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Ask me   22. Vegetarian. Liberal. Humanist. College graduate. Fitness-lover. Inconsistent. Open-minded. Undefined. Still trying to indiscriminately seize each day. I'm an environmentalist and my job pays me to travel and save the planet.

I love anything tropical, electronic music, dartying, guacamole, and if I was an animal that's cooler than a human I'd be a leopard. My favorite smell is a campfire in June.

"When I was seven, I wanted to glue autumn leaves back onto the branches they fell from, returning each to its home. Yesterday, I stepped on a pile of damp leaves on the sidewalk. When I heard them crunch beneath my feet, I felt nothing."
Kayla Hollatz, This is what growing up looks like.  (via asimetricna-vagina)

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i-am-of-asgard:

This actually makes sense

your move america 

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YES NOW JUST KEEP THAT ATTITUDE THROUGH YOUR TWENTIES AND YOU’LL BE FINE

YES NOW JUST KEEP THAT ATTITUDE THROUGH YOUR TWENTIES AND YOU’LL BE FINE

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10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are Fucking Awesome

Earthships are 100% sustainable homes that are both cheap to build and awesome to live in. They offer amenities like no other sustainable building style you have come across. For the reasons that follow, I believe Earthships can actually change the world. See for yourself!

1) Sustainable does not mean primitive

When people hear about sustainable, off-the-grid living, they usually picture primitive homes divorced from the comforts of the 21st century. And rightfully so, as most sustainable solutions proposed until now have fit that description. Earthships, however, offer all of the comforts of modern homes and more. I’ll let these pictures do the talking…

2) Free Food

Each Earthship is outfitted with one or two greenhouses that grow crops year-round, no matter the climate. This means you can feed yourself with only the plants growing inside of your house. You can also choose to build a fish pond and/or chicken coop into your Earthship for a constant source of meat and eggs.

3) Brilliant Water Recycling

Even the most arid of climates can provide enough water for daily use through only a rain-harvesting system. The entire roof of the Earthship funnels rain water to a cistern, which then pumps it to sinks and showers when required. That used ‘grey water’ is then pumped into the greenhouse to water the plants. After being cleaned by the plants, the water is pumped up into the bathrooms for use in the toilets. After being flushed, the now ‘black water’ is pumped to the exterior garden to give nutrients to non-edible plants.

4) Warmth & Shelter

The most brilliant piece of engineering in the Earthship is their ability to sustain comfortable temperatures year round. Even in freezing cold or blistering hot climates, Earthships constantly hover around 70° Fahrenheight (22° Celsius).

This phenomenon results from the solar heat being absorbed and stored by ‘thermal mass’ — or tires filled with dirt, which make up the structure of the Earthship. The thermal mass acts as a heat sink, releasing or absorbing heat it when the interior cools and heats up, respectively.

The large greenhouse windows at the front of the house always face south to allow the sun to heat up the thermal mass throughout the daytime.

5) Energy

Solar panels on the roof and optional wind turbines provide the Earthship with all of the power it needs. As long as you’re not greedily chewing through electricity like a typical first-world human, you’ll never be short of power.

6) Freedom

With all of your basic needs provided for and NO bills each month, you’re free! You don’t have to work a job you hate just to survive. So you can focus your time on doing what you love, and bettering the world around you.

Imagine if the entire world was able to focus on doing extraordinary things instead of just making enough to get by. Imagine if even 10% of the world could do this. What would change?

7) Easy to build

At a recent Earthship conference in Toronto, Canada, a married couple in their forties shared about how they built a 3-story Earthship by themselves in 3 months. They had never built anything before in their lives and were able to build an Earthship with only the printed plans. They did not hire any help, nor did they use expensive equipment to make the job easier.

If one man and one woman can do this in 3 months, anyone can do it.

8) Cheap

Earthships are exorbitantly cheaper than conventional houses. The most basic Earthships cost as little as $7000 (The Simple Survival model) with the most glamorous models costing $70,000 and up, depending on how flashy you want to be with your decorating.

With these cost options, Earthships can fit the needs of everyone — from the least privileged to the most worldly.

9) Made of recycled materials

Much of the materials used to build Earthships are recycled. For starters, the structure is built with used tires filled with dirt.

If there’s one thing we’re not short of on Earth, it’s used tires! There are tire dumps like the one pictured here in every country in the world. There are even places that will pay you by the tire to take them away.

The walls (above the tires) are created by placing plastic and glass bottles in concrete. When the Earthship team was in Haiti after the earthquake, they employed local kids to both clean up the streets and provide all of the bottles required for building their Earthship. Plus, they look pretty sexy.

