To take care of the earth, to take care of the people, to share the excess we have, and to care for our future generations is what life
is all about.
Water is a limited resource that is best not wasted, but can be recycled and reused as many times on your property as possible. With rain collections systems, with grey water systems, with swales and berms, you can have a relationship with water that is much more than flushing down the drain.
Soil is simply a collection of micro organisms working to feed themselves. Through relationships with the micro organisms, the plants are fed and the plant roots in turn feed the microorganisms. Growing food is about the relationship you have with the microorganisms in your soil.
The food that you grow, harvest, catch is food that has the most vitamins and minerals possible so that your relationship to your body and its health thrives. Knowing where your food comes from and how it was grown is paramount.
The relationship with your home is also vital. Modern homes don't breathe, they use toxic materials, and a lot of energy. Learning how to build a home out of natural, local materials is vital for the health of the planet.
Having a relationship with energy is the hardest of all. Cutting energy use: heating, lighting, traveling, and consuming in general is the hardest thing to do. Becoming super localized is filled with relationships: sharing shelter, food/meals, entertainment, work, etc and all of those things save energy.
The climate is changing fast---especially in Alaska. Humans have never lived on the planet with so much CO2 before. Hopefully as a species we can figure out how to sequester carbon, plant more and more trees, curb our consumption in order to save the planet and make our climate habitable for future generations.