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The Venus Project: Sustainable Cities

A world of modern design, no hunger, no unemployment, no financial collapse, as visioned by Jacque Fresco in his “The Venus Project”. Very interesting ideas, concepts, and applications.

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Pirate Relief’s : “Project Sustainability”

Pirate Relief’s: Project Sustainability
* Piraterelief.com *

The ongoing focus of Pirate Relief is “Education”, “Awareness”, and “Sustainability”. We’re also currently focusing on educating our crew in the ways of the sea, and the public in the ways of sustainability, environmental stewardship, & responsibility. By passing on stories, myths, legends, and tales of past – we will weave solutions for the future. Awareness. Understanding. Compassion. Manifesting a means for our community to be responsible. Right now, this is a dream we are breathing into creation. The seed is being planted. How can you help? Get involved. Donate. Spread the Word. Help Raise Funds. We’ve already got our eyes on a few vessels, our Captains are looking into getting educated on sailing and ship operations, and we’re looking for a force that are interested in the project: Fire Spinners? Artists? Entertainers? Ecologists? Historians? Cooks? Crafts-People? Social Workers? Doctors without Borders? Guards? Crew Mates? Nurses without Borders? Have we left anyone out? We’ve already got a talented crew climbing aboard … How about you?

The world is simply not taking care of the Earth and her oceans. Oil, plastics, toxins, and waste are being dumped into our lifestream daily … We’re looking into ideas and solutions to help. We are striving to live a more sustainable and ecological lifestyle with a focus on “community”. With one of the world’s most tragic environmental Disasters – “The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill” in our own backyard, we realize strongly now more importantly than ever, we need to get away from the vanishing resource we know as “oil” and “gas”. With the horrid unseen and “out of sight, out of mind” growing Ecological trash heap known as “Pacific Trash Island”, we are also realizing we need to stop using plastics for day-to-day activities. Stop using those once-used water or soda bottles. Re-use containers and focus more on a organic and free range lifestyle. In addition we need to do something with all that plastic trash already existing. With the tragedy of Japan with the Tsunami/Earthquake of 2011, and the contaminants leaking into the oceans from Nuclear Power Plants, we realize everyone (including ourselves) need to be educated about the pros and cons about certain forms of energy, and how can we work together to find alternative energies and harness them sustainably. We are looking into projects that can help with revitalizing the environment, assisting the wildlife affeced, and help rehabilitate the damages of this and other catastrophes are causing. We hope to educate the public about these issues through art, music, theater, and storytelling … bringing to fruition the “Living Myth” and getting involved in any way we can. Mobility by wind, alternative fuels, and energies. Renewal and Sustainable technologies in which to effect change on the planet ….

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Pirate Relief’s “Project Pacific Trash Island”

Pirate Relief’s: Project Pacific Trash Island
* Piraterelief.com *

Project “Pacific Trash Island” is one of Pirate Relief‘s first Environmental “Large Scale” cleanup projects the organization will work on, ship or no-ship yet ready to sail. One of our first projects will be to find solutions in tackling the ecological mess that is known as the Pacific Trash Island. In the center of the Pacific, natural ocean currents have been collecting trash in the ocean and lumping it together to create a mass of junk over the years the size of two Texas landmasses stuck together. We are abhorred by the fact that the Nations of the world responsible for this trash is not cleaning it up. We’re investigating sustainable renewable floating islands, art projects, and recycling ventures to tackle this issue. We will also investigate how we can help with the Gulf oil spill rehabilitation. This growing ecological catastrophe brewing in the Pacific Ocean the size of “two” Texas length and width landmasses of trash and litter nestling in the middle of the ocean currents. We are in process of investigating recycling and renewal technologies to help break up Trash Island. From floating islands to renewable energy … our research team is brainscheming for our first of many ecological battles to tackle …

  • Recycling
  • Cleanup
  • Sustainability
  • Floating Reclaimed Islands
  • Plastic Bottle Vessels like “Plastiki” that just made their successful journey from California to Australia
  • Art Projecs and Events to Make the Project Fun

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Pirate Relief

Pirate Relief
www.piraterelief.com * Facebook *

Imagined by Captain Leaf McGowan in May 2010 as a dream, the ghostly ship didn’t manifest into conceptualization until June 2010 as he was to embark across the “Great Pond” to England. He posted the concept on facebook and expected to be laughed at but was greatly supported and encouraged to have the ship set sail. Investigations into the idea, networking, and fundraising took effect immediately as a crew of over 20 committed individuals enthusiastically climbed on board. At this stage, the group is planting the seed to make the project a reality. The crew and project has a facebook group and a web site with several projects being set into motion.

Pirate Relief is a roving band of pirates, gypsies, artists, musicians, environmentalists, scientists, & relief volunteers who are striving to bring together a fleet of tall sailing ships to sail the seven seas to ports around the world – sharing art, music, drama, theater, folklore, performance, storytelling, history, & culture to those they encounter. They are setting out to share the wealth of the Living Myth. When able to assist in coastal disaster areas – they plan to set into port to uplift the spirits of those who had their lives affected – bringing back hope to the hopeless, guidance to the lost, and insight to the inquisitive … sharing whatever resources they have on board or the crew has to offer – whether uplift of spirit through entertainment, stories of hope, supplies, medical aid, arts, education, inspiration, or a helping hand. They are also working on environmental projects to assist in ecological tragedy by approaching areas affected such as the Gulf oil spill, the Pacific Trash Island, and how to address pollution issues with our waterways. They are targeting our concerns by embracing ecological and sustainability ideas for a new approach to living, caring for the environment, mobility, and keeping culture, arts, & sciences alive. “Through Storytelling and the Arts – The Living Myth shall live on! “ Their PDF Brochure can be downloaded Here. By the return of Captain Leaf McGowan from England, the crew was soon involved in Faerieworlds in Eugene, Oregon and Brethren Con 2010 in Denver, Colorado presenting a presence to share about the legacy and visions of the project. Still in its infancy, the captain is soon to set sail on a historic vessel to learn the ropes at sailing a tall ship, investigating the foundations of what will need to be accomplished to make this dream a reality.

