Welcome to O.U.R. Ecovillage, a sustainable living demonstration and education center, based on permaculture principles and aiming to work with nature, not against it. People visit O.U.R. Ecovillage to learn how to live sustainably. They offer classes on sustainable food production, permaculture, natural building, and crafts such as basket making.
Meet Craig Calfee, the genius bamboo bicycle builder. Craig was the first modern bamboo bicycle builder, starting in the 1990’s. Every bamboo bike is made by hand by him and his staff, and every single one is unique. From racing and off-road bikes to double-decker-tall bikes to heavy duty frames that can carry loads of over 400 pounds! And electric bikes that go over 30 mph with pedal assist.
Welcome to Ucluelet, British Columbia, a remote town with far more wildlife than people. But its wild beaches are covered in trash. In 2016, a team was assembled for a large scale international cleanup. In just a few weeks, the team gathered more than 20 tons of garbage.
This is Chris Scott, a humble man with a big plan. In 1975, Chris brought the first Ikea to North America. Now he’s taken the Ikea idea to tiny houses! To house the houseless and provide affordable housing options. With his genius I-Wood design, he’s created a system that allows people with minimal building experience to build simple tiny houses, in as little as one day! His I-Wood fits together, sort of like Lego’s or Ikea furniture, making it easy to assemble and extremely stable and strong. The kits include instructions on how to build the tiny house.
Meet Mr. Eco, the environmental rap hero for kids. Children are exposed to thousands of ads per day, trying to convince them to consume, consume, consume. Mr. Eco uses hip-hop to teach children to respect and protect the world. He has performed at over 400 schools, to over 210,000 students. And the kids go wild!
Welcome to the world’s largest soil rooftop farm. It covers 2.5 acres on two rooftops in New York City. That’s about two football fields of space! The farmers harvest 50,000 pounds of food every year and sell the produce locally at farmers markets, restaurants, and through a CSA.
Community gardens are spreading across the USA! The community garden movement started in the early 1900’s. Today there are over 18,000 community gardens in the USA and Canada! From urban cities to small towns, they are helping the grow-your-own-food movement to flourish.
Want to see what my life was like 3 years ago when I still lived in a “normal apartment”?
I think many of you may find this more relatable and achievable than living in a tiny house or with just 111 possessions so I’m really excited to share this with you!
Welcome to the Fix-It Fair, where you can bring your broken stuff and they will fix it or mend it for free, or teach you how! You can bring small appliances like lamps and toasters, home and garden tools, clothing and textiles, and so much more.
What will happen to your body when you die? Will it be embalmed and pumped full of chemicals? Sit in a casket separate from the earth indefinitely? In a cemetery where the space could be used to support life instead of just death? This is the current model in the USA, and it’s running out of space. But there are alternatives if this doesn’t sound right to you.