Looking for any and all activists:
- Doing Overseas Solidarity; building easy maintenance environmental solutions to bolster community autonomy.
- Living closer to nature, wild food gathering and permaculture.
- Self-building tools, crafts and preserves.
- Ecology/biology/geography students and researchers
- Field surveyors faced with ethical dilemmas
Sample questions below put to amazon mycorenewal volunteers.
Utopian vs Internationalist
Do you ever worry about what role you play as activists parachuting into foreign struggles, what rural ideals you bring with you?
Sympathy Advocacy vs Tactical Militancy
How do you hold all that grief in your heart, seeing the damage and turn it into positive energy? To be able to think long-term and feel affirmed in your tactical choice to be educators?
For example you could be advocating for funds for barricades and tree-sit watchtowers first, and DIY community building second. What part does your enthusiasm for ecology and earth based cultures, play in your life journey and wanting to strengthen those ties before another generation is lost.
Local vs global / Emotional vs Rational
I imagine everyone understands that the world’s largest rainforest is more important than the destruction of a small park in their neighbourhood in terms of environmental issues. Obviously both are important but do you worry that people find it easy to extend human solidarity locally and yet can be complicit in environmental destruction on a large scale internationally.
Personally I’d be curious to know if any of the volunteers read Zapatista spring and found any commonalities.
“The key features of our system are its low cost, ease of maintenance, modularity, and versatility to different pollution situations. These factors will aid us in scaling this project to the wide span of the problem.” – Amazon mycorenewal blog post
“Eight volunteers converge to help campesinos build a water system in Chiapas—a strategy to bolster the Zapatista insurgency by helping locals to assert their autonomy. These outsiders come to question the movement they’ve traveled so far to support—and each other—when forced into a world so unlike the poetic communiqués of Subcomandante Marcos—a world of endemic rural poverty, parochialism, and shifting loyalties to the movement. The quiet dignity of the local compañeros and echoes of B. Traven, Conrad, and Camus, round out this epic yarn.” – Synopsis of Zapatista Spring, Ramor Ryan.
I know a lot about how governments are using traditional conservationism badly and evicting indigenous populations, but not a lot on what new ideas are being harnessed, apart from maybe community forest user groups in Nepal.
- Wild Fermentation
- Edible Wild Plants Of West Michigan Volume 1
- Primitive Toothcare
- Towards An Anarchist Ecology
- Eating Wild Food: The challenges, benefits and consequences by Fergus the Forager from the book Local Food: How to Make it Happen in Your Community
- Creating a flower meadow – Yvette Verner
- The Complete Urban Farmer – David Wickers
- The Good Life – Helen and Scott Nearing
- Creatures of Empire; How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America
- Ecocriticism: The Essential Reader
- Decolonizing Nature, Strategies for Conservation in a Postcolonial Era
- Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged Landscapes
- Mycorenewal summer camp – John Michelotti
- The Female & Fungi
- Wild Child Santa Cruz – Maya Elson
- The Radical Mycology Movement: Healing the World with Mushrooms
National Parks vs People
- Global Enclosures An Ecosystem at Your Service
- People, Parks and Poverty – Political Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation
- Dean Puckett & Sengwer: Conservation vs Communities
- Community Based Forest and Livelihood Management in Nepal
Wild Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz – 415KB
Subtitled “A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Cultural Manipulation,” Wild Fermentation is an introduction to fermented foods. Includes directions on making saurkraut, tempeh, miso, kim chi, brine pickles, sourdough bread, and more.
produced by the Sprout Distro – 1,609KB
This zine is designed to give folks an easy introduction to foraging in Grand Rapids and the greater West Michigan area. Whereas other field guides and foraging books folks on an almost overwhelming number of plants, we stick to fourteen plants that are reasonably easy to find:
Ramps (Wild Leeks), Wild Garlic, Wild Asparagus, Lamb’s Quarters, Juneberry, Wild Bergamot, Black Raspberry, Blackberry, Purslane, Dandelion, Hen-of-the-Woods, Dryad’s Saddle, Chicken-of-the-Woods, Blue Violet, and Crabapple.
There is at least one photo of every plant and line drawings for many of them.
Many of these plants should be able to be found elsewhere in the Midwest and Eastern United States.
by Rowan Wolf – 300KB
Subtitled “A DIY Guide to Uncivilized Oral Hygiene” this zine is an exploration of dental care without relying on large corporations or even smaller and unnecessary “green” companies. There’s ideas for alternatives to use for toothpicks, general tooth care, herbs for cleaning teeth, etc.
Towards An Anarchist Ecology 2,628KB
by Knowing the Land is Resistance
This zine is based on a series of workshops held by Knowing the Land Is Resistance aimed at critiquing mainstream ideas of “ecology” and offering ideas for moving towards an anarchist knowledge of the land. The zine explains how traditional notions of ecology are based on colonial and capitalist conceptions. As an alternative, the zine explores five starting points for developing an anti-authoritarian and anti-colonial relationship to the land: rooted in relationships, deep listening, urban ecology, re-enchanting, and unexpertness. It’s a good starting point for anyone interested in developing a closer relationship with the land.
Chickweed 2,470 KB
Chickweed is a zine published by an anarcho-feminist collective out of the U.K. It’s a good introduction to herbalism. It covers common herbs, how to plant and harvest them, preserving them, basic cold and flu remedies, and more. A great starting place!
Creating a flower meadow – Yvette Verner
The Complete Urban Farmer – David Wickers
The Good Life – Helen and Scott Nearing
Ecocriticism: The Essential Reader
Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged Landscapes
Mycorenewal summer camp – John Michelotti
The Female & Fungi
Wild Child Santa Cruz – Maya Elson
The Radical Mycology Movement: Healing the World with Mushrooms
National Parks vs People
After reading these articles I knew a lot about how governments are using traditional conservationism badly and evicting indigenous populations for tourism and profit, but not a lot on what new ideas are being harnessed, apart from maybe community forest user groups in Nepal.