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Back to Eden, Sustainable Gardening Film

One of our goals is to get folks to create their own sustainable gardens, and produce some or all of their own food. It’s boosts your security, as well as your health, and has social interaction benefits as well. One site we enjoy is the Back to Eden website, with their film on sustainable food production. We hope you will enjoy this film.

BACK TO EDEN shares the story of one man’s lifelong journey, walking with God and learning how to get back to the simple, productive methods of sustainable provision that were given to man in the garden of Eden. The organic growing system that has resulted from Paul Gautschi’s incredible experiences has garnered the interest of visitors from around the world. However, never until now have Paul’s methods been documented and shared like this!

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Wild Elephants Hold Eery Vigil

For 12 hours, two herds of wild South African elephants slowly made their way through the Zululand bush until they reached the house of late author Lawrence Anthony, the conservationist who saved their lives.The formerly violent, rogue elephants, destined to be shot a few years ago as pests, were rescued and rehabilitated by Anthony, who had grown up in the bush and was known as the “Elephant Whisperer.”

For two days the herds loitered at Anthony’s rural compound on the vast Thula Thula game reserve in the South African KwaZulu – to say good-bye to the man they loved. But how did they know he had died March 7? Known for his unique ability to calm traumatized elephants, Anthony had become a legend. He is the author of three books, Baghdad Ark, detailing his efforts to rescue the animals at Baghdad Zoo during the Iraqi war, the forthcoming The Last Rhinos, and his bestselling The Elephant Whisperer.

There are two elephant herds at Thula Thula. According to his son Dylan, both arrived at the Anthony family compound shortly after Anthony’s death.“They had not visited the house for a year and a half and it must have taken them about 12 hours to make the journey,” Dylan is quoted in various local news accounts. “The first herd arrived on Sunday and the second herd, a day later. They all hung around for about two days before making their way back into the bush.”Elephants have long been known to mourn their dead. In India, baby elephants often are raised with a boy who will be their lifelong “mahout.” The pair develop legendary bonds – and it is not uncommon for one to waste away without a will to live after the death of the other.

A line of elephants approaching the Anthony house, but these are wild elephants in the 21st century, not some Rudyard Kipling novel.

So, how after Anthony’s death, did the reserve’s elephants — grazing miles away in distant parts of the park — know?
“A good man died suddenly,” says Rabbi Leila Gal Berner, Ph.D., “and from miles and miles away, two herds of elephants, sensing that they had lost a beloved human friend, moved in a solemn, almost ‘funereal’ procession to make a call on the bereaved family at the deceased man’s home.”

“If there ever were a time, when we can truly sense the wondrous ‘interconnectedness of all beings,’ it is when we reflect on the elephants of Thula Thula. A man’s heart’s stops, and hundreds of elephants’ hearts are grieving. This man’s oh-so-abundantly loving heart offered healing to these elephants, and now, they came to pay loving homage to their friend.”

http://delightmakers.com/news-bleat/wild-elephants-gather-inexplicably-mourn-death-of-elephant-whisperer/

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Every Man Jack

Are you looking for soap and shampoo designed for men, without harsh chemicals and are environmentally friendly? I was, and I found them. These products keep me clean, and smelling manly. No artificial additives, testing on animals, or harsh chemicals, just pure clean hair, body, skin and shave products. These products are based on simple plant based materials that are biodegradable, soothing, and moisturizing. Why should women get all the good stuff for their skin? I use these products, and enjoy them!

http://everymanjack.com/

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Off the Grid and On the Cloud

Our friend Nick Rosen, Author and director of off grid books and videos, is working on another project. His previous work on people who live off grid and why they choose to so met with critical acclaim. See Off the Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, and True Independence in Modern America.

Had it with The Man? You’ll love this series about 12 off-grid households – managing their own power, water and waste. Its freedom, eco-living, self-reliance.

Off the Grid Crowd-sourcing from Nick Rosen on Vimeo.

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It’s LED Man!

