This morning I worked on my mirrored reflector wall before my paying job began. I learned that I could pre-set screws a few turns into my plywood backings to make the job go faster, and that this work could be done indoors.
The point is, I became a citizen solar inventor. The earth doesn’t have enough solar inventors because nobody on earth wants to pay them, even at the cost of most of the earth’s population suffering from chronic starvation a few decades down the road. I know that would be crazy behavior, but people refuse to face up to their morbid smoking and eating habits all the time, and then they die early, so why shouldn’t all of humanity do the same thing? They don’t want to control the disease until it gets morbid.
Sometimes the solution is work-related. Mohandas Gandhi spun thread, not because spinning machines aren’t 100 times more time-efficient but because all of India was being impoverished and starved by the forceful export of raw cotton and the import of finished British cloth. So, spinning thread was an act of protest.
I call on others to invent, as if I haven’t made some progress already. We need self-heating solar greenhouses that have great winter humidity control and that don’t blow over in hurricane wind gusts, which are going to become more common soon. We need nighttime electricity, not natural gas electricity. We need anew transit system, not automatic cars on clogged freeways. We need protection from a bubbling Arctic meltdown.
So protest the future death of your family tree! Invent, prototype, figure out the subproblems to be engineered, repeat. Why not you too?