‘Water Man of India’ Rajendra Singh

Stories like this give me so much hope that they’re starting to change my life. The ‘Water Man of India’ reminds me of the Miracle Water Village that we posted about last year and some other related ideas about Restoring Degraded Land. In every case, the ideas are very simple and yet surprisingly effective. Rajendra Singh rediscovered the ancient practice of building check dams to restore the aquifer. This simple method is turning wastelands into productive farmland and enabling rivers that were dry for decades to flow once again. The Guardian named him among its list of “50 people who could save the planet”. Read more from > ‘Water Man of India’ Rajendra Singh

Earthen Yurt

Earthen yurt made with bamboo and clay. The bamboo framework anchors into the deck.

Earthen yurt made with bamboo and clay. The bamboo framework anchors into the deck.


“This earthen yurt was built as part of the ‘sustainable shelter series’ at Aprovecho. The yurt is made from site harvested bamboo lashed together using recycled bailing twine. It features a reciprocal roof, meaning that every beam is supported by all the beams in front, and in turn supports all behind it. (A fantastic analogy for community!) Read more from > Earthen Yurt

Earthbag Women’s Centre in Vanuatu Withstands Category 5 Cyclone

The earthbag Erakor Women’s Center withstood Cyclone Pam and helped local families survive.

The earthbag Erakor Women’s Center withstood Cyclone Pam and helped local families survive.


Cyclone Pam, one of the worst cyclones ever recorded in the Pacific Ocean, blasted the island chain of Vanuatu with category 5 winds up to 185 miles per hour and 26 foot storm surge. The women’s earthbag center near Port Vila and the earthbag water tank made it through the storm with minimal damage, despite the widespread destruction in the region. Read more from > Earthbag Women’s Centre in Vanuatu Withstands Category 5 Cyclone