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Overcoming

Teaching ideas for economic survival and shared solutions for sustainable low cost green living.

Frugal living, organic food, Anti-consumerism, community activism, do assure that sustainability can grow.

 

Consumerism is a pattern of behavior that helps to destroy our environment, personal financial health, the common good of individuals and allows the destruction of political institutions.

This site details methods that you can use to help defeat consumerism, save money, work less and lead a more satisfying and environmentally benign life while you help to restore the economic self-sufficiency of your community.

We present resources that can help the reader become a better-educated citizen and grassroots activist starting from any level of commitment and knowledge.

In addition, we present techniques that you can use to make yourself and your community less vulnerable to the economic forces that are forced upon us from outside.

Those that continue to play the economic game by obsolete rules are in a losing game. Learn how to create your own game and rules that benefit you.

Online since 1995  

Updated Constantly  

Here are the pages of our site.

At the end of this list is our original home page with both images and amplified descriptions.

How consumerism affects society

What does overcoming consumerism accomplish?

Active resistance to consumerism

Two comparative families show the effects of consumerism

How to grow your own food

Is it acceptable to steal from a large corporation?

Consumerism in the Arts

Our Dumpster Diving Page

The Alternate Economy

A solution for the high cost of living though shared housing

Extreme Recycling techniques

Open Source Software

Easy hands-on methods to save resources and money

Resources/References for Education and Action

Radical Anti-Consumerism

Cars

Why we shut off your polluting engine and where to find the keys

How to Raise and Plant Trees for free

Corporate influence and interlocking boards of directors

Arguments against the use of styrofoam products

quotes from various books referred to in our site

Who we are & our own personal consumer choices.

Who to cite for school papers.

Consumption chart to print and help quantify how much you use

Outside links illustrating what we have prepared attentive readers for since 1995.

The Slow Crash by Ran Prieur

The End of Growth by Richard Heinberg

Here is the essential and masterful Crash Course by Chris Martenson, This is a detailed and highly illustrated series of free videos with accompanying transcripts. It is something that every educated citizen should watch and familiarize themself with. After you watch part or all of it, you will realize that many of the techniques and methods we showcase are valuable, not just as a means to live a green life and to do the right thing but as a means of long term economic and community survival.

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Finally, Read the desperate stories of hundreds of people in the Middle Class and Once Well Off Class who now suffer economic death as the changing rules of society make them irrelevant, poverty bound and the wealth of our nation drifts upward to the top 1%.

WE ARE THE 99%

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Our original home page as it used to look with amplified descriptions and pictures:

PHILOSOPHY

 How Consumerism affects society, the economy and environment.

The ideal world that we almost had when the Middle Class flourished and the things that we can change to help bring it back. 

http://verdant.net/society.htm

 

Herman Krieger

 

Realize we are running out of oil and must prepare for industrial and ecosystem collapse. It is only by assuring sustainability, better yet building sustainability by defeating consumerism, that we can prepare for ecosystem collapse. K-12 environmental studies, ecological family values, the consumer catalogue of pueblo Colorado, frugal living, tightwading, green political thought, economic and consumer activism, all these are really strengthening community health. What does overcoming consumerism accomplish?  http://verdant.net/anticons.htm

 

Active resistance to consumerism.

 Getting aggressive about it and hitting the bastards where it counts.

http://verdant.net/resist.htm

 

Two comparative families show the effects of consumerism

The choices that they make and their consequences.

THE-BINGE--FAMILY-!

http://verdant.net/families.htm

 

How to Grow Your Own Organic Vegetables for Frugal Living and Sustainability
Everything that you need to learn about

How to grow much of your own food:

in a yard, on a balcony or a rooftop.

http://verdant.net/food.htm

 

Is it acceptable to steal from a large corporation?

