Here is an example how to do it the wrong way: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/07/the-wrong-kind-of-trees-irelands-afforestation-meets-resistance
Let's analyze what is happening here:
The forests in question are commercial monocultures that are not indigineous to the area. If we want this to succeed we need to #decolonize these processes, priviledging what is native to an area and making sure local communities have a say and have ownership of the process. Maybe its not the fastest grower or most economical choice. The point is #restoration of large scale local ecosystems. Restoration of historical landscapes. If there is some sustainable industry happening in the margins that is ok, but not the main driver.
This is what we NEED and can demand. Any future socialist programme needs to be built around the idea of #restoration. Of habitats, of colonialisms, of patriarchisms, of inequality.
We have to refute any attempt by #techbros and corporations to squander public funds on 'carbon capture technology' and instead insist on ecological carbon capture approaches.
The most effective, available and scalable #carbon #capture technology is reforesting our planet. There are practically no downsides to this. #Restoration could become a driver for a new kind of eco-nomic growth. Imagine a tax-funded initiative to massively deploy forestry programs. This would be a jobs programme as well. Give people housing in the newly reforested areas so they can maintain them. Combine agro-forestry and permaculture techniques to feed the local populations and restore biodiversity. Make it possible for people currently in bullshit jobs or carbon-intensive jobs to retrain to this new system. It is possible. We have the means.
maybe something for #SunDIY
Since about half a year I started a #vermiulture #compost or #wormfarm in a bucket. Or actually two stacked buckets, with the top one acting as a filter (drilled holes in the bottom). In winter they are under the sink, in summer on the balcony.
You will find many examples on-line on how to do it so I won't make a guide. Just these pointers:
It is not complicated.
You don't need specialized equipment and can create the system with stuff you have on hand. Take care of aeration and filtration.
They will eat anything (also onion, garlic, citrus in my experience). Also cardboard and newspapers. If you have a healthy worm bucket it will smell like wet forest floor.
The worms can be gotten for free in many places.
The system can be as small or as big you situation requires.
Housing Can't Be Both Affordable and a Good Investment.
An exciting announcement, solarpunk
I've been keeping quiet about this, but I can finally share!
My friend and I are officially contracted for a book from the West Virginia University Press's series Salvaging the Anthropocene. Our book, Almanac for the Anthropocene: A Compendium of Solarpunk Futures, will focus primarily on collecting practical, substantive applications of #solarpunk thought. And we are currently accepting submissions/pitches!
"But some are wary of proposals like the #Green #New #Deal – they say that it only “greens” the capitalist imperative of perpetual economic growth, which is the true cause of environmental destruction. These critics – degrowthers – believe that to reduce our environmental impacts, we need to scale down energy and material use throughout the economy. This will likely lead to a downturn in gross domestic product (GDP) growth, so we need to restructure the economy so it doesn’t rely on economic growth as an indicator for well-being."
(and omg that magazine is amazing!!)
"If we build them out of wood, large wind turbines could become a textbook example of the circular economy."
Apparently wind turbines use many recyclable plastics and have a lifespan of only 20 years. We're in a moment in time now when the first generation of turbines is ready for the scrapheap..
#SunDIY: We finished what we can of our gardens! Check out my earlier SunDIY posts for context
After digging up the remaining stumps, we buried a half-rotted log in that plot for #hugelkultur (even though that soil already looks pretty great) and planted our tomato and serrano pepper seeds over half of it. We also amended and aerated the soil on the hill and planted all of our gourds there
Now we just need to get a few seedlings from a friend to fill the remaining holes, and then just watch everything grow! So happy we all finally got the time to finish this
I did some yardwork on #sundiy and made a couple little woven fences with some pruned branches. The forsythia trimmings were the best for this, they're very flexible.
"Permaculture was one of the environmental design concepts to emerge from the 1970’s debate over energy and resource availability and was founded on the assumption that the next energy transition would involve the re-emergence of biological systems as central to economics and society. The vision that informed permaculture design, teaching and action saw relocalised food and renewable energy production, revitalised household and community economies and bioregional political structures establishing a permanent (ie. sustainable) human culture."
If you live in a hot climate consider getting a pomegranate plant! They are small trees that are easy to look after and apparently can be grown in pots. My pomegranates have been ripening gradually so you'll have a constant supply of pomegranates instead of all at once like with some fruit. Pomegranates are also pretty expensive to buy in shops so if you love pomegranates it might be worth it :) they are also more drought and heat resistant than a lot of plants!
Every sunday I tune in to the #SunDIY timeline.
Looking forward to all the great things you are making and planning!
In case you find it challenging to get started or continue on a project, it can help to consider it as #SunDIWO (Do It With Others). Don't be afraid to ask around, invite friends to your projects, ask on the timelines. Working together, sharing progress or frustrations, makes things much easier and waaay more fun!
thread on birdsite about the impact of national law on the feeding patterns of vultures
a map of the border between Spain and Portugal indicating vulture populations prefer to stay on the Spanish side of the border. This despite the fact that Portugal and Spain have the same climate and similar land-use patterns. It turns out in Portugal dead cattle needs to be buried by law.
Original article in Spanish: