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Creation Caring Buildings-The Earthship

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Guest presentation at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, OH on October 12, 2009.

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Creation Caring Buildings-The Earthship

  1. 1. Creation Caring buildings-the earthshippresented by eric krawczyk ’94-October 12, 2009 1
  2. 2. W is my role as a Christian in caring for hatthe earth? 2
  3. 3. T e rb m h Po l eThe last half century has been a period of unprecedented change and growth:• Between 1960 and 2000 the world population doubled from 3 to 6 billionpeople, and the global economy increased more than six fold.• To meet this demand, food production increased 2 1/2 times, water usedoubled, wood harvests for pulp and paper production tripled, timber productionincreased by more than half, and installed hydropower capacity doubled.• However, in meeting these demands, humans changed ecosystems morerapidly and extensively than in any comparable period of time in human history,compromising the ecosystems upon which all life depends. 3
  4. 4. creation care v. 1. applying biblical principles of stewardship to the environment we share with all living things1. To have any lasting effect, our hearts must be moved by compassion.2. We may find it dangerous3. We may have to use our own resources4. It may be inconvenient.5. It may be expensive6. We may be ridiculed.7. We will have to take ongoing responsibility.8. Everyone is our neighbor, including people across the globe and future generations. 4
  5. 5. AN w p rah S r gG db e A po c : ev in o y C rgf Cetn ain o ra r io✦More than 85 percent of Americans have some affiliation with a faith group and attenda church or synagogue at least occasionally, yet almost none have heard even onesermon or participated in a single discussion group on caring for Godʼs creation. I wantto change that.✦The Creation Care mission is simple: We want to serve God by taking care of creation.✦The Creation Care message is equally clear: If we love our Creator, we must love Hiscreation. Every sacred text calls us to honor the world created for our sustenance, yet wecontinue to use resources at an unsustainable rate. We are called to leave the worldbetter-or at least as good-as we found it, and yet each of us, every day, is polluting ourland, water, and air.✦The Creation Care’s central text is the Golden Rule, an overarching guideline for earthstewardship that is shared by every religion. We are all called to treat our brothers andsisters as we would like to be treated ourselves. When we use more than our fair share ofthe worldʼs resources, then we are harming our neighbors. 5
  6. 6. MatthewSleeth, M.D.founder ofwww.blessedearth.org 6
  7. 7. 6 principle Building science achievementsthe crocus earthship-Gunnison, COT 7
  8. 8. East & west elevationsthe crocus earthship-Gunnison, COT 8
  9. 9. floor planthe crocus earthship-Gunnison, COT 12
  10. 10. structural cross sectionthe crocus earthship-Gunnison, COT 13
  11. 11. Graywater subsurface flow wetlandthe crocus earthship 14
  12. 12. Graywater Drainage planThe crocus earthship 15
  13. 13. blackwater drainage planthe crocus earthship 16
  14. 14. food & ornamental plant productionvarious earthships 17
  15. 15. Excerpts from Pope John Paul II’s The Ecological Crisis: A Common Responsibility.“It is manifestly unjust that a privileged few should continue to accumulate excessgoods, squandering available resources, while masses of people are living inconditions of misery at the very lowest level of subsistence.  Today, the dramaticthreat of ecological breakdown is teaching us the extent to which greed andselfishness – both individual and collective – are contrary to the order of creation,an order which is characterized by mutual interdependence.”“Simplicity, moderation and discipline, as well as a spirit of sacrifice, must becomea part of everyday life, lest all suffer the negative consequences of the carelesshabits of a few.” 18
  16. 16. “Just as the sun allows no darkness the lake allows no dryness the wind allows no calm the river, no silence…The Earthship allows no poverty.” –Michael Reynolds 19
  17. 17. This list includes the 10things that you canchange in your life whichwill make the mostdifference for people andthe planet. If yourehaving trouble knowingwhere to begin makingchanges, start here!better worldshopper every dollar makes a difference 20
  18. 18. Common Good Financealternative economic exchange system 21
  19. 19. Mr oe R sucs eo re QuickTimeª and a YUV420 codec decompressor are needed to see this picture.• www.blessedearth.org www.gunnisonearthship.com• www.betterworldshopper.com• www.commongoodbank.com• www.gunnisoncreationcare.com 22

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