Earthships: Homes for a sustainable future | Over Grow The System Earthship Biotecture Mission statement: To evolve the way humans live on this planet by evolving existing methods of living, home by home. To make small, believable steps toward slowing down and ultimately reversing the negative impact of human development as it relates to the Earth’s ability to continue to support life. To present these steps in a way that affords easy understanding and inspires people to act. To empower people to make positive changes in their own lives to reduce their personal effect on global warming. The Primary Building Block of Earthship Biotecture Text via earthship.com. Let’s take the primary building block of earthship biotecture through the outline of characteristics and requirements for the ideal building block for humanity on planet earth… Indigenous: The rubber of the tire (sometimes steel belted) is indigenous all over the planet as a ‘natural resource’. Durability: the durability of tires filled with earth can not be surpassed.
Choice Point » First to Watch the Movie The Powerful New Movie that Guarantees to Change How YOU See the World for Ever! When you watch Choice Point, you’ll finally get the answers that’ll make all the difference – and what you’re going to discover may well surprise you… Imagine how much faster your own journey to success would be if you could tap into the thinking and experiences of some of the world’s leading visionaries, scientists and spiritual leaders – life-directing guidance from billionaire Richard Branson, visionary Desmond Tutu, author Jack Canfield and more! And best of all it’s not just big names who are featured in this ground-breaking feature-length documentary, you’ll also hear about regular people who massively changed their lives around following the three key Choice Point pillars of Understand your worldAlign your purposeBe the change Why is it so important for YOU to see the movie? When you watch Choice Point, you too will be inspired…
Mushrooms emerging in construction realm as insulation To get off on the right foot, it’s not really mushrooms we are interested in. More their maze-like roots, known as Mycelium. Mushrooms are merely the fruit of such roots, like the visible tip of a much larger, submerged iceberg. And no small iceberg, either. By some definitions Australia’s own Great Barrier Reef is considered the world’s largest living organism. This vast unseen mycelium is where all the action is happening. Think about that for a moment. The beauty of Mycelium is that it can be harnessed. Multi-award winning Paul Stamets is an American mycologist (a fungi botanist), who could reasonably be considered the pioneer of modern uses for mushroom roots. For example, using oyster myclelia his ‘myco-remediation’ was able to turn diesel fuel contaminated soil into nontoxic material suitable for landscaping. Paul Stamets mushroom enzymes had effectively converted hydrocarbons into carbohydrates. Exciting as Paul Stamets’ work may be, his is not the only game in town. Myco Board.
NASA destaca possibilidade de colapso da civilização - Galileu | Meio Ambiente Um estudo encomendado pela NASA e divulgado essa semana destaca a possibilidade de que, nas próximas décadas, a humanidade entre em colapso. A exploração insustentável de recursos naturais e o aumento da desigualdade na distribuição de renda seriam as principais causas. O estudo, conduzido pelo Centro Nacional de Síntese Sócio-Ambiental, um orgão parceiro da Fundação Nacional de Ciências Norte-Americana, destacou que testemunhamos vários exemplos civilizações com níveis de desenvolvimento complexos entrarem em colapso ao longo da história. Superpopulação, clima, água, agricultura e energia são, de acordo com o estudo, os fatores mais importantes relacionados a um possível declínio da humanidade e que podem, inclusive, ajudar a avaliar o risco desse colapso. A conclusão do relatório é que, em uma situação que reflita a realidade do mundo hoje, (...), "achamos que será difícil evitar um colapso". A tecnologia pode nos salvar? Via The Guardian
TRANSITION IN ACTION SOCIAL NETWORK Conscious Evolution: Leaping Into Possibility | Kosmos Journal It’s 2013. You have probably noticed. We survived the end of days, so what now? What is humanity’s future? It is 39 years since the Futurist magazine published Prof. Clare W. Fast forward to today. The leap is a shift in consciousness. The Conscious Evolutionary Journey We are aware of our position as latecomers to a 4-billion year biological evolution but less so of the psychological and societal development that has since taken place. Societal evolution has been a progression in numbers and complexity. The Coming Stage: Coping with Complexity If Graves’ view of our evolving consciousness was correct—if our Values systems and priority codes are psychosocial responses that adapt to changing life conditions—where are we now in our journey? No previous shift has been as stark as this; we are in a new scenario. In earlier, slower-paced and less complex times we could attempt to predict the outcome of our actions. Every previous adaptive system has added to our toolkit.
