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Thursday, April 29th, 2010
11:21, Thu 29 Apr 2010
[reactoss]
Interested in making a difference?
daysofchange.org is having their official launch tomorrow (Friday, 30th April) on the Central Park lawn in the Perth CBD. Starting 1st May, daysofchange.org is encouraging all Western Australians to make small differences in their lives. It is being created as a social network where people can share their experiences and encourage each other along the way. Everyone who registers is encouraged to print a "pledge card" with a list of small differences that you as an individual can make that will add up and create a huge positive impact if a lot of people make them. They are aiming to engage 200,000 West Australians (10% of the population) in the pledge this year and are hoping to expand it throughout the country next year.

If you're not in Perth, check out their website here or have a look at their checklist if you want a neat little list of things you can do to be a bit more environmentally friendly. If you are in Perth tomorrow, take an early lunch break and head down to Central Park (southwest corner of Hay and William Street) - I hear they may even have free solar-powered smoothies!


x-posted to other communities and my own blog
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Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
23:14, Tue 19 Jan 2010
[brillsville]
What a Wonderful World This Could Be

Yes, please save the Earth's few remaining forests.

And plant lots of trees, bamboo etc., to convert carbon into oxygen.
That's the best way to capture carbon.

And whilst you're at "it,"
you could live amongst the trees, in beautiful parks, growing lots of free food...
and create Brillsville!


Current Mood: energetic
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Sunday, May 10th, 2009
02:55, Sun 10 May 2009
[bluee]
World Environment Day - June 5th Your Planet Needs You ( Australia)
World environment day is coming up and all across australia landcare australia's campaign is " Your Planet Needs You"  ...
basically trying to spread the word that everyone can volunteer whatever skills they have, and if a opportunity in their local area comes up they will be notified. Its from sewing to running to diving to designing and hosting a bbq.

other ways you can help:
1. Wear Blue on Friday June 5
2. Volunteer a skill on the site www.yourplanetneedsyou.com.au

For everyone registered to take part in this campaign, Spicers Paper donates $2 to the landcare and Coastcare cause.

What other World Environment Day things are you guys doing?

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Sunday, September 7th, 2008
16:50, Sun 07 Sep 2008
[thestovetop]
COyou2 - Saving the planet one breath at a time
This site looks interesting, it's talking about personal carbon capture and storage as a strategy to prevent climate change:
http://cou2.com

"Did you know that human beings themselves are major emitters of carbon dioxide? We all know about reducing our electricity consumption and taking fewer flights, but isn’t all this a little pointless when one basic, everyday activity cancels it all out?

Each day every human being breathes out an average of 1 kg of CO2. That’s 0.38 tonnes a year. Now multiply that by 6.7 billion! That’s a lot of CO2.

COyou2 person carbon capture systems allow you to store that CO2 and do your bit to stop climate change. The COyou2 patented technology works by filtering the air you breathe out, capturing the carbon in a convenient lightweight backpack.

That’s why we all need to use personal carbon capture systems. At the end of the day, there are 21 million of us and only one government – so what are you waiting for?"


I've just ordered a catalogue, it's definitely worth checking out, after all, every little thing makes a difference. I never thought about human beings as being responsible for major carbon emissions, but I'm always looking for ways to lessen my carbon footprint.

What do you guys think?
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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
17:21, Tue 02 Sep 2008
[dare666]
A New Breed of Bioplastic
Plastics are everywhere in our daily lives, but their production from petroleum products is fueling an unsustainable industry. I am working with a team to develop sustainable bioplastics, derived from waste products and without fossil fuel inputs.
Please help us by taking this quick 5 minute survey so we can successfully bring a better type of plastic to market. Just click here to fill out the survey:
Click Here to take survey
Please feel free to pass this along or ask me any questions :)
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Saturday, June 14th, 2008
00:41, Sat 14 Jun 2008
[amareil]
Looking for insipring writers around the world :)
 

Hi thereJ

 

Hope you’re ok J

I’m looking for a some enthusiastic people out there who want to do some good in the world! Read on if you’re interested J

 

I don’t know about you, but I constantly find that today’s newspapers and news channels seem to only portray the bad things happening around us, leaving out little bits sunshine. So me together with a friend of mine decided to try and take things into our hands and come up with WINK – which practically stands for World INClusiveness. 

