5. Resources


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How do we ensure Optimal Resource Use & best Choice of Materials, Interventions & Technologies?   

This is something so basic that it is quite common to fall into old habits, simply copy what others have done or (even worse) use the materials 'we like', those we are familiar with, or technologies we find pleasant instead of those which do, in fact, best fit the criteria of sustainability.   

In this class we look at the importance & thinking behind the hierarchy of resources & the scale of interventions, two tools amongst various which we use to ground our designs.

Also see the page on Resources, in Module 4 Class 2, where we explore this same subject in more dimensions.

Video: Wangari Maathai - Resources and Conflict

Complete program at: http://fora.tv/fora/showthread.php?t=439

Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai speaks on the relationship between scarce natural resources and global conflict.


Wangari Maathai on "Unbowed: A Memoir"

Wangari Maathai, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, is the founder of the Green Belt Movement in her home country of Kenya, an environmental group that has restored indigenous forests and assisted rural women by paying them to plant trees in their communities.   Since 1977, it has planted more than 30 million trees in Kenya and has been replicated in dozens of other African countries.   Maathai is currently Kenya's Deputy Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources and a Member of Parliament.

In her new book, "Unbowed," she shares the story of her life: her message of hope and self-sufficiency despite her struggles, both personal and political, in the changing landscape of Kenya. She has dedicated her life to empowering others, especially women. As the extent of Maathai's popular influence became clear, she was continually hounded, beaten, and jailed. She persisted and eventually prevailed; her Green Belt Movement has planted tens of millions of trees, and in 2002, multiparty democracy and free, fair elections returned to Kenya. - Codys Books

Video: How is iron mined?

Similar to how most iron ores are extracted, this basic video shows how the process works (and why it is so destructive to the environment)

Video: How the poor get poorer 

How the poor get poorer- {The bitter truth}
This is an animated interview of John Perkins, author of 'HoodWinked' and 'Confessions Of An Economic Hitman' 

There is another class focused on Resouces in Module 4, which is all about Energy & EcoTechnology:

which is complementary to this one & goes into more depth in some areas.