I had a fantastic time meeting many like minded people, learning all about the ethics and principles of permaculture while baking a cake in a solar oven. I think there is bound to be a solar cook-off among members of the permaculture groups soon... that will be exciting.....
The Solar Oven - this model costs about $600 and comes from the USA
Chasing up more information on the internet will no doubt find some good solar oven designs to build for ourselves. Just think ... those sunny days at home could be spent harnessing the suns heat to bake cakes or cook a meal for us... no electricity or gas costs, no wood burnt - no greenhouse emmissions.
There were many issues raised over the weekend that I would like to begin exploring in our families journey toward sustainability. To list a few -
- waste generated through needless purchases and packaging
- virtual water trading - water used in the production of different food products
- our level of sustainability if our systems fail (ie shops don't open, there is no power etc)
- disconnection between production and consumption...