"My dream is to start a non-profit dome building business to house people diplaced by natural disasters. Check out www.monolithic.com"
Louisville, KY, USA
female, age 50
My job? Here's a riddle: I tell everyone where to go, and my work is constantly being plagiarized...
Joined Jan 26, 2003
Peace & Nonviolence,
Against Factory Farms,
Universal Health Care,
Indigenous Peoples Rights
Music of all kinds,
Scroll Saw Woodworking,
Mi Taku Oyasin!
The Buckminster Fuller Challenge - SEE THE MOVIE! from Buckminster Fuller Institute on Vimeo.
Cool story from EcoSpace!Water Filtering Bike!
Clean water from our taps is something that many of us take for granted. In some parts of the world, the collection of water, is a daily task that requires a great deal of effort and resources - and often the water still isn’t fit to drink. The award winning Aquaduct bike seeks to improve water transportation and safety for people faced with such challenges.
Over 1.1 billion people don’t have access to clean water and in excess of 5,000 children die each day due to water related diseases. A family of four needs around 20 gallons of water a day to meet basic needs - drinking, cooking, washing and cleaning.
For people in the developing world, this could mean a daily walk of 3 miles or more to collect the water. 20 gallons of water weighs around 160 pounds - it’s a lot to carry. For those who have mechanized transport, the load may be lighter; but often the vehicles used are in poor condition and heavy on emissions.
Additionally, the water often needs to be sterilized through boiling - this is usually done on wood fires that contribute to airborne pollution and deforestation.
The Aquaduct is a pedal powered vehicle that stores, filters and transports water; aimed for use in the developing world. It consists of a storage tank, filter, peristaltic pump, clean tank and clutch.
As the person peddles the peristaltic pump draws the water from the storage tank, through a filter to a 2 gallon clean tank. That tank can be removed and taken indoors. When more water is needed, the tank is replaced, the clutch engaged and the person then peddles while remaining stationary.
The Aquaduct is the winner of the Innovate or Die Pedal Powered Machine competition. Entries surpassed expectations and in just 3 months, over a hundred inventions were invented - all based on the simple mechanics of a bicycle! The Aquaduct looks like a wonderful invention that could improve the lives of thousands and I sincerely hope it the team behind it finds the financial backing needed to get the invention to where it’s needed most.
You can watch videos of the other inventions entered in the Innovate or Die contest on YouTube
Please watch this awesome video!World is on fire
by Sarah McLaughlin
Meet David South~
David South of Monolithic Dome Institute is one of my heroes.
Besides inventing the world's coolest dome construction process, he has worked tirelessly on projects to help people all over the world.
David is making the world a better place with his compassion and creativity. That's what I call a hero...
You can read about him here, or you can read below about some of the specific projects he's been involved with through MDI.
(Just click on the images)
(Domes For The World~ DFTW project)
(building an orphanage in Kenya)
(working with Manute Bol to raise funds to build an education center in Sudan)
(helping house the poor in Haiti)
(building EcoShells in India)
Visit Monolithic's website for lots of interesting and informative articles about one of the most innovative ways to build!
Here's a direct link to some
cool, unique, energy-efficient dome homes!
Learn about this wonderful invention called
the Play Pump!
It is saving lives and spreading happiness throughout Africa!
Clean water from a merry-go-round ~how cool is that?!
Their website: www.playpumps.org
Link to PBS/Frontline's story on the Play Pump
Also visit: www.living-water.org ...to learn more about the clean water challenges in our world and how we can help!
God is NOT going to like this...
They're tearing the tops off of His beautiful mountains!
More pictures and articles:
MOUNTAINS DON'T GROW BACK
Join the fight to end mountain-top removal!
Check out my MTR album on Care2
Here are some great organizations working to protect the beautiful Appalachian Mountains:
Coal River Mountain Watch
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
United Mountain Defense
The Sierra Club
I Love Mountains
Christians for the Mountains
Pan Appalachian Defender
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
"Lost Mountain" by Erik Reece
and "Missing Mountains" by Kristin Johannsen
...and speaking of forests~
Here's a link to Greenpeace's campaign to stop Kimberly-Clark from destroying old-growth forests.
Please help stop this destruction!
What are YOU flushing down the toilet?
||Jan 26, 2003
||Meeting Friends, Job Search, Professional Connections, Support a Cause, Other
|Group Host of
(AGR) A Green Road, 9/11 CONSPIRACY ! ! !, ABCs of Money, Abolish DU Save Iraqi Children, Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Acoustic Coffee House, Activists Against Factory Farming, African Music, Against Civilization, An Attitude of Gratitude, Angels Sanctuary, Astronomy Science, Boycott Animal Testing Companies, Buddhism more »
Sept 30, 1963
||I love goofy, crazy, beautiful, weird art. (I seem to be obsessed with drawing eyes lately... hmmm...)
If I were king of the world, creativity would be a mandate for all humans.
MONOLITHIC DOMES ARE SURVIVING HURRICANES AND STORMS ACROSS THE GLOBE!!
Read about 'em here:
(I love these guys)
visit me on MySpace:
||Introduce yourself to BC
Miss E Woo,
|Wild Fact About Me
||Sometimes I drive so fast I've passed myself in traffic... But what's weird is I ride my bike so slow, I've seen myself drive by in the car.
||The world is what you make it. Make it tasty!
|What Gives Me Hope
||Children with unleashed imagination... the kindness of strangers... people with open minds and open hearts... all of my wonderful friends on Care2.
|If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
||I'd reward kindness and thoughtfulness with tax credits. Conversely, I would tax stupidity, greed and rudeness.
|What/who changed my life and why
||Attending Monolithic Dome's workshop opened my eyes up to a world of possibility. We've been building our world all wrong. There are so many better ways. (Google: Monolithic Domes, Earthship, Rammed Earth, Strawbale, Adobe for starters, then check out http://www.solarenergy.org/index.html )
When I traveled around the country with a Frenchman I barely knew... I learned a lot about survival and trust.
I realized how fragile we all are when my oldest sister died of cancer. She was so strong and vibrant, like a sun. It was hard to watch that light fade. I miss her so much.
|What Bugs Me
drivers with cell phones
social and environmental justice,
making people smile,
my friends on Care2,
being in love,
|What Scares Me
George W. Bush
David B. South,
Bishop Carlton Pearson,
Reverend James Forbes,
Martin Luther King Jr.,
R. Buckminster Fuller,
||"Laughter itself may be meaningless, but its effect on the soul profound" ~Kahlil Gibran
going to Bingo with Lynn,
collecting Float-About pens,
creating digital music,
hangin' out with friends,
plinkin' on my mandolin
Foreign Language Dictionaries,
Books on Corporate Responsibilty,
Books on Environmental Justice,
A Confederacy of Dunces,
1 Giant Leap,
...anything but redneck country music,
Harold & Maude,
To Kill a Mockingbird,
The Big Lebowski,
Kung Fu Hustle,
Better Off Dead,
all vegetables 'cept 'shrooms (eeeeew),
any oriental food,
oatmeal cookies with nuts and chocolate,
the Grand Canyon,
the Badlands of S Dakota,
the French Quarter NOLA,
the Highlands in LouKY,
the Blueridge Mtns,
the Smokey Mtns,
Red River Gorge KY,
having coffee at Lynn's
|Can't Live Without
... and hope
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