Posted by Linda Mandala on October 11, 2007, 12:32 am, in reply to "Making Sense of the Local News"
Message modified by board administrator November 23, 2007, 2:53 pm
Wow, I have been away from my computer for a few days and am sure happy to see all this concern from everyone. Thank you Dorrie for starting this off. I have a wonderful book called "Solviva" by Anna Edey and I think there is a website www.solviva.com (although I have not been to check it out yet) but the author has made and lived in a totally carbon neutral house and has a huge greenhouse and gardens that reuse all the water, the toilets are composted with worms and the liquid used to water plants. It is an amazing read and it makes one realize how much more we all could be doing. She has plans available for all the buildings etc. that she has build and tested out. She lives in Marthas Vineyard where there is snow, and not a lot of sun in the winter. I find it so unbelievable that I and nearly all of us are not using solar when we live in a place with so much sun. There are small windmills that one can put on the roof of a house that can supply a good share of the needed power for a simple house too. We are being slowly poisoned by the coal powered plant in Manzanillo to power air conditioners, dish washers, washing machines etc. and we could be doing it all with solarand/or wind. It is more expensive now, but there are ways of doing things that could be less so. The water is such a big problem. I regret that I did not plan a system to collect all the rainwater off my roof and store it in a cistern, but with money everything can be modified. Just need to make some and then that is one if the first things I want to do. I believe that learning to change the way we fit in to the natural world is an absolute necessity if we are going to be able to live in La Manz (or anywhere else) in the coming years. We really need to start growing more food ourselves and get rid of the chemicals too, but that will not work if our water is full of salt. |
I look forward to working on some of these problems too, and hope I can help somehow. Should be down around the 1st of Nov.
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