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ACT6

I have just set up a time to go every week and volunteer at a battered women's shelter here locally. Within 60 miles of my town, we have over 20 women's shelters, so it was easy to find them, but hard to narrow down just one at which to volunteer! Who knows, maybe I'll eventually end up volunteering for more than one :-)

Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 29, 2010 at 2:13am — No Comments

LEARN6

I am following the news on CARMMA--Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa. This is a program that provides medicines and medical treatment for pregnant women, lactating women, and children under five. It is comparable to the Medicaid program in the United States, with the difference being that it is available to all women and children, as opposed to only those with financial need.…

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Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 29, 2010 at 1:55am — No Comments

IMAGINE5

We are going to be implementing a system where you earn health, knowledge, and humanitarian credits which are logged to your personal account. A person earns a certain amount of credits for good grades, completing cla****, artistic achievement, musical achievement, literary works, staying healthy, eating healthfully, helping fellow citizens (this includes what we now call "jobs"), etc. All of these credits acc**ulate and each person has a type of credit card they use to spend these credits.

Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 29, 2010 at 1:27am — No Comments

ACT5

One of my friends is starting up a crafts business where she makes bracelets, necklaces, clothing, pins, accessories, etc. I didn't really have any extra money to give her to help in the business start up, but because I do loads of craft stuff at home, I had a bunch of supplies that I gave her. Yarn, embroidery floss, safety pins, fabric, needles, thread, felt, and some plastic accessory pieces. All in all, the supplies I gave her probably totaled around $100, so it was a pretty good…

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Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 29, 2010 at 1:14am — No Comments

LEARN5

I am a firm believer in the bartering system. We didn't have class systems and such a firm concept of greed until we introduced a monetary system. I understand that it would be quite difficult (if not impossible) to go back to a bartering system, but that seems to be the best system to me.

Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 29, 2010 at 1:08am — No Comments

IMAGINE4

Many people have come up with great ideas for activities; unfortunately, many of them have to do with water parties, water balloon fights, water parades, etc. All of these things end up wasting water, even if it is only for the party, parade, etc.

It seems as thought it would be more beneficial to make an Olympic Games of sorts, with the prizes being containers (reusable, of course!) of water. Instead of the typical olympic activities (skiing, snow boarding, gymnastics, track,…

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Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 29, 2010 at 12:02am — No Comments

ACT4

I have become a Water Warrior with the Global Water Challenge!

http://www.globalwaterchallenge.org/warriors/warriors-home.php This is the website for those of you who would also like to do this!

Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 28, 2010 at 11:45pm — No Comments

LEARN4

Global Water (http://www.globalwater.org) has a plethora of clean water projects listed that have been previously implemented, are currently being implemented, and will be implemented in the future. These projects include: supplying villages with water supply systems, spring catchment systems, well drilling and pump installation, rain catchment systems, hand pump repairs, latrine instalation/rennovation/repair, hand washing stations, laundry and…

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Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 28, 2010 at 11:32pm — No Comments

IMAGINE3

It's November 10th, 2020, and I'm celebrating my 40th birthday. We are having a garden party in our eco-dome in the backyard (think "BioDome" with Paulie Shore). There are wires hanging all around and from the wires hang fish tanks that include electric fish. Because the fish are all different colors, there is a vibrant strobing light show all around. There is jungle foliage everywhere, waterfalls, lakes, vegetable gardens, and everything needed to have an alternate universe. Animals rome…

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Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 27, 2010 at 9:14pm — No Comments

ACT3 --Utilizing the Electricity Produced by Fish

This may seem silly, but there are a LOT of fish (especially deep water fish) that produce a relatively large amount of electricity (most between 450 and 700 volts of electricity). I think it would be interesting to find a way to harness some of that energy (either by using the fish or by whatever chemical reaction produces the electricity) and use it for our benefit.

Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 27, 2010 at 8:45pm — No Comments

LEARN3 --Electricity and Social Entrepreneurship in Kansas

When most people think of Kansas, they think of farms and tornados (thanks to Wizard of Oz). The important part of these thoughts lie in the tornado...and more specifically, the wind.

