Rocky Benderskum with crops NOT shops at The Retreat Animal Rescue Vegan Sanctuary
A big shout out to the Crops not Shops Tribe I’d tag you all but I’m a benderskum and that’s way too complicamated for me so instead have a pome xx
Crops not shops:
I want to introduce these folks they really are the tops
A proper growing community they call it Crops Not Shops
They’ve been around in Essex helping people grow
For food is a right for all of us something you should know
In gardens, allotments and a nursery and now down on an animal farm
Though not where they breed the animals for food these are safe from harm
The place near Ashford in deepest Kent is a place that’s hard to beat
A wonderful Animal Sanctuary beginning with Retreat
I went along to give advice? That’s all I have the strength to give
I loved the way the animals are and how they get to live
The poly tunnel frame put up by a valiant bunch of workers
While I sat down and watched because trust I’m a proper shirker
If my body wasn’t so broken I know I could be handy
But this is the body that I’ve got so sitting down is dandy
So all I can do is sit and watch and try to give advice
I’d be helping if I had different one you needn’t ask me twice
So all I can do is write this stuff and watch the world go by
As the poly tunnel is constructed under the bright blue sky
The farm itself is brilliant the staff were all amazing
It’s lush to see happy animals wandering around and grazing
They have a thrift shop and a café with vegan friendly food
I never mentioned my cannibal diet as it seemed a little rude
I know that I will go back down to help whenever I can
I’ll probably grab a plate or two of that lovely vegan scran
The farm is very popular as its one of those special places
When some of the visitors find its vegan food the looks upon their faces
One thing I really liked to hear was none of the food is ever wasted
Because they have pigs to eat the scraps but never themselves to be tasted
Now back to the tribe and the growing of crops when the poly tunnel is built
Organic vegetables and maybe fruit filled up to the hilt
And a biogas digester but I’m not really sure what that is
I was told but it went right over my head
its ok I can give it a miss…
For I’m a simple benderskum and there are some things I know
One of them is Crops not Shops is a thing that is bound to grow
Who is Rocky ? Ethical Vegan AF, Ex-tramp, Ex-teacher, Ex-tremely inappropriate Scribbler of scribbles and writer of similar
Anarchist Geriactivist who once stood for Parliament..
Rocky, a supporter of the cause, joined the crops NOT shops crew at The Retreat Animal Sanctuary all weekend to lift spirits and entertain us all while we greased poles, banged nuts and rode around in tractors and diggers looking like we knew what we were doing…
Thankfully we did and the muck piles some touching 10 metres into the sky, 18 metre squared plot land was leveled, poly-tunnel frame erected and the irrigation trenches cut
So where have we got to ?
The frame and channels are done, water storage tank are on site and ready, the poly tunnel cover is on, though needs door frames around the front and final securing to be done, drainage needs setting back into the tunnel and plant in our crops for 26/9 event.
Biogas chamber is marked out and the prints are being finalised to build the biogas digester engine which will be feed from manure and convert into natural gas to power the chalets heating and hot water, as well as a by product of 200 Litres of liquid organic fertiliser
crops NOT shops are now raising funding for completion of the Retreat Sanctuary site. We have had amazing response from our seed search and have heirloom organic seeds for planting over winter crops at the site, now we need to get the Retreat base humming.
So what do we need funding for now ?
– We need to plant heirloom fruit trees, around 12 for the fruiting area
– We need a power inverter and lithium battery to be funded to hook up 10 ready to go solar panels that we have to start generating power for The Retreat and drive gas and water pumps.
– We need some irrigation arms to link to the tunnel tanks and overhead water storage tanks and a computer controlled timer to regulate watering cycles day and night to keep all crops in prime health
– We need to build a 12 foot fence to protect the whole site from Chickens, too ensure the crops get to maturity without being ransacked by the chickens, you may laugh but it is not just a poultry affair, last chicken invasion cleaned out a complete crop of rainbow corn in 25 minutes…..
To complete this site to perfection, we will need to raise a further £ 1,000.00 from the Community.
We need your support.
What you will be investing in is a fully automated fully functioning organic free food system for the animals, for the people and for The Retreat.
As a centre of the Ethical Vegan movement, the crop NOT shops project directly strengthens the Retreat’s long term self sustainability goals and takes pressure of the team there in using up donations for food and power which could otherwise be used on infastructure.
if you are able to help financially in investing in the project to get this site completed please do so using the below link:
These books are a must have insight into the anarchist scribbling of time and experience, from political activism, to rough sleeping, the big issue, journeys to the inner mind and all the stories interwoven by all.
take a look see..
Peaked your interest ?
Click on the below link and then look for the crops NOT shops logo, that will take you to the Facebook page then post a comment to order (Beware if you read to much, your ban will turn to mush…)..
Jamie on the volunteer crew knocked up a fantastic vegan Jamaican stew, which was then followed by second lunch and 4 ‘o’ clock whistle stop chasers…
one last candle to light at “Angels Rest” memorial garden and then down time, campsite gaffs and giggles into the night…
It’s not just funders and backers we need,.
We need volunteers. If you are ethically motivated for real system change, this vegan permaculture, anarchist RBE Network project may well be for you, get in touch with us and learn how to retake your freedom and rebuild your community for a better world.
The Free Folk Festivals – crops NOT shops outreach South goes North and West
Throughout summer, crops NOT shops were invited, along with Know Your Roots, to attend and run workshops up and down the country at the Free Folk Festivals.
We were also joined on a number of our workshops by the Woodland Woom and Green Elephant Kitchen.
The Music and atmosphere was amazing all over the Country. Between workshops the crew were able to take time for amazing live bands, meditation, yoga, music workshops, talks, food prep, seeding and growing workshops, higher consciousness and how to achieve freedom to build the RBE Network in an age of deceit, oppression and control.
crops NOT shops traveled from South to North to West , delivering work shops and engaging with like minded folk all over the country to start to put the foundations of a free food network in place, engaging with other growers and people interested in establishing grow sites for the Free Food RBE Network.
