Your House? Your Hood? Your School? Your zone?
Working with Mycelium and other partners, Acclimatewest invites stories, poems, video, photos, ideas, commentary from young people. This is their page. CONTENT UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Mycelium Youth Network
“Mycelium is the part of the fungus that grows underground in thread-like formations. It connects roots to one another and breaks down plant material to create healthier ecosystems. Mycelium is the largest organism on earth. Interconnectedness. Remediation. Detoxification.”
Reports from the Homefront
My house is old. My family has lived here as long as I remember, and I’m twelve. My grandmother stays in the basement and makes me good cookies sometimes. She says they are from a recipe no one ever wrote down, they just passed it on to their daughters. Why not their sons I ask? We have one plant in our backyard she says you can make medicine out of. She knows a lot, but I hate it when she tells me what to do. Today she told me not to go outside because it’s so smokey – but it’s so hot inside! I live on Adeline Street in Oakland and that’s my first report on where I live.
Image: Yarrow, or nosebleed plant, good for stopping bleeding
Buy, grow, eat local food
Examine where your favorite foods come from? Chile, China or California? Shop for locally produced products, order a weekly produce box from a nearby farm or urban nursery, or start your own vegetable garden or balcony box. Supporting urban agriculture that’s not just in your region, but also down the block, can help cut carbon emissions and stimulate local employment while offering more chances to enjoy that just-picked freshness. From warehouse rooftops to urban orchards to innovative vertical farms, many new ways to raise crops are taking root.
Compost your scraps and cuttings
Turn your food scraps, sidewalk leaves, and garden clippings into a valuable product – compost, a natural fertilizer that can nurture farm fields, urban landscaping, or your own garden. Many cities and towns offer green bins to save you the trouble, but you can also make your own compost. Americans landfilled or incinerated over 50 million tons of compostable waste in 2015, enough to fill a line of fully-loaded 18-wheelers, stretching from New York City to Los Angeles ten times. Here’s your chance to return to the soil what you take from it.
Reports from the Waterfront
Flick the switch to OFF on your air conditioning or heat at night whenever possible, and on powerstrips juicing unused appliances and devices. Using any electricity created by the burning of fossil fuels warms the planet. If you’re lucky enough to have a clean power source (solar or wind) bravo!
Upgrade to energy or water efficient appliances
Save energy, money and the planet by buying the most efficient appliances.. Many utilities and municipalities offer consumer rebates as incentives for buying Energy Star certified appliances.
Swap out your light bulbs for LED
Quality LED lightbulbs can last 25 times longer, are more durable, and use at least 75 percent less energy than other bulbs. In the United States, widespread use of LEDs over the next 10 years could save the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large power plants (about 348 TWh).
Launder with less
Consider a cold water wash and an air dry. Approximately 75 percent of the total energy use and greenhouse-gas emissions produced by a single load of laundry come from warming the water itself, yet washing in cold water can be just as effective as using warm. Air-drying clothes can reduce the average household’s carbon footprint by a whopping 2,400 pounds a year.
Mycelium Youth Network
Eye on water – creeks, shores, wells, rain….
Most lawns guzzle water, weedkillers, and your time pushing or running the mower.. Sure it’s nice sitting on soft grass, but if you live in a dry place out West, there’s a lot of competition for that precious and expensive water. Consider replacing part or all of your lawn with drought tolerant natives. Succulents also offer a fun fad but they’re not native and offer no habitat for your local butterflies, hummingbirds, and beneficial insects. Swapping in native grass can save as much as 25% on water use; converting to native plants can save up to 60%. Some communities even offer lawn removal rebates.
Are you prepared for fire, flood, quake?