7 Comments to “Constructive vs destructive comments on the blog…”

  1. Sam

    Jun 22nd, 2010

    I don’t feel you need to go to such great lengths to explain your need to own an SUV. Fossil fuels in your case are being used as a means to the end – which is sustainability! You are on the right track, and a sure sign is when you find yourself going against the current. Reminds me of one of my favourite quotes:

    “For wide is the gate and broad the road that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
    (Matthew 7:13-14)

    Keeping walking the narrow road!

  2. Jan

    Jun 22nd, 2010

    Wow, that was a very thoughtful and well reasoned response to a very thoughtless, naive, and semi-literate critique.

    Evangeline sounds very young, and you’ve shown a great deal of patience, Sandra, to take this much time and care to help her understand the complexity of trying to make the best possible environmental decisions (and compromises) in an imperfect world.

    I wonder if Evangeline’s computer is solar-powered? Does she travel everywhere by bicycle or on foot? I suspect not.

  3. Jen Kerslake

    Jun 22nd, 2010

    You make me smile…. it’s all good. The world needs a few nuts in the salad bar! :)

  4. Steve Cross

    Jun 23rd, 2010

    Hello! Ive been following the earthship movement since I rented garbage warrior at the blockbuster when it first came out. I decided then and there that I wanted to build one but due to an education in fractional reserve banking I will not contract with a bank for a loan. After much poking around for alternative solutions and spreading the word of off the grid living, I have finally put together a proposal for a planned community project that pools the money and time of interested parties to create an earthship community. When we discovered your websight,a friend and myself became very interested in contacting you and coming out to visit you so that we can ask so many of the questions that need answering for us to be able to solidify certain aspects of our project.Were in Kelowna and want to drive out to see your earthship and plague you with questions! If youd be willing to let us come up there to see your home and ask questions wed be very greatful. my email is usagicross@hotmail.com I look forward to hearing from you…Steve

  5. Melanie Burkholder

    Jun 23rd, 2010

    If she thinks you’re nutts, why is she even looking at your blog in the first place?? I don’t think you had to defend yourself in anyway but you did well!

  6. Chris

    Jun 23rd, 2010

    This is a fascinating topic!

    As the one in this relationship that would have the family commuting on electric bicycles I have some understanding as to where this anti SUV sentiment is coming from …

    Sandra has outlined some of the problems unique to rural transportation. I remain convinced that the Saturn finally packed it in from pushing snow on the morning drive. Often the road is not plowed for over 24 hours after a snowfall and snow would pack under the frame of the car as you drove … it was simply too low to the ground and was forced to work too hard.

    However, I do think this comment displays what is often referred to locally as urban ignorance about some of the realities of life in rural Canada.

    In a city it is fairly simple to express your environmental pedigree by your transportation choice; mass transit is typically within walking distance, and bicycles are a viable option for the commute to work if you can shower at the other end and you do not need heavy equipment for your job (if in other words you work in an office). I can say this with some confidence as when I lived in the city I cycled to work during good weather and took mass transit otherwise.

    Having now lived rurally for over a decade I can safely say that my transportation choices are … limited.

    Public transportation is simply not a viable option as it does not exist. I should not say that … we do have a weekly bus that is organized mostly for the benefit of seniors so that they can get into town on a regular basis for shopping. (Other than that, it does not exist.)

    Lack of viable mass transit actually contributes to rural poverty. When you are poor in the sticks keeping a vehicle on the road decimates the budget, and explains why so many older vehicles are still on the road. The initial cost and weekly payments for a new vehicle are beyond reach for some, and maintaining an older gas guzzler remains the only viable option.

    The simple reality is that if you live outside of town a vehicle of some description is mandatory to get to work, and go shopping.


  7. Chris

    Jun 23rd, 2010

    Hi Steve,

    We are happy to have visitors.

    You can get details on visiting us at


    Let us know when you are thinking of, and we’ll see what works!


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