By Basil Gala, Ph.D.
In Search of Meaning
We live on earth in various climates, hot, cold, humid, dry, and various atmospheres, clean, dusty, smoggy, poisoned, insect filled, wearing many different kinds of protective clothing indoors and outdoors: that’s wasteful. It’s even more wasteful in energy and other resources when we heat, cool, or purify the air in the spaces we occupy, some large like offices, theaters or convention centers, some small like homes and rooms. Does it not make more sense to air condition our bodies anywhere we may be rather that all the spaces around them? I offer you the idea of the earth suit, like a spacesuit, except not bulky, heavy, and expensive.
I am designing an earthsuit as a conceptual invention, the same way I designed a personal car for our roads, safe, economical, sleek, for use by one person (and one or two children with some packages), because most cars today in our country are driven by one adult. The PC, for personal car, is described in my 2007 essay. Another essay in this series is “On Using Sunlight to Distill Water,” 2008. One of these days I’ll start actually building these inventions in my garage. But for now let us explore the idea of the earthsuit.