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12 APRIL 2013

Guerrilla Gardening: Seed Bombs & Seed Balls

"I've been following guerrilla gardening on Twitter for quite some time, and have become familiar with the term 'seed bombing' as a result. It's an idea that's always appealed to me – it's a kind of eco–friendly, bee–friendly, slightly radical anti–vandalism activism – but it's just one of those things that I'd never pursued. ...

So how do they work? It's a simple process really – the seeds I bought are encased in a ball of peat–free compost, dried clay and chilli, which are hand–rolled in North London (yes, really, and no, it's not what you're thinking). The dried clay acts as a protective casing from common seed predators (such as ants, mice and birds). When enough rain permeates the clay, the seeds inside begin to germinate – helped along by the nutrients and minerals contained within the balls. So it's like a tiny self–sufficient seeding system. Maya [http://www.mayaproject.org/] have added chili powder to the mix to help to deter predators while the seed ball slowly degrades, and eventually the seeds sprout."

(Lucy Small, 5 April 2013)

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activismagriculture • anti-vandalism activism • ball • bee-friendly • chili • compost • DIY gardening • earthcare • eco-friendly • fairshare • gardening • germination • guerrilla gardeningguerrilla tacticsNative Americans • peat-free compost • peoplecare • permacultureplants • project MAYA • seed • seed balls • seed bomb • seed bombing • seed bombs • seeding system • self-sufficientsustainable society

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Simon Perkins
19 MAY 2010

Ecosia: eco-friendly Internet search engine

"Ecosia is an eco–friendly Internet search engine backed by Yahoo, Bing and the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). It basically works like any other search engine but, unlike others, Ecosia gives at least 80% of its advertising revenue to a rainforest protection programme run by the WWF.

Because of this, Ecosia users can save about two square metres of rainforest with every search they do – without paying anything. Furthermore, all Ecosia servers run on green electricity, so they do not cause any CO2 emissions. By using Ecosia, you can turn your web searches green."

(Ecosia)

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advertising revenue • Bing • CO2CO2 emissionsconsumptionecoeco-friendly • Ecosia • ethicsGermanygreen • green electricity • Internetrainforestrainforest protectionresponsibilitysearchsearch enginesustainabilitytechnology • web searches • World Wide Fund For NatureWWFYahoo!

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Simon Perkins
14 NOVEMBER 2008

Mud Mosques of Mali

"Within the range of African art there is little consideration for architecture. In the first place, this is a consequence of the non–durability of the used materials, such as adobe. However, the continent developed some remarkable and long–lasting styles. African architecture is a living architecture. As the word is passed on in oral cultures, the essential features of these building styles are handed over from generation to generation throughout the centuries.

Among the finest architectural expressions are the adobe mosques of Mali. The introduction of modern building methods and materials contains a serious threat to the continuity of this style, which needs permanent care. The thousands of small village mosques are the living tissue of this ancient and eco–friendly architecture. Too often they have to make way for new constructions.

This photographic project wants to be a tribute to the beauty of a little known architecture. The use of large format black & white photography reinforces form and structure of the mosques, and reveils their originality. The almost uniform manner of photographing stresses the wide variety in style. At the same time this is a work of conservation. Because just as old men die in Africa, without passing their secrets on to the young who orient themselves more and more to western values, old mosques disappear, while new constructions take their place."
(Sebastian Schutyser)

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2001adobe structuresAfrica • Aga Khan Trust for Culture • architecture • ArchNet • artbuilt environmentconservationconstructiondigital librarydurabilityeco-friendly • hassan fathy • Islamic architecture • landscape design • living architecture • Mali • materialsmosquephotographyplanning • Schutyser • Tenenkou Mosque • urban design

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Simon Perkins
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