A beautiful natural home, "harmful to the rural character of the locality" say Council Finally, Charlie had been living with his partner Megan in a damp caravan for the past 4 years. With a baby on the way Charlie felt he had no choice but to build his house without the approval of the planning authorities, convinced permission for his home would be refused. The lack of affordable homes and strict planning regulations touches many lives. Hundertwasser the famous architect, designer and artist wrote, "The individual's desire to build something should not be deterred! Everyone should be able and have to build and thus be truly responsible for the four walls in which he lives". Jon Jandai, Director of Pun Pun Organic Farm said at a TED presentation in Thailand,
Recovered EarthShips Imagine living in a house built out of tin cans, tires and other various recycled materials. Oh yeah, did I mention they are totally off the grid and you can grow your own food right in your house? If you think that sounds like a good way to live, check out some of these people who have decided to make Earthships their permanent homes. Additional Information & Resources: Edge of Time If you thought that ours was the first generation to try to change the world then think again. This archaeology of dreams explores every corner of these islands detailing over 500 utopian experiments in a comprehensive historical gazetteer and telling the stories of our utopian ancestors from early Christian Sects to the foundation of the welfare state ... less a catalogue of broken dreams, more a rough guide to a utopian future. The book is divided into five historical threads covering different types of utopian community.Thread 1 ... Dissenters’ Paradise: Christian Sects from the 15th to the 20th centuryThread 2 ... Islands of Socialism: Early 19th century Socialist ExperimentsThread 3 ...
How to build a Blackhouse In the pictures above (left and right) you can see how the oat straw thatch is fixed to the stonework and kept in place by ropes and stone. The oat straw was replaced regularly and the old thatch was used for fertiliser. Above (middle) is the central open fire with a bed alcove (Pattern No. 188) in the background. The home (right) is a modern blackhouse built in Canada. Connect a Micro-Generator : ESB Networks This page explains how to connect a micro-generator to the electricity network. Micro-generation is defined as a source of electrical energy, designed to operate in parallel with ESB Networks LV System and rated up to and including: 25 amperes at low voltage [230 volt] when the connection is single phase 16 amperes at low voltage [230/400 volt] when the connection is three phase
About Sustainable Communities There are many definitions and there are many different ways for communities to attain a more sustainable future. The sustainability of a community depends on creating and maintaining its economic and environmental health, promoting social equity, and fostering broad-based citizen participation in planning and implementation. Communities that engage citizens and institutions to develop sustainability principles and a collective vision for the future and that apply an integrative approach to environmental, economic, and social goals are generally likely to be more successful. Job creation, energy use, housing, transportation, education and health are considered complementary parts of the whole. Since all issues are interconnected they must be addressed as a system.
The Man Who Lives Without Money Think you couldn’t live without money? Irishman Mark Boyle challenged this notion and here’s how he finds life with no financial income, bank balance, and no spending. “If someone told me seven years ago, in my final year of a business and economics degree, that I’d now be living without money, I’d have probably choked on my microwaved ready meal.” According to Boyle, the plan back then was to ‘get a good job’, make as much money as possible, and buy the stuff that would show society he was successful. Intimate Portraits of Sleeping Pregnant Couples by Russian Photographer Jana Romanova When Russian photographer Jana Romanova’s friends started getting married and having children, she started looking for a way to deal with this sudden change in her life. The product of her efforts was an extraordinarily intimate and tender portrait series of young sleeping pregnant couples called ‘Waiting’. Romanova started the series by shooting her pregnant friends as they slept. She said that the project began as a way to get used to the fact that all of her friends were getting pregnant and talking about how their lives would need to change for their children. She later expanded the project, contacting pregnant couples online. She managed to find 40 couples over the course of two years, each one representing another week of pregnancy.
Feed-in Tariff in Ireland « QRS Renewables This “feed-in tariff” (also known as REFIT, the Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff or export price) will be available for up to 4,000 micro-generation units for a period of three years, starting in 2009. The ESB provide a micro-generation tariff of 9 cents per kWh for Residential Customers (Please refer to the Commission for Energy Regulation paper CER/09/033 (PDF)). ESB are also offering a further support payment of 10 cents per kWh for the first 3,000 kWh exported annually. This payment will be made to the first 4,000 micro-generators connected in the next 3 years and will be paid over a 5 year period. An annual payment will made to you itemising the kWhs exported by you.
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Building a bee waterer We're still feeding our honeybees, helping them sock away some extra honey to make it through the winter. I've been giving them really strong sugar water (half sugar, half water) to make it easier for them to dehydrate the liquid into honey in the cool weather, but that seems to make the bees exceptionally thirsty. At the same time, I poured out our kiddie pool of water since it's too late in the year to be soaking mushrooms.
Mind Openerz “Happiness is a habit – cultivate it.” ~ Elbert Hubbard Happiness is one aspiration all people share. No one wants to be sad and depressed. We’ve all seen people who are always happy – even amidst agonizing life trials. Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening (Video) Growers in colder climates often utilize various approaches to extend the growing season or to give their crops a boost, whether it's coldframes, hoop houses or greenhouses. Greenhouses are usually glazed structures, but are typically expensive to construct and heat throughout the winter. A much more affordable and effective alternative to glass greenhouses is the walipini (an Aymara Indian word for a "place of warmth"), also known as an underground or pit greenhouse.
ecovillagenewsletter.org From Ecovillages By Diana Leafe Christian “Consensus . . . allows each person complete power over the group.” —Caroline Estes, Communities Directory (FIC, 1991, 1995)