Hope2012


Alternatives: Rewilding, Remediation and Restoration

Neem: a tree for solving global problems

Charcoal Biofilter Cleans Up Fertilizer Waste Gases

How Mushrooms Eat Oil

Wolves Can Help Restore Ecosystems

300-year-old technology good enough for Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Simple wooden structures called rice field trunks do a better job of controlling tidal flooding in Low Country rice fields than more modern technology.

Urban Biofilter Project Plants Bamboo Forests to Clean up Brownfields

How to Plant 60 Million Mangrove Trees in 3 Months (Slideshow)

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers engages thousands in the restoration of public lands

Toxic Soil Busters: Youth Reverse Inner-City Lead Pollution (Video)

Earthworms Could Be Used to Clean Up Hazardous Toxins in Soil

Seaweed Could Be the Key to Cleaning Up Polluted Waters

Reversing desertification with livestock 

Phytoremediation: Using Plants to Clean Soil

The Intelligence of Mushrooms in Environmental Restoration

Mycova: Helping the Ecosystem through Mushroom Cultivation by Paul Stamets

Mycoremediation – using fungi to clean up oil spills (video)



Models for Developing Sustainable Water Systems

DIY Greywater Recycling in Los Angeles

In New Mexico, Ancient Traditions Keep Desert Waters Flowing

How a Tiny Town Sent an International Water Giant Packing

Community Water Solutions in Action in Laos

DropNet Fog Collector Harvests the Mist to Create Pure Drinking Water

Could Prickly Pear Cactus Be The Secret to Cheap, Clean Water?

Life Sack Solves Drinking Water Issues for the Third World

Advice for Water Warriors

“Every now and then in history, the human race takes a collective step forward in its evolution. Such a time is upon us now.” Maude Barlow on how to move the water justice movement forward.

Tear Down the Dam and Rebuild the Commons

The battle of the small Mexican town of Temacapulin to prevent a large dam from being constructed and submerging their home.

The Water Crisis: A Practical Solution

One practical solution to the water shortage is to replace our centralized water based sewer system with on site, waterless toilets and recycle grey water. Grey water is the water from the kitchen and shower and can be recycled, on site and reused for landscaping. This will reduce our demand on the water source by 80 percent while simultaneously creating a sustainable, renewable, agricultural resource, namely, organic nitrogen.



Models for a Different Society: Cooperatives, Economy, Education & Transportation

Here’s an Idea: Share Things with Your Neighbors

Sure, we have Zipcar, bike sharing, and even tool shares, but Good wants to know why this sort of thing isn’t more popular.

Shareable: stories of sharing and cooperation

“Shareable tells the story of sharing. We cover the people, places, and projects that are bringing a shareable world to life. And share tools and tips to help you make a shareable world real in your life. In a shareable world, things like car sharing, community gardening, and cohousing bring us together, make life more fun, and free up time and money for the important things in life. When we share, not only is a better life possible, but so is a better world. The remarkable successes of Wikipedia, Kiva, open source software, Burning Man, Freecycle, and Creative Commons point the way. They tell a hopeful story about human nature and our future, one we don’t hear enough in the mainstream media.”

Tool Lending Libraries: A Product Service System that Works! – Treehugger 12/29/08

The New Old Age: A Caring Collaborative – NYTimes 12/29/08

A community-based model is changing the way people band together and care for one another.

How to Put Detroit Back to Work – Alternet 5/18/09

Why not retain workers who know how to manufacture complex machines and make use of exhausted auto factories, rather than letting them crumble?

Summer Downsizing: 31 Ways to Jumpstart Your Local Economy – Alternet 7/9/09

Intriguing Plan in Michael Moore’s Home Town: Bulldoze the Ghost ‘Burbs, Return Them to Nature – Alternet 6/13/09

Food-backed Local Money – The Oil Drum 3/4/09

Creative Food Economy Emerges in Ontario – Treehugger 3/9/09

Factories without Bosses: Argentina’s Experience with Worker-Run Enterprises – 2006

ARGENTINA: Workers Take Factories into Their Own Hands – CorpWatch 11/21/02

Last orders? Locals fight back – Guardian, UK 3/20/09

Every week 39 pubs shut down. Petrol stations lie abandoned. Post Offices are closing. But as Miles Brignall reports, community companies may be the answer.  From the far north of Scotland to the western tip of Cornwall, a quiet revolution is taking place. Britons, no longer prepared to take the closure of a community’s essential amenities lying down, are joining forces to take them back into local ownership.  Pubs that had lain empty for several months are being brought back to life by villagers. Stores that closed down after no buyer could be found are reopening as community-owned co-ops. And in some villages they have even got together to reopen their local petrol stations through limited-liability community companies.

Welcome to the fast-expanding world of the not-for-profit community buyout, which in most cases is funded by local people, putting up their own money and taking shares in any profit.  The Plunkett Foundation estimates there are now close to 200 community-owned rural shops in the UK, with four new ventures opening this month alone.

Middle School Teachers Pioneer New Globally Focused Environmental Education Plans – Treehugger 12/9/08

Bike-Sharing Goes Global: 5 Programs You Should Know About – Treehugger 9/5/08

5 Examples of Better Bike Infrastructure – Treehugger 1/19/09

A Radical Proposal: Restore Atrophied US Rail System to 1920’s Levels – Treehugger 5/17/09

RELATED:  Models for a Different Society: Food, Water, Land & Housing