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Tools for Gridcrash

Tools for Gridcrash

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iIntrodctio
i Premisesiii e Purpose o this Bookletv Acknowledgementsvi Further Reading
1Water
1 Contamination2 Groundwater2
 
 Wells4
 
Springs4 Rainwater and Snow Collection7 Surface Water Collection7 Survival Sources7
 
Dug Still7
 
Transpiration7
 
Dew and Condensation8
 
 Water in Plants8
 
Observing other Animals8 Water Treatment8 Simple Treatments8
 
Straining8
 
 Aeration9
 
Storage9 Disinfection9
 
Disinfection by Boiling9
 
Chemical Disinfection10
 
Solar Disinfection10
 
Distillation12 Sand Filters12
 
Slow Sand Filters14
 
Rapid Sand Filters14
 
General Water Notes
15Latrines and Greywater
15 Latrines15
 
Siting Latrines15
 
Pit Latrines15
 
Trench Latrines16
 
Ventilated Improved Pit Latrines16
 
Other Options17
 
General Latrine Notes17 Composting Toilets18
 
e Jenkins Sawdust Toilet19
 
e Two Chamber Toilet19
 
Variations20
 
Composting Toilet Notes20 Greywater20
 
Greywater Pit20
 
Branching System20
 
Greywater Notes
1A note on He 2Cool Food Storage
22
 
 A note on Food Safety 22
 
 Water Immersion22
 
Cold Room23
 
In-ground Cooling24
 
Ice Caves / Ice Houses25
 
Ice Boxes25
 
Vapour Pantry / Pot-in-pot Cooler26
 
alvaged and Modified Refrigerators26
 
Cooling Notes:
7Cookin
27 Hayboxes28 Effi cient Wood-Burning29 Open Fires29
 
Building an open fire29
 
ree stone fire29
 
Hearth variations30
 
Fire hole30 Effi cient Woodstoves30
 
 Winiarski Rocket Stove31
 
Dona Justa Stove31 Solar cooking33
 
imple folding solar cooker33
 
olar Oven35
 
Parabolic cooker38
 
Biodigested Methane38
 
Cooking Notes
39Quick Lighting and He 
39 Lighting39
 
Oil Lamp39
 
Candles0
 
Rush Light0
 
Buddy Burner0
 
Reflectors0
 
Improvision Exercises0
 
Lighting Notes0 Heating1
 
Notes
2Rubbish
2 Garbage and Recycling Collection
Contents
 
age i
Introduction
T
his booklet is an excerpt from a larger book project which is in the works, called “In the Wake: A Collective Manual-in-Progress for Outliving Civiliza-tion.” is project, and my writings and life in general,are based on the premise that industrial civilization isdestroying the world and exploiting and murdering theinhabitants of the world. I believe that industrial civi-lization is not capable of doing anything else, whateverpolitical party (or corporation, or American-installedmilitary dictator) is “in charge”.I want to help to create communities which are equi-table, ecological, and sustainable. I also believe that wecan’t do this within the machinery of industrial civiliza-tion. More to the point, that machinery is insatiable,imperialistic, and in the end, suicidal. Civilization isdestroying itself along with the world.is introduction is necessarily brief, but I encourageyou to look at some of the resources at the end of thisintroduction to learn more about the assumptions thisbook is based on.
Premises
Let me be specific about what I mean by industrialcivilization. For many people, the word civilization callsto mind words like “refined, safe, convenient, modern,advanced, polite, enlightened and sophisticated.” Of course, these words are the words that civilized peopleuse to describe themselves. For example, if you look up the word “Christian” in the thesaurus, you will find words like “fair, good, high-principled, honourable,humane, noble, right, virtuous” and other words thatChristians might use to describe themselves, but whichhardly apply to the Crusades, the Witch-Burnings, orother such atrocities carried out by self-described Chris-tians.For a more unbiased definition of civilization, we canconsider historian Lewis Mumford’s use of the wordcivilization “to denote the group of institutions that firsttook form under kingship. Its chief features, constant invarying proportions throughout history, are the centrali-zation of political power, the separation of classes, thelifetime division of labor, the mechanization of produc-tion, the magnification of military power, the economicexploitation of the weak, and the universal introductionof slavery and forced labor for both industrial and mili-tary purposes.”
1
 Anthropologist Stanley Diamond cuts to the chase, andsays simply that “Civilization originates in conquestabroad and repression at home.”
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By “industrial”, I mean a society that is dependent onmachines for the basics of life. A society that needstractors to grow food, trucks to transport it, factories tosynthesize fertilizers, and so on, is an industrial society. A society where people participate in the growing of theirown food and other basics by hand would not be indus-trial.Put the two concepts together and you get industrialcivilization. is is a society with an extreme disparity of power, and where machines are built, and humansmechanized, in order to serve the needs of those inpower. Since those in power want, essentially, to becomemore powerful, society is caught in the claws of powerfulpeople who constantly seek to accelerate and extend theexploitation of human beings and the natural world. Wecan see the effects of this in the intense global destruc-tion of the living world.at the world is being destroyed probably isn’t newsto you. You’ve probably heard that 90% of the fish inthe ocean have been killed in the past 50 years, andthat those remaining are significantly smaller.
3
You’veprobably heard that the oceans are in a state of ecologi-cal collapse. And that phytoplankton, the basis of thebiosphere, has decreased in global population by 6% ina mere two decades, and by as much as 30% in someareas. Populations of krill, the tiny animals just abovephytoplankton on the ocean food chain, are down by 80% in three decades.
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You’ve probably read in the newsthat global warming will kill up to 37% of all species onearth by 2050
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(and you’ve probably noticed that theestimates of these casualties from global warming seemto increase just about every week). In essence, you’veprobably noticed, even if you only read the corporate-owned newspapers, that the world is being ever more

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