Category Archives: Environment

Let’s convert cemeteries into forests

The Bios Urn turns burial into regeneration and a return to life through nature. Bios is a funeral urn made from biodegradable materials: cellulose and natural fibres. Inside it there is a “Pinus” seed which can be replaced by another seed or plant suitable for the location and time of year. To ensure success we recommend you use a germinated plant or bury the urn next to a tree that will grow to remember your loved one.


A Guerilla Gardener in South Central LA

“Growing your own food is like printing your own money.” – Ron Finley

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.”

Urban Agriculture Addresses Many Needs

DIY Open Source Village

<p><a href=”″>Global Village Construction Set – TED Talk</a> from <a href=””>Open Source Ecology</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

TED Talk on the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS), presented by TED Fellow, Marcin Jakubowski, in Long Beach, California, February 28, 2011. Discusses the potential of open source, distributive economics – as embodied in the GVCS civilization starter kit.

peace is every step

An informative documentary on the father of engaged Buddhism, meditative action in the midst the ravages of war.

Ideas mentioned here (sometimes directly and sometimes indirectly) are: Meditation in Action, Deep Looking, Deep Action, Reconciliation, Social Determinants of Health, Social Service, Social Work, Engaged Buddhism. Many of these ideas were being practiced in Mid-20th Century Vietnam, and growing out of the wars there, before we had the words for them.