Co-Housing or an Eco Village… Is it a move forward?

I have often pondered with idea of community living and Eco Villages, I have to be honest the appeal of Co-housing does not appear to grasp me. I left my years of student housing years ago and the idea of Co-Housing strikes similarities to this for me, I know people would be older and wiser with all the trimmings, but I am one that likes my quiet time. And yes even the odd time I like to wonder around in inappropriate attire, as in boxers not women clothes or anything like that, not that there is anything wrong with people who do that sort of thing. 

Anyway this video shows a bit of both but mainly eco villages and while I like this idea I am not keen on how it is executed in this example. The village design means people actually have to purchase the house, like a real mortgage which to me spoils the sustainability aspect as well as the ethos of it! Thats my thought anyway, I mean their actually doing it and i’m still wrapped up in the economic world of capitalism (but with an aim to escape when I can). 

Watching this did get me investigating this idea and I found the second video, now thats the kinda of house I want to living and make to me thats how Eco villages should be. Looking at the Living in the Future website I then found a Welsh Eco village that seemed to run a better system called Lammas

I feel that Co-Housing is not the move for the future for me as people need their space, a communal building in a village should present to provide the community element, this way around it gives the residents the option. So in a round a bout round up Eco village are the way forward for me. I would love to move into one like Lammas or even set one up with some like mined people, I just have to overcome the financial problem which enforces a strange kind of irony that you have to have money to leave the system. Anyway it’s something to save and work towards and mark my words it will happen one way or another :)

Moving to the country would be my option…

With current news talking of the inevitable economic crash dominating certain media sources (i.e. not the mass media), I have myself considered the idea of moving away from the UK. Unfortunately unlike Chris Matenson I don’t have the cash to purchase land and set up a sustainable lifestyle. I would love to if I could, to the extent I have even identified a plot of land I would like to purchase for the venture. I will just have to do what I can where I am though, I hope my planning and information gained through reading of blogs and non-mass media have prepared me enough. To be honest regardless of an economic crash I would love to set up a sustainable farm/community if I could.

But Chris’s story is not wasted, his story empowers us and shows us it can be done, with a little work. I have definitely taken a lot from this video and hope you will too. It has boosted my determination to create that kind of lifestyle for myself and family. I for one will be taking his advice and sharing it with you along with my other findings on sustainable living.

A quote from Chris Martenson “Money is not a comprehensive descriptor of wealth. Your deepest wealth lies in the strength and resiliency of your community.”

ENJOY :)

Pets for Vets, an intervention for both sides…

This little video come not so much from my Sustainability or even my Equality side, but from the OT in me. I have always loved animals and even before studying as an OT it was clear to me the human benefit of a connection with them. Connection with an animal is something you can’t get from another human, to me it’s like crossing a boundary of communication. A communication on a more spiritual level without words or normal dialog, just a subconscious understanding of two beings. 

So when I saw this video it was clear to my even before the end the benefits, but to see the emotion of Blade and DD just lifts you, it also nearly brought a tear to my eye I must admit. As a OT who believes in natural and more holistic interventions this speaks volumes to my learning and my whole ethics towards career, you have to have the evidence in this world before you are taken seriously and here it is. I am so please that people are creating this type of program to help those in desperate need who would not get it otherwise. So to me the promotion of it is paramount to it success and also the lives of the people they save!

Thank you :)

Bailiffs sent away! Mostafa still at Sweets Way!

Equality 333:

The social cleansing of London suburbs must be stopped. This action proves people power can change minds. This kind of corporate control and lack of consideration for anything other than profit must be stopped in it’s tracks NOW!

What right do they have to just kicking someone out of their home because they want the land to make luxury flats for the rich?

It could be your house next !

Originally posted on sweets way resists:

On Monday, people kept a family from being evicted and pushed a council to reverse the decision that would have left them homeless. But we need to keep up the pressure to keep Mostafa and the family safe.