Pete Ferrell is a Kansan farmer who is part of the Elk River Wind Project in the Flint Hills of Southeastern Kansas. This is a 150 megawatt wind farm that opened up in 2005. His farm contains 50 of the 100 wind turbines that provide this power.

As of now, only one percent of the…

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Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 27, 2010 at 8:34pm — No Comments

IMAGINE2

One of my favorite things to eat now, I'm sure will still be my favorite in 10 years.

Veggie pizza with all fresh vegetables from the garden. You make and bake a pastry crust. For "sauce" you mix cream cheese, dill, basil, garlic salt, and any other spices you want. Spread that over the crust and then layer the vegetables in whatever formation you want. It's so tasty and so refreshing!

There is a dessert version of this that involves fruit, a shortbread crust,…

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Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 27, 2010 at 7:53pm — No Comments

ACT2

I have started helping a friend who is starting a community garden for her neighborhood. People come over and help garden (planting, weeding, watering, fertilizing, etc) and they are able to take home food as payment for their work. Every week, we take food to the local farmer's market to help supply the wh*** city with fresh produce.

Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 27, 2010 at 7:44pm — No Comments

LEARN2

To find out about food security in my area, I visited the website http://www.kansasruralcenter.org/security.html where I was shocked to find out that Kansas is tied for the ninth highest state in the United States for people experiencing food security problems. One in eight families in Kansas experiences food insecurity every year. That number goes up drastically for homes with single mothers. One in THREE Kansas homes with single…

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Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 27, 2010 at 7:12pm — 1 Comment

IMAGINE1

In 2020, my husband and I will be living in the Pacific Northwest, hopefully in the suburban area of Portland, Oregon. Our dream is to live in an eco-friendly house--mostly self-sufficient. Have you seen the earthships that are becoming more popular in the Southwestern US regions (especially around Taos, New Mexico)? We want to live in one of those that is sustainable in the much rainier Pacific Northwest. We want our home to be surrounded by gardens (food and flowers), and surrounding the…

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Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 27, 2010 at 3:22am — 1 Comment

ACT1

I have chosen to follow Paula Kahumbu from Wildlife Direct. Wildlife Direct is an organization which helps conservationists on the ground. They direct funds from donors to conservationists, without taking a fee from the donation--this way the funds go where they are intended. This allows anyone anywhere to be involved in wildlife conservation, no matter where they live.

I have bookmarked…

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Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 27, 2010 at 3:04am — No Comments

LEARN1

Do the hard work needed to find a simple solution.

This is true on many different levels, but one level is the most important, and it is that of face value. It's as simple as this: if the solution isn't easy, people won't utilize it. How many times have you looked up something as simple as a recipe? You can find multiple versions for any given dish. Which one do you pick? Out of your options, the majority of the time you will pick the easiest one to make. On a slightly higher…

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Added by Lauren Chiodo-Benmuvhar on April 27, 2010 at 2:38am — 1 Comment

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This past weekend was the annual celebration at the lake house in Connecticut. It is amazing that the lake is still so clear and beautiful after all these years. The watershed association has done a wonderful job protecting these waters from the damaging effects of development.The wood grill was finally ready to cook on, so we didn't miss the propane tank fueled grill anymore. The food actually tasted fresher than in the past and was easy to keep fueled.Dad was very proud of the solar hybrid…See More
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Stinging Nettle

In this blog post I will focus on a plant that is abundant in our nature, and which is immensely nutritious. It's of course the Stinging Nettle. Let's start with the chemical constituents of this plant:37 % Non-Nitrogen-Extracts19 - 29 % Ash9 - 21 % Fiber4 % Fat22 % ProteinOnce the leaves are drid, their protein content can reach an astounding 40 %, which is much higher than beef, which even under the best of circ**stances can never exceed 31 % protein. In addition the Stinging Nettle consists…See More
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