Interview with Pat (Grandmother)
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What would you do to heat water when there were power outages in South Africa?
“We would use gas to heat the water when the power outages happened”
(00:00.00 – 00:10.00)
Would you use this method to make your coffee?
“Yeah, we would use gas bottles to heat the water”
(00:11.96 – 00:18.13)
General conversations about sustainability
“People didn’t watch for calories they just eat what they grew, it was back when I lived on the farm where we grew the food from scratch that was before they put all this crap and chemicals in the food”
(00:20.00 – 00:33.03)
“Naturally grown fruit have more flavor”
(00:33.05 – 00:36.95)
“The fruit hear receive more water from the rain than in South Africa”
(00:37.00 – 00:42.80)
“Rain water dilutes the taste of the fruit and so you need to keep the fruit sheltered from the water and control how much water they receive”
(00:43.20 – 00:52.67)
What is your perspective of the resource use and control in the uk?
(The UK has the illusion of having abundant resources)
“Well the people here don’t really seem to worry about the resources, you know I think it will always be their sort of thing, its just you got to watch your electrical and water bill when it comes and make sure you don’t use too much”
(1:00.00 – 1:20.00)
What do you think about sustainability being reached by means of efficiently using resources by means of rationing?
(Perspective of life SA where you are conscious of resources)
“At the moment we have water restrictions in South Africa, ah because we have had very little rain, so the damns have run dry so our water is running out so we are not allowed to water our gardens and only at certain times and we have got to be very careful of our water usage”
(1:21.00 – 1:55.09 )
Do you believe that the consciousness of resources and the cost of using these resources would enable citizens to more efficiently use their resources?
“Yes, in South Africa we live, knowing that our resources are limited and control the amount we have to prevent resources from running out. Doing so leads us to adapt to reduce the use of resources needed in our lives”
(1:59.30 – 2:25.57)
Saving the snake
What would you do if the resource necessary for completing a task in your lifestyle was not available?
“We would find alternative method to complete tasks either by using gas or by using generators run by petrol or diesel”
(2:45.00 – 3:05.72)
Would you use this knowledge to pass on methods of sustainability to your children to prepare them?
“Yes I would most definitely”
(3:07.91 – 3:20.46)
Can you tell me a story of life in sustainability from your past and a method passed on to you?
(When I lived on the farm my father would teach me how to lead us to grow our own food)
“When I lived on the farm my father would teach me how to grow my own food for instance my father was a potatoes farmer so I learnt how to grow potatoes, we grew our own carrots, cabbages ah a bit tomatoes and all our own vegetables and we had fruit on trees so we had our own fruit. We had cows so we made our own milk and butter, my mother made her own bread, my dad had bee hives so we had our own honey”
(3:45.50 – 4:30.75)
Statement to sustainability based on my theory
Do you feel that these methods you applied to reach your goal of sustainability by cooperating with family, friends or neighbors allowed you to take an independent approach from the government and give yourself the power to sustain yourself?
“Yes, I would”
(4:34.40 – 5:00.20)