SWN20 (9 of 38) Photo by Hannah Nicklin

On Sunday night, many of us didn’t go to sleep. Bailiffs were due at 46 Sweets Way and because we had seen what Mostafa and his family had gone through, and we had seen them failed over and over again by the various systems that are meant to protect them, we knew we needed to prepare with them to stay in their home.

We were prepared to do everything peaceful within our power to stop High Court bailiffs from entering the home of the last family at Sweets Way and making them homeless. Some of us planned to take photos and document the experience, others were prepared to take…

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ReGreening The Desert….

I came across this little post which I thought was very positive. I have been looking at permaculture recently, mainly in an effort to produce sustainable produce in my back yard. And to find way to out do the army of slugs that invade my garden on a nightly basis, which thankfully has been greatly reduced with the introduction of mint (and the dregs of mint tea and leafs).

The video is about introducing permaculture in the Jordanian desert and the results are incredible to say the least. Geoff Lawton basically turns desert into productive land which produces crops when the rest of Jordan can not, now thats clearly a sign he is doing something very right. Obviously from this I can safely conclude permaculture is the way forward and telling I have got a lot of learning too on the subject. I just don’t understand why this is not common practice across the globe (well I do, but that anther story), people really need to wake up and change their though process and farming process. Permaculture it the way forward especially with global warming on the increase. 

Geoff Lawton (the educator in this film) is doing an amazing job of education people, and I know there are a lot more like him, but if humans are going to live sustainably we all need to jump on this band wagon and fast.

Enjoy …

Amazing camping stove…

Just a quick post to share with you this amazing camping stove, the “BioLite Camp Stove. Currently as you know I am looking at ideas or products that are sustainable and would enable a life off grid (who’s know we might all need this knowledge soon the way things are going!). During this little mission, I am currently looking at camping gear and mainly solar equipment for a camping trip. I want to get into the spirit of off the grid living too but doing via a few little trips first, plus I have to finish my course first so I can earn living and have a chance of achieving my dream of setting up a sustainable and holistic Care home (long term jam plan and to be discussed in a post way ahead from now), anyway I going of on a tangent. Basically I came across the  BioLite Camp Stove”, what an invention by BioLite, a small group of innovative people looking for more sustainable earth, right up my street. Take a look at the demo video:

I am already saving up the pennies and will be buying one as soon as I can. There are a number of retailers selling it, but the cheapest I found (in the UK) was OutBack Trading in Cornwall.

Enjoy guys and get saving in every sense 

Blest with Clean Oceans Project…

Our oceans are a magical places full of strange alien like creatures and adventures of the unknown. I often hear that we know more about space than the depths of the ocean. So when you hear of these apparent floating islands of plastic waste it makes you think, what effect does this have on the unknown watery world, will it prevent us from finding an amazing animal or a magical cure to greed (maybe thats just me). I wonder how is this allowed to happen, but then I think once people have thrown their rubbish into the sea, river or even on the ground and it happens unfortunately, (sometimes by mistake) it makes it’s way into the the oceans. How can we track it or get it back?

These ‘Trash islands’ are one thing but what about all the plastic animals swallow and in consequence suffer a slow painful death, now someone people (I doubt none of you) would not really care about this, but i’d say to those people to then think about the bigger picture, this plastic will get into our food chain through animal digestion or even Microplastics and in turn we will be munching down on some fish infused plastic.

A few months ago well actually about a year ago I came across the Blest Machine, an incredible invention by Akinori Ito and his colleagues that converts plastic into fuel. Wow you might say, but this has not taken off I’m not sure why. I’ve read arguments saying it just encourages plastics and the solution is to move a way from them, I totally agree with this but there is a lot of plastic around which could be used to covert into fuel, until we have a complete solution for it’s replacement.

With this invention there are huge possibilities it just needed the opportunity. Well now it’s here Clean Oceans Project’ have team up with them and using their app that works out where rubbish would end up after riding the oceans tides. When they locate this rubbish they can convert it to fuel in order to stay miles of the shoreline collecting all the rubbish. This is fantastic plan and shows great devotion as well as what can be achieved when people come together with ideas.

Real solutions come about!

Enjoy…

In addition read about Mission Ocean a very important mission, thanks :)