When I started this blog several years ago, I chose the name Willow Tree World because it symbolized my hope for the health of our ecosystem. Today, when I hear about the rampant, willful devastation of our natural resources, I’m tempted to despair. There are (they’re our) consequences to decades of petrochemical-fueled bad policies and practices. It seems Exxon is everywhere—but not on the upbeat like this 1987 tribute, “Elvis is Everywhere.” Even though the environmental news is rather dire, I still have reasons to hope that our highest ideals are sustainable and the best humanity has to offer will survive because I keep seeing more examples of our resilience and ingenuity in the face of disaster. There are practical ways to transition toward sustainable living, help us heal the Earth and save our home.
Earthships are easy to build, according to the designer. I hope it’s true because they are very cool! What if everyone built a “Radically Sustainable Building”? You can attend DIY seminars in the States; help build an Earthship in Africa; and enjoy nightly rentals in Taos, NM. Check out Earthship Biotecture and imagine the possibilities.
The awareness of the Permaculture movement is growing. Now Earth enthusiasts are Permablitzing their backyards, and “Changing the world, one backyard at a time!” There is a positive trend toward community-based economies, localized food production, famer’s markets, chicken keeping and much more. You can learn more about sustainability and permaculture at the 2013 Earth Activist Training (EAT), September 7-21, in Johnson, VT.
Peak Moment TV offers excellent how-to sustainability advice in short segments on BlipTV and YouTube. Their stated goal: “…cross-pollinating the most challenging shift in human history – an energy transition away from fossil fuels to sustainable living.”
More inspiration can be found in the documentary, “Anima Mundi—Permaculture, Peak Oil, Climate Change and the Soul of the World,” (2011).
It’s still true: we must be the change we want to see in the world. And the good news is that our community is growing. We the People who want to live in harmony with the Earth are developing ways to make environmental sustainability a reality.