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 "Never underestimate the power of a small group of people to change the world.
In fact it is the only way it ever has." Margaret Mead
 

The Plant Works!

The Plant Works, has several components

*First, Urban Foresters for the Future:

- Trees to be cut for can be rescued. A national organization takes data and transports trees to be replanted &endash; with an emphasis on fruit trees as well as on rare or unusual specimens.

- That the way we treat trees currently is cruel. We can learn to respect them and to care for them much better than we do. Rather than cut trees down, because they're inconvenient, in the way, or for any reason not related to the health of a given tree or its community of trees, the tree would then be transplanted to some location where it is or would be wanted, useful, or needed. This could easily become a large-scale jobs program, will reduce global warming, provide value for communities, people, and more! Just think a grass roots program with career structures and even bureaucracies!

- There would be programs to grow trees, and begin a global tree planting program, which which could include but not be limited to reforesting projects and or to reestablish native species in their historic environment.

* Second, Back Yard Harvesters:

Urban, as well as other, gardeners could organize to grow food in back yards or other such public spaces. The food harvested would be shared with the property owners and those in need, the homeless, hungry via community pantries, or at community kitchens where individuals could prepare the food for themselves and or others. Yup, a great work and jobs program with career structures and even bureaucracies!

* Third, a jobs program for the homeless:

- Food Recycling: donated food from stores, restaurants or farmer's markets would be collected and given to the hungry, homeless or destitute.

- The persons doing this collecting could, simultaneously, collect recyclable items, or donated household items, which could be sold as is, repaired or repurposed.
Also, usable or reparable household items, which could be refurbished, repurposed, and or simply resold would be for the benefit of those in need. A similar program could be developed for automobiles, except this would involve parting out vehicles and or making them ready for use.

- Regular recycling could be collected and the funds generated be used
for the benefit of those collecting the materials
.

* Fourth, The Humble Home Program:

This program would address living conditions. A number of approaches could be considered. Designated Rest Areas, DRA, which could be unused parking lots, open areas near to transport lines, service providers. Parks could be used as well. These DRA's would require users to be sober, safe, and clean. Before entering a DRA a person would be checked to be sure they are in compliance with the community guidelines. Although they wouldn't be refused entry, those who may present a danger to themselves or others would be placed in a facility where they could sober up, detox, or be disarmed. Overall there would also be a license or ID process so as to facilitate the delivery of goods and services to those in need. A housing program which could put small "Tiny Houses" into back or side yards. These would be "dorm room sized" for the most part, be mass produced as "kits" that would be delivered to sites and assembled by locals. They would have solar panels, lighting, a small cooler for food and a means to heat food or the dwelling. A solar powered composting waste system would be in place as well. These structures would be temporary, in that they could, when necessary, be taken down, refurbished, and reused.

But why?

.. Well, this is not really just one idea it is a class of ideas,which may be of help to all those who cannot find employment for various reasons but who can take up such opportunities as these, or what others come to mind when these ideas are brainstormed, funded and experimented with. Different localities will be encouraged to experiment and as successes become evident it will be the government's duty to help localities develop and duplicate models that work. This is a win-win-win - all the way around!

 


But what do others think?
Here are a few newer links of interest:
http://t.act.nature.org/r/?id=h3625ea2,afd56c,afd573
http://t.act.nature.org/r/?id=h3625ea2,afd56c,afd574 and
http://t.act.nature.org/r/?id=h3625ea2,afd56c,afd575

National Alliance to End Homelessness, The State of Homelessness in America 2016: http://www.endhomelessness.org/library/entry/SOH2016.

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities, on the Internet at
http://www.nlchp.org/documents/No_Safe_Place

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, The 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress
http://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/2015-AHAR-Part-1.pdf.

Here are some advisements as to how we might ameliorate the situation:
https://www.waldenu.edu/programs/social-work-human-services/resource/homelessness-in-america-facts-everyone-should-know

Large data collections portrayed in simple terms and graphs.
https://projecthome.org/about/facts-homelessness

Here is a quick overview of the homelessness
http://frontsteps.org/u-s-homelessness-facts/

This web page provides a wealth of studies that are wide ranging and provide an good overview of the current status of homelessness in America
https://nche.ed.gov/ibt/research.php


..... I am intent upon problem solving and, in association with Creative Ideas Consulting of San Francisco, I am embarking on another means of affecting the warp and woof of our social fabric so as to promote a healthy change in the evolution of the human civilization or community on Earth.

..... Much more is coming but this note provides notice that help is on the way, in the meantime, to make inquiries, see the following link: Email Dan!