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vegan-vulcan:

rollership:

eduardo said: 

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.

ugh honestly this is my dream

Ok, I’m just gonna talk about the “greedy use of electricity” thing because that sentence pisses me off. These sorts of houses, (I know because I have been going to one of them off the grid for my entire life) have a limited energy supply, and that’s fine but as 21st century humans who have pretty much constant access to grid electricity we don’t really have any idea what consumes more power and what doesn’t. Any sort of heating element, like toasters, microwaves, hair dryers, heaters, take a lot of power, laptops are ok generally if you don’t charge them all the time. The TV surprisingly is ok, but like a dryer isn’t. Like when we think about our power consumption, it’s never in terms of this. I just dislike the idea that we’re all greedy, when you can use way less power by avoiding certain appliances.

Also, there’s still bills, there is always still bills, and maintenance costs, like solar panels do require maintenance, as do the batteries. Like actually the best thing is put solar panels and make your current house more energy efficient so we’re not wasting more materials.

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If that concrete hut in the forest post comes up on my dash again as a recommended post or otherwise, I may just stab something. 

hello-imaliveandwandwell:

hiroshimalated:

Please keep this circulating. Cops are getting more and more brazen, know your rights!

good to know

Just cause my friend mentioned these things;

ONE, this stuff and most other police law stuff you see is US-centric, so while it may be true if you are from other countries, it’s not necessarily, look it up. 

TWO, this applies to Australia i know, if you are a minor (under 18 in Australia), there needs to be a parent or guardian present for them to do anything more than frisk you. Like seriously this is something relevant to festivals and such, you do have to make the police aware of your age but yeah for searches, parent or guardian present.

(via theoncomingfez)

tokomon:

transnormativity:

LITERALLY how can this petition possibly still be struggling to break 70k signatures?? are you against more measures to keep cops from killing black people in the streets? in their own homes? please signal boost this petition to all your social media sites.

you can sign from any country in the world btw it’s not USA exclusive. get on this please.

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lay1306:

intergalacticsloth:

askerenjaegerisfuckingawesome:

tennants-hair:

VIVA LA PLUTO MOTHERFUCKERS!!!!

DO YOU SEE THIS? DO YOU? ALL OF YOU WHO HAD WRITTEN OFF PLUTO, WHO HAD CROSSED IT OFF YOUR PLANET LIST? REMEMBER HOW IT WAS ‘TOO SMALL” TO BE A PLANET? HOW NASA, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL ASTRONOMICAL UNION REMOVED ITS PLANETARY STATUS AND  CHANGED ITS NAME TO 134340? HOW EVERYONE THEN CONSIDERED THERE TO BE EIGHT PLANETS, NOT NINE?

BUT SOME OF US REMAINED LOYAL TO PLUTO. IT WAS NEVER FORGOTTEN. AND NOW HERE WE ARE, AND JUSTICE IS UPON US AFTER 8 YEARS.

BECAUSE GUESS WHAT? PLUTO HAS AT LEAST FIVE MOONS, A PRETTY BIG NUMBER FOR A ”DWARF-PLANET”, HUH? ESPECIALLY WHEN EARTH, QUITE BIGGER THAN PLUTO AND AN OFFICIAL PLANET ONLY HAS ONE. AND GUESS WHAT ELSE? ERIS, THE PLANET WHICH EVERYONE THOUGHT TO BE BIGGER THAN PLUTO, MAY NOT BE BIGGER AFTER ALL. AND THE BEST PART IS THAT PLUTO HAS AN ATMOSHPERE. THAT’S RIGHT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, A SUPPOSEDLY NON-PLANET HAS AN ATMOSPHERE. AGAIN, ISN’T THAT IMPRESSIVE?

SO LOOK AT THIS. NEW FINDINGS, AND A NEW AGE FOR PLUTO. AN AGE OF RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION. AND ALLOW ME TO CLOSE THIS -somewhat aggressive-PRESENTATION OF OPINION WITH THE MOTTO OF THE PLUTO APOLOGISTS: VIVA LA PLUTO!

Get “Viva la Pluto” to be a trending tag

The Pluto fandom doesn’t fuck around

WHAT DO YOU MEAN EIGHT YEARS?!!!!

OK, Can I please talk about the size of Pluto and what a Trans-Neptunian Object actually is before everyone goes insane? 

The reason Pluto was declassified as a planet is actually multi-faceted.

Firstly it’s size, Pluto is tiny, in fact I will give you it’s size (mean radius = 1161km), to compare, the size of mean radius of the moon the Earth only has one of, is 1737km. So basically Pluto is so small, it’s moons are essentially asteroids that have just happened to pass by and be caught, and where it is, there are a lot of asteroids, in fact it’s even debated that Charon the largest moon, could even be in a binary planet system with Pluto and is called Pluto I (where the planet is called Pluto II)

That brings me on to my second point, it’s a long way away, (4.4-7.4 billion km away from the Sun), and it’s orbit goes through what is called the Kuiper belt. Essentially the Kuiper belt is filled with dwarf planets and meteors very similar to Pluto, these are called Trans-Neptunian objects, essentially there is/was a theory that it was only a matter of time until we found something bigger than or comparatively sized with Pluto. That’s exactly what Eris is/was and if it wasn’t Eris, it’s likely to be another planet.

The point of the matter is, there are multiple trans-Neptunian objects that classify as dwarf planets, while the definition for “planet” isn’t currently formalised, the most notable planets by size are still Mercury, Venus, Mars, Earth, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune. Pluto was taken off the list, including it would mean the addition of about 13 other planets, all of which are inherently not notable as large planets, merely as dwarf planets or plutoids. I mean learn it and say Viva la Pluto all you want, but really it’s place in the solar system does actually make more sense now.

(Source: lumos5001, via rosesandsatin)