What is the RBE Network ?
It is a splinter from the RBE movement, the resource based economy.
It is the rise of the people.
the unifying of communities who do not submit to or trust the intentions or motivations of Government, Industry and the oppressive minions they use to enforce will on the people.
It is reclaiming the resources of the land , air and sea for the purpose of sharing within the community under the ethical guidance of the free world charter.
It is most simply, the people just doing it for themselves.
NOUN the exercise of political authority over the actions and affairs of a group of people and their resources. To hold authority to perform certain functions for this body of people and their resources ; the action of governing; rule, and, administer the affairs of the nation.
When Government uses the financial muscle of the public fund to subvert media and public opinion for the determent of the many only to serve their own interests and the interests of a select elite, they are no longer a representative of the people. It instead becomes the enemy of the people and in turn the policies of this Government (and previous Governments) and its opposition parties are joined at the hip to the continuation of ensuring compliance to the rule of legislation, statues and law, no matter how unjust, to the perpetrating of the division of the class system, profit through war, animal exploitation and enslavement, the rape of our land air and sea resources for corporate deals and the conditioning of the people to fit and agree with the greed and desire of central power through attacking and separating the family unit through state education, work slavery and consumer debt. Rather than central power devolving authority to the people and serving the people as elected and working towards building a better nation and world.
Government does not work for the people it works for its own agenda and is financed by the people to pursue its own unethical aims.
We don’t need Government, for anything. what we need is unity. When the people engage with the RBE Network the need for Government becomes obsolete.
The gathering of the tribes, the festivals, the free folk, the anarchist community, the home growers, utility free living, the RBE Network and the unity of all of them together, is essential to provide us all a way forward in times of such austerity and control and a future without the “grey man”, who nips at the heels of all who shine too brightly, the grey suit devoid of all creativity and happiness, taking his share.
We are constantly needing supplies, materials, fuel to get sites up and running as quickly as possible, if you are able to help financially in investing in the project please do so using the below link:
26/9 this year is set to be a huge gathering of the ethical, the free folk, the activists, coming together for
Camping overnight in the bottom field has been given a green light for those travelling in
Agenda for the event:
– Resource based Economy
– RBE Network
– 5 steps to freedom
– Crops NOT shops
– Michael green’s art for a sustainable World
– Adoption programs
– Amazing fully vegan café and Thrift shop
– Biogas digester engine project
– soundtrack by FISHINABOX
Rocky van de Benderskum will also be on site with workshops, and has pledged some of his books to raise funds for the RBE Network’s Free Food program , “crops NOT shops”, which you will be able to buy at the event.
See the enclosed LINK for the latest update report on Rocky and crops NOT shops at The Retreat Animal Sanctuary here:
Want to be part of system change ? Be there – lets build this RBE Network,
for one love
Since Michael Passed in Costa Rica last year, as executors, we have been inundated from people all over the world both in RBE, environmentalist and Vegan circles with requests to arrange for his project “art for a sustainable world” to be displayed.
Michael’s last artwork, unfinished, recovered from Costa Rica:
For this year, Saturday 26/9 2020, we have kindly been offered space at The Retreat Animal Sanctuary to put some of Michael’s artworks on show for the day.
We will also be holding talks on the five steps to freedom and the RBE (resource based economy) , sharing information and looking for engagement with groups, volunteers , from the community for the evolving RBE Network
crops NOT shops will be opening their second base at The Retreat and their will be talks from Chay Godfree who is driving the project.
One year ago on 26/9 The RBE and VEGAN community lost dedicated activist Michael Green. A permanent memorial was set up for Michael at the Retreat Animal rescue and Sanctuary in Kent. A rescue Michael spent time holding talks and classroom events, fundraising and engaging with the animals.
On the 28th of September 2019 just two days after Michael’s passing, many activists gathered at the Retreat, to write words, memories, share stories and spend time with each other in memory of Michael’s life, though the gathering was so close to 26/9 that there was no time, at that time, to organise any larger event, and, Michael artwork has still not been recovered at that time.
Before Michael left on his last trip to Costa Rica, we sat and discussed his on going activism and artwork and how best to incorporate what works he still had in his possession into the RBE Network activism campaign.
As an artist myself, Michael took me through an unfinished art piece based on Morpheus in the Matrix, a piece that was stolen at an event over ten years before and that he felt so important had repainted from scratch, he asked me to complete it for him and marked out where and what colours he wanted used as he no longer had steady enough hands due to the illness, to complete the intricate parts remaining on the painting, and left it with me to complete as he made his way to Costa Rica for a last chance to get ahead of the cancer.
The painting will be displayed unfinished form the last time before work begins on finishing the piece in line with his instructions.
Other artwork going on display for 26/9 “art for a sustainable world” will be Michael’s TV sets and computer screens that were recovered with only days notice of being cleared and disposed, the paperwork and legalities of recovery and “ownership” as the system puts it, took us right up to the deadline. The sets have had some cleaning and restoration since recovery.
Recovery day photos:
Also on display at “art for a sustainable world” will be Michael’s office chair from the “Tears for the Earth show”
The MG 269 event soundtrack is now in print with all eco packaging / inks etc. The album contains the soundtrack for the art exhibition as well as additional tracks for Earth Liberation previously only available in Japan.
The album will be available at the event on 26/9 or inbox FISHINABOX RECORDS on facebook or @Fishinapot on Twitter to reserve a copy.
FYI – This is a strictly limited print run, there will be NO REPRINTS people so its a case of get it now if you want a copy.
The Retreat Animal Rescue is a 60 acre site and safe home for 1500 animals rescued from abuse , neglect and animal agriculture. The site is based in the rolling country side in Kent, the closest station is Ashford International and there is a bus to Cripple Hill that takes about 30 minutes (information link below)
The Retreat is a fully vegan sanctuary with an amazing vegan cafe, the menu is exceptionally good and suitable for all ages , there is an on site thrift shop and adoption programs are available for those interested in further supporting the sanctuary’s work.