So what is this ? J

 

- A short, monthly newspaper which does not tackle the mainstream news

- Its articles seek to promote goodwill, tolerance and right human relations

- It strongly tries to put environmental problems and their solutions into the spotlight

- It seeks to motivate people by making them realize that the world is truly a place worth living in and by shedding some light on people and initiatives worldwide that are contributing for a better world.

 

But obviously this isn’t something we can do alone so we have set out to try and find anyone who is like-minded and just as enthusiatiic.

We are not searching for main-strem types of articles. We want to focus on what is real and inspiring or thought-provoking issues.

If you’ve ever read something from http://www.realitysandwich.com/ then you know what I mean J

 

Anyone interested just send us an email with your article on project.wink@gmail.com  JJ

 

We look forward to hear from you soonJ

 Simone xx

 

(cross-posted to other communities)

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Saturday, June 7th, 2008
00:58, Sat 07 Jun 2008
[bluee]
Australian Coastal and Marine Experts answering questions
just thought i'll share it with everyone here, if you would like to ask a coastal or marine expert a question


click here to join in the conversations : http://www.coastcare.com.au/Page/Expert+Panel.aspx
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Thursday, December 13th, 2007
08:24, Thu 13 Dec 2007
[skorpen]
bike cartoon
Here's a cartoon, for your enjoyment.


more at http://www.comicspace.com/skorpen/
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Saturday, July 7th, 2007
11:09, Sat 07 Jul 2007
[chiaramente]
Hi, it's me again. Asking for your help... Again! 7 07 07 has arrived and I'm not fully prepared to deal with it. 

As some of you may know I will be covering Live Earth for my thesis, the "problem" is that there's simply too much to cover, so if you see any articles or pieces of news you think might be interesting (especially controvesial stuff lol) and would like to share it with me... please leave me a comment and I'll build you a statue in Rome (my hometown).

Links, scanned articles, news from around the world... I'll take it!

(The Google News Alert thingy and my lack of 48 hours to stare at a computer screen are the reason why I'm asking for help, just so you know I'm not being lazy. *wink wink*)

Thanks! =)

x-posted around a bit!
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Monday, May 28th, 2007
18:40, Mon 28 May 2007
[chiaramente]
Hi all,

I love this community and I am a strong proponent of its principles. I am very interested in the "green" discourse, in sustainability, veganism, garabge-related problems, renewable energy, consumerism/consumer studies... all very fascinating topics to me. 

I am currently working on my thesis and  have decided to focus on the rise of the "green discourse". I am a political science and communications major  writing from a critical theory standpoint.

In my thesis, I would like to explore the renewed concern for the environment and how it stands in relation to the mainstream discourses of just some months ago that celebrated convenience and a "disposable" mentality. Can anyone point me in the direction of some good sources/links/communities I can look at? I am going to focus on blatant examples of cause-marketing like the RED campagin of course, but if anyone knows a magazine or website (or other) with content that is relevant for this research and could point me to it I would really appreciate it.

Stuff like:
- anything with the word "green" in it, particularly in relation to consumers, shopping, environmental protection
-  other content on marketing, environemental responsability and "green consumerism" that you find outrageous or perfectly reasonable
- Any new initative like Al Gore's Live Earth concert that combine entertainment with the "green" discourse
(I am doing content analysis)

Thanks!
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Thursday, May 10th, 2007
14:48, Thu 10 May 2007
[soldfish]
x-posted

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) campaigners have been challenging a proposal
that could lead to ship-to-ship oil transfers taking place in Scotland's
Firth of Forth.

The Firth of Forth is an exceptional marine environment and is highly valued
by its many recreational water users who use the water all year round. It is
therefore vital that its future is safeguarded against potential dangers
such as ship-to-ship oil transfers.

If SPT Marine, the company making the application are successful then
7.8million tonnes of Russian crude oil a year could be pumped between
tankers
in the Forth. The Russian export blend crude oil has been described as very
dense, thick oil, making it particularly persistent in the event of a
spillage.

A Scottish Green Party investigation has already found SPT were responsible
for spilling around 35,000 gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico - but failed
to disclose the information when providing official evidence to the Scottish
Parliament. In written evidence to the parliament the company, SPT Marine,
claimed an "excellent" record on ship to ship oil transfers by only
referring to incidents dated after the shocking oil spill in 1995.

