Hi, this is Geoff.

We just arrived in the UK, where we’ll be travelling for a bit before heading to the Dead Sea for next month’s PDC held at the Greening the Desert site, followed by a 2-day “Going Off-Grid Solar Power” workshop, capped off with a 4-week Greening the Desert Internship. Busy but exciting! If you have an interest in any of these and can manage to skip on over to Jordan, we invite you to join us.

In the meantime, let’s jump in to this week’s Friday Five.

Greening the what?: So you already know about the Greening the Desert project, but how about Greening the Camps? That’s right: A wonderful and innovative project devoted to designing, developing, and maintaining rooftop gardens in Palestinian refugee camps. From the group’s vision statement: “The project is driven by our passion for environment and earthcare and our understanding of urban design and its toolsets. Sharing and gathering knowledge, as well as creating a truly sustainable livelihood are closely linked with our devotion to enrich impoverished urban and camp areas.” I absolutely LOVE this idea, and look forward to visiting these visionaries when we get to Jordan next month.  

A different kind of “bath”: Ever heard of “forest bathing?” Don’t worry, I hadn’t either…even though I’ve done it thousands of times. Funny the terminology that some folks come up with, but if that means getting people to do something new — something that every permaculturist already knows to be intuitively beneficial — so be it. Without further ado: Forest Bathing 101.

Spectacular (literally): Here are the words: “A rare flood has transformed the country’s Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre from an arid salty basin to a spectacular, watery oasis — a striking spectrum of colors, from aquamarine blue to rose pink and bright white.” And here are the images. And more pics here. Hint: You *must* see the pictures, as the words alone don’t do justice to the surreal colors brought about by the rare flooding.

Heat — the next big inequality issue: The tagline in this fascinating piece speaks volumes: The deadly global heatwave has made it impossible to ignore: in cities worldwide, we are now divided into the cool haves and the hot have-nots.” Full article from The Guardian here.

In case you missed it: A few pieces of interest this week from our sister site, the non-profit Permaculture Research Institute:

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That’s it for the Friday Five. As always, if you have any comments / reactions / or a different point of view, please share below.

Cheers, and have a great week,

Your friend,