The significance of 26/9:
Michael passed away on a symbolic date for animal liberation: Calf 269 is a bull who was rescued as a calf by anonymous activists, days before his planned slaughter. The significance of the event led to the creation of “269 life”(fr:269 Life France), an animal liberation movement founded in October 2012. The 269 life movement celebrates the life of CALF 269 and raises awareness to the unethical unnecessary suffering endured by enslaved calves for wealth hoarding corporate profiteers.
269 is probably the most common animal rights tattoo or brand globally today.
Join us and engage with the RBE Network and explore the movement for real change, not a politics thing, not a money thing, not a flag waving thing , or race, cult, country thing, this is simply the movement for the free world charter, and how people are taking steps to achieve it outside of all pyramid power structures.
There are very few people on this Earth like Michael Green, become part of the movement that shared his vision of a better world and let’s build a better world, without sanction of Government, Corporations, System indoctrinated social policing. Thank you Michael Green for your belief, your drive your energy spent in opening the door to joe public to embrace change. We have got this and are taking it forward up and down the country.
To close the post, I am adding Michael Green’s CV. if ever you are caught shy of the RBE Network and forced to write a CV, it probably should look something like this, if it doesn’t you are likely to be forced by the state into mindless work slavery, where your divine human energy, which you can use to shape your whole reality spirit and community for meaningful life, is traded in a one way transaction, for something as meaningless and worthless as money.
Don’t do it to yourself and don’t let other’s do it to you. Engage in the RBE Network and build an exit from slavery. Don;t know where to start ? then join us at MG 269.
RBE goals – UTILITY FREE LIVING – What can YOU do and how to do it
RBE thinking, Resource Based Economy thinking that is; is based around the management of need, based solely on smart and ethical management of available situational resources. The principles are a practical application of the free world charter, a how to live by charter.
Where did I learn about the Free World Charter ? it was whilst we were recovering the late Michel Green’s art work for storage, a last minute appointment with housing and a window of only a few hours to collect keys before they were the housing officer was actually leaving her job and cleaners were scheduled to go in and empty the flat !!
A dash to Eastbourne and a grueling day of saving these pieces. In among the rest was one of Michael’s very old TV screens had a butterfly painted on it and the worlds “Let’s make everything free”. this screen dated way way back, though we hadn’t covered the free world charter as were focused on other areas of RBE implementation, like minds think alike and having signed up to the charter I see again a movement of liberation thinking, free of politics, free of religion , free of money. All ethical vegans should be signed up to the Free World Charter.
These are All pieces of the RBE puzzle that through combining our collective work, come together through these web posts.
Principles of the free world charter
The highest concern of humanity is the combined common good of all living species and biosphere.
Life is precious in all its forms, and free to flourish in the combined common good.
Earth’s natural resources are the birthright of all its inhabitants, and free to share in the combined common good.
Every human being is an equal part of a worldwide community of humans, and a free citizen of Earth.
Our community is founded on the spirit of cooperation and an understanding of nature, provided through basic education.
Our community provides for all its members the necessities of a healthy, fulfilling and sustainable life, freely and without obligation.
Our community respects the limits of nature and its resources, ensuring minimal consumption and waste.
Our community derives its solutions and advances progress primarily through the application of logic and best available knowledge.
Our community acknowledges its duty of care and compassion for members who are unable to contribute.
Our community acknowledges its responsibility to maintain a diverse and sustainable biosphere for all future life to enjoy.
Within application and actual on the ground living and design, the great movers and shakers in the applied RBE world, long established, large central Hubs with endless subscribers and networks, have failed to build site networks within the general public, or support grass roots initiatives for change, resulting in a global stunting the spread of the RBE networks in general.
Part of this is based on a silo mentality, part is based on still being tied to seeking funding and support for the concept of an RBE, with an end goal of full city scale development or Government initiative. As a city planning goal this is all fine but this lacks the elements of accessibility and liberation from the status quo that can be better found in older anti-political idealism of Anarchist syndicalism and abolitionism.
The Venus Project, a key HUB, and founder of the concept of the Resource Based Model provides an excellent FAQ on what RBE program is and represents, as well as the free world charter. Those interested should check the below links to find out more:
Identifying the failure (in engaging general population in network growth) by main RBE hub’s in addition to a recommended review of the method of rollout for RBE ideology goes to Michelle Anne Palmer. She laid out this approach to Myself and Michael Green whilst reviewing workable models for engagement, expressing our right to take back control of resources, at the same time as engaging with Hub Technology, which has led to a model for community roll out to be tabled for vertical farming for Urban populations. A model that can integrate within a Community Anarchist Syndicalist approach to building organic engagement of a grass roots RBE model for all.
This model is sound, and would actually overall see consumption shrink in all business sectors, though requires a social commitment an evolution in thinking in the general population which is hard to achieve outside of an RBE.
Firstly we must be renewable and resource based . Then we must evolve and “DEGROW”.
Combining the following mindsets and application will lead to evolution, a case of, as the “Ghostbusters” would put it of “crossing the streams”
Here are the core mindsets of change:
Crops not shops
Food not bombs
Utility free living
Resource based network
No god’s no masters no borders
Make everything free
How not to die
This will be addressed in later posts under “Degrowth steps for expanding real growth”.
For a system change to be successful, the most important factor is actual change, RBE lends to a non monetist existence where resourcing is spared the wasteful bottling controls of supply and demand financing, and satisfies peoples needs without financial dependence on centralised currencies or barter and trade. It simply is intelligent sharing and negates the need for an organised Globalised Corporancy, or regulation, or government to manage to filter of goods to public and public to goods.
Urban RBE is a fusion of RBE Silo tech in an urban community based practical implementation, along with an ethical liberation mind set where you, as an individual, can drastically bring change to your family and your communities life, their health, their moral compass and their ongoing nature in balance with the environment they live in..
On an individual scale what are we talking about is meeting your immediate food and power needs ethically and intelligently.
