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Description_ShortStringAim 7. Community-sourced, renewable energy for all
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Description_LongTextLike water, energy also flows naturally. ==Context== If we truly reflect on our distance as a species, from our place in the larger scheme of things, we see plainly that our misappropriation and intensive manipulation of the energies available to us is responsible for the ensuing pathology of separation from the living web. The pathology is now so severe, that we have mobilized an entire industry that mines ''ancient sunlight'' from below ground (where it is safely stored), while destroying the atmosphere (and reliable climate patterns) above ground, which makes Life on Earth possible, in order to power (often questionable) (in)Human activity. The ''pathology of separation'' is further deepened when nuclear fission, the most costly and destructive of possible sources of energy, is considered as an alternative. ==SDG Shortcomings== [[wikipedia:Sustainable_Development_Goal_7|SDG 7]] does not even pretend to move toward closing this gap, with its emphasis on "modern energy". Modern energy being the code phrase for not disturbing the global scale extractive and destructive activity that modern, industrial ever-intensifying energy use demands. ==Living systems== Energy flows naturally from the sun, which powers the wind and water currents, climate systems, and the entire biosphere. Solar energy is transformed by plants and becomes available in ecosystems. Every being, through their ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Radical participation|radical participation]]'', both uses available energies as nutrients, and gives back compostable by-products, which living processes in ecosystems reintegrate. These become an available energy source for some other being. When any being dies, it too becomes available energy within the ecosystem. Energy is freely available and distributed throughout the ecosystem, in a polycentric or acentric manner. There are no centralized power sources in living systems--except for the sun, which is an open source--and, therefore, there is no need for an extensive, expensive infrastructure (super grid) to transports energy. Living process, natural cycles and ecosystems do all the work. ==Community-sourced, renewable energy== The aim of '''community-sourced, renewable energy''' provides the possibility for a complete re-boot of how we approach energy. Foremost, it releases communities from the stranglehold of big energy monopolies and their centralized power (literally) facilitated by ever-larger investments in a super-grid by acknowledging that energy is neither created or destroyed, but grown and/or harvested. Indeed, like production of food and material, the more we decentralize the collection of energy, the less energy we waste (up to 70%) to distribute it far and wide. There is an intimate and obvious connection between this Aim and ''[[Pattern:RDA 2. Food and material abundance|RDA 2]]'' and [[Pattern:RDA 12. Place-sourced primary production|RDA 12]]: the more ''food, fuel, fiber, feed, farmaceuticals'' we produce locally, the less we need to move food and materials (or ourselves) around. Aim 7 foregrounds the more generalized question of movement, of eliminating all the unnecessary and meaningless movement and refocusing our energy on meaningful transit, transfers and travel. Like ''perennial water'', there will be marked differences in conditions that will determine the available possibilities in any particular place. And, not every place is viable for Human settlements and intensification of Human activities (see [[Pattern:RDA 11. Human ecosystems|Human ecosystems]]). '''Community-sourced, renewable energy''', as do all RDAs, requires the development of a collective capacity. This Aim places the power and responsibility squarely on communities and the self-governance of their [[wikipedia:Commons|commons]], to decide and design how they can most regeneratively grow, harvest and employ energy. Governance of energy as a [[wikipedia:Commons|commons]], then becomes a developmental question for any community: How best do we want to use our energies in ways that regenerates our community and ecosystems we participate in? This question opens the door to a larger and multifaceted conceptualization of energies: thermal, kinetic, ambiental, nutritive, social, cultural, caring, emotional, mental, spiritual, and which ones we employ to power what facets of Human endeavors. As with all [[wikipedia:Commons|commons]], it behooves communities to harvest energies in ways that renewable over the long-term, that regenerate rather than degrade their ecosocial contexts, and that do not create dependencies on energy- and material-intensive technologies. How we think about, harvest and use energy... how we integrate to power our lives, will to a large degree make all the difference between merely surviving and full-on thriving as Human communities. ==Pattern generators== '''This aim could be generative of the following patterns in any Community of Place of any scale.''' *universal access affordable, reliable, renewable, community-sourced and regenerative community-scale energy [7.1-3, a-b] *redesign transit/mobility systems to eliminate need for fossil fuels [7.4a] *encourage and engage in mindful transportation practices [7.4b] *experiment with and invest in appropriate technologies and low-tech, people-powered approaches [7.5] *displace all other forms of ecologically-destructive energy sources [7.6] <big><u>Note</u>: SDG target linkages in brackets.</big>
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ActivatingStringEnergy is the economic fuel of the global societal economy. And because economic growth is an imperative in the current economic paradigm, then consumption of energy also needs to increase. However, this energy production, transportation and consumption has tremendous ecological and social negative
RestrainingStringCommunities are starting to put a stop to energy extraction and mining processes in their places (Not In My Back Yard), questioning the so called cleaned alternative energies. Also, many communities are redesigning their territories and individuals their own lives to enable remote working.
ReconcilingStringFundamental to decrease energy consumption where avoidable through better design (of housing, transportation, etc...) which will push for local and community owned energy production and transportation facilities.
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