SAS are particularly concerned that the decision to consent (or not) will be
made by the private company, Forth Ports plc's Board, who are set to benefit
financially from the contract. At present they do not require confirmation
by Scottish Ministers or the UK Government. SAS believe that the ultimate
say on specific proposals lies with publicly-elected and accountable
Executive ministers, not a private company.

Take Action

*STEP 1:*
Please watch our campaign film Forth Wars!

www.avthree.co.uk/sasforthwars.htm

*STEP 2:*
Now sign an e-card to the Managing Director of Forth Ports to register your
disapproval of the project and which calls for Forth Ports to reject
ship-to-ship oil transfers.

Click here to sign the
e-card<http://www.sas.org.uk/pr/2007/ship_oil_transfers_e-card.php>

*STEP 3:*
You can also sign a Scottish Green Party/SAS petition that calls on Scottish
Ministers to block the proposal using European environmental laws.

www.scottishgreens.org.uk<http://www.scottishgreens.org.uk/site/id/4851/title/Forth_Ship_to_ship_Oil_Transfer_Campaign.html>

*STEP 4:*
Help us by making a donation to this campaign.

Click here to
donate<https://www.secureserverhost2.co.uk/surfersagainstsewage/secure/donate.php>

Thankyou
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Monday, April 30th, 2007
12:09, Mon 30 Apr 2007
[onelittlething]
Action: tigers
There are fewer than 5000 wild tigers left in Asia.
China - where tiger products are officially banned - are breeding tigers on farms in the hope that China will soon allow the sale of products from captive bred tigers.
More than 4000 semi-tame tigers live on these farms (a disgrace in themselves but that's another issue) and the investors in these tiger businesses are pressuring the Chinese government to allow them to sell tiger products.
Reopening even limited legal trade in tiger products from farms would reignite a demand for wild tiger products. It also would give international crime syndicates an easy avenue for "laundering" illegally killed wild tigers from India, Russia and other countries, making law enforcement nearly impossible.
In essence, legal trade in tiger products from China's tiger farms would spark an open season on tigers in the wild.

Please click the link below to add your name to the campaign to end the trade in tiger products.
Two actions:
- add a photo to the tiger mosaic which will be presented to delegates from 171 countries at the June meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
- sign the petition to be presented to China's leaders to ask them to keep the tiger products ban in place.

http://mail.panda.org/inxmail/url?v0fr000b3tub0bnmo3a3

Please copy and paste this to your own journal and email forward this message to your friends.
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Wednesday, April 11th, 2007
22:22, Wed 11 Apr 2007
[onelittlething]
Congo
Email Hilary Benn MP and ask him to protect the Congo rainforest. Pre-drafted email, just enter your details and click.

http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/forests/forests.cfm?ucidparam=20070410184948&CFID=7368223&CFTOKEN=10515999

The Congo rainforests of central Africa are a natural wonder we can ill-afford to lose. After the Amazon, it is the second largest rainforest on Earth and a major biodiversity hotspot with species such as gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos. Millions of people also depend on the rainforest for their survival and like all large forests, it is crucially important for regulating the local and global climate.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), this natural wonder is under threat. International logging companies are causing social chaos and wreaking environmental havoc. The World Bank, by far the largest donor to the DRC, is failing to stop this destruction whilst the rainforest is being sold off under the illusion that it will alleviate poverty in one of the poorest countries on Earth.

Moreover, our investigations have shown that taxes paid by the logging companies, which are supposed to fund essential services like schools and hospitals for local communities, are not filtering back to local communities. Furthermore, the logging companies are entering into agreements directly with local people who, in return for timber worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, are receiving gifts of beer, salt and sugar which can be worth no more than $100.

Hilary Benn, Secretary of State at the Department for International Development, is the UK governor of the World Bank and is attending the spring meeting this weekend. Write to him now and ask him to use his influence to ensure there is a real future for the rainforest with proper safeguards put in place to protect it.
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Thursday, February 8th, 2007
11:16, Thu 08 Feb 2007
[scarcrest]
Quick poll action
One of the biggest hurdles to getting anything done about global warming and climate change is skepticism about the phenomena themselves. Politicians can look at polls and say "my constituents don't think it's happening, so why should I do anything?"

If you have a moment, drop by jacksonsun.com and fill out the front-page poll, which asks "Do you believe global warming is a serious, man-made crisis?" The Yes vote was up by 9 points at one point this week, but the deniers are gaining ground, and are within 5 points as I type this.

