2nd June 2017

“We can’t solve all the world’s problems, but we can at least stop adding to them” Caroline Lucas MP,  joint leader of the Green Party.

If you are reading this blog, it is probably sometime in the future and not in 2017, because it appears that many of us humans are not ready for the green paradigm. But if you are reading it now, welcome. You may well be asking the same questions as me. Why are still clinging to our 20th Century ideals of oil, world wars and wasting nature’s resources? Why are we still all in love with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the idea that man can create a monster and expect it to not come at a price of total destruction?

The difference between 2017 and the Industrial Revolution that began in the 18th Century is that now we know the effects that human behaviour is having on the planet. Today more people than ever are waking up to their personal responsibility for the environment and participating in our human evolution/revolution.  We find ourselves in a time of change where the challenge is to live with our individual conscience, yet act as a community.  If we need politics at all, it is a politics of love, responsibility, conscience and care. If we do or say nothing, it is our fault.

It was extreme weather events that prompted great writers like Mary Shelley to take note of what was happening through storytelling. Volcanos, earthquakes, floods and freezes are out of our hands, but we can do something to reduce the pressure on the planet from mining, plastics, pollutants and de-forestation. We are not luddites, far from it. We understand that an ancient arboreal forest in Tasmania is a first rate pharmacy and yet we are still hell bent on destruction and compulsive consuming. We create the problem and destroy the solution.  

My intention is to focus on the solutions to our global crises. My Green Electraglide is about the adventures, encounters, meetings and connections that I am making with people and organisations focussed on sharing the solutions and doing "the work."  I ride my electric motorbike through the homelands of North West London: Hampstead, Belsize Park, Camden, Euston, Kings Cross St Pancras, Bloomsbury and beyond to meet with inspirational people from all backgrounds. I feel the sun and air on my face and body, happy about not adding to the pollution. Metaphorically, my Electraglide is the vehicle that transports me into the past, the future and into the present moment to report and witness the development of human consciousness in nonlinear time.

I will start my journey by telling you a bit more about my electric motorbike, the Yamaha EC0-3. 

My Electric Ride

I am one of the few people in London that rides an electric motor scooter. Not the stand up kind that kids and some adults race around on or a mobility scooter (although I think these are very cool too), but a fully electric motorbike. It’s a Yamaha ECO-3 that I charge up at home in a normal plug socket and go places without using an ounce of petrol or oil. Yes, fewer finite resources are used in getting me around town on this little beauty.

Always quick to react to social stimuli and as a lover of the planet, I’m usually one of the first of my slightly eccentric 1960-70's generation to practice healthy, green alternatives. Long before I had the electric bike, I rode my bicycle everywhere. In the midst of a climate change crises and sky rocketing pollution, my choice of an electric scooter is a no brainer. What is surprising, however, is the extent to which electric vehicles have been suppressed, certainly for the general public’s use, both here and in the US. 

As early as the 1930’s Nikola Tesla had the prototype for a form of electric car ready for production, but a ruthless hate campaign against him soon put a stop to that. And the American car industry has became an entrenched fixture of an oil hungry nation.  (More about Tesla to follow in subsequent posts).

But I’m not going to concentrate on the dark side of the oil and photochemical industry, the oil spill disasters, the complex political intrigue, the wars over resources or conspiracy theories. My Green Electraglide is about what we can do as individuals in communities to boost the planet. 

Government is not falling over themselves to promote green vehicles and I have found mine expensive to insure compared with a non-electric motorcycle. And, my particular bike the ECO-3 has been slated on several websites for no good reason. Mainstream media spreads scare stories about exploding batteries and low mileage performance, but mark my words, in ten years time, everyone will be riding around on a variation of these non-polluting little beauties.