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  • Published Articles - New Years Resolutions 2007
    to localize our economy I would like to thank several groups for their continued efforts to improve our quality of life including the Plymouth Energy Initiative KTM Auto the Main Street merchants LongView farm the Plymouth Bridge House and PSUs s Centers for the Environment and Rural Matters Together we are building the future New Years resolutions are usually about restrictions Quitting smoking or losing weight are specific goals that imply a loss Instead we can look at resolutions as positive steps towards a more fulfilling life I would like to share some resolutions that I have made for 2007 to help make our lives richer 11 Eat better Take the time to enjoy wholesome healthy food You are what you eat and eating local nutritious food is delightful 10 Smile This always seems to improve the situation It will almost always make you and the people near you feel better 9 Volunteer to help a neighbor From the youth to our seniors everyone needs a hand now and again Find out what would be a help and then do it 8 Slow down breathe and admire the scenery We live here to enjoy so take a moment and step back from the day to day rush Relaxed moments in the woods or by the lake are forever 7 Thank people you appreciate From the waitress to the teller to your family it is simple and means soo much There is no better opportunity than right now 6 Buy Local it helps the economy here Dollars spent with local business stay in the area instead of our money being shipped to corporate headquarters 5 Save Money or Reduce Debt Cut your expenses and find a way to put some away for the future 4 Conserve energy whether car pooling or

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  • Published Articles - How to Avoid Hazardous Waste in the Household
    of the previous century Latex paints are not hazardous when dried so air dry the unused material and dispose of it in your household trash Purchasing oil based paints when petroleum is becoming scarce is wasteful In the gardens there are many organic options to hazardous pesticides herbicides and chemical fertilizers New Hampshire s Organic Farming organization NOFA NH provides information about organic vegetables fruit ornamental and lawn care Visit their website at www nofanh org or call 603 224 5022 to learn more Although many property owners pride themselves on a weed free lawn chemical herbicides and fertilizers cause damage to the life of the entire neighborhood When it becomes dangerous for children to play in the grass after a chemical treatment it is time to find alternatives From the garage we need to find safe substitutions to the hazardous materials used in brake transmissions fluids antifreeze lubricants and degreasers The automobile industry has used petroleum based products for decades but we need to start anew with biodegradable alternatives like citrus degreasers and vegetable oil lubricants There are many options for biodegradable household cleaners as well Vinegar can be substituted for commercial window cleaners and vinegar and baking soda will clean ovens and carpet equally well If you do purchase hazardous materials to bring home to the family please follow the directions for usage Chemical companies know how much to apply to achieve the desired results Applying twice as much does not doubly improve the performance of the product When it comes to disposal these dangerous chemicals should not be flushed poured down the sink or emptied out in the backyard It is illegal and amoral to dump these materials into the common water soil and air There is a biannual option for hazardous waste disposal that is taxpayer