10) Think Different

The most powerful thing Earthships do is force people to think differently about how we live. If housing can be this awesome, and be beneficial to the environment, then what else can we change? What else can become more simple, cheaper and better at the same time?

It’s time for us to re-think much of what we consider normal.

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Think Earthships are cool? Me too. That’s why I’ve joined up with some people to create a community of Earthships and to make sustainable communities go mainstream! It’s something we call the Valhalla Movement.

Want to know more? Read more about it on ValhallaMovement.com, and like us on Facebook.

This originally appeared on: HighExistence

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"Pocahontas (Pocahontas): Outdoorsy and artistic, Pocahontas would make the perfect Pi Phi. She couldn’t care less what anyone else thinks of her, and wants the world around her to take note. Making waves and going against the grain is in her blood; she can’t help but to fight for what she believes in. She’s the one constantly posting to FaceBook about the injustices of our democracy or filling her Tumblr feed with text posts about the evils of capitalism. She’s out to make a change, and even though you might not understand all the causes she supports, you can’t help but follow suit. Pocahontas is the girl who takes a semester off to "travel Europe and find herself," or takes an internship with The U.S. Embassy in some obscure country you’ve never heard of. You keep painting with the (wine and blue) colors of the wind, girlfriend."
—Ashlyn Thompson from Baylor University


If you know me at all, you know that the fictional Pocahontas (as inaccurately portrayed by Disney) is my life. She is everything to me now as she was when I was four feet tall. Since I am the authority on her character, and because our lives are inextricably connected, I love this because this is literally exactly me in college. The only correction I have to this narrative is that Pocahontas, like me, didn’t need to join a sorority…because she was way too busy learning about herself and the real world to worry about fitting in.

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surisburnbook:

Shakira’s family photos look they could be ads for anything rustic and beautiful. Barns, jeans, plaid. Non-autotuned Taylor Swift songs. Soccer. Casual baby haircuts. Basically anything. Shakira’s family could sell anything.

surisburnbook:

Shakira’s family photos look they could be ads for anything rustic and beautiful. Barns, jeans, plaid. Non-autotuned Taylor Swift songs. Soccer. Casual baby haircuts. Basically anything. Shakira’s family could sell anything.

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As a progressive, socially-conscious white music festival lover and attendee, I’m embarrassed to admit that I never even thought about the blatant and insensitive cultural appropriation of wearing headdresses at music festivals until very recently. Luckily I never owned one or wore one in my festival days, but I regret not having a conversation with those who did. About a year ago I had a come-to-Jesus about how ridiculous it is to appropriate Native American culture so completely. To that end, I was THRILLED to see the news article banning them at one festival near indigenous lands: http://thinkprogress.org/culture/2014/07/29/3465232/why-a-popular-music-festival-banned-headdresses/

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#music festivals  #headdress  #cultural appropriation  #insensitivity  #stop white people 

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The Violent Xenophobic Racism in Ireland

At 9pm last Tuesday, 44-year-old Chinese doctor, Wu Youzhong, went to investigate the sound of breaking glass outside his home in Coleraine, County Londonderry, in Ireland. When he arrived at his front door, he saw that the window had been smashed. An intruder then attacked him so violently that he had to be admitted to hospital for several days, and required consultation from an eye specialist. Dr Wu’s wife, Luo Ruoyin, said, “I heard he was just screaming in pain and I was scared. He was just holding his head and covering his eyes and blood was just running down everywhere.” The police are treating the attack as racially motivated; the couple, who have a two-year-old daughter, are reported to be intending to move away from the area.

The Chinese community in Ireland has long been a target of racial discrimination. Anna Lo, an Alliance Party politician born in Hong Kong who was elected to the Ireland Assembly in 2007, was the first politician from an ethnic minority at national level in Ireland, as well as the first East Asian to be elected anywhere in Britain. Her campaign was dogged by violent racism – including death threats – to the extent that she had to carry a panic alarm as a precaution. One far-Right website published pornographic images of Chinese women, alongside derogatory references to Anna Lo. “People from ethnic minorities are very frightened,” she said. “I have never seen ethnic minorities so fearful in Ireland.”

Read More: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jakewallissimons/100181659/sectarian-hatred-is-being-overtaken-by-xenophobic-racism-in-northern-ireland/

the crumbling myth of white supremacy. white supremacy is violent. white supremacy is destructive. white supremacy is pervasive. white supremacy kills.

Fuck racism. Fuck it so much.

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omidspissedoffcat:

my blogging technique is staying gone for a while and then posting 20 posts persecond

Ironic that I am scheduling this post to avoid a day in which I posted six things in one hour.

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