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I’ve been blogging for several months now and I’m glad to have recieved the feedback I have.  I’ve enjoyed the experince and for that reason I’ve decided to take blogging to another level.  I’ll be self hosting my blog and that means you’ll see a lot more creativity in the design, functionality and layout of the new blog.

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Cheers

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How BioGas Works

Biogas refers to a gas made from anaerobic digestion of agricultural and animal waste. The gas, a mixture of methane and CO2, is used for direct combustion in cooking lighting applications, to power combustion engines or for electricity generation.

The following video will give you a great idea of what how Bio  Gas works.

September 20, 2009 Posted by | Construction, Sustainable Community Development, Waste | , | Leave a comment

State of the Village Report: The World as a Village of 1000

If the world were a village of 1000 people:

  • 584 would be Asians
  • 123 would be Africans
  • 95 would be East and West Europeans
  • 84 Latin Americans
  • 55 Soviets (still including for the moment Lithuanians, Latvians, Estonians, etc.)
  • 52 North Americans
  • 6 Australians and New Zealanders

The people of the village would have considerable difficulty communicating:

  • 165 people would speak Mandarin
  • 86 would speak English
  • 83 Hindi/Urdu
  • 64 Spanish
  • 58 Russian
  • 37 Arabic

That list accounts for the mother-tongues of only half the villagers. The other half speak (in descending order of frequency) Bengali, Portuguese, Indonesian, Japanese, German, French, and 200 other languages.

In the village there would be:

  • 300 Christians (183 Catholics, 84 Protestants, 33 Orthodox)
  • 175 Moslems
  • 128 Hindus
  • 55 Buddhists
  • 47 Animists
  • 210 all other religons (including atheists)
  • One-third (330) of the people in the village would be children. Half the children would be immunized against the preventable infectious diseases such as measles and polio.
  • Sixty of the thousand villagers would be over the age of 65.
  • Just under half of the married women would have access to and be using modern contraceptives.
  • Each year 28 babies would be born.
  • Each year 10 people would die, three of them for lack of food, one from cancer. Two of the deaths would be to babies born within the year.
  • One person in the village would be infected with the HIV virus; that person would most likely not yet have developed a full-blown case of AIDS.
  • With the 28 births and 10 deaths, the population of the village in the next year would be 1018.

In this thousand-person community, 200 people would receive three-fourths of the income; another 200 would receive only 2% of the income.

  • Only 70 people would own an automobile (some of them more than one automobile).
  • About one-third would not have access to clean, safe drinking water.
  • Of the 670 adults in the village half would be illiterate.

The village would have 6 acres of land per person, 6000 acres in all of which:

  • 700 acres is cropland
  • 1400 acres pasture
  • 1900 acres woodland
  • 2000 acres desert, tundra, pavement, and other wasteland.

The woodland would be declining rapidly; the wasteland increasing; the other land categories would be roughly stable. The village would allocate 83 percent of its fertilizer to 40 percent of its cropland — that owned by the richest and best-fed 270 people. Excess fertilizer running off this land would cause pollution in lakes and wells. The remaining 60 percent of the land, with its 17 percent of the fertilizer, would produce 28 percent of the foodgrain and feed 73 percent of the people. The average grain yield on that land would be one-third the yields gotten by the richer villagers.

If the world were a village of 1000 persons, there would be five soldiers, seven teachers, one doctor. Of the village’s total annual expenditures of just over $3 million per year, $181,000 would go for weapons and warfare, $159,000 for education, $132,000 for health care.

The village would have buried beneath it enough explosive power in nuclear weapons to blow itself to smithereens many times over. These weapons would be under the control of just 100 of the people. The other 900 people would be watching them with deep anxiety, wondering whether the 100 can learn to get along together, and if they do, whether they might set off the weapons anyway through inattention or technical bungling, and if they ever decide to dismantle the weapons, where in the village they will dispose of the dangerous radioactive materials of which the weapons are made.

(Donella H. Meadows is an adjunct professor of environmental studies at Dartmouth College.)

Links worth checking out:

Doctors Per 1000 People

If the World was a Village of 100

July 26, 2009 Posted by | Agriculture, Clean Energy, Co-op, Community Economic Development (CED), Life, Not for Profit, Philanthropy, Social Enterprise, Solar, Sustainability, Sustainable Community Development, Videos, Waste, Water | , , , | Leave a comment

If the World were a Village of 100

Logo Miniature EarthThe idea of reducing the world’s population to a community of only 100 people is very useful and important. It makes us easily understand the differences in the world.
There are many types of reports that use the Earth’s population reduced to 100 people, especially in the Internet. Ideas like this should be more often shared, especially nowadays when the world seems to be in need of dialogue and understanding among different cultures, in a way that it has never been before.

The text that originated this webmovie was published on May 29, 1990 with the title “State of the Village Report”, and it was written by Donella Meadows, who passed away in February 2000. Nowadays Sustainability Institute, through Donella’s Foundation, carries on her ideas and projects.

IF THE WORLD WERE A VILLAGE OF 100 PEOPLE

In the world today, more than 6 billion people live.
If this world were shrunk to the size of a village of 100 people, what would it look like?

59 would be Asian
14 would be American (North, Central and South)
14 would be African
12 would be European
1 would be from the South Pacific

50 would be women, 50 would be men
30 would be children, 70 would be adults.
70 would be nonwhite, 30 would be white
90 would be heterosexual, 10 would be homosexual

33 would be Christians
21 would be Moslems
15 would be Hindus
6 would be Buddhists
5 would be Animists
6 would believe in other religions
14 would be without any religion or atheist.

