“Climate change is very real and most of it is anthropogenic, we are the ones who are making a mess. What has happened with that is it is assumed that climate change is the problem, where in fact climate change is the symptom of a bigger problem. It’s assumed that climate change is caused by the carbon emissions from industrial activity fired by fossil fuels and massive propaganda related to that – all of which is correct but it’s not complete. We are all responsible for our part in it, and we all cause climate change in different ways. And the reason I say climate change is the symptom – it’s the symptom of our bad behaviour.”
This empowering attitude towards climate change has shaped the way that Mezimbite Forest Centre approaches climate change mitigation in their everyday lives.
“We deal with climate on the basis of regional microclimate and on the basis that you own the problem, you’re not a victim, you’re not helpless, this is not a first world problem that we are suffering from – this is our problem that we are suffering from. And it’s an important perspective that one has to have to address change. Nobody who works here has ever done a climate course, they don’t need to, because they do it every day. These are climate positive people and they become that because it’s a part of living in an intelligent and sustainable way.”
Allan lives a definitively ‘green’ life, and completely off-grid. All energy at Mezimbite Forest Centre is a combination of solar power and diesel and bioproduced oil generated power. All food is completely organic, and houses are built from wood and earth. There is no fridge – although he assures us that you can still have a cold beer. He does remarkably little recycling due to the fact that he doesn’t consume recyclable materials – and if he does, they will reuse, reuse, reuse. Allan shared some advice for anyone who is working towards living more sustainably, and it’s something that we can all think about:
“Just pay attention. Pay attention and look at what you do.”