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June 16th, 2011

Interview: To Build A Village

Last week I sat down with Laura Markowitz with Arizona Public Media to discuss To Build a Village, an initiative that my colleague Beverly Beach and I are working to manifest in Haiti. From the article:

“If Haiti can restore its badly degrade ecosystems—only 2 percent of the nation’s forests remain—then the poorest country in the western hemisphere might have a chance to turn is economy and society around. Beach, Tirion and 44 other collaborators created a plan called To Build a Village. It starts with Haiti’s forests, soil and watershed, which Tirion says go hand-in-hand. The team will use permaculture techniques to slow, divert and collect rainwater as it flows down the hillsides to prevent erosion. They will nourish the soil with compost and plant trees whose roots will hold the soil in place. The building blocks of the villages—the actual bricks—will be made on site using a cement slurry and plastic garbage as mass. Solar energy, composting toilets, and water catchment systems will be installed in each of the 250 villages they propose to build.”

You can read (or listen to an audiocast of) the entire article at Arizona Public Media.

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