(If you wait about 5 minutes, you can vote a second time, or third time, etc., which is how I suspect the vote has started closing in within the past 24 hours. You can help turn the tide.)
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Wednesday, October 25th, 2006
11:45, Wed 25 Oct 2006
[the_fee_fairy]
Stratford Allotments
Stratford Council in the UK are planning to compulsory purchase and bulldoze the allotments to make way for paths for the new olympic village.

This is a petition to stop that happening.

Please repost the link and get as many signatures as possible.

http://petitionthem.com/default.asp?sect=detail&pet=3540

Thankyou
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Monday, September 11th, 2006
10:20, Mon 11 Sep 2006
[sushil_yadav]
Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment
The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.


Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.


Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.


When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.



A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.



FAST VISUALS /WORDS MAKE SLOW EMOTIONS EXTINCT.

SCIENTIFIC /INDUSTRIAL /FINANCIAL THINKING DESTROYS EMOTIONAL CIRCUITS.

A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY CANNOT FEEL PAIN / REMORSE / EMPATHY.

A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY WILL ALWAYS BE CRUEL TO ANIMALS/ TREES/ AIR/ WATER/ LAND AND TO ITSELF.


To read the complete article please follow either of these links :

http://www.planetsave.com/ps_mambo/index.php?option=com_simpleboard&Itemid=75&func=view&id=68&catid=6

http://www.earthnewswire.com/index.php?option=com_forum&Itemid=89&page=viewtopic&t=11


sushil_yadav
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Wednesday, September 6th, 2006
09:15, Wed 06 Sep 2006
[callytimecat]
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Friday, August 11th, 2006
13:26, Fri 11 Aug 2006
[muir_larteach]



Why should you sign the petition?


You can help us achieve recognition and protection of animals around the world by joining a global voice of 10 million in support of our campaign.
Animals and our treatment of them matters to everyone, including you. Tell your government that animals matter to you.


Help us to collect 100,000 signatures by the end of August by forwarding this link to your friends and family</a>.
We will present this petition to the United Nations at key points throughout the campaign in order to show governments that millions of people around the world support greater global protection for animals.


http://www.animalsmatter.org/
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Thursday, August 10th, 2006
14:20, Thu 10 Aug 2006
[muir_larteach]

Stop the Slaughter of China's Dogs

In five days at the end of July, more than 50,000 dogs were brutally beaten, electrocuted or shot to death in response to a rabies outbreak in southwestern China. Now, this unimaginable cruelty is set to happen again in the eastern city of Jining.

Worker throws a dog&apos;s body into the back of a truck.

AP Photo

China's lack of animal welfare legislation makes atrocities like this possible. Before hosting the 2008 Olympic Games, China should take notice of worldwide opinion and work with animal welfare groups and public health organizations to implement humane programs to deal with zoonotic outbreaks.

Please ask China's Ambassador to the United States, Zhou Wenzhong, to use his position to influence change in his country for the animals' sake.













This cat is housed with Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. BETA is taking the lead in aiding the animals of Lebanon but one of its shelters was partially destroyed in a missile strike. Your support will help BETA rebuild in the aftermath of this crisis, and help animals in other disasters outside the United States.

Support the International Disaster Fund

Disaster has struck again. Humane Society International (HSI) is supporting the work of organizations on the ground helping animals left injured and homeless in war-torn Lebanon and Israel. The conflict has separated pets from their guardians, damaged shelters, and caused shortages of food and supplies. </font></font>

The International Disaster Fund enables us to provide grants to local animal protection organizations to help them respond to and recover from such disasters.</font></font>

Our entire relief effort is funded by donations from people like you, and we desperately need your support. Please make an emergency contribution to our International Disaster Fund today!

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Monday, July 31st, 2006
15:51, Mon 31 Jul 2006
[muir_larteach]

Bald Eagle in Winter (Photo: NPS)

Help us reach our goal of 15,000 comments by the August 3rd deadline

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Take Action to Save Our Birds

The pesticide carbofuran is highly toxic to birds. In fact, just one granule of carbofuran is enough to kill a songbird.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to rule on the fate of this deadly pesticide this week. Your efforts could decide whether this toxic pesticide stays on the market or not.

Please fill out this form to send your email urging EPA official James Gulliford to protect birds, fish and mammals by removing carbofuran from the market.

Your comments will be most effective if they are personalized.If you would like to know more about carbofuran’s effects on birds, just click here. If you would like to know more about carbofuran’s effects on birds, just click here.

