Friday, October 10, 2008

Green Collar Economy

What a success story! If congress is giving out billions to wall street, how about giving some to those of us who are planting trees and "greening" our cities, along with the money to install solar/wind everywhere and money to fully develop other new tech like geothermal, etc.

Use the power of the law of attraction and help make it happen. Focus on a sustainable, prosperous and abundant future for all of humanity. Much Love.

For more info about the new book "Green Collar Economy", check out this link.

Also, (not that I support this idea, but it puts this into context) according to this link, if there was a one time 4% tax on the top 1% richest americans, we could have $700 billion! Imagine what we could do with that money if we invested it into sustainability!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Bill Mollison: Temperate & Urban Permaculture Strategies

Here's some info that applies to more of North America: Urban and Temperate Strategies. This first video is in Davis, CA which has a similar climate to where I live and gives a good example of how we can better design our settlements for sustainability!

Urban Strategies (pt3):

The rest of the Urban Strategies. Pt1, Pt2, Pt4

Temperate Strategies:

Permaculture: Bill Mollison in the Tropics

More Bill Mollison Goodness. He talks about how in the 60s he tired of being an activist and found it was more effective to put his time into designing sustainable human settlements. I call this human habitat restoration! He invested 30 days onto his property to design and plant it and now it takes care of itself and he just forages and relaxes in his backyard for food! Be the change.

Bill Travels to Africa and India to catch up on his permaculture projects he started there, which have really flourished and now the locals are teaching eachother and the knowledge is spreading! Check out the biogas system in India where they use the gas to heat their food! We're going to have to think of alternatives to natural gas as it is not sustainable, and ways to process our waste. Biogas combines both, plus the "waste" becomes fertilizer! I love permaculture.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Permaculture Books

If you live on the west coast of North America and you would like to know what edible plants grow well and what they require and what they produce, check out this amazing book called "West Coast Food Forestry". It is available as a free download from the site as a pdf after you register but if you enjoy it please send at least $10 to the author Rain Tenaqiya. Her information is at the end of the book. The book even has a chart that shows which plants food is available during the year so you can plan for year-round abundance! Enjoy

Another book that really helped me out to learn the concept of permaculture and to apply it on the small home level was Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway. It is a little repetitive in its concepts but that just means you'll really know it when you're done with the book!

I am currently reading and enjoying Roots Demystified by Robert Kourick and I plan to purchase and read his other book Designing and Maintaining your Edible Landscape Naturally.

The permaculture "bible" is Bill Mollison's "Permaculture: A designer's Manual" I have just purchased it and I'm sure it will become an invaluable resource.

Furthermore it is very important that we plan for our water source before we plant any plants. Learn to "plant" the water in the soil as this holds the largest quantity and it is where the roots can drink it, secondly use cisterns and ponds and the last resort should be dependence on municipal water! A great book to read is Harvesting Rainwater by Brad Lancaster which I am currently reading and it is very inspiring, especially about this African farmer who is self-sufficient and learned to capture his own water and grows his own food while his neighbors are dependent on international aid!

I do not know what the future holds for suburbia but I am trying to retrofit it to be more sustainable and each of these books is giving me ideas on how to do just that. We will not be able to grow all of our own food on our properties, but if we work together in the community we can share our abundance and reduce our dependency while increasing our resilience!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Dimitry Orlov: Reinventing Collapse

If you have been following this blog over the past year, you would have received my dire warnings about our financial system and the unsustainable nature of our country. In the last 6months after I realized it was all inevitable, I have been making a conscious effort to focus on the positive solutions that we can make in our own lives. However, since I have been receiving and reading and hearing many panic stricken messages lately, especially about news about our government, I wanted to post these articles about what happened in USSR back in the 1980s.

Dimitry Orlov lived through the collapse of the USSR and has his wisdom to share. Most notably I learned from his experience about how it is important to stay calm and ignore what is going on at the federal level. We must be productive with our use of time by putting our efforts into what we can do in our local communities. It is very important we stay positive through these great times of uncertainty and put our focus upon what we do want!

It is time to build the foundation for sustainability. This means local currency, local food, local energy, local music, local government, local everything! Learn permaculture and start saving your seeds, plant seeds everywhere there is water or access to a drip-line, check out guerilla gardening. Learn how to capture rainwater and design your gardens to capture their own water to store it in the soil below. Learn as much as you can! :) (I suggest you spend some time on the history of blog posts here and please sign up for email updates!)

I have read the above three articles, but I have not read his book called "Reinventing Collapse", which may be worth checking out.