Do the same morals apply to them as to real human beings? Discussion and examples.

http://verdant.net/stealcorp/.htm

 

Consumerism in the Arts: The hijacking of Art by speculation.  http://verdant.net/arts.htm

 

Our Dumpster Diving Page

The techniques of obtaining otherwise wasted building materials for free.

Deforestation is tragic, more so when 11% of a forest becomes waste lumber in a dumpster.

http://verdant.net/building_ideas.htm

 

Next,
some ways to become a better educated citizen, less vulnerable to predatory corporations

and better prepared for economic downturn.

 

TAKING ACTION

Consumer vigilantism and self protection.

 

The Alternate Economy - Definitions and examples-

A model for the economically disenfranchised American who can profit from

the honorable skills of poverty and community cooperation.

http://verdant.net/alternate_economy.htm

 

Our favorite project: Richmond Grows, A public seed lending library as well as a forum to provide educational materials so that every community in America and the world can establish their own seed lending libraries.

http://www.richmondgrows.org/index.html

 

The Slow Crash by Ran Prieur. 1001 Reasons why you should strengthen your family and your community.

 

And another viewpoint with the same conclusions for you:

 

The End of Growth by Richard Heinberg

 

  Hill House: A solution for the high cost of living

How to live well on less than $20 a day for housing, food,

and all essentials in the S.F. Bay Area.

http://verdant.net/sharedhousing.htm

 

How to empty and recycle aluminum tubes.

A better way to recycle paper.

You're half way through

the index.

http://verdant.net/recycling.htm

The Internet, paid for and built by the taxpayer,

seized by corporations for their own profit and now,

reclaimed by the public.

Open Source Software: Basic description, Lots of links, Free downloads, how to use it.

http://verdant.net/opensource.htm

Easy hands-on methods to save resources and money.

Hundreds of small actions build an an edifice of efficiency and conservation.

Learn or contribute ideas.

http://verdant.net/handson.htm
 

  Resources/References for Education and Action http://verdant.net/resource.htm

Lots of links to various subjects and disciplines that have the potential to affect our lives.

 

Radical Anti-Consumerism

http://verdant.net/rad.htm TURN_AWAY_FROM_CONSUMERISM

CARS

http://verdant.net/cars.htm

 

For people who are tired of breathing diesel exhaust from unattended trucks:

"Why we shut off your engine and where to find the keys..."

http://verdant.net/yourdiesel.htm

 

How to Raise and Plant Trees

http://verdant.net/cartons.htm SEEDLING

 

THEESSENTIAL
ISINVISIBLE
CORPORATE INFLUENCE, MONEY AND INTERLOCKING
BOARDS OF DIRECTORS

If you
really want to understand the world....

http://verdant.net/corp.htm

 

 Arguments against the use of styrofoam products.

Contains detailed printable information to help community activists or individuals working alone learn why and how to persuade merchants to stop using styrofoam(polystyrene) hot drink cups, food containers and packing material--Why styrofoam is bad.

http://verdant.net/nofoam.htm



More Resources/References for Education and Action.

http://verdant.net/resource.htm  

 

Want LOTS more? Feel like doing some eclectic reading?

Here are quotes from various books referred to in our site: 

http://verdant.net/quotes.htm#60%

 

Who we are & our own personal consumer choices.

Citations for school papers.

A printable Consumption chart to help quantify how much you use. USE_LESS,_WORK_LESS,_LIVE_MOREhttp://verdant.net/chart.htm

 

We have created sections of resources that allow you to actually DO things to improve society and your own well being, rather than merely talk or think about it, which is of course an essential first step. We all know what is lacking and worth keeping in our own communities, therefore we shouldn't rely on outside experts and consultants and qualified people to make the decisions for us-especially when they are trying to sell us yet more products. 

Sometimes, however, we do need outside sources of information and tools to facilitate positive changes. There are many organizations dedicated to change that are having a growing effect on society. These organizations are usually not mentioned in the mainstream media and we enjoy providing a forum for you to use them.

  Much of what we provide here has been suggested by others.

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