Once these core living costs are resolved and networked, as an RBE community, your major expenditures outside of land rent and entertainment are resolved and the staging table to separation from central Government, Work , schooling, and all aspects of divisional class war and politic is possible.
The first step for an Urban RBE is being able to manage your food supply and dietary needs from you local area , home space or waste land around your home space, we have covered this is the below link:
The second step for an Urban RBE is being able to disconnect from the Grid and provide your own power source, firstly to meet your own demand 100%, and, secondly to develop your power network for overs to engage a Network as an urban RBE HUB
STOP !! “buying” electricity .
START “making” electricity.
START “sharing” electricity .
Power : What type of Power and Where do you get it ? How do you get it ? What should you get and why ?
We have taken extensive time looking at a number of energy solutions and have isolated two practical , accessible and easy to implement power sources , that in combination provide a good day / night power supply subject to some geographical limitations, thee are a number of others that are less accessible or practice though will touch on them here for diversity:
Bio Mass – Applicable to House, outbuildings, can be used for Agriculture though NO vehicle application – wood pulp/ chip burnt in a off grid burner, very efficient , responsible cost effective though required buying form a corporate point of supply and locks you into a designated fuel source. sourcing your own wood fuel chipping/ pulping is an issue as the fuel is stored cured and delivered at an optimum level of moisture etc so that it burns efficiently, fueling the burner with untreated or self treated wood chip leads to residue and clogging to the burner and equipment that required increased maintenance or break down. very efficient and can get you off grid but you are still tied financially to a supply chain (Global Corporancy NOT RBE)
Bio Gas – Applicable to House, outbuildings, agriculture, vehicles (via charging point)- Bio gas is driven by organic matter, waste, very useful for recycling house waste though the issue here again, like Bio Mass was clean fuel, you have to use a converter , which can be found in a home unit application, though reliable units are still in their infancy. large Bio Gas converters are excellent for animal waste processing, though housing animals to provide an accessible and collectible waste source requires unethical animal agriculture learning toward exploitation, which is out of step with Urban RBE .
Solar – Applicable to House , outbuildings, agriculture, vehicles (via charging point) – Solar provides good return during daylight hours though is impacted by cloud cover and changing seasonal weather. There is also potential drop in output (though currently their are no statistics relating to impact) from geoengineering that reduces the amount of solar energy travelling through the atmosphere. Solar though is an excellent and stable power source. Output can be improved by investing in better yield panels and reducing load on the system.
Wind – Applicable to House, outbuildings, agriculture, vehicles (via charging point) – Wind turbines subject to wind speeds, provides a good return though can create issue in densely populated areas due to noise levels from larger blades and turbines. Yield can be improved with stronger turbines and blade types. An alternative to Wind Turbines are Wind Cubes, favored by the late Michael Green. As the wind passes through the Wind Cube covering, it becomes concentrated resulting in increased velocity that leads to more power generation, it is a better design for output and quieter for urban areas, though is relatively new and in limited distribution, so a developing power source rather than immediately available everywhere .
For the Purpose of an accessible urban RBE network that can be built up in a community from the grass roots, a wind and solar combination is the recommended start point for off grid networks. The following links and information will help you understand the basics of these two power systems, identify your specific need, model, type and combination and look at improvement options to make a shift to Solar / Wind a successful.
A satisfying transition from the global corporate power network that not only unfairly prices power supply, which is a resource that should be free to the people, but also cause extensive environmental damage in sourcing that power.
Corporations, legalised by Government, voted for by uninformed people, steal our resources, time, and the fruits of our labour and charge their profit margin on top. its time to cut out the middle man.
lets get you up to speed on the knowledge on Solar and Wind solutions for home conversion:
SOLAR BASICS (TODAY)
FACTORS IMPACTING SOLAR CAPACITY ON THE GROUND
Do your Homework
Possible Concerns of Geo Engineering?
Challenges the global shift to renewable systems such as solar power, pushing power back to fossil fuels or above atmoshere sola rppower systems owned by the Global Corporancy.
It damages the immune systems of all air breathing life, opening growth for big pharma vitamins immune boosts and basic cold and hayfever medications.
It contaminates water supply justifying additions of heavy toxic bleaching purifying chemicals to water such as fluoridation and sodium chlorination (which poisons you long term and again supports the above point).
It effects the natural seasonal cycles confusing plant life and hibernating animals It interferes with nautical directional senses in sea mammals.
It normalises the effects of pollution from animal agriculture (methane) allowing meat and dairy to continue scaling production without environmental pressure.
Reduces your ability to harvest good charge from renewable solar energy.
Cause an all dependency on global power structures to maintain climate stability (ensuring the longevity of state and corporate dependency)
Though the media is split on whether the program is already live, the impact of this program needs to be considered in any long term RBE planning.
RBE adjustment to negate effect of solar radiation:
– Power hybrids , solar though increasing cell collect-ability is still around 25% capacity and any improvements will be negated by solar radiation spraying, you need to hybrid your system to provide second power source – please look at the wind cube (American wind cube not Chinese) over and above the wind turbine, if looking at turbines, check your local wind speeds .look at a post 2019 Chinese 500w turbine (not American choose the Chinese on turbines)
– Lithium batteries – reducing cost – source second hand lithium from hospital equipment re-sellers, they have to routinely change the batteries regardless of charge and testing these spent units so far indicates that you still get around 90 percent capacity at 150-250 quid a until instead of 3k…build bigger banks to supply high UV lighting drain for farming (what!).
– UV lighting,. yes you are going to have to set up UV lighting facility for long (90ft max per unit) soil based grow tunnels,. recommend dig down for any new set up to extend seasonal growing ,. ensure your power needs are covered by off grid stand alone supply for the tunnel. Do not piggy off the grid for UV ,. build capacity into your off grid to heat
When you are up to speed with the combination of these two power systems, look at your load requirements for your home space by checking your energy bill from your current supplier, then review how you can reduce your energy load and reduce your costs for power:
Some other helpful pointers in addition to the Utility Free Living Link to look at cost reductions. We recommend you keep your full capacity before reductions so there is an over supply which can be made available through storage batteries to a network for sharing.
