One of the shows on my local radio station has been doing stories
and interviews recently about the problem of non renewable energy
sources running out. I know its not new news, but just a comment
that stuck in my mind - different experts give varying dates, but
the latest date given for the point at which earth’s non renewable
energy sources will be half used up is 2010.
The show has focused a lot on how unprepared we (citizens of the
earth) are for the event - how little headway we have made into
harnessing renewable energy sources. Then, last night there was a
show on the tv that looked at some of the solutions that are being
trialled in various parts of the world.
Anyway, I was wondering what thoughts orchidians have on how the
process of making jewellery and metalsmithing will be affected when
all of the oil dries up… and even before that - when prices become
prohibitive? Would the effect really be felt by jewellers? I know
that humans were working in metal before underground oil supplies
were tapped… but now we are using some very much more modern tools
and equipment - much of it would involve the use of oil in its
manufacture and transportation.
Also, I have heard that the production of aluminium creates a very
high level of pollution - does anyone know if this is true? If so,
should we maybe consider that fact when deciding if we will use it
in our jewellery? What about the mining and refining of gold and
silver - would the pollution levels created be comparable to that of
I know that the decisions made by individuals and small businesses
to try to respect the earth have very little effect without heavy
industry making any of the same decisions… but this topic is often
on my mind and I am just wondering what other people’s thoughts are.