Occupy Newark & the World: Peoples Power

by The North Star on February 17, 2012

SCIENCE & SUSTAINABIILITY WORKING GROUP

“It’s going to take a redesign of our society and a change of our values with the caring capacity of our planet.”—Jacque Fresco, The Venus Project

People around the world are pushing for alternative energy as a means of becoming a more sustainable human society and we plan to show people how to do this at a minimal cost.

Under the guidance of electrical engineer Damian de Caires, people joining this working group will not only become more informed about alternative energy, but will also become technicians and assist with getting as many people off the grid as humanly possible.

Teach-In
The first teach-in date and time hasn’t been arranged yet, but our first demonstration will be spearheaded by electrical engineer Damian de Caires. This will be an outdoor presentation showing how a laptop, cell phone, coffee pot, heating pad with sleeping bag, and mini-frig can be powered through the use of solar energy. This demonstration will also prove that this method of alternative energy is reliable, flexible, and efficient.

According to Caires, “Try to understand that it is very difficult and complex to derive heat from the sun when there is low sunlight as it is in the winter, and to do so in a manner that is affordable and portable. For my demo tent the direct drive heating system is going to be quite impressive because it will weigh less than 20 pounds and can fold into a backpack.”

Inspired by the works of architect Michael Reynolds (www.earthship.org), we will be developing our solar technology through the means of repurposed waste products, such as reused lumber, plastic bottles, and soda cans.

We Need Your Help
To help push this project and others forward, we are asking you to help us collect the following items:
12,000 uncrushed soda cans
20 55-gallon plastic barrels
10 aquarium air pumps
2 deep cycle batteries (could possibly be found at forklift suppliers or rental stores)
1 advanced ultra-efficient mini fridge
1 solar cooker
sodium acetate hand warmers (as many as possible)
1 stationary bike generator as used during the encampment at Liberty Square Park

Contact Person(s)
Damian de Caires Tobias A. Fox Chuck Nwosu
[email protected] [email protected] [email protected]
Cell: 646-339-8069 Cell: 646-399-0337 Cell: 862-588-0822

This video gives an overview of the bike generators we are hoping to acquire:

Also, the video below illustrates the most versatile and economical building design in the world. Earthships can be built in any part of the world, in any climate and still provide you with what you need to survive, with “modern” amenities, if desired.

The Earthship building method has been evolving for over 40 years. This building method is called Biotecture and is based on the work of principal architect Michael Reynolds.

Here are two videos that clearly shows the benefit of alternative energy and how it can be created from raw material.

Checkout this awesome lecture on science and sustainability:

Tobias A. Fox
Alinkage Public School, A Holistic Approach to Learning
https://sites.google.com/site/alinkagepublicschool/
www.facebook.com/apsglobal
www.twitter.com/alinkageschool

“In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle and try to change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete. That, in essence, is the higher service to which we are all being called.” —Buckminster Fuller

“The paradox of education is precisely this: that as one begins to become conscious, one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.” —James A. Baldwin

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