RETURN TO EDEN: ‘Agrihoods’ Provide Suburban Living Built Around Community Farms – Not Golf Courses

Source – collective-evolution.com – California’s first farm-to-table new home community just opened. Called “The Cannery,” it’s a residential project designed and put together by The New Home Company. Designed with a seven acre urban farm near the center of downtown Davis, this 100 acre project is considered to be the very first agrihood built on what…

REBEL YELL: This “Rebel Farmer” Is A Constant Target Of His Own Government. But His Wild Ideas Made Him A Global Icon

Source  – althealthworks.com – In the battle of “conventional” agriculture vs. organic, a clear winner is emerging: organic food sales are skyrocketing, and interest in organic farming is rising dramatically, especially among the youth. But while the debate between organic and conventional gets all the headlines, one particular style of farming that may hold true…

AFFLUENZA: The Über Consumer Society – When More is less

Source – filmsforaction.org – AFFLUENZA is a groundbreaking film that diagnoses a serious social disease – caused by consumerism, commercialism and rampant materialism – that is having a devastating impact on our families, communities, and the environment. We have more stuff, but less time, and our quality of life seems to be deteriorating. By using…

CROSSROADS: ‘The Venus Project’, The Choice is Ours (Archive)

Source  – thechoiceisoursmovie.com  – This film series explores many aspects of our society.  To rethink what is possible in our world, we need to consider what kind of world we want to live in.  Although we refer to it as civilization, it is anything but civilized.  Visions of global unity & fellowship have long inspired…

RETURN TO EDEN: ‘Freedom Road’, Zen & the Art of Simple Living

Source – thefreedomroad.wordpress.com – “…Walden is not just a geographical point somewhere in the New England landscape but a state of mind, an attitude of simple living that can be transported anywhere, anytime, if we so decide. After his two years experiment in simple living Thoreau left Walden Pond to pursue life elsewhere but he…

RESILIENT LIVING: The Virtually Indestructible Eco-Friendly ‘Hobbit’ House, Assemble Your Own and Bury It

Source – naturalblaze.com – “…A new twist to tiny house living – The prefab system is virtually indestructible Eco-Friendly and takes advantage of earth sheltering to optimize energy use”: (Hobbit Like House – Assemble Your Own and Bury It – By Yvonne Holterman) How awesome are these new Hobbit like homes, which brings a new…

RESILIENT LIVING: Brilliant Young Minds & Their Inventions That Could Save the Planet – By Lacy Cooke

Source – inhabitat.com – “…Sometimes the brightest ideas come in young packages….from $13 germ-killing door handles to Braille printers, check out these eight teenage inventions that revolutionize the way we view energy, food, and, of course, the oceans“: (8 teenage inventions that could save the world – By Lacy Cooke) Sometimes the brightest ideas come…

RESILIENT LIVING: Multipod Studio’s Affordable Pop-Up House Snaps Together Like LEGO Bricks

Source – inhabitat.com – “…The structure of the Pop-Up House is made from insulating blocks and wooden panels – a unique low-cost system patented by Multipod Studio that provides outstanding thermal insulation. The materials used in the construction are inexpensive, while the thermal envelope reduces the need for additional heating. The construction requires no special…

OUR DANCE WITH DESTINY: Grow Fresh Produce Anywhere, Anytime, in a Freight Farm Shipping Container

Source – forbes.com – “…We decided to target a very specific part of the food system to start off. There are 4,400 institutional distributors of fresh fruit and produce to restaurants, hospitals, and universities. We are selling to small and medium sized distributors with revenues between $3 million and $75 million – representing an $860…

RESILIENT LIVING: New Tiny House Neighborhood Will Allow Homeless to Rent to Own

Source – themindunleashed.com – “… As a rule of thumb nationwide, even an efficient nonprofit developer can’t build an apartment affordable to a household making less than about $32,000 a year. That leaves out nearly a third of American households”: (New Tiny House Neighborhood Will Allow Homeless to Rent to Own) For a reality check…

