Jason Bayless is a life-long activist and is currently working at The Pachamama Alliance. When he is not working he spends, working with Center for Farmworker Families and spending his time recording shows, writing blogs, collecting 3D movies, and playing VR games.
What does it mean to be sustainable? Recycling? Reusing? Eating organic? All of these things?
What about Ecovillages?
In 2009, I had the privilege of flying over to the world renowned Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland and stay a couple of days. (Including the day before and after my wedding -which happens to be on Solstice.)
The Findhorn Ecovillage is a tangible demonstration of the links between the spiritual, social, ecological and economic aspects of life and is a synthesis of the very best of current thinking on human habitats. It is a constantly evolving model used as a teaching resource by a number of university and school groups as well as by professional organisations and municipalities worldwide.
The ecovillage at Findhorn
• is at the heart of the largest single intentional community in the UK
• links the spiritual, social, ecological and economic domains
• a pioneering ecovillage since 1985
• a major centre of adult education serving 9,000 visitors a year from over 50 countries
• ecological footprint is half the national (UK) average
• 55 ecologically-benign buildings
• 4 wind turbines
• biological Living Machine sewage treatment system
• UK’s oldest and largest Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) system
• numerous solar water heating systems
• comprehensive recycling scheme
• publisher of UK’s first technical guide to ecological housing
• own bank and community currency
(More after the video)
So how does this fit in your daily life because not all of us can get up and move to Scotland and become a part of this ecovillage. There are things we can do in our everyday life that works to build a sustainable living condition, even if you are living in an apartment in the middle of the concrete jungle.
There are several things you can do to reduce your footprint everyday.
- Make your own products – By making your own products you create less waste, save more money and you become less reliant on corporations.
- Vermicomposting. What is vermicomposting? It is similar to plain compost, except that it uses worms in addition to microbes and bacteria to turn organic waste into a nutrient-rich fertilizer. The idea is the less waste that leaves your house is less waste that ends up in landfills. The beauty of vermicomposting is that all that junk mail you get – well, now you can cut it up and feed it to the worms. All the left-over scrap food (that is not meat, eggs or dairy) can be feed to the worms. In return, the worms break it all down for you and makes nutrient-rich fertilizer that you can use in your garden. If you don’t have a garden you can use it for house plants or donate it to a local organic farm.
- Engage in Your Own Community – Sustainable living starts at home, but you can’t do it alone. You need help from your family and friends. If there is anything we learn from the Findhorn videos and teaching, it should be what the defintion of community should mean – so get out and start volunteering, feed the homeless, help a person cross the street – it doesn’t matter what you do – just as long as you are doing it!
This list does not include everything you can do but it should help get you thinking about what you can do to help make your community a stronger place.
Share in the comments your thoughts or what you do in your home to create your own little eco-community.
– From The New Architects