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Housing. Food. Open Source Permaculture – help to build the most comprehensive free resource for Permaculture education. Talk, Uncategorized — By Irena Efremovska on 04/09/2012 17:37 Sophia Novack, the force behind Permaculture Media Blog and Permaculture Directory ‘What does your backyard look like right now?’ – asks Sophia Novack, a documentary film student passionate about creating a more sustainable world. Waking Up! an irrestible force for change globally. Living Mandala: Permaculture News. Ecological Footprint Quiz by Center for Sustainable Economy. Why Trees Matter. TREES are on the front lines of our changing climate.

Why Trees Matter

And when the oldest trees in the world suddenly start dying, it’s time to pay attention. North America’s ancient alpine bristlecone forests are falling victim to a voracious beetle and an Asian fungus. In Texas, a prolonged drought killed more than five million urban shade trees last year and an additional half-billion trees in parks and forests. In the Amazon, two severe droughts have killed billions more. The common factor has been hotter, drier weather. More Parklets Popping Up Around San Francisco. Payton Chung's flickr page/viaDeepistan National Parklet When I last wrote about parklets in July of 2011, there were fourteen parklets in San Francisco.

More Parklets Popping Up Around San Francisco

The city now claims 31 parklets and counting, with 39 in various stages of review. There has been a large demand for parklets in San Francisco, as evident by the amount of applications that the City Planning Department’s Pavement to Parks program has received during its three issuances for request for proposals. Parklets, small urban pocket parks, have transformed parking spaces into public places throughout San Francisco. They are designed to provide outdoor space for residents and visitors to sit, relax and enjoy the city around them. Introduction to Permaculture - 40 hours of Free video lectures. Permaculture means 'permanent culture,' (or 'permanent agriculture') and ...'is the conscious design and maintenance of cultivated ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of a natural ecosystem.' (Bill Mollison) This course will explore, through lectures, discussions, field trips, and required projects, a design/thinking methodology that seeks to profide for our physical needs, food, water, shelter, energy, etc., while doing so in an environmentally friendly, sustainable manner.

Introduction to Permaculture - 40 hours of Free video lectures

Permaculture Lecture Series. Introduction To Permaculture Design. Jane Shevtsov - Google+ - This is a grey water recycling system at OWS. How to build a better brick rocket stove for $10. Rock Rocket Stove Is Held Together By Coat Hangers. © Liz To Rocket stoves burn hot and clean, using very little wood or other combustibles. Vancouver industrial designer Liz To has designed a new version for Tibet, where they use dung as fuel.

Liz notes that 1.6 million people die from indoor pollution from traditional "Three Stones" type fires every year. Meanwhile, in the west, 3.5 billion wire hangers end up in U.S. landfill every year. Lynx Rocket Stove Monotube Steam Boiler. 500 showers heated from one small compost pile: a how to tutorial. How To Cook with the Sun - Solar Ovens [ELEVATE Ecology] Bag It OFFICIAL TRAILER. In.gredients: "The first zero-waste, package-free grocery store in the US."

Living Paper-Free and Loving It: 15 Tips for Creating a Paperless Home. “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” [I] detest useless waste.

Living Paper-Free and Loving It: 15 Tips for Creating a Paperless Home

It literally makes me crazy to think of spending money on something — usually out of convenience – knowing that the end result will be the trash. Paper towels, diapers, wipes, disposable anything, and yes even toilet paper…for nearly a year our family has been on a mission to find sustainable replacements for these common household items in an attempt to create a paperless home. Many people will argue that purchasing and using paper products doesn’t effect their budget enough to warrant seeking reusable alternatives.

After pricing out these items in a local grocery store, I estimate our paperless home is saving nearly $40-$50 per month. 15 Tips for Creating a Paperless Home. Natural Cleaner. "One Good Thing" by Jillee: No-Grate Homemade Laundry Soap. Despite all the enthusiasm over making homemade laundry detergent recently…I continue to hear murmurings from those who just can’t bring themselves to grate soap and cook it on the stove.

"One Good Thing" by Jillee: No-Grate Homemade Laundry Soap

It apparently just isn’t going to happen. :-) I’m not naming any names…but my older sister would probably freely admit she didn’t decide to even attempt making her own laundry detergent UNTIL I told her about this “new” recipe I was testing out. (I know it seems like I’m always “picking on” her…but she called me a “brat” on her blog recently…so she pretty much deserves it. lol). Once again I have to credit the incredible readers of this blog for my inspiration. CCTV-9 report: Solar bottle lights in the Philippines. Great Stain Remover. DIY Naturally Scented All-Purpose Citrus Vinegar Cleaners. I've been on a quest to rid our home of toxic chemicals for both health and environmental reasons.

DIY Naturally Scented All-Purpose Citrus Vinegar Cleaners

Did you know? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air can be 10 times to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air. One of the culprits is common household cleaners emitting toxic fumes. Diatomaceous Earth (food grade): Bug Killer You Can Eat! Earthrise.