Thee are many extending developments from managing your power, shared networks, water supply, community water turbines applied, use of water, human , agri, though initially you can’t really start expanding into these areas before the basic foundations of food and power are in place.
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26/9 RBE – ART FOR A SUSTAINABLE WORLD – Michael Green BACK UP WEBSITE
As the executors of the late Michael Green’s will and final testament, We have inherited and been entrusted with Michael’s property. Due to a series of system access issues in recovering data from damaged operating drives which held the security access to Michael’s website and social media, we are creating back up’s of his online media work to ensure, as domain names expire, that his work is not lost.
This page is a back up of Michael Green’s website ” Art for a sustainable world” which was created in 2013 and linked to the Zeitgeist festival of 2013.
Where better quality imagery or related images of Michael’s art work around the project “Art for a sustainable World” exist, we have added these to this back up version of the website
All work is still highly relevant and inspirational for RBE activists and thinkers, hope fully by backing up the site here we will ensure his message is still accessible to the public
As part of the Global Zeitgeist Media Festival, Aug. 2nd-4th 2013, Michael Green was displaying work on Eastbourne Seafront, near The Lifeboat Museum.
Michael featured work advocating a Global Resource Based Economy, on “canvasses” that are examples of our waste of resources.
“The way we use technology is completely wasteful. We duplicate many vacuum cleaners, tools; In the future we will make the best of equipment and make it available to everyone.”
Words: Michael Green
Welcome to Art for a Sustainable World ! Hello and a warm welcome, this is “Art For A Sustainable World”, a site that expresses an artistic viewpoint to some very interesting visions of a saner, safer and exciting new world.
I hope you find the artwork here thought provoking and inspires you to create and consider an open approach to helping the current world dilemmas we’re facing.
Many of the materials I use as canvasses are “thrown away”, “consumer waste”. As I learned how little I actually knew, and the effect of this waste has on our environment, I set about using it as an example to show just how unthinking, we as a species have become, in our quest to own and have more & more consumables…….. A big thank you goes to Ben Murray for helping in such a big way for putting this site together, and Christie for some great photos of Jessie May and Joey with me, reminding me of how children are so much, to use the words Christie used, “in the moment”.
The following poem was written by Christine Rbe Thindi in early March 2014, and is being turned into a global collaborative video.
Thanks to Christine for such a powerful, inspirational and positive piece of writing, and the 100 or so people involved, in 50 countries, for making the video.
There is a Way (to make this world a great place for all)
Financial troubles everywhere
give you no time to be aware
of what it is that causes it
and it all seems so legit
indoctrinations keep you caught
in a state of fearful thought
Money makes the world go round
It’s what keeps the food abound
keeps us clothed and in a home
without it, streets we’d have to roam
sleep on the pavement, starve to death
feel misery till our last breath
We bear the drudgery we hate
because we think that it’s our fate
We have to keep a job or two
enough banknotes will see us through
will pay the taxes and the bills
bliss awaits beyond the hills
make more money to get by
but guess what? It’s all a lie!
We could feed 12 billion souls
if markets didn’t block the flow
Money causes suffering
destroys your soul and everything
the planet is about to die
economic growth has to be high
exploitation is a must
if profits are not to go bust
What is the use if very soon
Earth will look like its own moon
your children will not have a future
just because your lifestyle suits ya
but look at it, does it make you happy?
Or do you feel stressed and rather crappy?
Our offspring raised by institutions
no time and strength for resolutions
families are ripped apart
and so is everybody’s heart
Suppressing who we really are
spreads depression near and far
You are a slave to this whole thing
full of worry and suffering
Half the world has it even worse
they always have an empty purse
But did you know, there’s a better way
where no one can be led astray
where everyone on planet Earth
lives healthy, happy right from birth
no stress, no force, no crime, no war
where all our spirits are free to soar
Technology will do the jobs
robots won’t turn into mobs
most work’s already automated
so why not call the rest outdated?
Let’s just end the reign of money
and we’re not trying to be funny
Without it we will all be wealthy
happy, free and very healthy
Follow our passions every day
with no pressure of earning pay
Saving the planet in the process
that is what is called REAL progress
All we need to set us free
is a Resource-Based Economy!
Words: Michael Green
My mission, simply put, is to find good homes for my art work. I’m aiming to spread awareness of our social and economic issues by artistically creating a talking point with using thrown away objects.
Whether the message be on an old T.V, mobile phone, plastic toy or anything for that matter, the message is clear…….we can begin to embrace a positive movement of change whatever our age,sex,race,nation or belief system.
How would you feel if you had a piece of art that expressed a deeper understanding of our current world problems and solutions? Enabling you to help spread positive ideas and invite others to investigate our possible future further.
Excepting around 20 TV screens, “the tears of the world” office chair, and, a small number of paintings which we have keep for the ongoing art displays and RBE awareness campaigns, the rest of the remaining art has been shared, mostly by Michael leading up to the Costa Rica Trip.
We invite people to photograph and share as much as possible, the art displays in detail, to continue to raise awareness and we will continue to work for the RBE Network , now and in the future.
Thinking outside “the box”
Televisions are probably one of the biggest examples we have of our continuous consumption of the earth’s finite resources, constant advertising imploring us to “buy this or that product”. As David Attenborough once said ” Anyone who believes in infinite growth on a physically finite planet is either mad or an economist!” I have painted on many things and I currently focus most of my attention on painting old discarded tv’s and computer monitors.
“Whenever you make a law, “Thou Shalt Not Kill,” some jackass thinks that by making a law, you can control human behavior. Conditions that exist control human behavior, not the laws.”
As you will see I paint on a variety of “canvasses” and deal with many subjects.
Other artwork projects from 2013 – 2014
Having made some busts from plaster and painting on them, I was also given some mannequins. On one i painted my version of some Jack Vettriano pieces. Another i painted one of the planets after I read that astronomers apparently said “Pluto was no longer a planet.” references to orange in my artwork depicts images of various other species that share this planet with us. None of these are available.
