MALDON BOOK LAUNCH

Peter Cowman’s Sheltermaker’s Manual will be launched at 5pm on Monday May 20th at Peppercorn Books, Main Street, Maldon.

Peter will give a short talk then sign copies of his books as will Alanna Moore who will simultaneously be launching here new book Touchstones For Today.

Please come and help us celebrate this event!

S'DREAMING FLYER

Acclaimed Sheltermaker Peter Cowman will lead this 4-session Course exploring the fascinating relationships between your life, your dreams and your architecture … beginning on Sunday afternoon May 26th and continuing on Sundays June 2nd, 9th & 16th 2013 from 2.30 -5.30pm.

DETAILS & BOOKING FOR THIS UNIQUE COURSE ARE AVAILABLE HERE

This Course can be presented as a 2-day event … so, if you would like to help organise one in your area get in touch!

TURNING BAGS INTO BATTERIES

The US is investing millions of dollars in a new centre designed to recycle used plastic bags, turning them into batteries that can power everything from smartphones to electric cars.

Al Jazeera’s John Hendren spent a day at the government laboratory near Chicago where scientists have made a breakthrough in green technology.

WATCH LARGEST GLACIER CALVING EVER FILMED

This is beautiful, and dare I use the word, awesome!

OUTBACK CAMEL TRAVELLER

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A 65-year-old man who has spent the last 10 years travelling outback Australian roads with his two camels pulling a ute says getting older is not hindering his plans.

Klaus Menzel has spent the last 20 years travelling the country – firstly on a bicycle and now with his camels Willy and Snowy.

He is currently travelling between Longreach and Winton in western Queensland, with his camels pulling an old ute about 20 kilometres a day.

Way to go!

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THE ORIGINS OF GENDER ROLES

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Has the relative bargaining power between men and women been shaped by our evolutionary history? Economist Paul Seabright explains how, in his book The War of the Sexes: How Conflict and Cooperation Have Shaped Men and Women from Prehistory to the Present (2012).

Millions of years ago our ancestors began to colonise what Seabright terms “a very risky evolutionary niche: the long childhood”. This needed more cooperation between the sexes in order to ensure the survival of the offspring, and sex became not merely reproduction but also a cooperative venture.

We all know the profound differences between male and female sex cells. Women’s are large, scarce and relatively expensive to make. Men’s are small, abundant and cheap to manufacture. Because of the relative scarcity of women’s eggs, and their costliness once fertilised, women have to be selective about the source of the sperm.

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The Wealth of Planets: Avoiding bankruptcy and foreclosure

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“The financial and environmental crises have the same roots: non-sustainable use of resources in the money economy as well as in the natural world.” – Anders Wijkman, co-author of Bankrupting Nature: Denying Our Planetary Boundaries

In 2009, Johan Rockstrom was the lead author of a featured study published in Nature magazine, “A safe operating space for humanity”, which introduced the concept of “planetary boundaries”. It argued that global warming was only one of ten different ways in which human civilisation was potentially undermining its own foundations, destroying the balance of natural processes on which our species depends.

The study warned that crossing even one or two planetary boundaries could be “deleterious or even catastrophic”, due to triggering “non-linear, abrupt environmental change within continental- to planetary-scale systems”. This is not just more of the same environmental damage we’ve already experienced, but damage so severe that it creates a self-reinforcing dynamic, shifting the planetary system to new conditions that are far more hostile to human civilisation.

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FOUNDATIONS OF THE MODERN EUROPEAN GENE POOL

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DNA sequenced from nearly 40 ancient skeletons has shed light on the complex prehistoric events that shaped modern European populations.

A study of remains from Central Europe suggests the foundations of the modern gene pool were laid down between 4,000 and 2,000 BC – in Neolithic times.

These changes were likely brought about by the rapid growth and movement of some populations.

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SHELTERMAKER FESTIVAL

Completed 2 storey Actual House

Plans are now being hatched for a 10 day Sheltermaking Festival to take place in Ireland during the summer of 2014. The emphasis will be on hands-on activities and on pushing the currently constricted alternative living boundaries outwards!

SOME OF THE EVENTS BEING PLANNED

Eco-Building On A Shoestring

Alternative Energy Systems

Permaculture

Dowsing

Natural Paintmaking

Fire Cooking

Invisible Architecture

Wattle & Daubing

Composting

Rainwater Harvesting

Geomancy

How-to Haggle & Barter

Bike Maintenance & Trailer Making

Consciousness Raising

Straight Talking

Song & Dance

Meditation

Storytelling

Film Screenings

Plus lots more!

If you want to contribute/participate, etc. let me know HERE