Sunday, March 30, 2008

Michael Pollan: Grass Farming



In the second half he talks about a unique idea: "grass farming". This concept works with nature, not against it. The process of grass farming produces loads of food with little inputs while healing the earth and creating soil in the process.

In the first half he talks about the world from a plants perspective. He suggests maybe we're being manipulated by the plants and not the other way around :)

17 minutes long.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Mayan Calendar

The Mayan Calendar started 16.4 billion years ago (big bang) and ends in 2012.

This presentation by Ian Xel Lungold is on the Mayan Calendar and the Evolution of Consciousness. Ian's work along with Dr. Johan Calleman have combined archeology and science with spirituality. Their research shows that our experience in the universe is on a schedule. Our evolution is speeding up by a factor of 20 with each time we move up to a new cycle. Think of it as a pyramid of consciousness.

This film is great and has really opened my mind!! It is truly a must see!! I won't give too much away about it and I'll let Ian do his job. The presentation is a little slow to start, but by the end of the first part you should be on the edge of your seat!!

A disclaimer: Ian gets a little ahead of himself with his predictions in what he expects the world to do after 2004. Some have taken place but not in the levels he was hoping for. But I think that in no way discredits the work they have done in analyzing past history and linking it to cycles in the calendars. I think many of us are anxious for the world to change, but we must realize that it will take time and happen just the way it is supposed to. Life is a beautiful dream and I'm so glad to be alive during this time in history!

Part 1 of 16:

Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Future of Food

A Documentary about Genetically Modified Food, Monsanto, Organic Farming, Soil Destruction and loss of Biodiversity. I thought I was pretty aware of these subjects before I watched this film and yet I learned quite a bit and was even more motivated for local, sustainable and organic farming!

For example, we used to have thousands of varieties of apples, potatoes, etc and now we have a few left. I can not go back in time and taste them, or if we have a disease in the future, we cannot use one of the other varieties to solve the problem. Our life on earth is becoming increasingly fragile. We must respect the earth.

I'm extremely motivated to start planting a wide variety of fruit & nut trees, berry bushes, potatoes and veggies! And start sharing seeds and increasing biodiversity!

Introduction:


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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Advice from Native American Elders

About 30 minutes of inspiring advice and prophecies from Native American Elders. These wise men and women are warning us of great change as we approach the natural limits of the earth. They speak of our responsibility to a sustainable relationship with mother earth rather than a responsibility to profit and greed, by which many of us currently follow.

There are limits to growth and we are a part of nature. Our infinite growth lifestyle is unsustainable. As we continue down this path, we are living beyond our means and disrupting the delicate balance of our ecosystem. If we destroy nature, we destroy ourselves. The earth will remain, but will we?





Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Trashed

Out of sight, out of mind. Do we realize what we are doing? Are we really conscious? When will we realize that we can't keep living like this?

Do we really understand where our "stuff" comes from, the impacts of making this "stuff" and do we know where it goes when we're done with it?

When will we start thinking about the sustainability of our planet? We can't keep going on thinking only in the short term if we want the human race to survive. At an ever rapid pace, we are destroying our planet and are showing no signs of stopping until most of it will be inhabitable. What about our kids and our grandkids future? Will they have a healthy world to live in? Or will they be asking us what a tree looked like?

If we destroy the planet we destroy ourselves because we are a part of nature. Nature is not our enemy. We must learn to live in harmony with the planet and not against it.



"The Story of Stuff" is a 20 minute film that shows the whole cycle of production, consumption and waste, it's a must see for everyone to get the full picture of our "Stuff".

Visually, artist Chris Jordan is creatively showing us our consumption and unsustainable lifestyle. Here is one of his pieces of works. More works like this can be found on his website, they're worth a peek!.

Plastic Bottles, 2007
60x120"

Depicts two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes.





And most of those plastic bottles end up in landfills which are quickly filling up. Trash from the east coast has to travel farther and farther to find a place to be buried. Trash from Florida travels all the way to Michigan. So does the trash from Toronto. All sorts of problems come from the landfills including groundwater contamination and the burning of methane, a greenhouse gas. Luckily some people and trash companies are starting to change, but it is currently a small percentage.

A great film about our our trash and landfill problem is "Trashed"

I was very inspired after watching this film. The last half shows solutions. Besides reducing our consumption, we should be composting our wet garbage and recycling the rest. As shown in this film, one San Francisco restaurant is able to recycle or compost 95% of their waste!

Here is the preview, the movie is actually much better than the preview looks! You can get a sample of the freegans in the clip, they are hardcore!! You can buy a copy through their site trashedmovie.com



Furthermore, we need to start realizing that life works in cycles and our current lifestyle is based on a linear path. Meaning, we extract everything from the ground, consume it and then bury it in landfills, meanwhile contaminating our environment in the process.

Nature does not work in this way. Nature works in a circular path. Waste is food for something else and it works in and endless cycle. Nature is sustainable. If we want to stick around on this planet for years to come, we need to start becoming conscious of our actions.

Where does our food come from? Where does our trash go? Why does it matter to support a local business? What is money?

I hope you are asking those questions and finding the answers. I'm doing my best to help spread this awareness. Thanks for reading and taking the red pill and I hope you encourage others to do the same.

Much Love

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Relocalization: A Solution to Peak Oil

Julian Darley gives a great presentation on the overview of relocalization. The concept and plan that his organization, Post Carbon Institute is advocating as the solution to Peak Oil, Peak Natural Gas, and now possibly Peak Coal as well.

You can stream the video from here - http://globalpublicmedia.com/julian_darley_relocalize_now

To get involved in local groups in your area or to start one, check out their great resource relocalize.net

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash



This is the best peak oil movie out there. It is very in depth into what is peak oil and why we're in for an inevitable decline in production rates, which means we'll have less supply to fill an ever increasing demand. The movie includes interviews with investment banker and adviser to George W. Bush, Matthew Simmons, petroleum geologist Dr. Colin Campbell, and former OPEC Secretary-General Fadhil Chalabi, among others.

This film is a must see for anyone curious about peak oil!!

For "solutions" to this problem, check out "The End of Suburbia"

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Virgin, GM and Chevron acknowledge Peak Oil



Richard Branson is currently testing biofuels for use on Virgin Airline Jets! The reason? Peak Oil.

from: http://globalpublicmedia.com/branson_acknowledges_peakoil

"In about four or five years’ time there’s going to be more demand for fuel than there is fuel on this planet. So fuel prices will go through the roof, and so planes, ships, we’ve all got to come up with alternatives."

Other major acknowledgments (that I'm aware of) have come from automaker GM's CEO and their development of the Electric Volt and oil company Chevron with their website "Will you join us".