"A short personal statement
from our hearts...".
(by Jim and Mindy Phypers at Solar Haven)
Solar Haven is much more than just a comfortable and inexpensive home where we can live simply and close to the natural world and be free of most utility costs and a big mortgage. It is also a political, moral, and spiritual statement about what we feel is happening to our country and to our planet and what we think should be done about it.
It is heart breaking and frightening to follow the news of our planet every day. It is not easy to watch the rich continue to get richer and the poor just get poorer and poorer, to watch the natural beauty of our planet stripped and its resources squandered, its climate being changed in ways that will alter life as we have know it, and many of the earth's key eco-systems teetering on the verge of collapse. It isn't easy to watch our political institutions become enslaved to the wishes of large, greedy, immoral corporations and watch democracy and individual rights disappear before our very eyes. The degree of environmental damage, national indebtedness, social and economic chaos, and growing hatred of Amercia around the globe that we are going to leave to our children and grandchildren is terrifying. And it is hardly fair.
Isn't it time to start taking responsibility for what we are doing to our world NOW and not leave it to someone else to clean up?! But if we wait for our government to do it, we may be waiting a long time. Mindy and I feel the situation can only change one person at a time, one small action at a time. It can only change one piece of recycled "garbage" at a time, one watt of electricity produced by the sun and wind at a time rather than a watt produced by the burning of coal or gas, or one mile less driven in our cars. It can only change one small piece of land set aside for a tree instead of asphalt and concrete and one small plot of land set aside to grow more wholesome, natural food at a time. It can only change one vote at a time for someone who cares and is not beholden to special interest groups which paid to get him into office.
One act of trust, one act of caring, one act of love at a time can work miracles... "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not" (from "The Lorax" by Dr. Suess).
Thanks for listening and for caring!
Sincerely, Jim and Mindy Phypers
P.S. - we highly recommend the following books and one film:
1 - "The Future of Life" by Edward O. Wilson: Vintage Books, 2003
2 - "Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace: How We Got To Be So Hated" by Gore Vidal: Thunder's Mouth Press, 2002
3 - "Earth Odessy: Around the World In Search of Our Environmental Future" by Mark Hertsgaard: Broadway Books. 1999
4 - "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed" by Jared Diamond: Viking, 2004.
5 - "Home" - 93 min. documentary film with spectacular arial photography about global climate change by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, 2009. Available for purchase or to watch for free on YouTube or at http://www.home-2009.com
"Nobody ever made a greater mistake than he who did nothing
because he could do only a little."
- Edmund Burke