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A vital part of Valhalla Movement is the three ethics in permaculture: Care for the People, Care for the Earth, and Share the Surplus. In order to fulfill those ethics, we had to ask; what do these ethics mean for us?
Applying permaculture locally began our journey.
Companion planting, remediation of GMO soil, building innovative natural structures, etc. By demonstrating permaculture on our land in Quebec, we continue to have a huge success in:
- Teaching sustainable living techniques to locals
- Spreading knowledge and examples through social media
- Being the example we want to see in the world
Supplying Basic Needs to Everyone
A key part of the Valhalla Movement is spreading our passions of sustainability, self reliance, and collaborative action on a Global scale. Our next step to fulfill our mission: supply everyone with fresh food and water, ESPECIALLY those in need.
Direct Action goes to Charleston, West Virginia
In January 2014, 300,000 peoples’ water was termed “non-potable” during a massive chemical spill into the Elk River. The devastation lead to a plea of help around the country. Six days after the spill, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began lifting warnings for toxic water with minor exceptions.
“…the Centers for Disease Control issued a statement warning pregnant women to avoid ingesting tap water. In the same letter, in an effort to calm everyone else, the agency insisted that it “does not anticipate any adverse health effects” for the rest of the population. But “does not anticipate” feels a long way from “safe.”
Whether or not the water is “safe” for consumption eight months afterward, we decided it was time for some permaculture action.
With some research, we found the Charleston Rain Catchers; a group implementing permaculture techniques around the city (such as rain catchment systems and organic gardens). Communications with Sara Cowgill, an active member of the Rain Catchers among other city projects, led to the expressed need for funding, exposure, and community involvement. We had found our niche in West Virginia.
After months of collaborative planning and raising funds our branch, Direct Action Valhalla, is in the finalized stages of preparation. Our involvement includes: a rain catchment build, community workshop, and documentary on the past, present, and future of Sustainable West Virginia.
Our quest is just beginning in a small city of Appalachia, but rest assured it will continue far and wide.