These past few days have been very exciting; reading your blogs and thinking about the situation the world is in made me want to learn more. I wanted to know how I could help further, but on my own budget.
I googled home projects to help poverty and all it came up with was charitable organizations, and expensive power generators. I'm not cheap, but I'm low on cash, so I wanted to find cheap, simple DIY projects to help with this situation. My search was… Continue
Added by James Antle on March 11, 2010 at 8:36am —
A very kind person sent me a link on irrigation and further review of the site led me to a page on sustainable food. It is updated regularly and has good content.
You can find it here
Just thought I'd share!
Added by James Antle on March 11, 2010 at 3:12am —
I have setup the photoblog that I described making yesterday. You can see the original blog here
. There are now 3 photographers for the blog, but we need more. Anyone who is a shutterbug and wants to show off their pictures (while helping the world), comment, or message me if you are interested.
Added by James Antle on March 11, 2010 at 2:00am —
Well, in response to the new weekly mission, here is an link to Popular Science on skyscraper farming
. The technology exists and the idea is sound. Just thought you all would like to check it out!
Added by James Antle on March 11, 2010 at 1:38am —
I've always been the tinkering kind. That's why I decided to build plant starters out of egg cartons. To start a seed in them, fill the cups with dirt, then place a seed in them. Cover each carton will plastic wrap (for a greenhouse effect) and hold it in place with an elastic. I'm going to work on around 15 of these and use bean seeds. Then, I will give them to friends around the community.
Added by James Antle on March 11, 2010 at 1:13am —
Ooop, here comes Mom. Looks like she's brought dinner home from the local food store. I better wrap this blog up so I can eat! For interest's sake, the food she's carrying comes in boxes made from compressed corn husks. My mom can use them as fertilizer for her home garden. They even painted on a picture of the skyscraper farms where the veggies are grown on the box... Well, painted on with food coloring anyways. It's pretty neat actually: Skyscraper farms allow for farms to be placed in… Continue
Added by James Antle on March 11, 2010 at 1:04am —
Your objective: Describe the biggest challenge to food
security in your own local community or country -- and an
innovative solution that is already underway.
In my small, rural town of Lac la Hache, farming, except of hay, isn't a mainstream production for food. We rely on ranching of cattle. Cattle ranching provides beef for residents all through the town, as many people do not buy meat from supermarkets. A lot of the beef is sold as well throughout the province,… Continue
Added by James Antle on March 11, 2010 at 12:51am —
This is a man I've been shadowing for a long time now. Cory Docotorow
is a Canadian blogger who blogs (up in the blogosphere) about important matters, whether they be political or social. He is a co-editor for Boing Boing. He is also an author who supports the Creative Commons License. He's written books such as Down and… Continue
Added by James Antle on March 10, 2010 at 10:30pm —
I have always been fascinated by digital photography and have become quite a shutterbug over the past few years. I have often though that if we were to inspire others to protect the environment, why would you use scare tactics. I feel the best way to gain support from others around the world to protect the environment would be to show them how beautiful it is.
I want to create a photoblog that will show everyone how awesome the world is (like on the discovery… Continue
Added by James Antle on March 10, 2010 at 11:51am —
Vision is an excellent candidate, I think, for this game. Vision has the power to set standards, to alter the future and to inspire self and others to accomplish great things.
" was the vision of Sir Richard Branson back in 2004. He wanted everyone to view outer space at low costs, so he made the private space tourism company, Virgin Galactic. The space fleet on V.G. consists of 7 vessels that can carry a… Continue
Added by James Antle on March 10, 2010 at 11:35am —
I would like to start a discussion on a matter that is of utter importance to me. I have always been driven towards the allure of space development (Space Utilization, as i like to call it). To me, humanity stretching it's arms towards the cosmos should be the goal of any advanced race. To me, there are unlimited resources and land to claim. Even now (maybe not in this economy), we have the technology to make this dream a reality.
A lot of people find the ideas of terraforming planets… Continue
Added by James Antle on March 10, 2010 at 10:42am —
So, with the recent "fad" (excuse the word usage.. I'll get to that later) of global climate change, people all around the world are becoming aware of this problem. Corporations are advertising clean fuels, and industry is spewing out new, expensive lifestyles. It is apparent to be an enormous problem, one that affects everyone. But is the jazz towards it just a "fad"?
Reuse, recycle, sustainability, carbon free; these are words that are commonly found around our dinner tables and in… Continue
Added by James Antle on March 10, 2010 at 10:30am —
So it's 2020 and there's a food shortage in Tokyo? Well, I suppose I'll be finishing research and developing new farming methods suitable to this new decade: Skyscraper farming, synthetic growth, and nutrient enhancement will dramatically increase growth speed and take advantage of wasted space (the air around us!). Urbanization won't allow us to make new, massive tracts of land for farming, so the only way to go is up. Large scale fish farming will boost stocks as well. I'm not too sure about… Continue
Added by James Antle on March 10, 2010 at 5:48am —
"Innovation (often) comes from constraint (If you’ve got very few
resources, you’re forced to be very creative in using and reusing them.)"
Very, very true. I am a huge advocate for DIY projects. I find them cheaper, more effective and more fun. When it comes to world changing ideas, however, DIY can prove to be strenuous and difficult. Resources - whether they be parts/components or community support - can be lacking, which proves the project to be more difficult. Being an… Continue
Added by James Antle on March 10, 2010 at 5:36am —
I chose William Kamkwamba as my hero. He is an amazing man who have helped many with his knack for innovation, ingenuity and wit. He was first recognized in 2002 when he built a windmill out of scrap to power appliances for his family. As time went on, he contributed to his community and the world numerous times.
He is just an amazing guy who has the ability to make do with what he has and troubleshoot. I follow him (via twitter) because I can relate to him and his "inner Macgyver", who… Continue
Added by James Antle on March 10, 2010 at 5:29am —