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50 Straw Bale House Plans. (Official Movie) THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take? New “Wind Tree” Generates Wind Power Silently In Tight Spaces! Image Credit: NewwindTV One of the arguments often used against harnessing wind power is the idea that the equipment needed takes up too much space.

New “Wind Tree” Generates Wind Power Silently In Tight Spaces!

Also, it is many times difficult to get people to allow these types of large scale projects near their homes. While these arguments may be frustrating for advocates of clean energy, the positive thing about criticism like this is that it inspires innovation. In the case of wind power, a company called NewWind is hoping the change the minds of critics by developing a technology that meets their strict demands. NewWind has created a device called The Wind Tree which promises to harness wind power while having a minimal impact on the local environment. Each Wind Tree has 72 artificial leaves which are actually aerodynamically designed wind turbines.

John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. The Shape of Life. The Shape of Life. Brian Swimme & Thomas Berry. NASA image showings a small part of the Cygnus Loop Supernova: the outer edge of an expanding blast wave from a colossal stellar explosion 15,000 years ago.

Brian Swimme & Thomas Berry

The story of the Universe has been told in many ways by the peoples of Earth, from the earliest periods of Paleolithic development and the Neolithic village communities to the classical civilizations that have emerged in the past 5000 years. In all these various circumstances the story of the universe has given meaning to life and to existence itself. The story has been celebrated in elaborate rituals. It has been our fundamental referent as regards modes of personal and community conduct.

Thomas Berry. A profile of Thomas Berry, a scholar and lover of the Earth. A Profile of Thomas Berry,scholar and lover of the Earth by Matthew FoxUniversity of Creation Spirituality, Oakland, California, USA EarthLight Magazine #34, Summer, 1999 Editor's note: This essay was writtten for EarthLight in Thomas Barry's honor and was part of a special 10-page section featuring Thomas Berry and the New Cosmology in our summer 1999 issue.

A profile of Thomas Berry, a scholar and lover of the Earth

I remember the first time I met Thomas Berry. It was about twenty years ago in January in Chicago at Mundelein College where I had begun our Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality a few years earlier. Thomas Berry helps me to resacralize the gift of curiosity. While Aquinas had only one scientist to go to, Aristotle, nevertheless he spent his life bringing Aristotle's scientific worldview into culture and into Christian thought. Thomas Berry has studied contemporary science with depth and abandon, mind and heart.

Thomas Berry is a true elder. Thank you for visiting the EarthLight Magazine web site. Book Excerpt: The Dream of the Earth, by Thomas Berry. An Excerpt from The Dream of the Earth by Thomas Berry In this classic work of eco-theology, Thomas Berry spells out the lineaments of a new intimacy and love of the earth.

Book Excerpt: The Dream of the Earth, by Thomas Berry

Here is an excerpt on the spiritual practice of reverence. "It is important that we be mindful of the earth, the planet out of which we are born and by which we are nourished, guided, healed — the planet, however, which we have abused to a considerable degree in these past two centuries of industrial exploitation. How To Start A 1-Acre, Self-Sustaining Homestead. (Mother Earth News) Expert advice on how to establish self-sufficient food production, including guidance on crop rotations, raising livestock and grazing management.

How To Start A 1-Acre, Self-Sustaining Homestead

Your 1-acre homestead can be divided into land for raising livestock and a garden for raising fruits, vegetables, plus some grain and forage crops. Illustration by: Dorling Kindersley Everyone will have a different approach to keeping a self-sufficient homestead, and it’s unlikely that any two1-acre farms will follow the same plan or methods or agree completely on how to homestead. Some people like cows; other people are afraid of them. Earthships: The Amazingly Innovative Completely Off-Grid Home. Earthships!

Earthships: The Amazingly Innovative Completely Off-Grid Home

If you haven’t heard of them, this will be a pleasant surprise. It all started the first time I was traveling across Canada. We were driving in a purple minivan with Collective Evolution decals on the side. We received an email from someone saying they saw us driving around Ottawa and wanted to invite us over for a chat at their earthship. I says to my travel buddy I says “What is an earthship?” You Can Turn A $2000 Shipping Container Into An Epic Off-Grid Home. What if you could spend a fraction of what it would cost to buy or build your own house and instead build a unique home that’s completely off the grid?

You Can Turn A $2000 Shipping Container Into An Epic Off-Grid Home

It can be done, and there are plenty of people who’ve already taken the plunge. Shipping containers exist in a massive surplus and someone like you or I can grab one for around $2,000. From there, you can get your creative juices flowing and build an awesome home, getaway spot, or cottage-like structure on your existing property, provided you have the space. If you’re able to put this baby on wheels, you won’t even need a permit to have it around. Innovative ideas like these are becoming more popular as people seek alternative ways to live modern lifestyles. Other Off-Grid Ideas Other off-grid ideas and projects that are becoming popular are things like tiny homes and earthships. Below are some awesome pictures of various completed shipping container projects. H/T : True Activist Help Support Conscious Alternative News. Sustainable Development – Earth Charter Initiative.