Environment: Sustainable Communities

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Tamera Jane
Tamera Jane
United States

Sustainable Communities

I'd love to start a discussion about sustainable permaculture communities, natural building, and sustainable living!

Please add your favorite resources, stories, or photos! I'm currently working on a project in Vermont: http://www.newbrightdawn.org.

That New Bright Dawn project sounds great - do you have a long-term plan for it? How long do you expect it to take to get something of that scale fully up and running?

Michael DeLong
Michael DeLong
United States

Here is an interesting story about a couple who moved to Joshua Tree to build a bio-regionally designed green home with their own two hands: www.designspongeonline.com (scroll down to the second story).

What I find interesting--and disturbing--is that they often met with opposition from local power and water utilities on some of their design. I guess sustainable living is seen as a threat to the futures of electric and gas, which is a shame.

Tamera Jane
Tamera Jane
United States

You can't get a land mortgage if the land is off the grid or you plan on being off the grid, which is interesting as well.

Thanks for the link!

avalonfarms
avalonfarms
United States

Sustainable Living

The Farm here in Summertown Tennessee has been around for quite a few years. It is an intentional community and has had a huge impact on many lives around the world.http://www.thefarm.org/

same vision

I also share the same vision of creating a network of sustainable living and permaculture communities.
I recently visited with an artist friend who moved to southern British Columbia, Canada. He lived on a First Nation community prior to moving to BC. He built a haybale house which he gave to her great aunt. His new house that he made in BC is similar to the one you are building. Besides the amazing healthy energy of his greem home was his use of humanure composting. Instead of flushing toilets he used good ol pail toilet which he made a nice seat for attached to container which he fills with sawdust. the sawdust is used to cover the human waste. for more info check http://humanurehandbook.com/

Deepanshu
India

It seems to me that women in feminist circles are much divided on this issue, and so am I. On one hand I completely follow the argument that a woman's right to wear a head-scarf for religious reasons is untouchable. On the other hand, many a feminist would call the hijab a very powerful symbol of the suppression of women.



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