need to take action. The only
    way we are going to see the price of petrol come down is if we hit someone
    in the pocket by notpurchasing their Petrol! And we can do that WITHOUT
    hurting ourselves. Here’s the idea:

    For the rest of this year DON’T purchase ANY petrol from the two biggest oil
    companies TOPAZ and ESSO

    If they are not selling any petrol, they will be inclined to reduce their
    prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow
    suit. But to have an impact we need to reach literally millions of TOPAZand
    ESSOpetrol buyers. It’s really simple to do!!

    Now, don’t wimp out at this point… keep reading and I’ll explain how
    simple it is to reach millions of people!!

    I am sending this note to a lot of people. If each of you send it to at
    least ten more (30 x 10 = 300)… and those 300 send it to at least ten
    more (300 x 10 = 3,000) … and so on, by the time the
    Message reaches the sixth generation of people; we will have reached
    overTHREE MILLIONconsumers!

    Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people. That’s all.(And not buy
    at TOPAZ/ESSO) How long would all that take? If each of us sends this email
    out to ten more people within one day of receipt, all 3 MILLION people could
    conceivably be contacted within the next 8days!!! Acting together we can
    make a difference. If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on.


    it’s easy to make this happen. Just forward this email, and buy your petrol

    Not exactly ‘on the topic’ but had to share


  2. As things go these days it would appear we should have to make an important decision. Food prices seem to accompany oil in rises so I find no other option – apart from dramatic reduction in prices – than deciding which of the two we must keep. It’s doubtless food which will prevail forcefully, which on reflection would kill two birds with a stone. Discarding oil is, in opinion of many, the way to keep us healthy and less poor.

    PM Gordon Brown is after consecution of setting up 1,000 nuclear reactors the world around. This again will mean a huge problem until scientists find a way to dispose of nuclear waste.


  3. Morning Misslionheart. It’s not just about cheap petrol hon. It’s about the end of the oil age. We really do have to rid ourselves of our addiction to oil and our dependence on our cars. While our demand for oil keeps on rising, whoever we buy it from, so will the prices. And let’s face it, these high petrol prices are really making motorists change their behaviour. I’ve always said . . . hitting people in their pocket works much better than trying to hit their consciences.

    Hi Jose. Yes, the intertwined market system, along with technology etc. has made it so that the production and distribution of food depends on oil too. We seem to have put all our eggs in one basket so to speak.


  4. Great post, EarthPal. Yes, a bit antiquated. But surely theres a lesson here.


  5. Thanks Helen. Yes, I think there are lessons to be learned.


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