RESILIENT LIVING: 8 inexpensive earth homes almost anyone can afford – By Katie Medlock

Source – inhabitat.com – “…Many people dream of building their own home, but the financial cost and environmental toll of starting from scratch can often seem overwhelming….almost anyone can afford to build their own green home out of sustainable materials. “Earth homes” utilize surrounding terrain or other natural elements such as dirt, bamboo, wood, and…

RESILIENT LIVING: Desert Farm Grows 17,000 Tons of Food Without Soil, Pesticides, Fossil Fuels or Groundwater – By Amando Flavio

Source – csglobe.com – “…The farm has a year-round growing season by heating the greenhouse in winter with 39 megawatts of clean energy gained from solar power.This farm proves, once again, that the biotech-promoted myth of needing genetically modified food and millions of pounds of carcinogenic pesticide to grow them to feed the population, is…

RESILIENT LIVING: 4 Ways Young Americans Are Saying No to America’s Love Affair With Cars – By Cliff Weathers

Source – alternet.org – “…The number-one reason non-drivers are giving for not getting licenses isn’t the ownership costs—it’s because they’re too busy (37%). Obviously, there is a major shift in priorities going on here. The same survey also indicated that 22% of those without licenses would rather bike or walk than own a car; 17%…

RETURN TO EDEN: Seven Agricultural Innovations That Could Save The World – By Greg Beach

Source – inhabitat.com – ‘…Well aware of monoculture’s flaws, growers, scientists, and innovators have developed alternative methods and models that enrich the earth and produce healthy food. Time to tune out that doom and gloom and get some hands dirty – hit the jump to learn about seven agricultural innovations that could save the world”: (7…

RESILIENT LIVING: 7 countries where Americans can study at universities, in English – for free

Source – stuartjeannebramhall.com – “…Free education and health care are the most important ways to create productivity and real wealth in a society. What passes for wealth creation in the US and other industrialized countries is merely the organized transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich”: (7 countries where college is free) The  cost…

RESILIENT LIVING: This Wind-Powered Device Pulls 11 Gallons Of Drinkable Water From The Air Each Day

Source – trueactivist.com – “… A constant stress for approximately 2.3 million people on the planet has to do with obtaining clean, drinking water. Fortunately, a solution to the latter conundrum has been presented…the Water Seer collection device relies on simple condensation to collect drinkable water from the atmosphere and can provide up to 11…

RESILIENT LIVING: The ‘Tesla of eco-villages’ is an off-grid community capable of producing its own food, water and electricity

Source – minds.com – “…Producing a community where farming is at its core is key….he says  – “We don’t do lawns, we don’t do golf courses or tennis courts. That’s a good place to grow food, so we’re going to grow food there”: (The ‘Tesla of eco-villages’ is an off-grid community capable of producing its…

RESILIENT LIVING: ByFusion turns all types of ocean plastic into eco-friendly construction blocks

Source  – inhabitat.com – “…The technology is based on a genius idea from New Zealand-based inventor Peter Lewis, who is a principal engineer with the company. His process involves a modular platform that compresses plastic debris into blocks of various shapes and densities, based on custom settings”: (ByFusion turns all types of ocean plastic into…

RESILIENT LIVING: Pasta Dish at Bice Restaurant in Midtown Manhattan – $2,013, a 14×14 solar cabin for less than $2000 – Priceless

Source – simplesolarhomesteading.com –  “…The Cabin has been tested in Canada, Mexico and Alaska with great results. Perfect for a starter home, hunting/fishing cabin, bug-out shelter or vacation cabin.The cabin can be built from all new materials for under $2000 (not including windows and doors) and is designed for additions on 3 sides”: (Pasta dish at Bice…

RESILIENT LIVING: Solar Village is World’s First Community to Produce 4x More Energy Than it Uses (Flashback)

Source – treehugger.com – “…The project started out as a vision for an entire community — the medium-density project balances size, accessibility, green space, and solar exposure. In all, 52 homes make up a neighborhood anchored to Sonnenschiff, a mixed-use residential and commercial building that emphasizes livability with a minimal footprint”: (Solar Village is World’s…