TV’s and Computer monitors: that have been thrown away, and more than likely those who threw them away went and bought new ones. Ah, the power of advertising, especially on television. And people say it has no effect on our “thinking”! I have given them “names” to make it easier for anyone who would like one .There is the “Eye and Puma”, “This Shit’s Got To Go”, “Amazing No Borders”, “Free World Charter”, “Liverpool” (not available) , “Costa Rica” (not available), “Zeitgeist” None of these are available.
Again, having fallen for the planned obsolescence of buying a walkman music player that stopped functioning a very short while after purchase, I decided to paint it and a, (found in the street) cd. The camera was another aspect of this.
I painted a telephone as a way to pass on the concept of Resource Based Economy, of which The Free World Charter is one of many organisations advocating this direction.
The leaves were something I used in Costa Rica. Interesting that they were flexible enough to allow me to do this. And as I learned at “school” that paper comes from trees this was a way to use paper in the simplest form, without the manufacturing process. None of these are available.
The leaves shown below are the last
This vacuum cleaner was found in the street. Yet another example of the phenomenon known as “planned obsolescence.” Thought I would have fun with the obsession with “cleaning.”
Taking action, with colours
Having been introduced to the ideas of planned and perceived obsolescence and the inefficient waste of our resources and learning about sustainability, I have been doing what I can, through art, to introduce others to these ideas and the people and organisations (far more knowledgeable and practical than I) behind them, some of whom you will find links to on this site.
“If nations join together now, before the big collapse and share their resources, they can maintain a level of sustainability. Sustain the people that is, and not banks and businesses.”
Words: Michael Green
Hello my name is Michael Green and thank you
for taking the time to stop by this website.
I was born in Cyprus and have traveled far and wide through the years and am currently in the South East, UK. I got a very big wake-up call in 1999, being given a book to read entitled,”A Reasonable Life” by Ferenc Mate. It prompted several personal changes.
The chapter called “Television” had the following … “Setting television loose in America was like carpet bombing the continent with Valium…daily”. I took up painting late 2002 and quickly discovered acrylics and whilst on a “business” course saw a whole pile of computer monitors that were going to be thrown away, because they no longer functioned.
Quickly discovered the adaptability of acrylics and started painting on old tv’s and computer screens. Not quite certain exactly how many I have done so far, but it’s 50 or so, in the UK, Spain and Costa Rica.
I have a distinct passion to express views and visions on anything man or nature can muster! Primarily I focus on obsolete T.Vs however I also paint on leaves, old toys, most electrical items etc as well as walls and furniture.
I really enjoy being able to help spread the incredible benefits we could all one day experience, of a Resourced Based Economy, and my love for painting has grown more and more knowing this.
Since then I have become an advocate for this concept and have connected globally with others promoting this. To get a better understanding my suggestion would be to watch Zeitgeist Addendum.
“In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with it’s social function, art must show the world as changeable and help to change it.”
Words: Michael Green
Art and the pleasure of the aesthetic must never be underestimated as to it’s the power to change the world. We can see this throughout the ages from the renaissance to the enlightenment and beyond.
The fact is that if we are to avert the challenges that lie ahead and live in a more peaceful and sustainable world then art will play a major role in bringing about that change.
I have certainly not started on this road for my work to sit in my living room. It will not change the world that way. I want it to spread far and wide, to all parts of this beautiful planet, to share and light it up and inspire change.
If you appreciate my work and it’s message then please do get in touch and I will get whatever piece you are interested in from my gallery section sent to you, some are no longer in my possession, or I can create a piece that you specifically have in mind.
All I ask is that you cover all the costs from materials to postage. On top of that I would appreciate a donation for my time as this is all I do and all I want to do but I can not do that without your help. Any support I receive will help me to free up more of my time and create ever more socially conscious art to bring about the change we all want and that future generations deserve.
Thank you so much for your kind support. x
“As long as superstition and ignorance prevail, humanity will fall short of eradicating war, poverty, and hunger.”
What Motivates Me?…..
Below are a few links and short videos that have become the backbone and driving force behind my artwork. This is what inspires me to share my understanding of the world and help spread the awareness of a more sustainable and safer world for all of Earth’s inhabitants. We have now an Eastbourne Website that incorporates all of the principles and visions presented here, as well as current projects and events.
My attempt to have a little fun while explaining the ideas and concepts of an “RBE”. The full version of the “Resource Based Economy / Zeitgeist Movement Game” is just under two hours. This edited version is 50 minutes, and covers most of the “questions”, but with less detail. If you’re interested in seeing the full version, the playlist begins here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqTrKSMxhq4&list=PL2D0E366802CD7E1B
Jacque Fresco coined the term “Resource Based Economy” and goes into detail with this train of thought on his website. Please visit, and check out the “Paradise or Oblivion” video on the homepage. “The Venus Project” : http://www.thevenusproject.com/
Jacque Fresco (born March 13, 1916), is an American self-taught structural designer, architectural designer, concept artist, educator, and futurist. Fresco writes and lectures his views of sustainable cities, energy efficiency, natural resource management, cybernetic technology, advanced automation, and the role of science in society. With his colleague, Roxanne Meadows, he is the founder and director of The Venus Project.As an outspoken social critic. Fresco advocates global implementation of a socioeconomic system of social cooperation, technological automation, and scientific methodology, which he refers to as a ‘resource-based economy.’
The term and meaning of a Resource Based Economy was originated by Jacque Fresco. It is a holistic socio-economic system in which all goods and services are available without the use of money, credits, barter or any other system of debt or servitude. All resources become the common heritage of all of the inhabitants, not just a select few.
The Zeitgeist Movement
Founded in 2008, The Zeitgeist Movement is a Sustainability Advocacy Organization which conducts community based activism and awareness actions through a network of Global/Regional Chapters, Project Teams, Annual Events, Media and Charity Work.
