Many people all across the globe are becoming more concerned
about the condition of the environment. Scientists have
opened eyes, hearts, and minds about global warming, and
the negative effect man made gasses are having on the
atmosphere. People have been spurred into action and are
"going green" as a means to help put an end
to climate change, and save the planet. While some are
using solar panels and other tools to try and become more
energy efficient, some individuals have decided to start
living in earth sheltered homes as a means of reducing
their negative impact on the environment.
Modern Cliff Dwelling
Many ancient peoples have lived in cliff dwellings in
all different parts in the world. Buddhist monks and Native
Americans had lived in some of the most famous of the
cliff dwellings along with people in the Middle East,
India and Malaysia. At a glance some people think of this
type of housing as primitive, but it seems that is starting
to change. Perhaps soon, it will be relatively common
to have friends and family live in earth sheltered dwellings.
After all, people are starting to care more about the
It's a Cliff Hanger ...
One of the big factors contributing to global warming
is the burning of fossil fuels. Whenever you turn your
heating or air conditioning on, you are being powered
by the burning of hydrocarbon fuels. This releases carbon
into the atmosphere, which wreaks havoc on the ozone layer.
By living in a cliff dwelling, you will no longer have
to be concerned with heating or cooling your home. The
temperature underground or in a cave hovers around 55
degrees, no matter what time of year it is. This means
you can stay cool and comfortable in the summer, and warm
in the winter, all without needing to be on the grid.
Ancient Cliff Houses in Malaysia
Another reason to consider an earth sheltered home, such
as a cliff dwelling is being close to nature. Big cities
like New York are becoming stuffy and crowded. There is
constant noise, and there are always people around, with
no escape in sight. Living in a cliff dwelling allows
you a chance to live somewhere exotic and inviting. When
you come home, you are truly able to relax and let the
world and all of its problems fade away. It's always nice
to have a private place to clear your mind.
Collage of Current Cliff Homes
Nurture Nature ...
Cliff dwellings and other earth sheltered homes are also
less intrusive. Rather than take up more land and push
the creatures on Earth farther out of their habitat, people
can move underground and allow animals to continue living
where nature intended them to live. This would help prevent
a lot of species from going extinct or being put on the
endangered species list. It would also give individuals
a chance to actually observe these creatures naturally,
which gives one a deeper appreciation for the diversity
of life found on Earth.
Modern Cliff Home Interior
As our culture becomes more and more aware of the benefits
of this type of housing arrangements, it may not be too
far-fetched to envision whole communities living in cliff
dwellings, becoming one with the world around them.