The suns power is beautiful, life giving, it cleans and purifies, it's free; and is environmentally friendly. Many of us are unsure how to reduce our individual environmental footprint. We can buy hybrid cars, recycle, and reuse; purchase organically grown and produced foods and household products. One of the best and easiest ways that allows for participation no matter what your circumstance is solar energy, whether you install solar panels or simply utilize it in its simplest form as a source of radiant heat and light.
The sun has shed her golden light on the earth since before the mountains were formed and the oceans released the lands. Each morning the suns golden promise rises in the east and the glory of the setting sun paints the horizon in a kaleidoscope of colors. It is a white orb of heat sitting high in the noon day sky; it is sun dogs and rainbows that we never tire of looking at. Humans have flocked to beaches to enjoy the beauty of the summer sun and feel its restorative power for millennium. As a Goddess named Sekhmet she was worshipped and through her the tiny kernel of wheat becomes a river of golden grass. She warms old bones and sparks the minds of man.
Solar energy can cleanse and purify; it brightens clothes, bed sheets, towels, pillows, rugs and more. You can hang your clothes on a line strung anywhere; between two trees, across your balcony, on a fence, or in a sunny window. I take my freshly laundered shirts, put them on their hanger, button them up, they go from the washer to patio and into the closet; fresh and crisp. Whites are bleached clean by the sun and feathers deodorized. I love crawling into a sun drenched duvet and drifting into sleep breathing the scent of the sun and the fresh air.
In this time of financial and carbon fuel uncertainty, solar energy costs you nothing or in the case of installing solar panels a minimal one time investment for a lifetime of returns and no service or administration fees are required. This energy is free and not only to you, but free to us all – no matter how many of us use it and no matter how often we use it. Consider a city the size of Winnipeg. If all your neighbours put a couple of solar panels on their garages, used solar lamps to light the garden path or add a small green house or cold frame to absorb the day's heat, would the temperature drop? No, and that is the point! There is enough for every citizen in Manitoba, in Canada, enough for 6.5 billion people to use and free to all. Use of solar energy by individuals will not require the damming of rivers, destruction of precious eco-systems or the building of towers with humming currents to carry it to our homes. Sun power does not require the government to study it, regulate it or administer it in any way. Imagine that.
The sun is never without light as it flows freely and without restraint. This renewable resource can free us from corporate giants, reduce use of cleaning products, run your home electronics and provide food and beauty to all the peoples of the earth. Solar energy is beautiful, it cleans, it purifies, and it is free, renewable and is environmentally friendly. Give it a try!