The Movement’s principle focus includes the recognition that the majority of the social problems which plague the human species at this time are not the sole result of some institutional corruption, scarcity, a political policy, a flaw of “human nature” or other commonly held assumptions of causality.
Best Speech You Will Ever Hear!
Gary Yourofsky’s entire inspirational speech held at Georgia Tech in summer of 2010. Listen to this amazing speaker who will blow away the myths, fill your mind with interesting facts, and help you make ethical choices for a healthy heart and soul. His charismatic and straightforward style is one of a kind – a must-see for anyone who cares about nonhuman animals or wishes to make the world a better place: https://youtu.be/es6U00LMmC4
EARTHLINGS is the single most powerful and informative documentary about society’s tragic and unforgivable use of nonhuman animals, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix with soundtrack by Moby. Directed by Shaun Monson, this multi-award winning film by Nation Earth is a must-see for anyone who cares about nonhuman animals or wishes to make the world a better place.
PLEASE: don’t run from reality, watch the film and share your thoughts with other viewers in the comments section. Thank you.
Lets Make Everything Free!
The Free World Charter is a statement of principles that has the potential to optimise life on Earth for all species, eradicate poverty and greed, and advance progress.
Neither political nor religious, these ten short principles could form the foundation of a new, advanced society that uses no money, is free, fair and sustainable. They are based solely on nature, common sense and survival.
In the mid-1800s, corporations began to be recognized as individuals by U.S. courts, granting them unprecedented rights. The Corporation, a documentary by filmmakers Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott and author Joel Bakan, delves into that legal standard, essentially asking: if corporations were people, what kind of people would they be? Applying psychiatric principles and FBI forensic techniques, and through a series of case studies, the film determines that this entity, the corporation, which has an increasing power over the day-to-day existence of nearly every living creature on earth, would be a psychopath. The case studies include a story about how two reporters were fired from Fox News for refusing to soft-pedal a story about the dangers of a Monsanto product given to dairy cows, and another about Bolivian workers who banded together to defend their rights to their own water supply. The pervasiveness of corporate influence on our lives is explored through an examination of efforts to influence behavior, including that of children. The filmmakers interview leftist figures like Michael Moore, Howard Zinn, Naomi Klein, and Noam Chomsky, and give representatives from companies Burson Marsteller, Disney, Pfizer, and Initiative Media a chance to relay their own points-of-view. The Corporation won the Best Documentary World Cinema Audience Award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
HUMAN the film REDUX is a refined, shorter version of Human the film that has been cut down where possible yet still maintaining the message of the original film. It has been compiled using youtube, news archive and other footage sources, it looks at the different aspects of the system we live and work in including the government, politics, money, war, healthcare and other social issues. this film is about the world in which we reside and the systems that govern it.
The very first time that I saw this video, I actually shed tears just because this show how we so called human are wicked than the Lion preying over a poor cattle kid. The worst is we are preying over ourselves. We turn our beautiful world to survival of the fittest.
I don’t know how long this video will be here for but if you can Download it and I will post a direct link that you can get this video if you can’t get it from here or you can simply email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be glad to send you the link
TROM the reality of me
The TROM documentary is trying to present, in a simplistic way, the world in which we, human beings, live. The world discovered so far, not some idea or personal choice. Moreover we tried to present alternative solutions to current problems and took into account the future, which promises to be more than interesting. An informative documentary, perhaps shocking and disturbing to many, depending on how you digest the information.
The documentary is divided into chapters and sub-chapters due to documentary’s excessive length (13 hours). Also all the parts are connected.
The documentary and website are concentrated, so it is essential to read additional information which can be found in descriptions beside each section and the video player.
Equilism: 21st Century Economy
If Equilibrium is the vehicle for change, then Equilism will be its engine. Equilism will provide the gradual transition from our current system into a Resource Based Economy, with humanity working together and the limitless resources/technology available it will give us the platform to explore and colonize space, the final frontier.
Equilism has one goal, to advance humanity to the next level, to break out from this primitive system that promotes self importance, divide, corruption, poverty and war, it’s a path towards self destruction and we do not want humanity to be remembered as a civilisation that destroyed itself.
We are one human family living on thi
s planet we call home, the barriers we have created between each other have been man-made, which also means we can knock them down. Imagine what we can accomplish with the combined wealth of the world going towards projects, concepts and ideas that can benefit and advance humanity?
The decisions and actions we make today will effect tomorrow, Equilism will better position ourselves towards the next big step for humanity and the ground work we have laid will be ready to be built on by future generations. For Humanity to become a ‘Type 1 Civilisation’, to begin space colonization, exploring new star systems and galaxies, there is no ‘final frontier’ to what we can achieve as it is limitless, and its about time we start putting our potential to good use.
so here I am
standing alone in the open. i’m here with a message
hoping to repair what’s broken. nature is struggling
humanity’s not on track. we’ve got our heads in the sand
and our pride intact. we seek fulfillment through wealth
but do we achieve it? we want prosperity through consumerism
but is it worth it? have we actually found freedom?
or have we lost it? because all we do is follow a system
and never really challenge it. can you relate to that?
or is the world too blind to see? i’d always seek the truth
but care what my peers thought of me. i saw a different perspective
and struggled by the hour. see i knew ignorance was bliss
but knowledge could give me power. so now i call for humanity
not just for one nation. i’m opposing separation and standing up to segregation
whether religious or atheist, in essence we’re the same
stereotypes are man-made, and it was man who created the game
but are we actually ready to accept this and wake up?
can we put our naivety on the line, or are we always going to collide?
are we ready to make a difference? do we venture into the unknown?
or do we stay in our comfort zones and keep on taking the easy ride?
because at sea it ships that are safest at shore
but no, that’s not what ships were made for. so ask yourself this:
why are you really here? you may find that deep
but my question really is sincere. for my generation
are we mislead as a youth? do we rub off our true purpose due to false misleading truth?
are we prone to propaganda? are we prone to wrong information?