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Fuel (NR: 2008)


Fuel (NR: 2008)
* Director: Joshua Tickell * Starring: Joshua Tickell … Himself / narrator; Barbara Boxer … Herself – Senator – California;
Richard Branson … Himself – Founder, Virgin Group; George W. Bush … Himself – President of the United States (archive footage); Jimmy Carter … Himself – President of the United States (archive footage); and many more. *

A well done and informative documentary on America’s addiction to oil and what kind of solutions exist as a viable alternative. Documentarian Josh Tickell takes a 11 year journey around the world to investigate the oil industry, the recession, the auto industry’s collapse, unemployment, national debt, and humanity’s demand of energy. The documentary exposes the fix we’ve put ourselves in and explores the green industry as a means of saving the world. The documentary doesn’ just expose the horror, but rather focuses on an optimistic future with viable alternatives and sustainable solutions. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Plastiki Arrives in Australia

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/23/plastiki-arrives-in-austr_n_656141.html

‘Plastiki’ Arrives In Australia After Plastic-Bottle Boat Makes 8,000-Mile Journey Across Pacific

Posted: 07-23-10 09:58 AM on Huffingtonpost

The 12,000 plastic water bottle catamaran that David de Rothschild in company with Jo Royle, the skipper made landing in Australia after a treacherous 3 month journey, 11,000 mile journey across the Pacific from California to Australia. They pass through the Great Pacific Trash Island. The above link leads to a video about the journey, and the Youtube video below talks about the expedition. The ABC news Youtube link below shows the beginning of the journey.

http://articles.cnn.com/2010-07-23/tech/plastiki.australia_1_plastiki-australian-national-maritime-museum-plastic-bottle-boat?_s=PM:TECH

Plastic bottle boat reaches Australia after stormy seas

July 23, 2010

After spending 125 days traveling over 8,000 nautical miles, the Plastiki is preparing to reach Sydney, its final destination, on Sunday.

The Plastiki’s arrival in Sydney will not, however, be the 60-foot catamaran’s first time to reach Australian soil. Winter storms producing near-hurricane strength winds forced the vessel and its crew to take refuge in Mooloolaba, Queensland on Monday.

Originally, the crew had hoped to land in Coffs Harbour, south from Mooloolaba, before heading to Sydney. After waiting out the bad weather, the Plastiki took off from its unexpected first port-of-call in Australia early Friday morning with hopes to reach Sydney in the next two days.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ug7CpVkBuU
ABC News: The Plastiki Sets Sail, Youtube Video

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Avatar [3-D/IMAX] (PG-13: 2009)


Avatar (PG-13: 2009)

* http://www.avatarmovie.com/index.html * Starring/Cast/Staff: Sam Worthington … Jake Sully; Zoe Saldana … Neytiri; Sigourney Weaver … Dr. Grace Augustine; Stephen Lang … Colonel Miles Quaritch; Joel Moore … Norm Spellman (as Joel David Moore); Giovanni Ribisi … Parker Selfridge; Michelle Rodriguez … Trudy Chacon; Laz Alonso … Tsu’tey; Wes Studi … Eytukan; and many more.
An epic tale of “Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest” all grown up and laden with steroids. One of James Cameron’s most spectacular feats ever! This movie had moved me on so many levels it isn’t funny – ringing true on cultural preservation, environmental protection, the war, spirituality, otherworldly creatures, and about corporate greed that is destroying the planet upon which we live. It is definitely more of a wake-up call than its animated predecessor “Fern Gully” produced. The acting, the drama, the action, the visuals, the art, and the concepts were all mind-blowing. Add in the 3-D and IMAX experience and what you have is a psychedelic wet dream. The story takes place in the far future, where America, over-run by Corporations, desperate for natural resources for its dying planet, has travelled light years away to a distant planet that holds a presence resource “Un-OBtanium”. This highly valuable mineral, is in the core of the planet “Pandora” which is inhabited by an alien “Faerie”-like race known as the “Na’vi”. The humans struggling without being able to breathe the air of Pandora, unable to handle the violent lifeforms that don’t want them there, and attempting to acculturate a native humanoid-like people to their ways places their mining expedition on the brink of failure. So they take the paraplegic identical twin brother of one of their research scientists who formerly died, a Marine, to this planet to help convince the Na’vi to move to another part of the forest so they can get their precious mineral. Over-riden with corporate greed, the executive Parker, refuses to let the biggest deposit of unOBtainium alone, even though its underneath the Na’vi’s most sacred tree and settlement. The science department developes a way for humans to merge their minds into the bodies of Na’vi hosts called “Avatars”. Through this innovation, Parker and Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) feel they can become part of the Na’vi tribe and communicate to them to “move” from this location – peaceably. A gun-toting colonel is set to just kill off the race. Sully has 3 months to become one with the Na’vi and achieve a peaceful solution. Of course, the Na’vi are too spiritually tied to the land, the trees, and their village to move. Sully bonds with the Na’vi and falls in love with Netiri causing the restless Colonel to move forward with his mad plans to exterminate the Na’vi. Warfare breaks out as Sully becomes one with Na’vi and helps them defeat the evil humans from their greedy plans. This is a must-see. One of the most amazing movies ever produced. Rating : 5+ stars out of 5.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRdxXPV9GNQ

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