A true low-impact, sustainable village and learning center, Earth Angel Village, will crowdfund its startup on Fundrazr starting January, 2016. This is one of the first eco-village startups to travel this fundraising path.
Founders Rob Drexel, Nikola Wittmer, Liv Lundmark and Anton Bergendorff have announced the creation of Earth Angel Village, a low-impact, sustainable and comfortable living & education center with absolute dedication to intelligent, low-cost, and ecological human living solutions.
“This living project is truly a culmination for us of decades of learning and growing in our ecological mind set. We are determined to make a meaningful impact on the way humans can live in harmony with nature and in comfort as well. We are asking for both financial and moral support from all ecologically-minded people”
Earth Angel Village (EAV) will appeal to “the crowd” to help them create an ecological settlement of international residents to rebuild old stone ruins, plant sustainable gardens and proceed to research, build and teach practical, no-nonsense methods of living gently and well on mother earth.
“Many see eco-villages as neo-hippi settlements of marginal human comfort. This is hardly the case! Low-impact, sustainable and low cost living solutions can be very comfortable while also being very kind to our environment on Mother Earth.”
Central Portugal is increasingly the choice location for many different eco and permaculture-friendly projects. There are many abandoned farms and old stone ruins due to the exodus of the younger Portuguese population to cities and elsewhere trying to escape the decades of economic depression in Portugal’s countryside.
Into this vacuum are pouring ambitious and energetic earth-friendly groups from all over the planet committed to creating alternatives to the consumerist culture and industrial food production chain. The land is inexpensive, but creating still takes money. Rob and Nikola have between them over 20 years of ecological business and project experience and are anxious for this challenge.
“We see Crowdfunding as not just a source of needed funds, but a fabulous way to build a larger sympathetic community. All the necessary networking to make our crowdfunding work also creates a wide base of targeted supporters that will help the Earth Angel Village thrive as the project moves ahead.”
Earth Angel Village is set to become a showcase of how well humans can live comfortably while being in harmony with nature while using low-tech solutions for 100% sustainable human needs.
A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon
Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.
There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.
1. The Rise Of Smart Windows
When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.
If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.
2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs
If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.
Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.
3. Low-E Windows Taking Over
It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.
They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.
4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges
Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.
The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.
5. Improving Our Current LEDs
Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.
That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.
Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too
Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.
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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”
IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.
Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.
Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.
Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:
“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.
We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.
There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.
We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”