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Sustainable Living

Sharing practical ways in which we can live in harmony with Nature and prevent catastrophic change to Earth. (environment) (pliving)

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Recycling and re-using

Started by World Pantheism. Last reply by Antony Van der Mude Jul 6, 2013. 14 Replies

Share your suggestions, dilemnas and family conflicts (and how you resolve them) here.

Composting

Started by Fay Campbell Jun 28, 2013. 0 Replies

Composting yard waste and kitchen scraps has become essential to me now that I live with orange clay instead of black dirt.  And it is such a simple thing to do.I have a black bin with no bottom that…Continue

Water conservation

Started by World Pantheism. Last reply by Fay Campbell Jun 26, 2013. 2 Replies

Share your approaches to conserving water in home, garden, office or community.

The No Impact Experiment

Started by Walter Alan Mandell. Last reply by Nina DiCristina May 2, 2010. 7 Replies

Go to http://noimpactproject.org/and check out this experiment. The No Impact Project is an effort to get people to try out a 'no impact' (more realistically…Continue

Tags: money, saving, locally, grown, food

Renewable energy

Started by World Pantheism. Last reply by Barry Lebost Apr 29, 2010. 2 Replies

Share your personal experiences with installing solar, wind etc

Transport

Started by World Pantheism. Last reply by Jay Cavanaugh Dec 23, 2009. 3 Replies

Share your approaches to saving gas, cars of the future, cycling, walking, etc

Alternative Building Methods

Started by Karen FitzGerald. Last reply by Gary Waayers Dec 23, 2009. 11 Replies

One way in which our communities can be more sustainable is in the way we build our homes and businesses. There are earth friedly methods such as cobb, papercrete and straw bale which utilize the…Continue

Food waste

Started by Tor Myrvang. Last reply by Tor Myrvang Oct 18, 2009. 4 Replies

The departure point for this discussion is the analysis of food waste contained in Tristram Stuart's recent book 'Waste - Uncovering the Global Food Scandal'.Members are invited to share their…Continue

Tags: crisis, Food, Waste

Sustainable Holidays

Started by World Pantheism. Last reply by Kathy Cole Jul 25, 2009. 2 Replies

I used this generic title to cover not just eco-tourism (is there such a thing, honestly?) but also ways of reducing resource consumption and pollution from ordinary holidays or all kinds.

Solar Cooking

Started by Karen FitzGerald Jun 28, 2009. 0 Replies

This is an easy and practical way to contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle. Solar cookers are easy to use and in climates with lots of sun, this is a good way to save non-renewable resources.…Continue

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Comment by Barry Lebost on April 14, 2013 at 7:56pm

We will be manufacturing the web portion of the Lebost Evarcha Gravid MosquitoTrap in Norwich NY by a company with a workforce comprised predominantly by the disabled. When I was first presented with the concept of using disabled workers to build my inexpensive mosquito traps to reduce mosquito-borne diseases I thought this was a no brainer. I call it good karma squared. I have to give the credit though to my wife who has been working with the Creative Growth Institute in Oakland California. This is the oldest institute in the world that brings together disabled artists that produce some of the most wonderful artwork I have seen by an "outsider" group. The artwork is sold to support both the institute and the artist and some of it fetches high dollars as the artists have become world famous. This, along with watching disabled workers produce products on a factory line has now given me an advanced education in the human spirit.

Comment by Barry Lebost on January 27, 2013 at 7:43pm

Thank you  Antony. We have a lot of great people with great energy behind this.

Comment by Antony Van der Mude on January 27, 2013 at 12:27pm

Wow, Barry. That is a really neat concept. I hope this really takes off.

Comment by Barry Lebost on January 26, 2013 at 9:54pm

My new goal in life is to make a substantial dent in malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases. Last year I was awarded US patent #8181384 which is a device that eliminates gestating mosquitoes in localized areas without the use of pesticides. Spraying large areas with pesticides is not eco-friendly. What makes this device superior to other methods is the inexpensive design and construction. It can empower large numbers of non wealthy people to join the battle by protecting themselves and their neighbors. See our website at Evarcha.com.

Comment by Conxita Vidal-Coll on July 27, 2011 at 10:42am
There's an error in my westerday's comment, instead of Verlaine I wanted to say
Voltaire. sorry.
Comment by Conxita Vidal-Coll on July 26, 2011 at 1:48am
Yes, in spanish there's a said "Lo que va bien para una cosa va mal para otra". I think we have to assume "good enough actions", paraphrasing Winnicott, because ideally only-good actions don't exist. As Rousseau said (or may be Verlaine, I think it was in their mutual discussions): "There's nothing completelly good except for the goodwill".
Comment by Barry Lebost on July 25, 2011 at 5:58pm
My comment has to do with my religion and philosophy. Everything good has something bad associated with it. In this universe perfection is imperfection. You drive a car but you emit smoke. That does not mean you should not drive a car. It does mean that today's car is an interim solution until the day you can drive a car that emits less pollution. Cars will still invariably kill people and animals. Some problems we must learn to live with. However, you must never conclude that things don't have value just because there are problems associated with them. Everything has problems, nothing, absolutely nothing is 100% perfect.
Comment by Conxita Vidal-Coll on July 24, 2011 at 11:23pm
One thought: The risk of saying “There’s always something wrong with everything,” is that then we conclude that nothing is of value, and that some other says “Green is a trend and people go with trends,” as if be nature-respectful was a trend. Those risks may lead to hopelessness in those who really care for nature. I only quote that as an exemple of how a difficult and long road is to care for the planet, but it should be done anyway, step by step, as little as the may be, and without failing. If one thing doesn't work enough, we'll try another and continue to go on.....
Comment by Barry Lebost on July 24, 2011 at 7:25pm

Even Reusable Bags Carry Environmental Risk

By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM

Published: November 14, 2010

Last November I was stopped by two New York Times reporters in Manhattan NY in front of Trader Joes food store. I had just walked out of the store with several reusable bags full of groceries. The reporters posed the questions. “Are you aware that they found lead in some of these reusable bags?” “Will you continue to use them?” I responded, “There is always something wrong with everything.” See…

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/15/nyregion/15bags.html

 

Comment by World Pantheism on March 29, 2011 at 9:45am
Diana, Pan magazine has been in abeyance for some time. It always depended (like everything the WPM does) on unpaid volunteers, and there was not enough pesonpower available. However, we hope to resume before too long. The magazine is available to supporting members of the WPM.
 

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