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I suspect many years of smartphone usage has had some affect on the way my brain receives and integrates information. You know, that whole neuroplasticity thing.
Words and images. Concepts and questions. Thrills, tears, discoveries and other Gifts of Life, all whirling around in my bio-miraculous container. Thanks to my iPhone, global connectivity is almost always in my palm or in my purse. And in those rare, rural instances when a signal is not accessible, I still have functions available that are essential to a Techno-Nature-Mystic-Artist who values tools that help me behold beauty; digital tools like VoiceMemo and a camera to capture still and moving images.
On a recent backpacking trip with my dear friend Jacquelyn in the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park, there would be no outlets or electricity with which to charge my phone. And for the reasons stated above, I was motivated to find an alternative. Sure enough, there was one: Goal Zero’s Nomad 7, a foldable solar panel for charging handheld devices.
Three nights and four days in wilderness helped me pay attention to things normally so routine I pay them no mind. Things like:
- How much garbage do I produce each day?
- How much waste do I produce each day?
- How much water do I drink and clean with each day?
- How much electricity do I rely upon each day?
That fourth question opened my eyes to my relationship with energy. I live in a high-rise condominium with no solar panels. My reliance upon modern conveniences is still very much plugged in to traditional grids and fossil-fueled sources. But seeing my iPhone charged by the Sun did something to me.
The Sun, which democratically and freely shines on All, has more than enough energizing power to sustain our lives’ needs… without provoking biospheric damage, inequity or resource-based war. So why isn’t the world solar-paneled and retro-fitted tip to tail? Is it not mass insanity, permitted by ignorance or apathy? Co-signed by passivity?
- Does solar activism make sense to you? Get involved here.
- “Old bottle + water + Sun = LIGHT.” (Thanks, NextWorldTV!) Wanna see some radical innovation? Click here.
- Ever wonder about backpacking and diversity? I wrote some thoughts about it in this month’s Mindful Metropolis here.