The end of the world is closer than you think. Even assuming it’s not brought on by a zombie plague or alien invasion, Earth's finite cache of natural resources are drizzling down to the last few drops after a century of wanton gluttony. If the apocalypse happened tomorrow, could you survive? Could you produce your own food, shelter, water and energy? Now's a good time to start thinking about it.
A map of local, sustainable living resources
Sustainable ABQ: Here in Burque, who doesn't love to save? Whether it’s a couple pennies at a thrift store or a few bucks mountain climbing instead of chugging a fresh brew or even saving energy, embracing sustainability can be good for you. For aspiring and practicing eco-conscious citizens, Sustainable ABQ is a great resource to learn how to conserve energy. You can ride the bus instead of emitting toxic gas into the atmosphere, and we're not even talking about flatulence here. You can learn where to shop for local, seasonal groceries; let’s hear it for our farmer's markets. You can learn about recycling and promote the use of upcycled items. It's good for you, or so I've heard. ...
Luxury green machines and the trickle-down effect
In April of 2009, Stone received a Tweet from the Tesla company solicitng orders for its latest model, the Tesla Model S, a sleek, high-end luxury zero-emissions electric car that retails around $69,000 for a basic model, to over $105,000 for a totally tricked-out version. The deposit required for this high-end hot rod was no less than $5,000 but Stone immediately clicked in his order. By the time he logged into PayPal to plunk down five Gs for the deposit, the Tweet was less than an hour old—and Stone was buyer #217.
The bokashi method turns food scraps to fertilizer in a matter of weeks
On average, each U.S. citizen produces 4.5 pounds of garbage every day, of which 60 percent goes into landfills. According to Rodale’s Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening, three-quarters of a household’s waste is compostable. Not only does composting minimize landfill impact, but it is an awesome free fertilizer for your garden and house plants.
Activists take on regulators
As citizens and environmental advocates from across the globe prepare to celebrate Earth Day this week, activists in the Land of Enchantment are squaring off against state construction regulators over building codes. Environmentalists are accusing regulators of side-stepping the law by refusing to comply with a New Mexico Court of Appeals ruling concerning the codes.
Talking veggie fuel, wind power and off-the-grid living
Ed O'Donnell is hard to categorize. He's well-known locally as a vintage Volkswagen mechanic and for being an avid proponent of using vegetable oil as an alternative to big oil. In 2001, O'Donnell purchased a plot of land somewhere outside the city limits; there, he maintained an off-the-grid lifestyle by scavenging nearly everything he needed to build and power his home. O'Donnell spoke with the Alibi about repurposing discarded items, wind-generated electricity and the current state of the vegetable oil-powered vehicle phenomenon.
“Green” doesn’t have to mean “local”
Locavore fundamentalists might call it blasphemy, but there's no reason a meal made with local foods can't contain ingredients from the other side of the world. What's wrong with imported oyster sauce on homegrown broccoli? Why not use curry powder on your homegrown lamb? Much less defensible are lamb from New Zealand (since we grow tasty sheep here at home) and strawberries flown in from Chile (because we can't wait for summer) and carrots from anywhere else (because they grow everywhere).