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Take Action with our Children

Pay attention to our children. They are the next occupants.

Listen to our children: The kids do think creatively because they don’t believe in “impossible” yet. The know it CAN be and MUST be done. They are the next occupants.

YOU can act and help RIGHT NOW. September 20 – 27th is set to be a week of action. Many adults are joining in striking on Friday September 20th. Sign up if you can, or support your kids and anyone else you know who will participate.

Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg became famous this spring for launching a student movement to compel adults to take action on climate change. (More on her in “Climate News”) “Climate News”

Thunberg is not alone. Other young people can be equally convincing, according to a paper published May 6 in Nature Climate Change. The team of social scientists and ecologists from North Carolina State University who authored the report found that children can increase their parents’ level of concern about climate change because, unlike adults, their views on the issue do not generally reflect any entrenched political ideology.


Read the Scientific American article here: Children Change their Parents Minds

– Pat Adams

eLearning FAQ

If you are new to the idea of using online resources for your main source of learning about a subject, this section is for you.

In order to maximize ability to pull it all together, it helps to know the basics. Online learning is an art form, not just clicking and trying to absorb. Read these answers to some of the questions you may have, then take the “self assessment” quiz. There is also a Glossary at the end of many common terms and acronyms.

Answer these questions to see if online learning is right for you:
Self-Assessment

Learn about living a Kintsugi life.

Living a kintsugi life means acknowledging the existence of the break, and making a mend that highlights the wholeness rather than attempting to cover up the break.

We humans tend to make our wounds into part of our identity. Even when we see ourselves as survivors, that role still defines us by the wound. A kintsugi repair becomes an interesting pattern within an identity that is whole, not the glue holding together something that was broken.

“No matter how profoundly and deeply the broken places in our lives change us, part of healing is learning to move past a definition of ourselves that limits us to that broken place. At some point, it has to involve setting ourselves free from that limiting definitons so we can move forward with our golden gifts of healing into a life that is larger than that experience.”

– Kenetha J. Stanton

Wounded warrior

You are not your wounds Posted by Kenetha Stanton on July 24, 2019

https://akintsugilife.com/you-are-not-your-wounds/

Some of the newest mobility tools have the artistic look of kintsugi repairs. If you find examples of adaptive tools you think are beautiful, send them and we will post.

– Pat Adams

Listing Climate Solutions

Seven Point Outline for Saving the Planet – Reddit

Reddit generated a lot of discussion over the past two weeks on this topic in a thread that began with a frustrated user asking “How do we save this f***ing planet?” Anonymous user “m4ybe” posted a detailed, seven-point response that caught fire. Even though we are not necessarily in agreement with some priorities and details, the list at least has a battle plan of actions we individually and together can take to keep our planet alive.

  • Completely overhaul agriculture
  • Eliminate non-recyclable single-use packaging or product
  • Seriously address energy production
  • Close any waste loops
  • Utilize known and effective alternative building materials
  • Change protein choices, increase sustainable protein production
  • Subsidize and incentivize birth control

Links to brief details of listed items, followed by link to a longer discussion. The original full Reddit conversation is available even though the original comment seems to have been deleted. The solution discussion at “Good” contains that link.

Details of items on the above list

“Good” article that discusses the solutions listed

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7 Ways to Save the Planet

Excerpts of seven point “save the planet” outline from Reddit user “m4ybe”:

1) Completely overhaul agriculture
Our agriculture system relies heavily on supplementing soil with … minerals supplemented as a secondary pass. This process destroys the rhizosphere… By enhancing and feeding microbial life in the soil … we can get a greater yield without … rhizospheric holocaust. (Note: rhizosphere is the narrow region of soil that plants depend on for nutrition.)

2) Eliminate any non-recyclable single-use packaging or product
Hemp makes better plastic, which is biodegradable … planting hemp instead of soy and corn would go a long way to fixing the soil…
Any current plastic producer can easily be retrofit to produce plastic with hemp instead of petrochemicals.

3) Make a World War II-style push to seriously address energy production
Thorium-salt based nuclear reactors … through tidal, wind, solar energy …
We also need to research and establish safer, more sustainable ways to store our energy.
[Thorium salt is apparently safer than regular nuclear reactors.]

4) Close any waste loops
From toilets to nuclear waste, methods must be established to convert waste to useful products as opposed to treating it as an afterthought. … These things must become the norm instead of the exception.

5) Utilize known and effective alternative building materials
Cob, Rammed Earth, Adobe, Strawbale, Earth Bag, Aircrete, and others … freely available, sustainable, and vastly reduce the amount of waste produced by building a house.

6) Reduce protein intake, increase sustainable protein production
[Note: the solution offered is not really to reduce vital protein in the diet but to choose sources and methods of growing protein that are less wasteful.]
Our current methods for producing beef, pork, chicken, and fish are all deeply unsustainable. Factory livestock operations produce the pollution equivalent of a city on as little as an acre’s worth of space.
Free range chickens make excellent pest control on polyculture farms. Pigs make excellent manure and function as nature’s garbage disposals. Aquaponics can sustainably grow salmon, trout, jade perch, tilapia, and a number of other fish while SIMULTANEOUSLY growing crops in a density much higher than traditional agriculture.

7) Subsidize and incentivize birth control
The single most effective thing you can do to reduce the human burden placed on the planet is have one less child. By incentivizing birth control universally (the universal aspect is critical), we can reduce the human population. If first world nations were half as populated as they are today, our waste output would plummet…