Sarah: I am not someone who happily reads instruction manuals.
Perhaps this says a lot about my personality: I can be inflexible, I think I know the best way to do things, and I regularly resist change.
For example, although I see many benefits associated with buying a Thermomix — on demand, yummy, lump-free custard being right up there — the thought of having to read step-by-step guides, and learn new techniques for making risotto, soup and sorbet turns me right off. It’d be an expensive outlay too, and take many years of use to pay for itself.
And hence I’ll avoid that purchase even in the face of very good evidence (I’m looking at you, Scientist Mags) that a Thermomix is an effective tool .
It takes lots of energy and commitment to learn new skills. You need even more passion and drive to change something that already seems to be working adequately. My old-fashioned approach to cooking works just fine, ok?
Our electricity supply system is another good example. Electricity was first used to power Australian homes in the late 19th century. At the time, coal was a familiar and available source of power. Australian towns and businesses thrived on finding, mining and selling coal.
Our electricity supply systems were set up with a constantly-burning coal station at the centre, and surrounded by extensive grids. Still today, transmission lines carry power from distant stations to specific areas, and then distribution lines carry power from each area to each individual consumer.
It works so well! Incredibly well. We built modern Australia on coal-fired power.
But there is a downside. Burning coal releases not just a constant and collectable source of energy, but also smoke and gases like carbon dioxide. We cannot ignore the impact these by-products are having on our world.
And so we must change.
It’s going to take effort. It’s going to cost money. It’s going to require a period of transition. But with new technologies and growing social demand we will eventually reach a point where the arguments for holding on to coal as a power source will be overwhelmed by the opportunities and clear benefits of using renewable sources of energy.
Just like my family thumps the table and demands Thermomix desserts, momentum will build towards an Australia that runs on renewable power.
Now excuse me whilst I go and hand-whip an omelette.
[photo thanks to https://www.flickr.com/photos/philgradwell/]