Another World Emerging? Well, Maybe.

Great article that highlights that economic issues need to be dealt with as one part of the complex number of problems facing the world today. Too often people that recognise the

importance of dealing with climate change, peak oil etc. and their flow on effects ignore the importance of the economic fallout that is imminent and the need to change cultures to deal with all these issues concurrently. It is critical to recognise the interconnectedness of all parts of our various cultures before we can come up with a solution that will nourish the whole and keep the whole system functional.
People need to have their own needs economic and social needs met before they will feel they have extra energy to tackle wider issues but these needs can be met in any variety of ways and it is important to be able to think laterally and be open to developing solutions that may not have been looked at before.

 

Gar Alperovitz writes extensively about deep economic changes slowly taking place across the country, region by region. He is one of many doing this here and abroad, such as: Marjorie Kelly, Massimo DeAngelis, Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Ethan Miller, Ana Margarida Esteves, and scores of others. This shared vision of abundance and solidarity at the core of these emerging local and regional dynamics will probably take about a generation to root firmly, if it does. In three or four generations these changes could possibly become a substantial part of the political economics in the US. Possibly.

These thinkers and observers are not envisioning a significant increase in “jobs,” even good ones. Rather, they are envisioning a new kind of economics that fosters cooperation, abundance, and solidarity on a broad scale. That fosters a lot of caring rather than a lot of gouging or co-opting. That is grounded in ordinary people developing a rainforest of opportunity and relationship as a replacement to the scorched earth dynamics of neoliberalism. Continue reading “Another World Emerging? Well, Maybe.”

Don’t let Monsanto or Coca-Cola control your menu or your country

For the April 26-May 4 Food Revolution Summit, bestselling author John Robbins is personally interviewing Vani Hari, Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Dean Ornish, Woody Harrelson, Andrew Kimbrell, Dr. Mark Hyman, and 18 more real food leaders. Join in for free to find out what’s really going on in the food movement, and more importantly, what you can do about it.

 

For the April 26-May 4 Food Revolution Summit, bestselling author John Robbins is personally interviewing Vani Hari, Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Dean Ornish, Woody Harrelson, Andrew Kimbrell, Dr. Mark Hyman, and 18 more real food leaders. Join in for free to find out what’s really going on in the food movement, and more importantly, what you can do about it.

You’ll get urgent insights on topics like GMOs, the collapse of bee colonies, the real meaning of words like “organic” and “natural”, and how to protect yourself from toxic chemicals that should never have been approved.

You’ll also get the latest science on hot topics like gluten, sugar, fat, Paleo and vegan diets, fair trade, and what it’s going to take to feed a world of more than 7 billion. Sign up for free, here.

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How to build a wicking bed

Wicking beds are extremely water efficient and time efficient compared to other forms of garden beds. They require very little watering, except 5 – 10 minutes filling up the water reservoir once a week in summer.

Wicking beds are extremely water efficient and time efficient compared to other forms of garden beds. They require very little watering, except 5 – 10 minutes filling up the water reservoir once a week in summer.

They can be any size from a broccoli box on a balcony to a 6 metre raised bed in a sunny place in your garden. The critical component is that the water reservoir is levelled.

As the wicking bed is self-contained the growing bed can be adapted for any plant requirement, alkaline, acid or neutral, depending on what you want to plant.

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How to build a raised garden bed.

A raised garden bed is one that is built off the ground, usually in some form of boxed structure. It requires no digging – the worms do that for you – which improves the structure of the soil and increases its nutrient value.

 

A raised garden bed is one that is built off the ground, usually in some form of boxed structure. It requires no digging – the worms do that for you – which improves the structure of the soil and increases its nutrient value.

 

As a raised bed is self-contained the growing bed can be adapted for any plant requirement, alkaline, acid or neutral, depending on what you want to plant.

 

The bed should be narrow enough to reach across it without bending your back too much from either side, the best width is about 1.2 metres. This allows for easy access with no bending double, kneeling or squatting.

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11-Year-Old Takes Down Monsanto In TED Talk

 

Very powerful Ted Talk where an 11 year old states some of the facts that we all should know. Unless we all start taking responsibility for what we eat and how it is grown companies like Monsanto will continue to thrive.

 

As Birke says either we pay the farmers or we pay the doctors.

 

“Let us remember, always, that we are the consumers. By exercising free choice, by choosing what to buy, what not to buy, we have the power, collectively to change the ethics of the business of industry. We have the potential to exert immense power for good – we each carry it with us, in our purses, cheque books, and credit cards.”

Jane Goodall, “A Reason for Hope”

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Bottle Boat Launch on World Environment Day 2012

to highlight the importance of a Container Deposit Legislation Scheme in Victoria, AFROCAB held a bottle boat launch at AuraVale lake.

