Fountains in Durlach and Water for the Public

There are quite a lot of fountains and springs in Durlach. Some of them are really very beautiful.

But the most important thing is that the water from all of them is drinkable. Normally that’s not the case in Germany, which makes it sometimes very complicated to find water in and outside the cities. We have so much water, but there are no public springs with drinkable water. We have to start to build again public springs. They can always be useful.

Sustainable Forest Management

Oberwald is a nice forest in Karlsruhe. It starts just after the central station and extends to Aue. Through this forest I walk everyday to my office in Durlach. It’s a beautiful one with some really nice old trees. I was shocked one morning, when I’ve seen that exactly those old trees have been fallen down.

Such highways in the forest can stay for decades.

That seems really scary and it definitely don’t have to be done like this.

They cut down the oldest trees. It could have been better to cut some younger ones and some old one, in order to have more balance.

It looks ugly and brutal. I know that we need the wood and that it is the most sustainable natural material we have and that it is good to use wood instead of some other materials. But the forest management has to be done sustainable. It is possible.

Let’s Go Back to the Villages

Recently I’ve spent my holidays in Slovakia. It’s a very beautiful country with a lot of cultural states, mountains and great people. It is situated in the heart of Europe, but there is one big difference between Slovakia and all other European countries. And it is a positive one. In Slovakia 43% of the people live in villages. And the villages are full of young people. There is life in the villages and there you can find schools, big shops, cinemas and so on. Thus even more people prefer to go to live in the villages. And the cultural and local traditions stay alive. Something almost forgotten in the rest of Europe!

But can we apply this model for other countries? I think, that we can, if there is a critical amount of young people who would like to go back to the villages. I’m sure that there are many such people, but they are just afraid to go back, because they all think that they’ll be alone in the countryside. So, the first thing we need is a platform where people can check if there are some other people who want to go back to live in the villages of some area. Through this platform they can coordinate and decide together where to go. Or people who are already in some village can give a sign that even more people are welcome. A possible solution is to develop a plug in application for facebook, couch surfing, wwoof or even create a new community. Even greater will be if it can be integrated in some sharing and giving community. This can be a big success! The community can live from donations or from some small charge for established contacts.

The Future Is Organic, Self Grown & Collected

Have you ever heard about Sekem? It’s an unique mixture of a organic agriculture, traditional handicrafts and cultural value. In this article I would like to concentrate on the organic aspect of the project. The Sekem farm is situated in the desert of Egypt. In the past three decades they’ve managed to create a green garden from the desert. They not only produce more from a single unit of land than the conventional agriculture does, but also use 40% less water and 20% less work power. And their production is also cheaper than the conventional one. That’s not an exception. That’s the future. Sustainable agriculture is going to be cheaper than conventional and it is possible to satisfy the needs of the whole mankind.

But in order to do this, we have to concentrate on local production for local needs. I will go even further and say that we’ll go back to the nature and every household is going to live vegan and produce their own fruits, vegetables, crops, nuts and seeds. Even in the cities all of the free space will be used. And we’ll even start again collecting plants. These can be used not only for food, but also as a medicine, teas and many more. So, one of the key knowledge in the future will be an agricultural one – how to grow our own food, natural medicine and the knowledge about the different eatable plants. The sad news is that this knowledge is completely missing nowadays. So, what about organising some meetings and workshops where we exchange such knowledge?

Evolution or Devolution – from Primitive Tribes to Modern People

In the last years scientist start to rewrite the evolution theory and there are even some who think that there is no such thing as evolution, but that we devolve. The two principles of evolution and devolution exist together. And devolution does not necessary mean that we do not develop. The principle of evolution is the base of the western culture – starting from primitive creatures we evolve towards God. That’s why we pray in order to speak with God and develop. In the eastern culture the most important is the notion of devolution – starting with a knowledge given directly from God, they make it useful for and adapt it to their everyday life. That’s why they meditate in order to let God speak with them, so they can develop.

But no matter if we are from the eastern or the western culture, we think that we are modern people with developed culture. And we thread some tribes as primitive and underdeveloped. At the Youth Future Project Conference there was a lecture from Survival International and they showed us a comparison between our modern culture and the cultures of the “primitive” tribal people. Here the differences and the similarities:

1. What they/we own? They: only necessities and everyone owns the same. We: own a lot and everyone owns different stuff, but there are poor and rich. The rich are most rich because of the cheap labour of the poor. So, we own staff we do not necessary need and destroy the world and make wars in order to get it. And our distribution is worse.

2. What they/we do? They: hunting, collecting, growing food. We: working or staying unemployed, because we have sometimes no job. We do specialised jobs, some of them actually not needed at all, but we need them in order to get what we want to own.

3. How children are being educated? They: playing, copying adults. We: the same, but we often don’t let our children play and there are big differences in the education of rich and poor children. So, we separate our community again.

4. How sophisticated is the language? Our: We have a lot of words, but they stay only in the dictionaries and most of them are some specialized ones we never use in our everyday language. We use actually quite a few words. Their: very sophisticated. They can have 100 words for sun, snow, leaves or rain. We can better try to preserve the variety of our everyday language.

5. What they/we eat? They: rich variety. We: less variety. We have bad food habits and many civilisation diseases. They don’t have for example caries and appendicitis. We can really learn a lot from them.

6. How healthy are they/we? They are healthy if the babies survive, but they live not so long. We live really long and almost more babies survive, but we are very ill. There is a big gap between the rich and the poor people in our society.

7. How about their/our sense of belonging? They: a strong one, everyone is part of the community. We: separate our communities.

8. What preoccupies society? They: correcting imbalances. We: economical growth.

As you can see we can learn quite a lot from them. There is one more significant difference. They think that their life is better, but they don’t want to change our. We think also that our life is better, but we want to change their and we even kill them and destroy their communities. They seem to be much more tolerant. So, my question is: Who is primitive?

So, let them live and use the chance to learn more from them. If we learn more about them and their knowledge we can not only improve, but also understand ourselves better.