Friday, 31 August 2012

How to build sustainable homes without spending a penny


Sustainable and stylish: Moneyless Man says it's possible
to build for free. Photograph: Simon Dale/Lammas
From Earthships to underground houses, The Moneyless Man says building low-impact housing for free is theoretically possible.

Access to land is one of the key obstacles in our path towards true sustainability, and without a radical shift in land policies, a moneyless society will remain what it is today – a philosophical one.

But if you do want to become communally-sufficient and moneyless, you'll first need access to a piece of land. While this is not a problem in the Hammersmith of William Morris's News from Nowhere or Thomas More's Utopia, within today's society it usually means the land needs to be bought, even if just as a one-off payment to free a piece of enslaved land from the wage economy. But there are exceptions.

In the 1950s, Vinoba Bhave set up a huge movement called Bhoodan (meaning land-gift) in India, to which ordinary landowners donated 5m acres – an area the size of Wales – to be put back into common ownership so that peasants could live and farm on it. While western culture makes such a movement unlikely, it's never impossible. For example, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's Landshare project matches those who have land but need help with it with those who can help but have no access to land. And it's growing rapidly. (Read further: Source)

Related links: Off The Grid & Moneyless Living


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