To celebrate World Environment day and to highlight the importance of introducing a Container Deposit Legislation Scheme into Victoria, on behalf of AFROCAB, a number of people from Emerald and surrounding suburbs launched a boat made up completely of plastic bottles collected from roadsides and other public places. This was done at Aura-vale lake in Cardinia Dam

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Join the dots on 350 day 2012 with the Climate Impacts Rally

Extreme weather events are happening with increasing regularity, around the world, however, people often don’t see this connection. On 350 day 2012, May 5, people all over the world will join together and Connect the Dots. Join DRREA in Belgrave for our Climate Impacts Rally.

All  across the world there are more and more extreme weather events happening with increasing regularity, however, as the world is so big, it’s hard for most people to see that all these events are connected. In an effort to highlight this connection this year 350 day 2012 on May 5, people all over the world will join together and Connect the Dots.

In places from drought-stricken Mongolia to flood-stricken Thailand, from fire-ravaged Australia to Himalayan communities threatened by glacial melt, people will hold rallies reminding everyone what has happened in their own neighborhoods.

At each of those rallies, from Kenya to Canada, from Vietnam to Vermont, someone will be holding a…dot. A huge black dot on a white banner, a “dot” of people holding hands, encircling a field where crops have dried up, a dot made of fabric and the picture taken from above — you get the idea. We’ll share those images the world around, to put a human face on climate change–we’ll hold up a mirror to the planet and force people to come face to face with the ravages of climate change.

 

 

As part of this day DRREA – Dandenong Ranges Renewable Energy Association will be holding a

‘Climate Impacts rally’

at Belgrave 10-11 am.

Meet outside Ranges Community Health Centre (next to Cameo Theatre).

The focus of rally will be highlighting the link between climate change and  the predicted increase in extreme fire weather days.

Our blunt message will be that climate change equals more Black Saturdays. The incidence of extreme and catastrophic fire weather days is predicted by the IPCC to increase as a result of climate change. We could be next! Increased public awareness of this and other climate impacts is critical to decisive action on climate change. Help bring this message to other hills residents.

BYO climate change=bushfires placards and wear fiery colours (red/orange) Be seen and be heard

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Thrive the movie

THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what’s REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream — uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives.

If you haven’t seen the Thrive the Movie, you are in for a treat, it is revealing and inspiring. Based on research, inventions, interviews and independent scientists and thinkers, of what it takes to thrive, now, on our planet. It is now available to watch for free, just click on the link below.

This is a thought-provoking movie that shares ideas that the main-stream media is not telling you about the inter-relatedness of the current financial situations, the environment and our ongoing health. Although many of us suspect that the “Occupy Wall Street” movement wass onto something with their claims of the inequality of the money flow, this movie explains the money flow of the world in a straight forward down to earth fashion.

 

THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take?
www.thrivemovement.com
Visit www.thrivemovement.com for more information on THRIVE. THRIVE uses the Yekra player technology. See www.yekra.com for more information.

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Living Green in Emerald with Sustainable Housing

One of the important features mentioned in the article is the importance of good insulation in maintaining a stable household temperature all year round. In fact the temperature inside the house has never been outside the range of 11 – 28 degrees, irregardless of the temperature outside.

Recently we were interviewed by Brett Munckton, the Environment Officer from Cardinia Council and have now been included in a feature article in this month’s Connect magazine put out by Cardinia Council.  This article features sustainability and is designed to help educate people about the benefits of sustainable living.

One of the important features mentioned in the article is the importance of good insulation in maintaining a stable household temperature all year round. In fact the temperature inside the house has never been outside the range of 11 – 28 degrees, irregardless of the temperature outside.

One of the other keys to achieving this stable ambient living temperature is the north facing  placement of the house on the block, with all living areas being on the northern sideof the house. Continue reading “Living Green in Emerald with Sustainable Housing”

Solar Energy Spill

Interesting concept on a Solar Spill.

Cerainly different from an oil spill.

Interesting concept on a Solar Energy Spill.

Cerainly different from an oil spill.

Just another reason to move towards 100% renewable energy.

John and Linda Ballis

Wheel of Life book

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Tips to building an energy efficient house

There are many features that can be included when designing and building a home to be sustainable or environmentally friendly. As an added bonus, heating and cooling costs are reduced which also reduces the impact on the greater environment.

The Best Form of Energy Efficiency is to Use the Free Energy of the Sun.

There are many features that can be included when designing and building a home to be sustainable or environmentally friendly. The following list gives many features that when incorporated can greatly increase star ratings and make a house much friendlier to live in. As an added bonus, heating and cooling costs are reduced which also reduces the impact on the greater environment.

Different climates will need an emphasis on different areas like window size and insulation so make sure you understand your area when designing your house. The list below works well in the cooler southern states of Australia. Continue reading “Tips to building an energy efficient house”

Sustainable House Day

A major feature being orientation on the block which had the living areas facing the north so that heat gain during the day would be maximised to avoid artificial heating.

On Sunday 6th November several members of DRREA (Dandenong Ranges Renewable Energy Association) and EMFSUS (Emerald for Sustainability) visited several houses to view various sustainable features that people have incorporate dinto their houses.

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