Tomorrow, day 1 at 4pm, there is a second meetup to plan a DC microgrid with electric power from renewable sources: https://events.ccc.de/camp/2019/wiki/Session:Chaos_Microgrid_Working_Group #cccamp19 #solarpunk
Trees live for a long time and when they die not all the carbon is released. A good amount is sequestered into the soil. If we har est trees for 'back to eden gardening' type of soil building we can bind good amounts of carbon in the soil, while making it more fertile and erosion resistant at the same time.
Low-Tech Carbon Capture and Reforestation
One example is the #JAK (Jord Arbetere Kapital/ Land Labour Capital) model of banking in Scandinavia. It is a cooperative, member owned banking model. Members forgo interests on their savings in order be able to offer interest free loans to other members, or take out interest free loans themselves. Members also have a say in the operation of the bank and what projects get financed. This is based on #solidarity and understanding the inequality machine that usury is.
If the negative interest rates set by central banks continue to exist, at some point your bank will start charging you (even more) for holding your money. This is guaranteed to happen with <0 interest.
In the past one had to make a financial sacrifice by forgoing income on savings when switching to an interest-free bank (and not everyone can afford financial solidarity), now all banks are becoming essentially interest free. You might even save money by switching to an interest-free bank.
Alternative Finance / Bankrolling The Future We Want
Financial news recently has focused on the fact that many areas in the Western world have either zero or negative interest rates. For loans this is potentially good news as they will become cheaper, but for savings this is bad news as you earn no money and are likely to go to a system in which you will have to pay for your savings. IF you have savings of course. Either way, going in business with regular banks contributes to exploitation of others through interest on loans or investments in fossil fuels or arms.
Contemporary finance is a set of horrible practices but it is a technique that can also be implemented in different progressive ways.
There are some alternative interest free banking systems that exits and as we approach negative 0 or - rates they become attractive also for those that can not afford ethical banking choices.
I find that I keep coming back to certain strands of research that I want to share with you, so I have an idea: I'll do a new thing where I will make a few threads around certain topics which I will pin to my profile and which I will continue to update over time. Maybe this is the most consistent approach to sharing this knowledge in the fediverse as it gives you a way to connect older to newer findings.
"Wir werden so lange weitermachen, bis alle Bagger stillstehen!"
Nähe #Leipzig im Tagebau "Vereinigtes Schleenhain" wurde heute ein Kohlebagger besetzt
The idea of 'dis-economies of scale' is very significant. However, one shouldn't get blinded too by ideas of 'small is beautiful'. The industrial system produces a lot externalities in the form of pollution and animal harm whilst simultaneously aiding in high quality sustenance for the (West's ) poor. The above model is counting on the average production of 32 eggs a day, how many is that supposed to feed? The model doesn't explain. Furthermore the model almost disregards the labour costs as something of 5 min a day and as a form of 'play'. This is disingenuous. Who takes care, responsibility, repairs things, looks after the ill chickens, goes out in the rain and cold to collect eggs etc etc.
Having said that, I would love to help out with something like the proposed chicken co-op.
"The findings also raise some significant challenges to the
fundamental assumption built into conventional economic
theory and practice, i.e., that markets do things best and
especially that they maximise efficiency. A major argument
against the market concerns its inevitable effect of allocating
scarce resources and goods to the rich; things are distributed
according to effective demand”, i.e., capacity to pay. This
determines the very low proportion of world resources that flow to poorer people, and in poorer countries it results in
development mainly of those industries which produce for
More importantly by accepting the market principle as the sole determinant of distribution and development conventional economic theory rules out non-monetary considerations of ecological benefit and #sustainability, morality and #equity/justice, security and resilience, social bonding effects, and enhanced amenity and leisure resources."
"A Comparison Between the Monetary, Resource and Energy Costs of the Conventional Industrial Supply Path and the “Simpler Way” Path for the Supply of Eggs"
by T. Trainer,· A. Malik, M. Lenzen
"Global #sustainability requires large-scale reductions in rich world per capita resource use rates. Globalised, industrialised and commercialised supply paths involve high resource, energy, dollar and other costs. However, “The Simpler Way” involving
small-scale integrated localised settlements and economies can enable enormous reductions in these costs. Most transport,
packaging and marketing costs can be eliminated, and various outputs such as animal manures, kitchen scraps, garden bio-
mass, household grey and black water can be transformed from costly “waste” disposal problems into direct inputs to other
functions such as methane digesters, composting, and fish and animal feeds. [...]
This study uses input–output analysis of one product, #eggs, to illustrate how big the difference between the two paths can
Go to sci-hub.tw and enter this url: https://doi.org/10.1007/s41247-019-0057-8 to get the paper.
I learned a #Japanese word:
"nisankatansosakugengimu", meaning "carbon dioxide reduction obligation"
this is our very first toot.
"The Hambach Forest, which one could call the last “primeval” forest in Central Europe, is being stubbed for Europe’s biggest climate pollutant – the Rhenish lignite mining area of RWE (Rheinisches Braunkohlerevier), in which RWE mines brown coal. Whole villages and the health of human beings are destroyed in this process.
To prevent all of this it we squatted the Hambacher Forest and take part in other effective and direct Actions."
Interesting #conceptual design making agriculture in "hot and dry coastal regions" all the more efficient...
It a seawater-powered #solar #greenhouse and it's engineered to work with the variety of climatological region that has easy access to salt water, but maybe not fresh water... yet still do water-intensive agriculture.
"A #seawater greenhouse produces crops year-round in hot dry areas using only seawater and sunlight. Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, strawberries, herbs—anything that can be grown in traditional greenhouses—can be grown in seawater greenhouses. The award-winning technology, invented by Seawater Greenhouse Ltd. founder Charlie Paton, was inspired by the natural water cycle where seawater heated by the sun evaporates, cools to form clouds, and returns to earth as precipitation."
"The idea behind the process is simple. It combines two unlimited resources - sunlight and seawater - to provide ideal growing conditions for crops in hot, arid environments.
The innovation [uses] the cooling and humidifying power of water vapor produced from evaporating salt water. Using modeling and simulation techniques developed in collaboration with our partners at Aston University, we are able to process local climate data to predict greenhouse performance and inform the design. The combined effect of reducing temperature and increasing humidity, together with providing a protected environment for crops, results in up to 90% reduction in Evapotranspiration. This to greatly reduced irrigation requirements, which can be provided by desalination, and improved growing conditions."
One of the things that scares me most about the #ClimateCrisis is that we won't be able to address it because of opposition on the basis of lifestyle.
"Region’s likely new president Isabel Díaz Ayuso believes congestion is part of city’s cultural identity"
(p.s. that is an older article and not sure whether still current, but serves to illustrate the point)
How do we address these ideas? How can we make #adaptation inclusive and equitable for all? Also those that based their entire life and identity around the fossil fuel dream?