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The Green Heart Zone.

When I hear someone like David Wolfe talking about the latest super food he recommends, I often wonder how people on very low incomes are supposed to afford this kind of product. If you’ve ever looked at David’s web site you will know that what he has on offer is no doubt very high quality indeed, but very expensive, for someone who is feeding a family prohibitively so. The same goes for organic food too, sure you don’t have to eat as much because you are getting more nutrition, but it’s still too expensive for those who are not earning fairly high incomes.

So it’s nice to see a company creating a product that is free to all, and has the added bonus of actually creating renewable energy while it’s being used. Enter TGO- The Great Outdoor Gym Company, you could mistake it as a kid’s playground from a distance, but up close the gym they have created in Hull in the UK is a marvel and looks like just as much fun as you might have in a playground. You can weigh yourself, see how tall you are and help yourself to the hand bike or cross trainer at any time of the day or night, you also get to see how much power you are creating!


Yes that’s right, these exercise machines generate power as they are used, which goes into the local grid, apparently the average person will create between 50-100 watts of electricity, even more if they are very fit. So you can help save the planet at the same time that you’re improving your health! This would have to be one of the coolest ideas I’ve come across in ages, if we had one in my town it might even help me to get that cardio fitness that is the one element lacking in my personal program.

Have a look at this video, I suspect you will be as excited and inspired as I was:


The Winds Of Change.

Here in Australia we have a new government that seems to be in serious denial of issues such as climate change, methinks that such a government is probably not going to be very supportive of the renewable energy industry either. One could get depressed over this kind of ostrich behaviour, but luckily there are things going on in the wonderful world of human inventiveness that gives one hope in this fossil fuel dominated culture.


There are a growing number of windfarms around the world, with the biggest being found in China and America, the windmills are huge and there are a lot of them so they can only be placed in rural areas. They’re doing a great job of providing energy, and are an important part of the renewable energy industry, but what if you could have your own personal wind generator in your home, and I’m talking about cities and suburbs here.

The Windspire.

The Windspire.

Enter the Windspire, instead of propellers they have vertical airfoils and stand 9 metres high, according to the manufacturer they can produce 25-30% of the power needs of a household. Apparently they got the idea from an Egyptian structure that was being used 3000 years ago to grind wheat, it just goes to show, there’s nothing new under the sun, even in the area of technology! The Windspire is quiet and it can be connected via wireless to your computer so you can keep track of how much power it is generating.

I had a quick look to see what people are saying about this product, and it seems that the claims of the makers are not necessarily as good as they would like us to believe, but Mariah Power is one company that is trying hard to improve by going through rigorous independent testing. http://www.motherearthnews.com/renewable-energy/windspire-performance.aspx#axzz2j6xqpNY7

Here is a short clip from the Mariah Power company about the Windspire, whatever the practical realities it’s very inspiring to watch, and one hopes that it will be part of the new and cleaner world that simply must arrive soon, if we are to survive on this beautiful planet!


Believe In Love/Tinkerbell.

‘Did you hear about how Tony Abbott has eliminated the minister for science from his cabinet?’
Rhiannon: why?
Me: I’m not sure, but I think it’s because they want to ignore the science on climate change.
Rhia: what?! Climate change isn’t like Tinkerbell, it doesn’t just disappear if you don’t believe in it!



I don’t often discuss politics here, but our lack of proper guardianship of the planet is pretty much beyond the pettiness and maneuvering of our politicians, as they give us a low-class soapie to watch if we want the distraction. That we would destroy our Great Barrier Reef for the sake of coal, when renewable energy sources are actually better all round, not only for the environment but more jobs too.

Science is a bit tricky too, like our brains, it turns out to be much more malleable than we thought and very responsive to powerful intentions, this is shown in experiments where subjects tried to affect the output of a random number generator. It can be done, but the people who are best at it are very good at creating strong intention, meditators, psychics and healers for example. And no I’m not trying to say that climate change isn’t real because it is, and we do have to change our unconscious ways, it’s time to WAKE UP!

Molecular Thoughts

But I also believe that we are in a much bigger cycle, around 5,000 years or so, which is coming to an end and the kind of weather  we have been having has been reported at these kinds of end times, by those who came before us. What this means is that we need to start using our ‘spiritual technology’, prayer, chanting, walking, meditating, toning, all of these practices bring us into coherence where the brain and the heart are vibrating at the same frequency. This is the feeling of being in love, people in that space are more likely to negotiate rather than go to war.


Gregg Braden talks about the Mayan calander and the cycles they describe: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8BBDB17506AA7B13

The Future City.

It amazes me that one can still speak to people sometimes who don’t seem to comprehend what unsustainable actually means, there’s a kind of sheep mentality that thinks we can keep treating our environment and each other the way that we are, and get away with it. Luckily I live in a place where most of the people are aware, we don’t all necessarily think the same way about it, but we do all acknowledge that there is a problem that needs to be addressed. Alex Steffen describes it as stealing the future, selling it in the present, and calling it GDP.

Roller Coaster 72 — Rendering, Nantes, 2011 © Périphériques Architects. Status: just completed. —> The building and its two sloping volume is organized around a central garden providing a relationship between inside and outside, private and public

Roller Coaster 72 — Rendering, Nantes, 2011 © Périphériques Architects.
Status: just completed.
—> The building and its two sloping volume is organized around a central garden providing a relationship
between inside and outside, private and public

He says that when we look to move to renewable energy we are actually tackling a problem that can’t be solved, with the growing urban population operating in the way it generally does now, we could never generate sufficient energy by any means. I’m not sure if I completely agree with this notion, but I do like what he is putting forward as an alternative, cities need to be re-designed so that space is shared more efficiently. Rather than owning certain pieces of equipment, such as a power drill, we would have access to the service when we need it.

Buildings also need to become more efficient, using the breeze for cooling, sunlight for heating and light, utilise systems where they collect rainwater that can then be used to create gardens and perhaps connect to the rivers.  Alex mentions pollination pathways so that butterflies and bees are invited back into the urban environment, to me it sounds like a much more life and people oriented philosophy than is currently operating in our cities.

The more dense a city the lower the emissions according to Alex, this is because people don’t actually own cars, they use public transport, they walk, and they ride bicycles. This too needs to be incorporated into the design of our future cities, having become a country girl I tend to think a bit negatively about cities, but like anything, it’s all in the perception. Cities can be opportunities to do things differently and to do them better than before, much of this is already happening around the world and if we are to survive as humans on this planet it needs to become our new way of being.

Futurist Alex Steffen is excited about the cities of the future. We live in a rapidly urbanizing world, and this is a good thing. The density brings many unforeseen blessings, shedding the car is just one of them.
We will no longer be talking about the dream house, but rather the dream neighborhood. Welcome to his vision!

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