Solar Glass

Guess who didn’t elongate Blogtober? THIS GIRL. JK, I did, but it’s on my other blog.

Anyway, I’m writing a post here because the inspiration and infuriation slips out of my head. I clicked on this article on Facebook earlier to read about solar glass. It’s a pretty cool concept – imagine working or living in a building whose exterior is made entirely of colorful glass that conducts electricity and helps power the place. Sweet, right? (Although perhaps mildly terrifying if something like a hurricane ever hit. No glass buildings in Florida, then.)

At the end of the article is this paragraph:

Professor David Lidzey from the University of Sheffield said: “Spray coating is currently used to apply paint to cars and in graphic printing. We have shown that it can also be used to make solar cells using specially designed plastic semiconductors. Maybe in the future surfaces on buildings and even car roofs will routinely generate electricity with these materials.”

This is the part that infuriated me. Not the actual statement, but rather the idea that we have the knowledge, we have the resources, and we have the potential to make this actually happen. Yet as humanity – as a global society – we are still stuck in the old ways of mining rapidly decreasing fossil fuels and using nuclear energy to power ourselves because MONEY, a man-made fallacy that we consciously allow to rule our lives, is more important to us than the very ground on which we live on and the very air of which we breathe that allows us to even be here and play these stupid games.

It infuriates me that things like this, like solar glass, are not mainstream and easily accessible and affordable for the public when they have every potential to be. And especially when they make so much more sense than using a limited resource like fossil fuels, as opposed to an unlimited resource like the sun. it’s legitimately stupid.

I know I’m not the only one who thinks this way. But I wish the growing “humanity” community would increase at the rate of which we are depleting our natural resources for our own ends. I wish a revolution would really happen because this shit is getting ridiculous and the structure of our society is extremely unbalanced.

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