TAG: sustainability

Making a Living Out of Living (Off-Grid in the Wilderness)

Brad Waters, L.C.S.W., Contributor Waking Times A glimpse into two households living off the grid in the American wilderness. When the sun sets on Charlie Larson’s cabin, he does not flip a light switch- his cabin doesn’t have electricity. It takes several moments longer to reach for his kerosene lamp, strike a match, and adjust

Sustainability is Mainly a Spiritual Crisis, Not a Material One

Caroline Savery, Sust Enable Waking Times The more godlike he becomes, the less godly Homo economicus behaves.” – Andrew Nikiforuk When I started out as a sustainability activist, I firmly believed that “sustainability” meant finding better, more efficient ways for humans to live within the means of our resources.  I considered the problem of sustainability as a problem

Five Steps Toward Decolonizing Gaia and Rewilding Mankind

Z, Contributing Writer Waking Times  The cosmos will always be greater than our microcosmic perspectives can possibly allow, but allow it we must. “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” –Mark Twain “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent… It is

Hemp Habitats – Homes of the Future?

Becca Wolford, Contributing Writer Waking Times  Hemp homes, while not mainstream yet, are the cutting edge of green building and living. Hemp, one of the strongest and most durable fibers on the planet, is being used for foundations, walls, roofing, insulation, and indoor textiles and installations. Hemcrete is made with hemp hurds  and lime, and is

Don’t Mess with Texas’ Tar Sands Blockade

Will Wooten, Waging Nonviolence Contributor Waking Times One year after more than 1,200 people were arrested in front of the White House during two weeks of sit-ins against the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline, a coalition of Texas landowners and activists will attempt to physically halt its construction. Led by veteran climate justice organizers,

Hemp – A Cash Crop For Medicine, Food, And Shelter

Becca Wolford, Contributing Writer Waking Times The 1938 Edition of Popular Mechanics called hemp The New Billion Dollar Crop. Unfortunately, the Billion Dollar Crop was not meant to be. Randolph Hearst’s newspapers depended on wood (he owned several sawmills) and his investments in timber would be threatened. DuPont’s chemicals were also a factor, in that they

Balancing Act: Sustainable Morality for a Better World

Adam Lanka, Contributing Writer Waking Times “The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.” – Albert Einstein A balance always exists. Our world lives and labors under

Cultural Values Have Far-Reaching Implications For A Sustainable Global Society

Prevent Disease Differences in attitudes and cultural values could have far-reaching implications for the development of a sustainable global society, according to an analysis to be published in the International Journal of the Sustainable Economy. Rune Ellemose Gulev of the University of Applied Sciences Kiel, Germany, has explored the cultural values associated with sustainability that makes

Hemp – The Answer To Sustainable Living

Becca Wolford, Contributing Writer Waking Times “We are using up the resources of 1.5 planets. That is a long way from sustainability. Every product made takes something from the planet that we can’t give back. So think twice before you buy anything. Think about what went into making that product. Buy better quality, but buy

Monsanto’s Mass ‘Super Weeds’ Force Sustainable Farming

Anthony Gucciardi Waking Times What happens when Monsanto’s modified creations get out of hand and threaten the biosphere with mutated ‘super weeds’ that continue to suffocate farmland across the entire planet? Experts call upon farmers and government officials to return to traditional sustainable farming practices — the kind without Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. It was recently