Stop asking engineers for solutions. Engineers have already provided their part of the solution.
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Xóchitl Guadalupe Cruz
Let’s give it up for another amazing young scientist! ❤️
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I think that, in order to avoid catastrophic global warming, we need to give up one of the most cherished myths of modern society--the idea that future civilization should be faster, more mechanized, harness greater amounts of power, have greater amounts of production, etc.
I don’t even mean collapse (although that would be a worst-case scenario); I mean that there needs to be a sort of managed decline of capitalist modernity; we have to retire much of industrial civilization whilst (hopefully) preserving its advantages.
The consequence of this is that we will have to do without a lot of the things that we (particularly in the west) take for granted. Right now, for example, we can buy as many clothes as we want; in the future, perhaps, most people will own two or three outfits that are designed for durability. Our cities should be redesigned to be livable without the need to own a car, and we must demand machines that are built to last for years or decades; planned obsolescence must be banned. Right now, we travel by plane; in the future, perhaps we will revert to using trains or boats. Perhaps we will no longer be able to import perishable cargoes from distant parts of the world; we must learn to do without.
Right now, we remain married to a vision of the future that originated in the 19th century, before we understood just how sharp the limitations that nature imposes upon civilization actually are. As such, the visions of a slower, less mechanized, and less materially wealthy world can be tarred as dystopian; but they should not be. Perhaps it should best be regarded as a sort of strategic withdrawal from the “fast” future we were all sold on--until we know how to do it without imperilling our own existence.
The fact of the matter is that civilization is going to decline; that decline can either be managed to catastrophic. I would much rather opt for the former.
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SO GOOD HAHAH
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So make convicts work in an industry known to be linked with high levels of depression, PTSD and PISD among its workers. Sounds like a perfect rehabilitation plan, no faults in this whatsoever.
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An Earthship is a type of passive solar earth shelter that is made of both natural and upcycled materials such as earth-packed tires, pioneered by architect Michael Reynolds.
Earthships are predicated upon the idea that there are six human needs which can be addressed through environmentally sustainable building design:
Energy: Thermal and/or solar heating and cooling, solar and wind electricity
Garbage management: Reuse and recycling built into construction and daily living
Sewage treatment: Self-contained sewage treatment and water recycling
Shelter: Building with natural and recycled materials
Clean Water: Water harvesting and long term storage
Food: In-home organic food production capability
Earthship structures are intended to be "off-the-grid-ready" homes, with minimal reliance on public utilities and fossil fuels. They are constructed to use available natural resources, especially energy from the sun and rain water. They are designed with thermal mass construction and natural cross-ventilation to regulate indoor temperature, and the designs are intentionally uncomplicated and mainly single-story, so that people with little building knowledge can construct them.
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Neighborhood Free Food Stand Made From Pallets - Instructables
I made a Free Stand for food and non-food items for my neighborhood out of pallets, some painters drop cloth and steel roofing, and so can you!
The Free Stand is for neighbors to freely give and take free food and non-food items with space for potted plants and coolers below the stand.
Neighbors can also do outreach to local farmers, farmers markets, restaurants, grocers and organizations to source donations for the Free Stand.
Take what you need, give what you can.
Redistribute for greater community food and resource security!
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Art by ぬこマス*
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"Solarpunk took inspiration from the Cyberpunk and Steampunk aesthetics that came before it—take the lush paradises of Studio Ghibli films with just a few more solar panels. Cyberpunk uses science fiction to explore our anxieties in the rapidly developing technical age, while Steampunk is nostalgic for the aesthetics of the industrial revolution. But unlike these dystopian and mechanical universes, Solarpunk is a more optimistic, regenerative vision of the future.
It imagines a world where energy, usually from the sun or wind, can be used without harming our environment. Where green roofs and windmills allow humans to live in harmony with nature. On the surface it might seem like a rosy, perhaps even naive perspective for our moment, when climate change-fueled disasters are in the news every other day. But imagining Solarpunk purely as a pleasant aesthetic undermines its inherently radical implications. At its core, and despite its appropriation, Solarpunk imagines an end to the global capitalist system that has resulted in the environmental destruction seen today."
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Summer used to smell like sunscreen and lemonade, like sun ripened raspberries and fresh cut grass
Now it smells like smoke.
Summer used to look like endless blue skies and soft sunsets
Now it looks like a brownish gray haze on the horizon.
Summer used to be pools and sprinklers and water balloon fights
Now we conserve every drop while golf courses drench their fields.
Summer used to be a time we looked forward to
Now we just prepare for it.
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Winter Tree House by u/bogus_e
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Summit Point School is a school in Auckland, New Zealand, that focuses on multi-sensory teaching and has a large roll of students with dyslexia, autism, ADHD and other learning profiles that aren’t often supported in the usual school system.
Currently, students are growing a vegetable garden and learning about sustainability - the teacher in charge has created a givealittle page to raise money to improve the garden, as this year they just don’t have the budget for it. If you want to pitch in, the link is available here!
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Why Solarpunk Gives Me Hope for the Future ft St Andrew
When we look out into the murky depths of our future, it's hard not to despair. The scars of capitalism run ragged through our minds, bodies, and environments. The uncertainty of a world in climate chaos is driving many into a state of apathy. Inaction and status quo politicking is so prevalent among the ruling class that it's easy to believe in neoliberal hawk Margaret Thatcher's assertion that "there is no alternative." Well, there is. It's beautiful, vibrant, and gives me hope for a juster, more ethical, and more ecological future. It's called Solarpunk. Today, we're going to dive into the visions of Solarpunk, uncovering what it is, what it looks like, and how exactly it can be implemented right now to construct a radical eco and human-centric present.
Solarpunk. A burgeoning movement blending aesthetics and politics that envisions a future which answers the question: "What kind of world will emerge when we finally transition to renewables?"
Loving how the core question of solarpunk is constantly being re-iterated.
“What does a sustainable civilisation look like, and how can we get there?”
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If you pass the time at work daydreaming about how you’d rebuild and create community after a civilization collapse, take a little time every once in a while to build up the skills and experience to do that
Learn how to fight or shoot a gun. Read about herbal and DIY medicine, and start growing some of those plants yourself. Get into graffiti, shoplifting, dumpster diving, or sabotaging security cameras so you can build up experience with getting things done in secret and getting away with them. Learn how to lockpick, repair holes in clothing, grow food, start and utilize a fire, build and fix things, etc. Get a couple friends together and start a little mutual aid distro, and let it grow organically over time. Get into ham or CB radio or long-range wifi meshnets. Get to know your local activist scene. Get to know your neighbors and your coworkers, and talk to them about the things that bother or worry you and how you could start fixing them together
Maybe that collapse comes and you’re a little bit more prepared to build a better world. Or maybe it doesn’t, and you can get started making yourself and your community a little better and more independent anyway. Either way, taking a couple hours every week to build some skills and get some stuff done can make you feel so much less helpless
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Some watercolor mushroom bots I made a while ago for Gallery Nucleus’s Power in Numbers 5 show. Having one of these actually made would be great for the current quarantine situation lol
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