There is a housing crisis in First Nations territories all over Canada and North America which is having a devastating impact on the lives and wellbeing of these communities.
One particular family affected by this problem lives in Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Ontario, Canada. This family, headed by Flower, is in desperate need of a healthier and more cost effective shelter, as they have been living in a condemned trailer for years. The trailer has several holes, a rodent infestation, mold, old brass pipes that get clogged constantly, next to no insulation, and a leaking roof. Living conditions, especially in winter, are extreme and harsh.
Flower supports her daughter, who is a single mother who has recently been condemned to a wheelchair, and four grandchildren, aged 4, 8, 11 and 15.
She is their only family.
Biotecture Planet Earth, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is partnering with Earthship Biotecture in order to build a new home for Flower and her family - a fully self-sustainable Earthship - in July 2016, that will keep the family warm and cover their basic needs.
Along Michael Reynolds and the Earthship Biotecture crew, 48 volunteers from all over the world will be participating in this project, as well as a dozen local members of the community and other bands in Canada in order to learn the skills to build self-sustainable Earthship houses themselves and for themselves, promoting knowledge transfer and creating a long-term impact in the future.
WHAT IS AN EARTHSHIP?
An Earthship is a state-of-the-art self-sustainable off-grid building that follows six basic principles, covering six basic human needs by:
• Heating and cooling through thermal mass to create a comfortable living environment without additional costs
• Using recycled and natural materials as building materials (dirt pounded scrap tires, cans, plastic bottles, etc)
• Collecting, harvesting and filtering rain water to provide drinking and wash water
• Using wind and solar energy to create electricity and light
• Producing its own food in an integrated greenhouse
• Containing and treating its own sewage and waste water without external contamination
In short, Earthships take care of their inhabitants and are designed by Earthship Biotecture, a company led by internationally acclaimed architect Michael Reynolds who has been designing and building self-sustainable homes for 45 years all over the world.
We will be building Michael Reynolds’ newest design, the “Wood Simple Survival Earthship”, a low-concrete building that is easy to replicate, and that integrates all Earthship principles (comfortable shelter though thermal mass, rainwater catchment and storage, solar electricity, food production, building with recyclable and natural materials and a contained sewage treatment system). This building is low-cost and easy to replicate and is currently being piloted in Taos, New Mexico.
WHAT WE NEED
This project will take place on Flower’s land in Six Nations of the Grand River Territory between 18-31 of July 2016. We need to raise a total of $70,000 to cover materials, tools, transport and production needed for this project.
We are inviting 48 volunteers from all over the world to participate and learn how to build an Earthship. Their donated participation fees of $1,000 will go towards the budget needed for the project.
The remaining $22,000 will be raised through fundraising events and crowdfunding and we are hoping to raise at least $19,000 here.
NOTE: IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BUILD ITSELF, PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON OUR PROJECT WEBSITE: www.biotectureplanetearth.com
- About Biotecture Planet Earth: http://www.biotectureplanetearth.com
- Six Nations project homepage with video: www.biotectureplanetearth.com/projects/6nations-ca...
- Earthship Biotecture website: www.earthship.com
- 10 benefits of Earthships: http://earthship.com/blogs/2013/09/10-reasons-why-we-need-an-earthship-home
- The Globe article on Six Nations: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/eco-friendly-home-built-free-of-charge-for-six-nations-woman/article29507455/
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