Posts Tagged ‘Sustainable Living’

Excellent Example of How Agenda 21 is Not Really About Sustainability

In this video, you’ll see off grid Los Angeles County residents in California being driven off their isolated land where they’ve lived in peace for decades because of sudden, persistent (anonymous and secret) “neighbor complaints about ugly structures and zoning violations.” Many of these people live with solar panels, rain water collection and aren’t even hooked up to the grid at all. Instead of being rewarded for their sustainability, city, county and regional plans want their land for undisclosed reasons.

THIS is the sort of thing I saw happening and heard about happening when I lived in California. It is also happening in Florida, where a woman who lived completely off grid was told her home was unsanitary (without any investigation) and told she was breaking international codes. In case you’re not savvy about Agenda 21, it’s an international code. It exists. If you think the land they’re kicking these people off is worthless or that it will remain protected, I challenge you to investigate what happens to it in 3-5 years from when they get rid of these residents. Some corporation or “redeveloper” or perhaps China will show up, and there won’t be anyone left to protest.

This sort of thing is happening all over the US, but especially out West and in Florida. Agenda 21 is an international plan, though, so keep your city officials on task and demand transparency. As you’ll see in the video, they’re not required to provide that transparency, but if they won’t, then consider this a heads up to push the issues while you still can. I’m doing my best to educate our planner about exactly why people keep calling about Agenda 21. People are taught this is wacky conspiracy theory, but if you’ve known farmers or off gridders out West, or even in Michigan for that matter, you start to realize it’s a conspiracy fact. Educate yourselves so that you can educate others. There is true sustainability, and then there is “sustainable development” that often means sweetheart deals made outside the confines of legally elected government representatives and laws that protect the citizens.

If It’s Not Fun, Then It’s Not Sustainable

While riding the synchronicity train this weekend, I passed several stops on the way to Whitley Strieber Station, most of which had to do with local food and the phrase, “You are where you eat,” which I found in a book and then online. The following series of videos from Canada’s ChekNews explores “the importance of self-sufficient food farming on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.”

I love, love, love that this appeared on mainstream news and that they later posted the videos on YouTube! Even though Jennifer Crosby investigates Vancouver’s local food scene, she includes copious details about North American agriculture in general and why we would all benefit from stronger local food security. This video series interviews farmers, chefs, grocery store owners and gardeners, and it gives lots of tips for ways that anyone — from consumers to growers — can contribute to a strong, local food movement. Each video, shown throughout the week, explores a different facet of local food security.

Synchronously — or should I just say, “in the ever more intricately and obviously organized and expanding web that is my life” — my friend Mitch sent me the last video below, which finishes with the title of today’s post: “If it’s not fun, then it’s not sustainable.” Yep! Pretty much sums it up for me. Education, community, delicious food, creativity … fun! What’s not to love?

The why of local food security:

The economics of farming and the importance of supporting local farmers if you want access to local food:

Creative use of space: “beyond the backyard” … using public space:

Part 4 is MIA!

“Have attitudes changed enough for farmers to have a future on Vancouver Island?” This farmer is so enthusiastic!

And finally, the video I found in my inbox this morning explores a new type of community garden using a new model in order to make use of vacant land that might sell again if/when the economy recovers. It’s “an excerpt from the upcoming feature-length documentary: Promises of Urban Agriculture, directed by Joseph Redwood-Martinez. Jay Rosenberg speaks about Hayes Valley Farm demonstrating urban agriculture as a strategy for interim land use in San Francisco.” As with the Vancouver information above, this video offers ideas applicable to any town or city with vacant or underutilized land:

On Wednesday, I’ll also be meeting with some people from our Historic South Side Neighborhood to discuss ways to connect non-gardening people with sunny yards with would-be gardeners blessed with tall trees, shady yards or no yards. Land use in exchange for produce — one step at a time towards local food security!

Edible City

This video is excellent! It articulates and demonstrates very clearly how and why sustainable, organic, community gardening and activism can (and must) combine in order to solve our biggest challenges today. Like the Greening the Bronx videos I posted awhile back, “Edible City” gets up close and personal with real people making real changes. The film also profiles cities like Oakland and San Francisco where access to healthy and affordable real food has become a social justice issue. In the US and around the world today, with the media fear-mongering about an imminent food crisis, little pockets of positive change are already bubbling to the surface. Cuba provides another model of possibility and hope, as this country re-learned how to garden without oil and industrial farming.

We can do this! We are doing this. One person and another person and another community … it’s happening! This video made me cry, but in a good way. 🙂

One word of warning to any vegans and/or big rabbit lovers, you might want to look somewhere other than the screen from minutes 47:00 to 48:30. Although the sentiment he shares asks the right questions, the visuals are appropriately disturbing. (Actually, I only know this second hand, as I personally opted not to watch that part either. He asks sensitive and soul searching questions, but for vegans or bunny lovers, you’ll want to skip that part.) I debated not posting the video due to that segment, but it’s real, relevant, and the rest of the film is too important not to post.

Edible City is a 60 minute documentary film about the growing Good Food Movement.

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