15 would speak Chinese, Mandarin
7 English
6 Hindi
6 Spanish
5 Russian
4 Arabic
3 Bengali
3 Portuguese
The other would speak Indonesian, Japanese,
German, French, or some other language.

In such a village with so many sorts of folks, it would be very important to learn to understand people different from yourself and to accept others as they are. Of the 100 people in this village:

20 are underonurished
1 is dying of starvation, while 15 are overweight.
Of the wealth in this village, 6 people own 59% (all of them from the United States), 74 people own 39%, and 20 people share the remaining 2%.
Of the energy of this village, 20 people consume 80%, and 80 people share the remaining 20%.
20 have no clean, safe water to drink.
56 have access to sanitation
15 adults are illiterate.
1 has an university degree.
7 have computers.

In one year, 1 person in the village will die, but in the same year, 2 babies will be born, so that at the year’s end the number of villagers will be 101.

If you do not live in fear of death by bombardment, armed attack, landmines, or of rape or kidnapping by armed groups, then you are more fortunate than 20, who do.

If you can speak and act according to your faith and your conscience without harassment, imprisonment, torture or death, then you are more fortunate than 48, who can not.

If you have money in the bank, money in your wallet and spare change somewhere around the house, then you are among the richest 8.

If you can read this message, that means you are probably lucky!

(The statistics were derived from Donella Meadows “State of the Village Report” first published in 1990)

The Original Report

July 26, 2009 Posted by | Agriculture, Clean Energy, Co-op, Community Economic Development (CED), Earth, Economics, Education, Family, Inspiration, Life, Not for Profit, Open Source, Social Enterprise, Social Media, Solar, Sustainability, Sustainable Community Development, Videos, Waste, Water | , , | Leave a comment

Britannia Mine and Water Treatment Centre

You may see it if you ever get a chance to drive up to Whistler BC.  It’s the Britania Mine! You can check out the official website below.

The site has an interesting history from being the number one producing mine in the world and producing 17% of the worlds copper at one point as well.  About 50 Million tones were extracted.  You can imagine the impact on the region around it.  Its interesting how the mine has always been in foreign ownership, previously owned by New Yorkers, Montanans… and now the treatment plant is operated by an Edmonton Company. The edmonton group gets paid appx. $10’000 a day and it’s operating costs are about $6000 ($4000 profit a day).  It treats 25’000’000 million gallons of water a day, I don’t know if the government is going after the orginal owners for the environmental impact they caused.  So what does that 10 million cover after infrastructure?  Well it has 3 Full Time and 1 Part Time staff.  Oh and they do lots of field trip seminars.   Sometimes privatization is good, sometimes I think what a waste!  Or it could be a smart move let a private company come in and develop the infrastructure make some money… and once the 20 year contract ends, take it over yourself.

Good website for more info: http://technology.infomine.com/enviromine/ard/Case%20Studies/Britannia.htm

http://www.bcmuseumofmining.org/

http://www.britanniaproject.com/

July 15, 2009 Posted by | Earth, Education, Sustainability, Waste, Water | , , , | Leave a comment

Ban on Platics Bags… Where’s your City?

IMAGE: Ross Mirkarimi hands out canvas shopping bags

City Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi hands out canvas shopping bags in San Francisco, he sponsored the original version of the ordinance banning plastic grocery bags!

Leading the way San Fransico…

The ban is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 4.2 millions kilograms annually.  (What that really means I don’t know… but it sounds great)

The ban the use of traditional plastic grocery bags is a big step, but what has this not be implemented by other municipal leaders?  Perhaps you and I are to blame for not putting pressure on our local elected leaders.

Just imagine if all grocery stores and drugstores were not aloud to use non-recyclable and non-biodegradable plastic bags made from petroleum products.

The city legislator who introduced the bill in San Fransisco, Ross Mirkarimi, said that up to 200 million plastic bags are used each year in the city of roughly 740,000 people.

It’s estimated a traditional plastic bag takes 1,000 years to dissolve!

  • By cutting 100 million plastic bags a year the city of San Fransisco will save 1.5 million litres of oil, and eliminate 4.2 million kilograms of carbon dioxide (Jared Blumenfeld, the head of the city’s environment department).
  • Leaf Rapids, Manitoba became the first Canadian community to ban plastic shopping bags

July 15, 2009 Posted by | Business Development, Earth, Marketing, Sustainability, Waste | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Home! (Amazing Film about our Planet Earth)

We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth’s climate.

The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being.

For this purpose, HOME needs to be free. A patron, the PPR Group, made this possible. EuropaCorp, the distributor, also pledged not to make any profit because Home is a non-profit film.

HOME has been made for you : share it! And act for the planet.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand

HOME official website
http://www.home-2009.com

PPR is proud to support HOME
http://www.ppr.com

HOME is a carbon offset movie
http://www.actioncarbone.org

More information about the Planet
http://www.goodplanet.info

http://www.youtube.com/homeproject

It loaded best on Firefox (I tried Internet Explorer & Chrome)

June 27, 2009 Posted by | Agriculture, Sustainability, Sustainable Community Development, Videos, Waste, Water | , , | Leave a comment

Our Bad Behaviour! (what if 300 Million did the same thing?)

You may have received an email forward of Chris Jordan Art trying to educate us on what we’re doing to ourselves, our communities and our planet.

He tries translating Raw Data into Photography that we can feel.  The simple question is how do we change as individuals and as a culture!  Lets take responsibility of our own Behavior.

Have a look at these Shocking Stats… This is who we are Today… As you watch you’ve already started changing!

http://www.chrisjordan.com/

June 19, 2009 Posted by | Art, Sustainability, Waste | , , , | Leave a comment