are we taught to judge each other based on religion
sex, race, culture, class, nation
the list goes on. the moral of this poem
may be hard to grasp. I know it’s not something usually heard
and it’s not your average task. but the point is to stop damaging what we cannot re-create
we shouldn’t prioritize selfish desires, and let them decide our fate
however let me tell you, in no way am i perfect and in no way am i better than you
I mean yea i wrote this message myself, but it applies to myself too
so it’s time to start improving and it’s time to start speaking
because resources are lowering and poverty is increasing
we allow cities to get larger, buildings to get taller
but trees to get shorter and forests to get smaller
we’re an ingenious species, we could easily change everything
but we’re made to think different due to decades of conditioning
we conform to education to confirm our own security
yet it’s a biased institution that makes wisdom hold obscurity
is it actually correct? and does it actually judge intelligence?
or is it just listening to our elders, and improving our obedience?
are possessions an illusion of worth? are we tricked in our thinking?
are we trying to buy wholeness and are we trying to buy meaning?
do they always give joy? do they distract us from reality?
do they determine our identity and do they alter our morality?
I mean what are our goals? this really isn’t a joke
can happiness be superficial and our routine a hoax?
do we live for the wrong things? whilst the right things choke?
is mainstream tv legit or can it dictate our attractions?
does it actually bring us together or does it separate us into factions?
we categorize each other via a social hierarchy
but status is made by humans, so who really are we?
is ego destroying eco? are the real problems disguised?
do we really know the truth or does our society feed us lies?
are we actually filling our voids? and does money hold any true weight? could we drop our
to renew our planet’s state? it really is time to stop living our lives in a shell
because doing nothing for others, is the undoing of ourselves
we’re all from the same source, so let’s see it for what it’s worth
we only have one home and that home is planet earth
So are our laws actually just? or can power avoid the prison?
are our governments really innocent or are they flawed in their decisions?
do they actually care for all life? or only for their own health?
do their motives come from morals? or do they just want power and wealth?
they try to justify a war on terror but it’s lasted for over a decade
it’s caused a million deaths so don’t you think they’ve overstayed?
is patriotism necessary? can’t we see it’s prejudicial?
have we forgotten our common grounds and have we forgotten what’s artificial?
I mean am I truthfully British? am i really european?
am i actually a western person? or am i just a human being?
see the media highlight the smallest of tragedies in first world countries
but fail to cover that over 90 million worldwide have died from hunger in 12 years
so where do our priorities lie?
Britain, China, Russia, America, France. Syria, Iran
Israel, Jordan, Iraq. whether western or middle east
everyone deserves peace. no more national wars
no more bodies deceased. let’s come together as one and keep humanity in one piece. so are we going to be responsible?
are we going to take a stand? are we going change our ways and play our cards on the other hand?
I’m not saying I have all the answers and I’m not forcing any suggestions i’m just saying it’s about time we see differently and it’s about time we ask some questions so what will you do? how much will you allow? this is my call for humanity, to create a change and the time to start, is now
Amongst all the pictures of food and nonsense on Facebook sometimes a gem will pop up and remind me why I keep using my account. Thanks to my Facebook friend, Hanna who posted Jamie Dunmore’s video saying, “Stop scrolling and watch this” … I stopped scrolling and watched it… (thanks Hanna). I immediately contacted Jamie asking to interview him…
Self-described as “an aspiring Public Figure/Speaker/Activist that’s trying to expand human consciousness.”, Jamie Dunmore’s spoken word video, “My Call For Humanity” impressed and moved me. It gave me much to think about. Things I wish more people would think about.
“I have no notions of a perfect society. I don’t know what that means. But I know we can do much better than what we’ve got.”
The Tyranny of Words Stuart Chase
The Best That Money Can’t Buy Jacque Fresco
Designing The Future Jacque Fresco
Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth R. Buckminster-Fuller
Critical Path R. Buckminster-Fuller
Grunch of Giants R. Buckminster-Fuller
Confessions Of An Economic Hitman John Perkins
Violence (Reflections on our Deadliest Epidemic) James Gilligan
The Engineers & The Price System Thorstein Veblen
The Demon Haunted World Carl Sagan
The Grip of Death. Michael Rowbotham
The Web Of Debt Ellen Brown
A Testament Of Hope Martin Luther King Jr
Science & Human Behaviour B. F. Skinner.
The Cancer Stage of Capitalism John McMurtry
The Trouble With Testosterone Robert Sapolsky.
Drive Daniel Pink
When The Body Says No Gabor Mate
The Spirit Level Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett
Letters From The Earth Mark Twain
Christ in Egypt D.M. Murdoch (Acharya S.)
The End Of Work Jeremy Rifken
Engines Of Creation K. Eric Drexler
Nanotechnology B.C. Crandall
A People’s History Of The United States. Howard Zinn
Punished By Rewards Alfie Kohn
Why Animals Suffering Matters Andrew Linzey
Eating Animals Jonathan Safran Foer
No Logo Naomi Klein
Patas arriba la escuela mundo revés Eduardo Galeano
Stupid White Men Michael Moore
The Silent Ark Juliet Gellatley
The Algebra of Infinite Justice Arundhati Roy
Ancient Futures Helena Norberg Hodge
Wandering Herman Hesse
The Prophet Khalil Gibran
Obedience To Authority Stanley Milgram
A Reasonable Life Ferenc Mate
If You Love This Planet Helen Caldicott
Letters From The Earth Mark Twain
Christ in Egypt D.M. Murdoch (Acharya S.)
The End Of Work Jeremy Rifken
Engines Of Creation K. Eric Drexler
Nanotechnology B.C. Crandall
A People’s History Of The United States. Howard Zinn
Punished By Rewards Alfie Kohn
80/10/10 Douglas N Graham
The China Study T Colin Campbell
Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating Erik Marcus
Left in the Dark Graham Gynn and Tony Wright
The Dueling Loops of the Political Powerplace Jack Harich
The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude
Etienne de la Boetie