As we spend time and reflect in the true scale of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami it prompts us to appreciate our place on this earth and the level of respect Mother Nature deserves.
Some may say that it is easier to take such an objective view if we are not directly impacted by these events, what we write here is not intended to offend or disrespect family, friends or those directly impacted by these tragedies – our thoughts and hopes go out to all affected.
We do write though with the perspective of friends and family who have been directly impacted by recent floods in Australia and earthquake in New Zealand all in the early part of 2011.
Human beings inhabitation of planet earth is a mere spec of existence in the lifetime of this planet. However our actions have the ability to shape its behaviour significantly in only a sort space of time.
Although not suggesting the recent events are the direct result of actions of human beings it highlights the power of Mother Nature and how the planet can react to recover if it is being abused.
If irresponsible actions continue these may have the potential to ultimately eradicate human existence and one feels that earth would simply go about recovering and healing the scars left in the short space of time humans have inhabited. It is important to note that if human life ceased the earth remains, life on the planet continues, in whatever form that takes, as it did in the millions of years before we were here.
And what does that have to do with eco housing you may be thinking?
Well for us this is the metaphor we use to initiate our action to give back to the planet.
Around 30% of carbon emissions (CO2) are a result of housing the occupants of this country (Co2 one of the main and particularly harmful pollutants of our existence which are a catalyst for the negative affects on the planet which are all too well known).
The design and build of an eco property which has zero impact on the environment obviously ensures its occupants cease to negatively impact the planet via the process of them seeking and occupying shelter (their home)
Further and equally as important its helps to define a model for future proofing our living from the potentially harsh and unpredictable nature of the planet as we move into a phase that will define our longevity on this planet or the opposite and unthinkable alternative.
It is bound to be an uncertain and different journey but if a species were ever to survive on earth it must surely be humans.
The actions that we take now will shape or immediate futures. We hope that our eco house is our first step on this journey, but it will take more than just us!
As we hope and act as we can to ensure that or own existence on this plant continues we hope that the occupants of Japan recover and the scars of recent natural disasters are healed in time.