LED’s use very little electricity compared to incandescents, and are great for task lighting and special effects like Christmas Tree’s, but “Dancing Costumes”?

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Beautiful Islands –The Three Sinking Livings

It was interesting to see the people, culture and environment of these fragile locations. Whether you believe climate change is man made or natural, it’s a good video to watch.

From http://beautifulislandsthemovie.com

Beautiful Islands –The Three Sinking Livings
This movie looks at three beautiful islands, shaken by climate change: Tuvalu in the South Pacific, Venice in Italy, and Shishmaref in Alaska.

The islands all have different climates and cultures, but the people all love their native lands. The film, which took three years to shoot, focuses on their daily lives. It portrays festivals that foster ties among the people, traditional crafts which have been passed on for generations, and peaceful lives by the water. They are all disappearing by climate change.

When these people lose their homelands, their cultures and histories face “death.” Their lives in the midst of all the changes suggest where our future leads..

Director, Kana Tomoko purposely decided not to put any narration or music in this film. It is a two-hour trip around the world, listening to the sounds of waters and winds, accompanied by the children’s smiles. She wants you to sharpen your minds and feel what we are going to lose as climate change really (threatens) hits our planet.

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Free Bio-Methane Articles

We are offering a series of bio-methane (Gobar Gas) articles written by Al Rutan, The Methane Man. These articles are offered at no cost to anyone who asks. They cover the reason to bio-digest, the methods, and ways to use methane instead of propane or petroleum based natural gas. Go to http://www.green-trust.org/freebooks/ to download your free tutorial.

Send a link to this post to all your address book buddies, twitter and facebook friends, so that they too can learn about an environmentally clean renewable fuel that can be made at home.

For those who need more, we have a 3 hour video instructional download by Al Rutan. It covers in depth methane biodigestion, and usage, for $30




Check out our Al Rutan Methane Discussion group at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/AlRutanMethane/.

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Teach a Man to Fish ….

You have heard the old adage, “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”

Well, World Vision ofter fishing kits, goats, and other bootstrap items to needy folks all over the world, and we can sponsor such a gift through their website at http://www.worldvisiongifts.org.

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[Self Reliance in Troubled Times] Al Rutan – The Methane Man: Materials available once again!

We received plans and descriptions of Al’s methane digesters and the process of anaerobic digestion from Al’s family. Video’s are also coming soon. articles will be posted shortly at http://discuss.green-trust.org and the video’s and documentation will be available on CD for a nominal fee, the proceeds going to building Al’s methane digesters for off-grid communities. Woodhenge will be one of the first recipients of a Al Rutan digester. More info will be posted once the video tapes are converted to cd, and the documents scanned, ocr’d, and regenerated as PDF’s.

The following articles will be published to our websites this weekend, time permitting:

  • The History of Anaerobic Digestion
  • Guidelines for the Process
  • Building a Methane Digester
  • Specifications of a Methane Digester

Additional info can be found in the back issues of ESSN Magazine, Homepower Magazine, and Alternative Sources of Energy Magazine.


Posted by Steve Spence to Self Reliance in Troubled Times at 11/04/2006 07:13:00 AM

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Al Rutan – The Methane Man: Materials available once again!

We received plans and descriptions of Al’s methane digesters and the process of anaerobic digestion from Al’s family. Video’s are also coming soon. articles will be posted shortly at http://discuss.green-trust.org and the video’s and documentation will be available on CD for a nominal fee, the proceeds going to building Al’s methane digesters for off-grid communities. Woodhenge will be one of the first recipients of a Al Rutan digester. More info will be posted once the video tapes are converted to cd, and the documents scanned, ocr’d, and regenerated as PDF’s.

The following articles will be published to our websites this weekend, time permitting:

  • The History of Anaerobic Digestion
  • Guidelines for the Process
  • Building a Methane Digester
  • Specifications of a Methane Digester

Additional info can be found in the back issues of ESSN Magazine, Homepower Magazine, and Alternative Sources of Energy Magazine.

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