Permaculture 101

Above is a video on the fundamentals of permaculture via (Permaculture Fundamentals 101).

Take a look a what permaculture means to our species as we make our footprint on the earth.

A quick dive in, permaculture is:

A “holistic design” system for creating sustainable human settlements, food productions systems as well as preserving and extending natural ecosystems.

It is a movement concerned with sustainable, environmentally sound land use, and the building of stable communities through the harmonious interrelationship of humans, plants, animals and the Earth.

Here are the 3 Ethics of Permaculture:

Care of the Earth: Taking care of the planet that sustains and nourishes us. The earth gives us what we need. In turn, we need to treat it with consideration and respect.

Care of People: Meeting people’s needs so that they can enjoy a good quality of life, fulfill their potential and without damaging the planet.

Share the Surplus: Originally “set limits to population and consumption,” now refined and reworded. Don’t use more than you need or what the planet’s systems can sustain. This includes the philosophy of reduce, reuse, recycle.

Food For Thought: 

How would permaculture benefit from looking at modern technologies which are not only ecologically conscious (biodegradable items, vertical farming etc.) but also those involved in conservation and restoration (cleaning drones and magnetics) as well as the earth’s fundamental capabilities to sustain and revive (meal worms, mushrooms, lichen etc.)?

Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary

There is a recent movement going under the name of MAPS (Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary) and the hashtag #UNITEBYLIGHT which aspires to protect the Arctic and in turn the planet as a whole.

“We no longer live in an era with the luxury to consider one isolated region as separate from the whole. What happens in the arctic affects our entire world.” Parvati.org

MAPS is launching a 24-month long marketing plan to develop a narrative that will reach governments worldwide. Through the power of social media, supporters and increasing ecological awareness they aim to make the goal for MAPS a reality. Their first phase of business is the realization of MAPS which will be accomplished through publication of  compelling media narratives and high-quality artistic experiences that support a global shift to a sustainable future. Visit their website Parvati.org to show your support for this not-for-profit dedicated to a healthy world!

Wolves: The Protectors of Rivers

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We Love Animals make a fascinating point that wolves (in this case Yellowstone National Park) help to contain the dispersion of water in rivers by regulating the population of deer and other familiar prey which feed on vegetation. In the headlines to their video they prime you that 14 wolves were released in a park within Yellowstone in 1995 and were able to see how their return and presence in their natural environment sparked the means for the land and rivers to stabilize. Check out this video to see how important they are in the whole trophic cascade of life on our amazing planet.

Victory for Standing Rock!

nodapl_victoryAfter four months of active demonstrating, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe has brought the push of the Dakota Access Pipeline to a halt. A victory that resonates with tribes and supporters across the globe.

“Today, the US Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not be granting the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline,” Standing Rock Sioux Tribal chairman Dave Archambault II said in a statement sent to BuzzFeed News. “Instead, the Corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternative routes.

Tribe members and environmentalists feared damage to local water supplies and the desecration of sacred land.

They argued in court that the pipeline “crosses areas of great historical and cultural significance” and “crosses waters of utmost cultural, spiritual, ecological, and economic significance.”

The tribe successfully mobilized national support, with demonstrators marching in Washington DC and elsewhere to pressure the government to abandon the construction. (Source: BuzzFeed)

Follow the source link above for more detailed info on the win!

3 New SeaDrones: Explorer, Inspector & Developer

screenshot_20161118-030546(Above) The three types of SeaDrones developed by SeaDronePro. (Below) SeaDrone live in Baja, California.

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Aquaculture makes for a significant portion of the world’s diet. Fish farms have to be attended to however and up until this point it was a matter of diving to inspect, surface, take notes on paper (probably waterproof) and then those would be transcribed. All in all, a longer process with more resources than necessary expended. These drones are capable of inspecting nets, moorings and monitoring fish farms. There are 3 types each run from around $3000 to $4000 to purchase.

Check out SeaDronePro‘s website for in-depth videos on what they’ve got brewing!

Recyclone: Sir James Dyson’s River Cleaner

RecycloneLike a knight coming back after retirement to slay another dragon Sir James Dyson has begun to fashion a river-cleaning barge modeled after his famous Dyson vacuum technology. He explains in an interview with Fast Company “The nets face upstream and skim the surface of the river for floating debris. The plastic waste is shredded on board and then different grades of plastic are separated by a huge cyclone–very similar to the way our cyclonic vacuums work.”

Around a year ago he was quoted saying his project “Recyclone” is still in development.  One of his primary concerns was finding effective ways of preventing aquatic life from being sucked in along with the trash.  Another question that arose was that of sorting larger trash like plastic bottles from smaller trash like plastic beads. In response, Dyson explains that his team is developing a system analogous to the Dyson Vacuum in the sense that it sorts trash from largest to smallest.

Here is a great article and interview inhabitat hosted with Sir James Dyson on his new invention in the works.

Earth Guardians

earthguardians“We are the one’s we’ve been waiting for” – Xiuhtezcatl

What is more inspiring than seeing the next generation getting involved in the health and future of our planet?

Xiuhtezcatl (pronounced “shu-TEZ-cuht”) has been leading a youth movement to save the planet since he was ordering from the kids menu at the age of 6. He has assembled a global army of young people over the years with his organization Earth Guardians (which just keeps growing bigger!) to demand sustainable policy from world leaders. The Colorado-based organization has over 1,800 crews on six continents — and counting, partially thanks to social media.

In 2014, Xiuhtezcatl founded Rising Youth for Sustainable Environment (RYSE), a youth council that helps to plan, train, and execute an agenda to help combat climate change. Between the council’s role in this federal lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of them by Our Children’s Trust, and the lawsuits they have on the way in other sates, it’s clear they are onto something.

(Link to Upworthy article: http://www.upworthy.com/meet-the-teens-leading-an-unprecedented-lawsuit-against-the-us-government )

The Dutch boy mopping up a sea of plastic

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Link to article: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29631332

When I first starting bringing up the discussion on earth clean up with people a few mentioned hearing about this boy named Boyan Slat a couple years back.

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Above is a representation of his invention to clean plastic from the ocean. Inspiring to hear the efforts that are emerging.

Another article on Boyan Slat: http://inhabitat.com/19-year-old-student-develops-ocean-cleanup-array-that-could-remove-7250000-tons-of-plastic-from-the-worlds-oceans/