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  • Published Articles - Adjusting to a Sustainable Food System
    culture we need to pinpoint how we can provide our necessities without exploitative non sustainable resource consumption Here are some reasons why food is more energy intensive than it needs to be and ideas for ecological eating Humans are omnivores not strict carnivores Our current diet is high on the food chain Meats poultry and fish contain necessary proteins but most American diets contain too much protein about twice the recommended quantity Since 80 percent of grains go to feeding livestock the amount of energy used indirectly to support our diet is staggering It takes 10 times the calories to raise an animal as are produced through its consumption Animals grown in feedlots or factory pens take three times more energy calories to raise than free range grass fed critters The ground water and air pollution that results from feedlots is also immense Alternatives Choose your protein sources wisely The best meat comes fresh from happy animals raised by a farmer whom you know Consider substituting beans for meat to satisfy your body s need for protein one night a week Packaging and processing require more energy than is required for production of the food itself Processes such as bleaching flour reduce the nutritional content of the food Excessive amounts of sodium are often added to food products in an attempt to preserve some semblance of flavor Juices are diluted pasteurized and sweetened thereby reducing the nutritional value associated with the fruit itself Alternatives Eat more fresh foods and fewer processed foods Whole fresh and dried foods such as fruits vegetables whole grains and legumes have much less embedded energy than processed food In general there are many vegetables that are currently underutilized in our diet We have a tremendous tradition of storing root crops and squash through the winter We need to focus on eating what is available seasonally and focus on recipes and food preparation that incorporate these ingredients Community Supported Agriculture is a system where consumers buy farm shares to receive produce as it becomes available during the growing season There are also cookbooks available that provide recipes tailored to regional crops that are organized by the seasons The food items on U S grocery store shelves have traveled an average of about 1 500 miles Table grapes grown in Chile transported by ship to California and shipped by truck to NH have traveled over 8 600 miles Pineapples grown in Hawaii shipped by plane to California and by truck to NH have traveled over 6 000 miles Buying local keeps the revenue in the community Wise investment in local products builds the capacity of the food suppliers in this area and lessens community dependency on far flung supply lines California has long reaped the benefits of federal irrigation projects and migrant labor costs The federal subsidization of fossil fuel and the interstate transportation system has enabled this inefficient system of food distribution to develop The trend in the past century has been to move manufacturing and

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  • Published Articles - Making Use of Waste
    down it is necessary to have the septic tank emptied more frequently a greater cost in the long run The ecological tragedy is that this system wastes two valuable resources In rural areas clean potable water is used to flush the food scraps into a vault to settle in the septic tank s anaerobic slime The food waste that is being discarded might otherwise be used for creating the ultimate plant fertilizer compost Kitchen scraps are a wonderful ingredient for making compost In municipal water treatment facilities every taxpayer pays for the increased volume of waste Concentrating biodegradable waste in landfills or septic tanks squanders an available resource Part of recycling is the search for innovative ways to use the materials at hand and forego the costs of disposal To some simple acts such as urinating outdoors might cross societal boundaries but let s consider for a moment the environmental impact of flush toilets for urine On average 2 gallons of clean potable water are used each time we visit the w c Healthy human urine is sterile and does not contain dangerous pathogens Diluted 1 10 with water it actually serves as a potent plant fertilizer Yet the general practice is to waste fresh clean water to make this culturally stigmatized material disappear Perhaps we have lost sight of the bigger picture How else could we rationalize wasting potable water when millions of people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water It is time to take a closer look at our habits and choices to determine what we need to change in order to retain a habitable planet for the future Making a Difference in the Plymouth Area It is a shame how much we waste During the holidays it seems as though boxes and wrapping paper scarcely stop in transit on the way from the producer to the dump Couldn t we recycle the wrapping paper and boxes each year and store them with the ornaments If we are going to cut a balsam fir for our living room every year why not plant one in the back yard One local merchant is taking matters into his own hands Mark Younger owner of the UPS Store on Main Street in Plymouth offers a unique and mutually beneficial system of reusing Mr Younger accepts clean Styrofoam peanuts which he reuses for packing at the store He has been doing this for seven years but he still must buy new packing materials to meet the demand in Plymouth As long as they are clean there is no reason why Styrofoam peanuts should be thrown away after a single use We should take Mr Younger up on his offer reducing expenses for a Main Street business and decreasing the amount of waste going into our landfills It is possible for us as a community to be more sustainable by thinking about how our waste can serve as valuable resources At D Acres we are also trying to take materials

