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Small Ways to Make a Difference

Free ebook filled with inspiring and useful information. Organized by Raam Dev, written by 40 bloggers who contributed over 100 ideas for improving the world.

“What changes can we make to our daily lives that will have a positive effect on the rest of the planet? This ebook exists to answer those questions. This ebook is a place to start, a place to get ideas and inspiration for small ways to make a big difference.

Over 40 bloggers contributed more than 100 ways to live more sustainable, to live happier and healthier, to get more out of life, to inspire and share, to reconnect with our true selves, to be a leader, to exist more intelligently.”

Click for the free ebook: Raamdev.com

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Keep Our Home & the Rainbow Commons from being Demolished

Hi Owen, we would appreciate more exposure. This is bigger than just a natural built home. The bigger picture here is that land rights for the normal person to live and feed themselves are not working. This is about shedding light on injustice and discrimination between the landowners (1%) and the rest. As social justice workers and environmental educators we will not just roll over and run away when the going gets tough. We live this way because someone needs to be a voice otherwise things aren’t gonna change. Did Gandhi just walk away?, is Aung San Suu Kyi sitting under house arrest because of her ego?

This is food security/land access issue. This is about sustainability, we cannot continue to live in a way that uses more resources that the earth can bear This is not just about us. As soon as we had the capacity we turned our place into a commons. We will continue do that as long as we can.
Anybody that is going to confront the ruling paradigm is going to meet with aggression and extreme challenges. It’s the earth that is under attack and our home is a symbol of what is a viable alternative.

We are a living and learning centre for sustainable lifestyles and permaculture principals. To be a positive response to the destruction which the planet and its population are suffering due to unsustainable agriculture, industry, consumerism, and non-renewable energy lifestyles.
Please check out our web page, sign our petition and spread the word to stop this madness.

More at the source: Avaaz.org

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Bamboo Treatment: Boric-Borax Solution


“Here’s a mild chemical treatment recipe: Mix 10kg boric+15kg borax for 200lts water (warm enough to dissolve the borax in it). Puncture the bamboo nodes and fill it up with this solution. Let it stand saturated for a week. Let it dry and ta-daa, it’s ready to be used!” Best for indoor nature-friendly uses.

YouTube
Sourabh Phadke YouTube channel
Soaking bamboo in sea water for a month is also very effective. Some soak the bamboo in a stream or river.

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The Floating Basket Homes of Iraq

The floating basket homes of Iraq made of reeds

The floating basket homes of Iraq made of reeds


“It was Iraq’s ‘Garden of Eden'; unique wetlands in southern Iraq where a people known as the Ma’dan, or ‘Arabs of the marsh’, lived in a Mesopotamian Venice, characterised by beautifully elaborate floating houses made entirely of reeds harvested from the open water.

These little-known architectural wonders are known as a ‘mudhif'; built without nails, wood or glass in under three days, even the islands the houses rest on are made of compacted mud and rushes.

It’s a construction method that has been used by the dwellers of the plains for thousands of years, but in recent decades, this exotic architecture has almost completely disappeared, and at risk of being lost along with it of course, is the ancient knowledge of the unique building technique itself.”

More at the source: Messy Nessy
Floating Island.net
Thanks to Richard for this tip.

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Repair of Water Damaged Earthbag Dome

Repair of water damaged earthbag dome

Repair of water damaged earthbag dome


We love getting feedback from readers. The following comment was sent by Pedro Ramirez in response to a previous story about Don’t Build Domes in Wet Climates Without Roofs.

“Dear Owen,
I send this picture to Kelly explain exactly what happen on this dome, the owner is a close friend, Nohra. The main problem is not the rain, it was that the walls were too humid the earth inside them and then the rain because a plaster were made with lime didn’t protect enough the dome. Here you can see a picture of how we repair this dome after letting it dry almost a year: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.783493581708278.1073741896.100001429309035&type=1&l=512fa2990e

Of course you can build a dome in wet climates, you just need to stabilize better the earth with a better selection (more sandy) and covering with a cement fortified plaster for exterior”

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