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Sunday, July 16th, 2006
22:30, Sun 16 Jul 2006
[byroncaloz]
Zero or positive?
I certainly understand the need to think about zero impact to the Earth...but should we limit ourselves to zero? Is it even possible to think about a positive impact? Or, is simply living on this planet such an impact that we can never hope to get to zero... only move as close as possible to it?

The "carbon tax" is an example of understanding this. There are some industries and businesses which, by their very nature, will have a negative impact on the Earth. Yet, they may do all they can to limit their impact and it is still not enough. So they offset the damage they cause by preserving forests or helping to pay for research into methods which promise to reduce greenhouse gas emission over time.

Zero population growth is another scenario. By limiting your own family to two children seems as if it would help to bring population levels to sustainability, but not really. There will be people, for one reason or another, have as many children as possible. Even if every one in the world was part of a couple and only had two children you would be in an expanding population simply because of generational overlap.

And, let's face it, living your life simply to create a balance sheet that totals zero seems rather limiting. Why live a life directed to nothing? There have to be things an individual can do to add to the world...to its knowledge, its creativity, its spiritual sense. As long as a person uses air and water and resources of the Earth, one must feel obligated to not only affect the world so its a better place when leaving it.

So, one can have both a positive and negative effect on the environment. As a whole, because of the laws of physics, we all can never have a positive effect. But as individuals we may be able to have a net positive effect on the Earth by doing much more than the average Joe. Going for zero impact is great, but we should go farther...as not everyone will take this mission to heart. We must serve to offset the negative impact of others.

Some can do a lot themselves, others maybe not so much. Still others could care less...and only want as much as they can get while they are living.

I, for one, know I can never do enough, but I will keep thinking and re-directing toward limiting my impact on the Earth, justifying my existance and offsetting what resources I take with what I can give back (and then some).
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Wednesday, July 12th, 2006
04:55, Wed 12 Jul 2006
[trigger_of_rock]
eugene dumpstering?
i've been vegan for a little over a month or maybe two now and it's going pretty well, etcetc yaddayadda, but it still doesn't really seem like enough- i would like to get into freeganism alot more. i will eat meat/dairy products if i find them in a dumpster or they are just going to be thrown out of course and i would just really like to move into that direction, because even as a vegan i don't buy the best food as far as local/organic goes- although i am moving into a household that's better at that, but ANYWAYS

i was just wondering if any of you out there knew of any good spots to go for food in eugene, oregon or maybe could direct me to somewhere that tracks these things? i have been having really crappy luck in finding places that don't lock thier dumpsters. this town also really likes it's urban sprawl so i need to work on getting tires for my bike and building a rickshaw. but that another story:/

this post is way longer than it needs to be. and i'm x-posting it.

Current Mood: why am i awake.
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Friday, March 24th, 2006
20:48, Fri 24 Mar 2006
[thekimik]
Beer and the Environment
So this wednesday, March 22nd was World Water Day, and I've been thinking about some aspects of our culture that environmentalists never seem to touch on when they talk about reducing impacts to the earth. Our society seems to find an endless list of ways to waste water, and some of that water may be wasted simply by our food consumption habits - and I'm not just talking about the comsumption of coca cola or pepsi.

One of these issues that came up was our consumption of beer. I don't have any statistics, but based on the mass worldwide consumption beer, I wondered how many acres of land are used to produce the Barely and Hops that goes into making one of our oldest and most favoured beverages. People talk about food crises and the lack of food available to people in the 3rd world. Well, how fair is it that we grow what is probably hundreds of thousands of acres of barely/hops crops, and extract thousands of gallons of water to produce a beverage that leaves us stupefied and dehydrated, and sadly in some cases, even dead.

I'm not trying to be one of those moral anti-alcohol straight edge purists, seeing as I drink beer and other alcoholic beverages all of the time - I was just trying to work out the actual logistics of drinking beer when when we focus so heavily on other environmental issues. Just some food for thought.
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Saturday, March 18th, 2006
17:23, Sat 18 Mar 2006
[the_fee_fairy]
Earthships
I've got some information and a questionnaire from Forres Council (in Scotland). They are interested in canvassing peoples opinions on Earthships and whether they would rent them. I think they're looking to build sustainable communities instead of 'affordable housing'.

If anyone wants a copy of the info and questionnaire e-mail me: the.fee.fairy AT gmail DOT com and i'll send them. They're in PDF format.
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