Tuesday, April 7, 2015
As citizens we are expected to be responsible and contribute to the better good of the community to which we belong. Using common basic services - water and electrical energy, for example - frugally, is one way we act responsibly. The recent water shortages here in Brazil, and subsequently, use of geothermal plants to produce electrical energy have sent electricity bills through the roof and residents have woken up to the harsh reality: it's either you cut down on consumption or you pay three times more at the end of the month. The result, according to Brazilian news reports, is that both industrial and domestic energy consumption has registered a drop for the first time in six years. The situation of course reminds us of part of the song performed by Passenger: frugal in water and energy use more motivated by a feeling of civic responsibility or a self interest in spending less every month?