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  • Published Articles - Expectations
    we cannot expect that design will replace the hard physical mental and spiritual work Often the expectations of an agrarian lifestyle are not the difficult realities but rather peaceful tranquil hours of watching the clouds roll by Both are part of the reality but we need to be prepared for the challenges of this lifestyle Teachers Conventional teaching has been reduced to the transfer of information currently accepted to be fact Although this works in some specialties it has been less than successful in providing knowledge needed for earth friendly agriculture In a unique manner nature defines and accepts what is appropriate for each site and circumstance Bill Mollison has succeeded in opening my eyes to imaginative design theory His illustrations provide glimpses of possibilities but some ideas have proven impractical in our climate This is the reality of the process We must first imagine practice evaluate then adapt The reality is that each growing season each social interaction is an experiment in motion As teachers we must avoid promoting PC as paradise Instead what we propose is an alternative to conventional development This alternative attempts to solve problems but without doubt other problems will arise As participants in the evolution of a manner of living sustainably we are faced with uncertainties Although this should not deter us it is important to preface our theories with this reality The promise of the future must be tempered with realistic expectations of what is possible In our efforts to promote alternative systems we emphasize the possibilities of an egalitarian non hierarchical society in which all our needs food fiber medicine comfort are met What is sometimes lacking in our discussion of the possibilities is also the unpleasant realities such as hard physical labor frustrations with weather difficulties of communal living or a lack of financial rewards and creature comforts There must be a full disclosure in our discussions of the realities if we are to establish commonly held legitimate expectations Utopian Social Interaction Volumes of theory have been written about promoting an egalitarian society As such a blueprint exists for how we can prosper in community Practically speaking however social interaction depends on the individuals and circumstance involved We each come with our personal ideals and vision but the patience and commitment required to collectively prosper is difficult to maintain For myself I have come to realize that hierarchy has merit based on respect for commitment and life experience At some point authority is the result of credibility instead of position or title This does not mean that elders ignore newcomers Instead they use experience to welcome ideas and to shed light by explaining previous dilemmas and outcomes It is idealistic to presume that established organizations welcome new members as equal decision making partners This notion should be tempered with the reality that decision making responsibility comes through experience and commitment to the organization and its members Realization that we are part of the process that we are each a component of

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  • Published Articles - The Rainbow Caravan for Peace
    countries they are currently in Peru The mission objectives are diverse but interrelated The group endeavors to support and serve as a bridge to connect cultures movements organizations bioregional networks and individuals from around the Americas fostering among them a better ecological consciousness a healthy and harmonious life in relationship with Nature as well as self management peace and sustainability for local communities with profound respect for the Earth and all the living creatures that inhabit her The caravan functions as a Living and Learning Center that contributes to the creation and the empowerment of information networks and initiatives that implement activities related to these objectives An objective is to learn from ancestral indigenous cultures and defend them Acknowledge their customs territories spiritual beliefs protect their places routes and sacred centers inspiring them to maintain their basic values and to establish links with other ancestral communities and other non indigenous projects with similar purposes The caravan is model of mobile sustainable ecovillage which promotes community life arts spiritual growth all on the basis of respect and understanding as a way to bring peace In this manner the experience acquired by its members will contribute to the creation of future social leaders with consciousness and spiritual non dogmatic sensibility In addition the group intends to promote support rescue and learn sustainable alternatives to development new and traditional related to the use protection and improvement of renewable and nonrenewable natural resources The members are as diverse as the mission but interrelated as well because they join aware of the mission Over the seven years almost 300 people from more than 20 countries have been members of the caravan People of all interests ages races and religious affiliations learn and create sustainable living habits and community building skills The variety of skills shared in the group changes on the basis of the talents of the people present at any given time The talents include singing dancing juggling puppetry acting painting and ceramics Experts may include drummers and other musicians theatrical producers costumers alternative energy bioregional construction and nutritional specialists Decisions in the caravan are made by the participants There is an established hierarchy to the decision making process There are currently three types of membership visitors aspiring members and crew The visitors are short term passengers required to contribute a modest financial contribution and physically participate in the day to day operations Their ideas and opinions are welcomed during consensus meetings to which they are invited but their decision making is limited The aspiring members have a long term interest in becoming crew members The may impart opinions at the group meeting but are limited in their group decision making capabilities This system gives precedent to the established crew of the group These pillars have thoroughly demonstrated a sense of belonging to the group responsibility and commitment to the project and its mission This is a group that is attempting to create a better way to make decisions based on consensus and guided

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