A 1 DAY CLASS ON APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGIES FOR SELF RELIANCE.
In this ONE day CLASS, we will explore together how to think, design and implement the right technologies for reducing our dependency upon polluting and non-renewable energy. We will discuss the pros and cons of solutions made available to societies and focus on a practical approach for individuals. A fun and hands-on course on how we can easily make our lives more simple and more resilient.
Low (or appropriate) Techs are technologies that are designed to be a simple as possible: in their design (resources needed, complexity of building, capacity to be fixed…), the way they function (energy input vs output) and the service they provide (think fundamental needs). They are the opposite of high techs in a sense that they promote local and easily available materials, energetic sobriety, easy maintenance, and can eventually tackle various issues with one solution.
Whilst producing our own electricity and substitute to gasoline might be the most difficult part of the job, there are a number of low techs solutions that can help reduce our consumption and vulnerability to these energy: solar water heater, gravity fed charcoal water filters, solar dehydrator, solar oven, composting or biogas toilets, aquaponics, etc…
The choice of Low techs may be core to the design of your land and habitat and we will study some examples of commonly used solutions, reflect together on what technologies could accompany a change of paradigm at society level, and we will hand build one low tech system (dry toilets and/or aquaponics probably, to be decided later).
Introduction, Visit of the farm and our established systems, and their place in a permaculture design, FOLLOWING BY BUILDING ONE SOLAR WATER HEATER