Take it to Zero — 19 Comments

  1. Hi to all of you, Planet Lovers!

    Just you to know that there is such a site that collects right-now solutions from around the world to fix, heal and improve our Planet Earth!

    Here is the link:

    As the editor, I invite anybody that would like to contribute either by:

    1) becoming a “collector” of eco-friendly solutions, like an eco-investigator: find a solution…you email it to me!

    2) becoming an active writer for The Planet Fixer Digest

    3) or simply by making a contribution

    It is a 100% NON profit site, one person operated site…for now!

    I have many solutions sleeping in my files ready to be posted and share with the world. It is just a matter of finding the time. Any help to publish them would be more than welcome!

    Our Mother Earth would really appreciate it!

    Roger Pilon, Editor
    The Planet Fixer Digest

    NOTE: you can also contact me by using the form on the site

  2. Communications is extremely important in these types of endeavors. This is especially true in disaster areas where commuinications systems are often wiped out.

    There are already millions of ham radio operators all around the world, most are more than willing to lend a hand with communications into and out of very difficult to reach areas. It’s just a matter of letting them know of the needs.

    Once a a radio operator has his license, and has acquired or built his own equipment, ham radio is free for the rest of his life. I wish more NGO’s would incorporate ham radio into their plans. Never worry about whether phone lines are down, or cell service being spotty again. Ham radio digital communications modes can relay most files, database, images, etc all around the globe into the most hard to reach places where there isn’t a cell tower for hundreds and hundreds of miles.

    Imagine someone like Dr. Geiger being able to have Ham Radio communications directly to builders in Nepal right now? Computer files of building plans could be transferred over Ham Radio with recommendations for appropriate buttressing, window reinforcements, barbed wire placement, you name it.

    This type of communication becomes revolutionary when the worlds poorest people can rely on the world’s best experts on a topic to advise them in their time of greatest need.

    Ham Radio has been around for well over 100 years doing these kinds of communications, and sadly a very tiny percentage of people are even aware that the capability exists and how powerful it can be.

    I bet I could teach Kelly Hart and Owen Geiger everything they need to know to pass a Ham Radio license exam over the internet.

    If they were interested.

  3. Hi! I’ve been following the blog for a while now and I’m very excited about this campaign.

    I suggest getting a twitter hashtag and account started as soon as possible so people can easily communicate ideas, projects, progress, etc.
    Maybe a Facebook too, just to have presence there? Social media is hugely important now. I’m willing to help out in any way I can.


    • Good ideas, thanks. First we’re going to build forum as the main discuccsion platform to keep everything organized. After it’s done then maybe you could help with the twitter and facebook page. I’ll email you later when we’re ready.

  4. Another idea is to offer information online in a format that fits on handheld electronic devices. Smart phones and tablet PCs are much more widely available than desktop PCs.

  5. Owen,

    Great concept and would like to get involved. Maggi’s efforts are just what I am looking for here in Panama because I am planning to use the rice hulled bag system for a house here soon.

    Have join the association and wondering if a newsletter is in the plans?

    Let me know how I can help.



    • Right now it’s just a seed of an idea. The next step is probably making a blog similar to this one. WordPress blogs are free and easy to set up. In the meanwhile, you could contact Maggi through her website:

      Be sure to read the previous rice hull articles posted here on our site.

      Any other ideas? A forum could be very effective. That way people could choose a topic they’re interested in and have focused discussions with others. Do readers know how to set up free MyBB software? I would need an administrator to help out.

  6. My plan is to start a new blog for Take it to Zero if there’s sufficient interest. Basically, our world is falling apart, but at the same time there are thousands and thousands of incredible ideas that can halt and reverse the damage. Often times there’s some missing piece that hinders wider use of this information and so this project seems very worthwhile.

    • That’s another good idea. It reminds me of using black soldier fly larvae:

      You’re already headed down this path with your website, making free instructables, writing an ebook, etc. You’re already doing what I’m talking about. But maybe you can think of ways to spread this information faster. Video clips? Social media? Networking? Workshops? Getting published in magazines? You may be doing all these things already. I’m just throwing out ideas for other readers.

      • yes, BSF are another similar tool, as are earthworms and a number of insects.

        We are starting to make some videos, hope to improve that in the coming months. But you are right, we need to get this information in as many places and formats as possible.

  7. I think this is a fantastic idea, and would love to see it take off like wildfire. Let me know if I can contribute in some way. I’m currently researching human-powered vehicles, both for able-bodied and handicapped people.

    • Good, thanks. One way to help: Pick a topic that you’re really passionate about such as human-powered vehicles and think of ways to make them more accessible to those who need them. This would likely include doing lots of research to see what’s already available and then identifying ‘gaps’ or weaknesses in how things are currently being done. Example: maybe certain machines are only available pre-built in one country. How could you get free plans and put them on the Internet? Is there a good website where plans like this would fit right in so they’re easy to find. Start with a machine that you’d like to have and also of interest to lots of other people. Doing it this way maintains your interest so it’s not work in the normal sense of the word. You’re just following your passion. As you gain some success you could start a blog to attract other human-powered vehicle plans. You might have better ideas.

  8. Not sure what you have in mind here Owen. Are you thinking of a book, DVD, group of some kind… Would be happy to get involved taking rice husk bag building to anyone that wants to do it.

    • Thanks Maggi. I see you as a key stakeholder since you have in-depth information and building experience with rice hulls. I would ask you to think carefully about the best way to share this information. One possibility is to create a sustainable building wiki. This is a free online site where authors can publish information. Appropedia would be a good choice: This link is to Paul Olivier’s rice hull construction wiki. You could create a similar wiki to explain your building method. Another option is to call for volunteers to help write the wiki. You could be the team leader to organize the project. We could promote the effort here at Natural Building Blog. Ekopedia is another good wiki:

      In summary, rice hull building is a good example of sustainable building. With a bit of improved organization the building details could be more readily accessible.

  9. Hi, would like to get involved, at the moment I would like to just stay in contact, and see if I can help.


    Keep un contact


    • Okay, thanks. I have your email address now. If this takes off then you’ll see future blog posts on the topic.

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