Healthy Environment Sustainability is a lasting dynamic balance between these factors Healthy Individuals Thriving Communities Organizations in economic balance
The UK – living beyond our means Transition Training 2007 “ ghost acres” – taking from others “ fossil acres” taking from the past (ancient sunlight) “ draw down” taking from the future
This device, made of recyclable material, captures most of the nitrogen and phosphorous leaving the waste streams of residential dwellings. It returns these essential nutrients to the soil as fertiliser, eliminating the need for artificial fertilizers requiring huge energy inputs.
Name: Chamber pot Dimensions, materials: Porcelain, 30 cm diameter 20 cm high Energy consumption in use: Zero Function: Captures urine and faeces. Urine unmixed with faeces is transported to garden. Operation: Operator dilutes with water and pours onto part of garden growing plants for composting.
This invention is a sustainable plough. It runs on renewable energy, and requires very little management except for an external guidance device that keeps it inside the area to be ploughed. You leave this device in the field and after a while the whole field is ploughed and ready for planting. This device also produces high quality protein as a by-product.
Name: Pig. Dimensions, mammal various sizes up to 100kg. Energy consumption: requires feeding (can use waste food). Function: Ploughs up arable land, produces food protein. Operation: Requires to be left in field and contained with electric fence or similar.
This invention delivers top-class organic vegetables to your door, requiring no fossil energy for their transport.
Name: Kitchen garden Dimensions, About 12m by 12m Energy consumption: Human energy needed to tend the plot Function: Provides space to grow vegetables Operation: requires tending through four seasons: planting, weeding and care, harvesting and winter maintenance
This technology provides sustainable water purification. Requiring no fossil fuel, it cleans water, eliminates bacteria and viruses and delivers almost pure distilled water direct, requiring no transport
Name: Rain Dimensions: n/a Energy consumption: Zero for purification and delivery. Energy required for harvesting. Function: Water vapour condenses Operation: Set up a harvesting and storage system. Air pollution in some areas means some purification is needed.
<ul><li>For villages experiencing hunger and environmental degradation </li></ul><ul><li>Helps them create and market local products </li></ul><ul><li>Helped some 1500. Villagers recover from hunger and are able to tend local food production </li></ul>
Permaculture Institute: nominated candidate <ul><li>Several projects throughout the world </li></ul><ul><li>Most well known is ”Greening the Desert” in Amman </li></ul><ul><li>Projects create food production and set up training centres </li></ul><ul><li>Aim for self-running after three years </li></ul><ul><li>See also the project in Afghanistan </li></ul>
<ul><li>Afghanistan: A self sustaining farm and training centre where the disenfranchised widows and orphans can be empowered with the knowledge of Permaculture and in turn pass this knowledge on to others </li></ul>
<ul><li>Slum areas in Chile </li></ul><ul><li>Instant gardens and gardens by the side of the road take care of waste and produce food </li></ul>
<ul><li>Burning firewood to boil infected water is depleting forests </li></ul><ul><li>Solvatten uses sunlight to purify the water </li></ul>
<ul><li>Created housing from waste and natural materials on Tsunami-hit Andaman Islands </li></ul><ul><li>Houses collect and store rainwater </li></ul><ul><li>Waste water used to irrigate gardens to improve food security </li></ul>