an important one is just planting trees that grow edible fruit on them in public places. A person at a restaraunt I was at today was liking climbing around poking in the leaves of a tree and we were wondering what they were doing until they came down with a fig! Did not realize the thing was a fruiting plant at all at first glance.
Scientists have laid out a step-by-step guide for creating a sustainable research facility on Mars. The first step involves a fleet of base-building robots constructing a 16-foot-wide, 41-foot-tall dome covered in 16 feet of ice for radiation shielding.
"As hunter-gatherers we were brilliant scientists, but we were nodes locked in a complex network we had little to no say in. And so we warped and mutilated our world with fire and countless other inventions, trying to have as big of an impact as we could, to extend our reach beyond our arms. [...] Cambrian explosions of the meme, even while we warped the land to collapse diversity of the gene."
- @rechelon William Gillis' review of James C Scott's Against the Grain
Just found out about SunSaluter, a #solarpunk invention from my country of #canada. It is a solar panel that rotates with the sun, providing 40% more efficiency. It does this with water based counter weights, that drip out and turn the panel over the course of the day. This requires no electricity, and amazingly purifies water at the same time, providing two great resources to developing communities. The design is open source, and it is managed by a non profit. Ticks all my boxes.
"There are no fixtures in nature. The universe is fluid and volatile. Permanence is but a word of degrees. Our culture is the predominance of an idea which draws after it [a] train of cities and institutions. Let us rise into another idea: they will disappear."
Ralph Waldo #Emerson, “Circles”
Life is hard for a dirty salvager on this junk planet. If the heat of the desert's twin suns don't kill you, the molten rain coming down from the ship graveyard orbiting the planet might. But today is a good day. Today you found what looks to be a fully operational spacecraft.
"For markets to be made innocuous, a society needs unimpeded, non-monetized access to their basic means of survival. Land, as well as people’s vital activity, must be inalienable..." - Peter Gelderloos
Defying Power: Different Views on How Best to Understand the Evolution of the State
Part 1: https://c4ss.org/content/50774
Part 2: https://c4ss.org/content/50991
“Ancient Walled Gardens Designed to Nurture a Single Citrus Tree”
Most cities I've been to are actually more diverse than the surrounding landscape. The biodiversity is bound to happen with so many people and micro-climates to utilize. Even then the biology isn't utilized. There's certainly a huge untapped wellspring of human creativity and ingenuity that could be directed toward actually useful human habitat that is not an overpass and does not exploit people within and without city limits.
Diversity is indeed very important.
We are the children of diversity
252 million years ago, 96% of all marine species and 70% of all terrestrial vertebrate species became extinct. All those species were adopting the same 'design pattern', mineralized skeletons
It seemed a good design. It turned into a common trigger that wiped out all those species that had made use of it
We are the children of those few species who were 'different', in that they used other patterns
Diversity is resilience.
anarchy, permaculture, transhumanity, biotecture, ecopoiesis, guerrilla microclimatology, they/y'all
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