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beach clean up in haiti

beach clean up in haiti

(📸 photo cred: @thevirtuouslion  📸 photo cred: @sadekaycreates) waste is likely the hardest topic to discuss when it comes to haiti, because even though the people are very resourceful with second chances for discarded materials (did you see ishmael’s toy car?), there are still MOUNDS OF WASTE that line the country’s streets and coastlines, and unlike in most of the US, the waste cannot be conveniently hauled away into an abyss known to many of us as ‘away’. the site of trash throughout the country was heart wrenching, but to complain about the lack of waste infrastructure would be a...

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"necessity is the mother of invention!"

"necessity is the mother of invention!"

"necessity is the mother of invention!" is what i would hear my haitian-mother proudly announce at least twice a day while staying in haiti. haiti, the first free republic of the western world, is no stranger to necessity, and so, the phrase was often exclaimed when witnessing the innovative approaches people used for everyday needs. take my friend, ishmael,  who designed and engineered his own toy car from a motor oil bottle, bottle caps, straws, and some party string. i was impressed to see ishmael running between lush banana trees and tall coffee bean trees pulling his toy car along. with limited access to...

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how to organize house meetings in a communal home

how to organize house meetings in a communal home

arranging a meeting that everyone can make can be a hassle in a communal home, however, staying on top of routine house meetings can maintain organization and limit conflict. at orange moon, we have a monthly house meeting to discuss updates/repairs to the physical house, important dates around or in proximity to the house, requests to modify a house agreement, conflicts that may have come up, etc. what i learned after holding meetings for about a year and a half is that everyone must come to the meeting with an objective that EVERYONE WINS. this is something i did not always...

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fort negrita is going global

fort negrita is going global

DONATE HERE: https://ent55.com/ it was only a matter of time before fort negrita manifested in international spaces and fort negrita is pleased to support TWO GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL  PROJECTS this summer! we need your support, by making a tax deductible donation. FIRST, we are collaborating with Ariana Marshall of @de_lab_outside to support farm advancements and resiliency projects at Eden Organic Farm. we are also hosting the first ever pad party outside of the US in Leogane, Haiti, where women will have an opportunity to learn how to make their own reusable menstrual pads. one a personal note, this amazing work is...

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who are custodians of the earth?

who are custodians of the earth?

the trash collectors. the farmers. the person that made your latte. the bus driver. the water specialist that unclogs our baby wipes from sewage pipes. the cashier. the valet. the person that cleans up the kid throw up on aisle #2. custodians of the earth are people doing the work required to maintain this highly-sterilized and homogenized society. it is the work that most of us are unwilling to do. i first came across this concept when thinking of indigenous people that rely closely on the earth's resources for livelihood. the smallest change in wind or temperature can devastate the natural...

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