Sustainable Living Skills You Need to Survive
It might not seem so serious to the average consumer in the First World, but the future of the world as we know hangs in the balance. The media is full of bad news that can make changing things for the better seem hopeless, but there are simple and radical things you can do to reduce your impact and set an example for others. It's not just a choice, our survival depends on it.
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Kyle of the Dancing Rabbit Critters gives us a tour of the “cooking appliances” in their community outdoor kitchen. They cook without fossil fuel using waste wood and solar energy to make their meals.
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Continuing the tour of the Critter Kitchen at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Kyle talks about the design features of their outdoor kitchen. The Critters wanted their kitchen to be affordable, upcycle materials, and eliminate the need for fossil fuel. They thought a lot about how they wanted to build it to serve not only these purposes, but to create a space where community could thrive.
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Obviously it’s possible to cook without fossil fuel because humans have been doing it forever. At Dancing Rabbit some people cook with propane, one of about two ways DR members allow themselves to use fossil fuel. But the Critters, a subcommunity at DR, choose to cook without fossil fuel. In this video Kyle, of my Kyle’s Crazy House video, gives us a tour of the Critter Kitchen, a kitchen designed for community and sustainability.
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We continue the tour of Rae and Aaron’s wood gasification system for their truck. In this video they show us what’s under the bed–condensors, blower fans, a modified muffler. They are getting their truck ready for a road trip during the winter months.
At Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, villagers are always trying out new ways to reduce their impact on the planet. Two of my neighbors, Rae and Aaron, wanted to go on a road trip around the country to help with activism around stopping the use of fossil fuel. It seemed a bit hypocritical to be road tripping on gasoline though, so they built a system from scratch that would allow them to drive on a renewable resource–waste wood. They learned to weld and use a plasma torch, and they built almost everything from waste metal and materials. It’s not a simple system, but they were up for the challenge.
Continuing this series on home organic winemaking, I’m racking the wine in this video. See the process I use and glean some secrets for how to make better quality wine.