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Earthwalk Eco Film Festival - is runing all summer. Earthwalk is proud to be the home of the Gaia Film Club which views and reviews eco films at Earthwalk each month. The Eco Film Festival is presented by the enthusiastic members of the Film Club who are happy to share the insights and inspirations they found in the outstanding eco films being shown this year. Come and enjoy a season full of films, seminars and workshops on Sustainable and Healthy Living. The Films are being shown by members of our Eco Film Club and a schedule will be available at Earthwalk. Tickets for each film discussion and screening is $15 or Free for EW Members and Volunteers. Seating is limited for the films so please call 905-355-3000 to pre register for the workshops and films you are interested in attending.
Field Trip to Findhorn Eco Village was enlightening. My ancestors were from Scotland so the trip itself was very interesting but the best part by far was exploring one of the most established Eco Villages in existence. It’s 45 years since Eileen and Peter Caddy and their three boys, and Dorothy Maclean set up their caravan here at Findhorn in the midst of sand dunes. Today it is a lush a vital eco village with a reputation that stretches around the planet. The daytime population of the Findhorn Foundation community is over 400 not counting the steady stream of visitors which they attract from all over the world. Yet it was recently identified as having the lowest environmental footprint of any other permanent community on the planet. Community level energy generation, local organic food, energy efficient house design, low levels of commuting and sharing of resources were the major factors. It is an essentially self sufficient community that has been practicing and refining permaculture for many years. They share their experience through ongoing workshops and conferences which they run out of the center. They have extensive educational facilities and when needed spill over into near by campus of their full time private school. They have cultural facilities that are very busy with ongoing arts events. Considering that they are only a few degrees below the arctic circle they have very impressive eco gardens and composting systems. The gray and black water from the community is processed through a Canadian designed Green Machine, a long green house with a series of cleansing pools filled with plants. (see the pictures) It handles the load with ease and has been for several years. The workshops were excellent but the most impressive part of the experience was the sense of spiritual community that permeated all the activities in the village. Stay tuned to the events listings as we will be doing a talk on Eco Villages and you can hear the whole story about the Findhorn experience.
Report From Sustainable Architecture Conference at Cambridge
School of Architecture - a meeting of the eco minded architects.
was quite inspiring to see so many of the leading eco architects in one
place. This weekend long conference was packed with displays and wall
to wall workshops. We were exposed to a wide selection of concepts from
native traditional to innovative contemporary approaches. Organized by
the School of Architecture in Cambridge Ontario. This conference was one
of the highlights of the year. Some of the presenters at this conference
are already talking to us about presenting at Earthwalk. So stay tuned
and we will keep you posted.
Black Friday, the day after
in the United States is historically one of the busiest retail shopping
days of the year. A traditional day of feasting with family (and give
thanks to God) turned into a day of early holiday shopping for a considerable
part of the population. Buy
Nothing Day is an altruist campaign created by Adbusters,
a magazine concerned about the erosion of physical and cultural environments
by commercial forces, and is promoting to switch off from shopping and
tune back into life. Kalle
Lasn, co-founder of the Adbusters
Media Foundation, said, “Our headlong plunge into ecological
collapse requires a profound shift in the way we see things. Driving hybrid
cars and limiting industrial emissions is great, but they are band-aid
solutions if we don’t address the core problem: we have to consume
less. This is the message of Buy Nothing Day.” The idea is not just
about a Buy Nothing Day, is about lifestyle changing; is about eradicating
the consumption culture that is invading our minds and spirits. Do you
want to do something good for the earth? Start today with a "Buy
Only the Indispensable"-life.
On the Horizon - Eco News from around the world.
Biodiversity is a basic word we all should know about because it has a very important meaning; It is the variation of life at all levels of biological organization. Bio diversity is the totality of genes, species, and ecosystems of a given region.
National Geographic is not only known for its exploration among biodiversity, for its interesting worldwide reports or its amazing investigations. Is also famous for its extremely accurate, detailed and inspiring photography. The best of all is that they want to share their collection and knowledge with you. Do you want to know more about biodiversity? Do you want to see it? Do you want to owe it? This is your chance. Just click here and decorate your desktop with wallpapers that are not just going to bring an organic aura to your computer labor, but they are also going to make you think and learn about the biggest treasure you can have: biodiversity.
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