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Cob: globalizationBob owl at steadi.org
Thu May 25 04:27:11 PDT 2000
Dear Rob, Thank you very much for that alert about the World Bank and world poverty. I wholeheartedly agree with your logic. If we are concerned with cob building because of its reduced impact on the environment then we are concerned with the impact our life style has on the environment and that includes people all over the world. Too few people, because we buy almost everything that is produced far from where we are we forget the conditions they are made under, the plantations they are grown on where the land has been maneuvered away from the poor villagers, the sweat shops where children work long hours, etc. we do not realize how closely tied together our world is. The news papers don't tell us the connection between the poverty in the Third World where millions of people are displaced from their traditional villages and the unemployed boys who have little better to do than join in the bush wars, weapons supplied by our government in the name of foreign aid. Our increasingly crowded world, and economic ties, is getting so compact there is no escape. We are all, thus, neighbors who impact each other. Our way of living, our consumer practices, are stoking the engines of this globalization, feeding the world bank that would be almost powerless without the money we as consumers or as tax payers pour into it. If the cob-net were only a sewing party it would still be appropriate to alert each other. Global Exchange is one of the finest organizations, one of the most levelheaded and courageous I know. I highly recommend connecting with them even to readers of this in other parts of the world. .I have slept on hard floors in mud huts in India, walked with the followers of Gandhi, slept on palm leaf mats with my students in Zanzibar, Africa, with beggars in Arabia and North Africa, in a primitive home with more than 12 people in a few rooms in a cooperative village in Nicaragua, yet I know how little I know about the global human family. Thanks Rob for sticking your neck out. I want to hug it with appreciation, not choke it, and hope most of the others are with me. Cob building is a great way to reduce our impact both on the environment and on the poverty in the world. If our mud "huts" are roomier and more comfortable then most at least we know we are not taking food our of their mouths. Maybe we are developing techniques, because of their simplicity, that could benefit them like biodigesters for sanitation, cooking gas and purified fertilizer. Bob Luitweiler
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