March 26, 2012
Thanks to our friend Laurie Lee, a nice link to a Solar Dehydrator made of scrap. If only we lived in a place with sunshine, the things we could do… (heh).
Dry your fruit, vegetables, and other goods with your own sun powered dehydrator. Electric Food Dehydrators can be expensive and consume unnecessary energy.
This solar dehydrator was made entirely of recovered materials. It was constructed with scrap ply wood, 2x4s from an old ladder, a house window, and other items which could be considered trash. It was created as a project at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa.
Why We Dry: Removal of moisture prevents bacteria from ruining your values fruits and vegetables. Drying is a form of preservation.
The plans are at instructables.com
Fruit leathers, dried herbs, homemade teas… the options are broad and wonderful.
Categories: 6th Degree Initiative, Hands, Skill Nodes.
March 20, 2012
From Deep Green Resistance in Colorado, via some friends who are part of the Great Remembering Network.
“For ‘sustainable’ to mean anything, we must embrace and then defend the bare truth: the planet is primary. The life-producing work of a million species is literally the earth, air, and water that we depend on…If we use the word ‘sustainable’ and don’t mean that, then we are liars of the worst sort: the kind who let atrocities happen while we stand by and do nothing.”
What do you want? Because we can’t have it all.
Where do you draw the line? Because ultimately there can be no justice—for humans or the earth—in an industrial society.
Where does your loyalty lie? These aren’t theoretical questions; they are some of the most important things we need to be asking ourselves right now. What is sacred to you—a living world, or central heating? Hold that question close, and whisper it to your heart; it’s time for an answer.
There’s plenty of important stuff to consider at this link.
But I’d like you to walk away with this thought: don’t get mad or despondent. Get creative. There’s plenty of us out there who can share innovative ideas and resources to get things done. More than at any time in the history of the planet are we connected. We can — we should — use that to our advantage.
Categories: 6th Degree Initiative, Heart.
March 19, 2012
From the geeky site io9.com — and you know when it’s hit there, among the stories of Sci-Fi movie trailers and Wondercon it’s more in the public eye than you think:
What do you do when your country is thrown into financial chaos? After all, you still have your resources, your skills, and your neighbors. As cash is increasingly short supply, some Greeks are creating local currencies, and finding their social support system is stronger than they ever knew.
The Guardian is reporting on one such alternative currency, Tems, or Local Alternative Units. This particular network is 18 months old and 800 people strong, and still growing. And, according to founding member Maria Choupis, it’s just one of roughly 15 such local currency networks around the country.
Tems isn’t about accumulating wealth; you can’t hold more than 1,200 units or owe more than 300. Instead, the system is about neighbors providing goods and services for one another. Many of the Tems members report that they enjoy using the alternative currency, and that it has helped them form more intimate social relationships with the people they interact with.
A nice feature of the currency is that, even if you don’t possess a resource or a special skill, participants can bake cakes or provide babysitting services for their Tems. With so many fictional stories about how people will turn on one another in the event of a collapse, it’s great to see a real-life example of folks who band together to make things work during tough times. It will be interesting to see if these alternative currencies continue to grow, or if they end up being a short-term solution.
Top photo by Images_of_Money. Article by Lauren Davis
We’re already hosting a Time Exchange in the San Fernando Valley. What do you think? Could there be a Tems waiting for us?
Categories: 6th Degree Initiative, Head.