CROSSROADS: What Is The World? Who Are We? What Are We Going To Do About It? – By Robert Jensen

Source – robertwjensen.org – “…The lesson of the garden is not that people should avoid all knowledge, only that we should resist the temptation to believe we are godlike and can manipulate the complexity of the world. The larger living world of which we are a part — the tree of life — was adequate to sustain us”: (What…

COSMIC COWBOY: ‘You Belong to the Universe’, Buckminster Fuller and Spaceship Earth

Source – global.oup.com – ” …His life after all had a purpose, “which could be fulfilled only by sharing his mind with the world” – And share it he did, tirelessly for over half a century, with houses hung from masts, cars with inflatable wings, a brilliant and never-bettered equal-area map of the world, and…

RESILIENT LIVING: The US Govt Has Recently Issued 2 Alarming Warnings to Prep, But Is Anybody Listening? – By Daisy Luther

Source – activistpost.com – “…Remember the Hurricane Rita traffic jam back in 2005? Out of 113 deaths attributed to the hurricane, 107 were associated with the evacuation, where people perished of heat strokes, a bus fire, and the exacerbation of chronic health issues”: (The US Govt Has Recently Issued 2 Alarming Warnings to Prep –…

RETURN TO EDEN: “The Right Stuff’, 10 Ways Minimalism Can Change Your Life – By Alanna Ketler

Source – collective-evolution.com – “…Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.” -George Carlin”: (10 Ways Minimalism Can Change Your Life – By Alanna Ketler) The minimalist movement — a lifestyle which opposes the Western consumerist ideal  — has been gaining popularity in recent…

RESILIENT LIVING: Vertical Micro-Farms Reimagines the Future of Farming – By Derek Markham

Source – treehugger.com – Grocers are in constantly pursuit of ways to connect their customers with the freshest, highest quality produce, but it’s a challenge when veggies have to be harvested at the farm and transported to market. INFARM is cutting out the middle man by placing vertical micro-farms inside Berlin supermarkets, as a way…

THE ROAD UP AHEAD: The City That Will Pay You To Bike to Work – By Jake Anderson

Source – theantimedia.org – Milan, Italy — Milan is the most polluted city in Europe. In fact, the smog is so bad that in 2012, the country reported 84,000 premature deaths linked to poor air quality. Last year, both Milan and Rome introduced traffic bans to combat pollution. Now city officials are trying something relatively…

THE ROAD UP AHEAD: Here’s How Electric Cars Will Cause the Next Oil Crisis – By Tom Randall

Source – bloomberg.com – With all good technologies, there comes a time when buying the alternative no longer makes sense. Think smartphones in the past decade, color TVs in the 1970s, or even gasoline cars in the early 20th century. Predicting the timing of these shifts is difficult, but when it happens, the whole world…

RESILIENT LIVING: Man Invents Sandals That Grow 5 Sizes In 5 Years To Help Children In Poverty – By Julija Nėjė

Source – boredpanda.com – Sometimes, the simplest invention can change millions of lives. That’s the goal of The Shoe That Grows, a sandal invented by inventor Kenton Lee that can adjust its size, allowing children in impoverished nations to grow up without having to go barefoot. The shoes, which come in catch-all Small and Large…

RETURN TO EDEN: Leisure as the Basis of Culture, The 1948 Manifesto for Reclaiming Our Human Dignity in a Culture of Workaholism

Source – brainpickings.org – “Leisure lives on affirmation. It is not the same as the absence of activity … or even as an inner quiet. It is rather like the stillness in the conversation of lovers, which is fed by their oneness:”  We get such a kick out of looking forward to pleasures and rushing…

RESILIENT LIVING: Affordable shipping container village can pop up almost anywhere in the world

Source – inhabitat.com – Copenhagen is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities, but unfortunately not all can afford to live there. Luckily, CPH Shelter is bringing affordable housing to the city in the form of a modular cargotecture village. Built with organic materials and upcycled shipping containers, the eco-friendly CPH Shelters…