MZ3's vision is to help build a sustainable society based on wood.
Bill Mollison, the father of permaculture, said "the problem is the solution." This usually requires some patient thinking like in this shamelessly borrowed brilliant cartoon below.
Our impact on Earth can be explained as our Population x Affluence x Technology.
It is said if the whole population of the world lived as affluently as we do now we would need 5 planets.
This is obviously a problem.
Is the solution that our population’s collective goodwill x our affluence (education and means of communication) x old and new knowledge can sustainably deliver a level of affluence to everyone with our one planet?
To do this we have to produce sustainable shelter, organic food, clean water and sustainable energy.
Rocketing to colonise Mars is a backup plan but the rest of us will just have to fix our yard.
How can we be sustainable.
- by using existing simple technology and inventing new simple new technology:
Build only in natural materials - stone, mud and wood. Plant more trees to provide shade and shelter from strong winds where we live.
Grow organic food without artificial seeds, fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides. Food forests are the solution. Harvest tree loppings as mulch and use wood char after burning for energy to add to the soil. Recycle all our wastes.
Stop all rapid water runoff over bare surfaces. Make the soil a soft sponge like it was in the past with leaf mulch and grasses and slow and shade the flow of water through the landscape to keep streams and springs flowing and aquifers recharging year round. Nature keeps trying to cloak the soil - notice how weeds that have low water and nutrient requirements grow on empty ground. Nature tries to heal and recover itself.
Wood is nature's battery. It is 16X more energy dense than Lithium Ion batteries with no mining or processing required. It is Carbon Neutral. While growing it absorbs CO2 and only releases the same amount when burnt for energy and it is renewable unlike fossil fuels and even Lithium.
Want to make earth beautiful again. Be patient and kind to each other, make attractive buildings and things, plant and harvest a mosaic of diverse forests and grasslands not barren monocultures. Look after the water in the landscape.
You can see the pattern is to plant more trees with food crops amongst them and then actively manage and harvest these food forests.
The world has a net loss of 14bn trees per year so there is a lot of planting to be done just to stop the loss and then we have to catch up and plant much more to offset the tree losses over the past ten thousand years. So we need more trees. A lot of them. We have been deforesting for a long time. The ancient Greeks lost to the Macedonians because they had deforested so much their lances were 2 metres shorter.
How do we get more trees?
MZ3 is a technology company the MZ means Machine Zoo as we have built a lot of different machines. Deforestation is one of the biggest problems in the world today and can be solved simply by using renewable materials like wood and replanting trees. We want to help make that happen in 3 ways;
Reforestation to restore soils, retain water in the landscape and remove CO2 from the air.
Reforestation to provide animal habitat and stop and prevent further species loss.
Reforestation providing meaningful jobs, a right livelihood and a nice place to live - we can automate tedious, dangerous, dusty and noisy jobs and provide clean and green job opportunities in plant nurseries, tree planting, food and timber forestry and provide nice places to live in food forests near these job opportunities.
MZ3 works to help improve how efficiently we use of resources. To help restore the environment and ensure there is enough wood for the future we are developing high speed tree planting machines designed to rapidly reclaim degenerated farmland, rangelands and man-made deserts.
Some comments on sustainability from our ancestors:
The prophecy of the Rainbow Warriors
... a Cree woman told her.
There will come a time when the Earth grows sick and when it does a tribe will gather from all the cultures of the World who believe in deeds and not words. They will work to heal it...they will be known as the "Warriors of the Rainbow."
... Chief Seattle, who lived from 1780 to 1866:
"When the Earth is sick, the animals will begin to disappear. When that happens, The Warriors of the Rainbow will come to save them."
According to the story, a leader will not be the one that talks the loudest or boasts of successes. Leaders will be those whose actions speak for them and that have demonstrated wisdom and courage and proven that they work for the benefit of all.
This is happening, a lot of good people care and want to look after the Earth. The trick is do something anything even just talking about it your friends has an impact. Be brave and do what you know is right.
Why trees are the solution;
Life in Syntropy - The work of Ernst Gotsch and a small team helping promote his work
Tree cropping - 10MB download. J Russell Smith
George Ainsley Greenough, Western Australia
Interesting sustainability links - people who are doing great work;
Low Tech Magazine. Kris De Decker
Precious Plastic. - Dave Hakkens
The One Yard Revolution. - Patrick Dolan. The secret power of woodchips.
Ernst Gotsch - Swiss man who emigrated to Brazil and now farms a rainforest he created from scratch. Ernst uses lopped eucalypts on degraded Brazilian ranchland to restore forests for food - the solution to our current problems.
Try Youtube "Terra Prata" - ancient man made supersoil.
Bill Mollison, David Holmgren and Geoff Lawton - Australia - Permaculture and Food Forests
www.foodforest.com.au - Gawler, South Australia - long running commercial organic farm
Cuba the country - forced to go organic from 1989 onwards when the wall came down and Russia suddenly withdrew all support
Paul Gilding - Australian who wrote "The Great Disruption" about how we would react when global warming can no longer be ignored.
Allan Savory, Zimbabwe - cell grazing, holistically - maybe beef is not so bad
Bhaskar Save - India - tried and gave up Western Farming and prospered using natural farming methods
Justin Rhodes - USA - grows his family's food using chickens as tractors
Carbon Neutral - Western Australia - rehabilitating parts of the NorthEastern wheatbelt in Western Australia
Loyd Alter - the excellent and always interesting and wide ranging website http://www.treehugger.com/
Bill Gammage - author of The Biggest Estate on Earth - which has become the recipe for MZ3
Allan Pears tirelessly promoting the obvious free kick to be had from energy efficiency
The also tireless Giles Parkinson of RenewEconomy
Making, recycling amazing DIY - Instructables.com
Alternative Technology Association. Melbourne, Australia.