Cherry Trees Blossoming in NY Today.

It’s New Year’s eve, and today I had the opportunity to visit a fantastic museum in Beacon, New York. However intrigued I was at all the conceptual art, I was blown away in their outdoor garden. The cherry trees were in blossom. It’s December 31st. It was near sunset, and the sun shone through the trees and their pink and yellow blossoms, with the broad Hudson river and rolling mountains framing the view. I wore a light sweater, and was quite comfortable without a jacket. As beautiful and pleasant the aesthetic experience, I realized the museum’s garden was not designed to be a futuristic experience of spring’s splendor, and that the experience is the reality of a changing climate.

As the new year approaches, the immediacy of the severity of humankind’s impact on the environment is fresh in my mind. I am honored to be part of a small organization dedicated to creatively and actively create the change that is so greatly needed. I look forward to this coming year, and all the action towards bettering our common future.

Last Chance for 2006

It’s just a few hours before New Year’s and it’s your last chance to give a tax free donation to AIDG for 2006.

We need your help to continue providing electricity, sanitation, and clean water to underserved rural communities in developing countries. Together we can make a difference in the lives of many families by providing affordable and environmentally sound technologies that address their most pressing needs.

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We’ve made huge strides in 2006. The hydroelectric project at Comunidad Nueva Alianza has been completed (press release coming soon; see some of the photos on Flickr) and is providing 40 familes (over 200 people) with access to electricity in their homes for the first time. We’ve made significant inroads at XelaTeco and have dramatically expanded our programs and offerings. Not too shabby for a crack team of young idealists.

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Back to work

My mom is doing A LOT better and will be home soonish (si Dieu veut). I’ll be back to blogging after the New Year. I may have to cut down the frequency for a spell as we are simultaneously ramping up other AIDG activities.

For the week from Xmas to Epiphany I was planning to do the 12 days of appropriate technology. I think I’ll still because I was really looking forward to such titles as 5 golden rings: cell phones, 3 French hens: biodigesters, 10 lords a-leaping: wireless repeaters, 7 swans a-swimming: water purification, and 8 maids a-milking: refrigeration.

Making of Geekcorps CanTV (high res) (YouTube)

I linked to this in a previous top 10 post, but I thought it was worth popping up here again. When I next head down to Guate, one of the big things I want to do is produce some short how-to videos on making the different technologies. I really like the style of this video (as a supplement to written directions). What do folks think?

In the village of Bourem Inaly, Mali there are over 120 television sets powered by 12-volt car batteries, but there is almost nothing to watch. With its CanTV project, Geekcorps has helped the local radio station stream video content to the local community over WiFi. The radio station which rents these units out benefits from a new monthly revenue stream, while the villagers benefit with an improved source of news and entertainment. Link