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The reconciliation of human lifestyles with healthy and sustainable ecosystem functioning.
Human (mostly). Male. 30+ years old. Brother. Son. Ecologist by academic training. Dumpster Diving Team Squad Captain, Recycling Rockstar, and ace Mushroom Hunter in my spare time.
My heart lies in the forests and on the coast of Maine, where I was born and raised. I think I could be described as an avid traveler...right now I'm working my way around North America and have a pretty good start on it. My main passion and cause in life for the past several years and for the indefinite future is the reconciliation of human lifestyles with healthy ecosystem functioning...
My ideal recreation would probably be a slow canoe ride around a scenic lake or down a wooded river valley, or perhaps a good game of cards. And in my book it's not a good party unless there's dancing...
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I tell others about what a great idea it is and offer up my space to conscientious travelers like myself. And I refuse to let the fear which is so predominant in society regulate my hospitality towards others.
I started CouchSurfing several years ago and found that the sort of people I encountered were kindred traveling souls, open to giving hospitality to strangers and receiving it in turn.
CouchSurfing is about more than a place to stay--it is a cultural exchange of vicarious experiences and goodwill.
However, in the past year CouchSurfing has started marketing itself to the wider world as a for-profit corporation, merging with Facebook functionality and expanding its audience. Many of the Surfers I've hosted recently don't seem to have the original intent of CouchSurfing at heart, but are more often looking for just a free place to stay. I've moved over to BeWelcome.org, a non-profit hospitality exchange network that is more grassroots and less commercialized.
Canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, rock-climbing, hiking, outdoor recreation and adventure in general...
Recycling, composting, energy issues, permaculture & edible landscaping, farming & gardening, environmental interests in general...
Motorcycles. Cooking. Reading. Science fiction. Wilderness survival. Plant and mushroom identification. Fermented foods. Martial arts. Genealogy.
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: Evil Dead trilogy. Serenity. Willow. Wall of Films - Films for Action: www.filmsforaction.org/walloffilms/
Music: Ska music and reggae in general. Cruachan. Led Zepplin. Fiona Apple. P-funk. You name it...
Book: The Humanure Handbook. Reading the Forested Landscape. Cookbooks. Field guides. How-to books.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
A night swim under a dark sky in waters filled by photoluminescent plankton in Puerto Rico.
Teach, Learn, Share
What may be of interest to another I do not know. But it is probably best to teach things you are passionate about: How about nature and environmental sustainability for starters? Or HTML? I could teach you how to split wood or steer a canoe...
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, France, Guatemala, Ireland, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Sweden, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
New Zealand, United States