The Pallet House by I-Beam Design Costs Only $75 and Uses Spare Wooden Pallets The designers at I-Beam Design created the Pallet House Project because they were inspired by one simple, but unbelievable, fact: 84% of the world's refugees could be housed with a year's supply of recycled American pallets. Just based off of a year and a half year of pallet production in the US alone, 33 million refugees could live in a Pallet House. That's a lot of housing for a LOT of people in need. What makes their design so brilliant is that virtually anyone can build it very cheaply and in less than one day. The Pallet House, by I-Beam Design, was conceived as a transitional shelter for refugees returning to Kosovo. The pallet house is simply and provides great flexibility in terms of configuration. Since the house is made from spare wooden pallets, it is easy to acquire the materials to build the shelter. Not only that, but the house is very simple. You could add on to the house with found materials, such as plastic sheeting or tarps.
New Civilization Network 10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are F!#%ing Awesome Earthships are 100% sustainable homes that are both cheap to build and awesome to live in. They offer amenities like no other sustainable building style you have come across. For the reasons that follow, I believe Earthships can actually change the world. See for yourself! 1) Sustainable does not mean primitive When people hear about sustainable, off-the-grid living, they usually picture primitive homes divorced from the comforts of the 21st century. 2) Free Food Each Earthship is outfitted with one or two greenhouses that grow crops year-round, no matter the climate. 3) Brilliant Water Recycling Even the most arid of climates can provide enough water for daily use through only a rain-harvesting system. 4) Warmth & Shelter The most brilliant piece of engineering in the Earthship is their ability to sustain comfortable temperatures year round. The large greenhouse windows at the front of the house always face south to allow the sun to heat up the thermal mass throughout the daytime. 5) Energy
Equador: rumo ao pós-capitalismo | Revista Fórum Semanal 92 Flares Twitter 3 Facebook 89 92 Flares × O projeto FLOK Society (Free Libre and Open Knowledge) do governo de Rafael Correa pretende mudar a matriz produtiva do país e transformar o Equador no paraíso do conhecimento livre. Vinculado ao Plano Nacional do Buen Vivir, FLOK - El Buen Conocer é a peça chave para construir uma economia social do conhecimento baseada nos paradigmas peer-to-peer, os bens comuns e a colaboração dos cidadãos Por Bernardo Gutiérrez “A lei de patentes será revogada. Os neoliberais incentivam os paraísos fiscais. A partir do ano 2008, o governo do Equador começou a defender o software livre e as licenças abertas. Essência de El Buen Conocer O que significa ” conhecimento livre, comum e aberto”? De fato, o “buen vivir”, que poderia ser traduzido ao português como “bem viver”, questiona frontalmente os indicadores e valores do capitalismo. Da pesquisa às políticas públicas Michel Bauwens dá alguns detalhes específicos da investigação. Expansão global
Renewable Energy Now Cheaper Than Fossil Fuel Renewable energy is becoming more and more competitive. Alternative and renewable energy sources are increasingly becoming more affordable. According to a new study published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, it is now less costly in America to get electricity from wind turbines and solar panels, than it is to get it from coal-fired power plants. The study shows, when climate change costs and other health impacts were factored in, that it is even more cost effective to convert an existing coal-fired power plant with a wind turbine, than it is to keep the old fossil fuel-burning plant. Unsubsidized renewable energy is now cheaper than electricity from coal and gas power stations in Australia as well. Wind farms in Australia can produce energy at AU$80/MWh. Since 1990, wind-generated power has grown 26 percent per year, and solar has risen 48 percent.
Generalists to the Rescue: The Emergence of the Sustainability Professional | Pablo Freund As humanity has developed and expanded its footprint on our Earth, the complexity and interrelatedness of our systems has increased exponentially. The trend for individuals to specialize has also accelerated, and life as we know it today would be impossible without the brain surgeons, fire fighters and information technology engineers performing their highly specialized tasks. Nevertheless, this trend has also unavoidably led to ever narrowing and isolated perspectives, an unexpected and ironic byproduct in the age of ever expanding information and nearly instantaneous dissemination. While the connotation of the word generalist does not provide us comfort by bringing to mind a perspective too wide to describe anything specifically, but in stark contrast, science defines it one applicable to every case and therefore universally relevant. The current global system of energy production is a prime example of the intricacies of the puzzle.