Friday, March 28, 2014

Amen Ankh Is Growing Green


 Our ancestors repurposed and reused everything. You can go to many African Countries, even now and find beautiful jewelry, unique furniture and accessories recycled with found items that have often been rejected and thrown away by other people.

Here in the US every city is inundated with vacant lots, which are plentiful in most urban neighborhoods. These lots can be converted to Urban Farms or community gardens, where entire neighborhoods can help plant and maintain the gardens and profit together with the farms.

We must re-connect our experiences with green initiatives. An example of how this connection is made is with recycling. This is another way is to engage our youth to go green. They can have Recycling drives, taking old clothes and re-creating, and making art with found and repurposed objects is an excellent and inspiring activity for school and neighborhood projects.
By composting, growing food and promoting other entrepreneurial initiatives can be fun and create a lifelong pursuit into the fields of Agriculture and Ecological Engineering and other Geo Sciences. There are many financial endowments and scholarships available to pay for educational opportunities in green initiatives. In Missouri, Lincoln University will give a full ride scholarship to any student who pursues a field in agriculture.

 Why should WE “Go Green?”
  • We are approaching a global food shortage
  • Cities are experiencing water shortages
  • Oil is finite
  • The demand for energy around the world is increasing
  • As above so below- We are all connected to the inner-verse and universe

What can we do?

  • Encourage and vote for elected officials who have a green agenda
  • Grow YOUR OWN FOODS AND Support People and companies who are concerned about the environment 
    • Sasteh Meter Mosley has been the Green Griot of Kansas City for more than 20 years and established EMWOT a Green Economic Development initiative. His Motto is "Stick a Seed in the Ground!"
    • Mama Nuta Beqsu (Adenike AmenRa) Is a Gnome Builder. She Established Amen Par Ankh (Sacred Temple of Life) Amen Ankh Urban Farm as a Neighborhood center for life, Growing food and teaching health and Wellness, in the heart of the most blighted Kansas City urban neighborhoods. She teaches STEMM education through You GROWW Girls- (Gaining Resiliance, Opportunity Wellness and Wealth) providing Agricultural and Outdoor activities for the youth teaching Urban Sustainable living, recycling, Arts and Crafts and Herbal Arts
    • The Recipe Poetry Guild is traveling the country as social activist and Spoken word artists who bring attention to the nuclear weapons plant toxicity and Sustainable living.
    • Nadine Farris has been growing an Abundant Community garden for years
    • Mamma Helen Bey has been teaching Health and Wellness for more than 5 Decades.
    • Imhotep Maat Ra has been teaching health and wellness with Magnificent Foods
    • Mama Charlotte O’Neal is a cultural Artist, musician and elder who is travelling the country to share the knowledge of green sustainable living from Tanzania to the US and beyond. Her efforts to support the Tomorrow Children and brother Pete O'neal have been her passion and dedication for years.
    •  DJ Cavem is a green rapper sharing the good news with his family about vegan living and Urban Farming.
    • Colin Kaepernick has Personally Supported Black Lives Matter and Urban Agriculture.
    • Wangari Maathai has assisted women’s groups in planting over 40 million trees.
    • Shai Agassi wants to replace gas stations with electric charging stations
    • Will Allan is sharing the knowledge of Aquaponics and Urban Farming.
    • Ron Finley has personally supported community Gorilla Gardening 
    • Van Jones helped Congress pass the Green Jobs Act of 2007 which provides $125mm to train 35,000 people/year
    • UPS saved 50,000 gallons of gas by reducing left-hand turns
    • Plants are now being operated via methane-powered gas
    • Spellman College is the first HBCU to build a LEED Certified residence hall
    • The Peace Planters and other organizations are working to shut down nuclear power plants all over the country
    • NY City plans to convert its entire taxi fleet to hybrids by 2011
    • Greensburg, Kansas is being rebuilt “Green”

Easy Ways For You To “Go Green” And Lower Your Carbon Footprint

  • Reduce Reuse Recycle, Repurpose Plastic items. Plastics can be woven, and remelted in safe conditions to create innovative things.
  • Support Local Urban Growers
  • Grow food NOT lawns- In order to Free yourselves you must Feed yourselves!
  • Shop locally for locally made products
  • Divest from global corporate slave mills and factories and products manufactured by prison slave labor.
  • Choose more natural fabrics and dyes that can be returned to the earth.
  • Reuse shopping bags instead of "Paper or Plastic."
  • Prepare and eat your home or locally grown Fruits and Vegetables - fresh and raw as often as possible- sprout, blend and Juice. Try replacing a few food items every week that you regularly buy with locally grown natural alternatives.
  • Designate one day each week as a NO MEAT DAY
  • Walk, Ride a bike, Share, and Use public transportation over a single driver in a SUV.
  • Save and reuse juice pulp in recipes or add to compost.
  • Collect rain water for food Growers
  • Use coffee grounds and hair as plant compost/fertilizer
  • Compost your Food Scraps and return the new soil back to the land
  • Prepare your family dinners and sit down to eat together -rather than Fast Food
  • If you must eat on the run- store fresh and dried fruits and homemade Snacks and juices in your car.
  • Consume less- Recycle More
  • Choose alternative fueled cars using solar and electric over fossil fuel driven vehicles
  • Plant a tree
  • Protect your  ground water -Don’t use pesticides and weed killers on the lawns
  • Choose neither paper nor plastic – take your own washable bags when shopping
  • Use natural light instead of electricity as often as possible
  • Have an energy audit done on your home
  • Use Solar Panels to lower your utility bills
  • Don’t linger in the shower, turn water on and off
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth
  • Take low water baths - don’t fill the tub
  • Replace current light bulbs throughout the house with carbon florescent light bulbs (CFLs)
  • Install a programmable thermostat for better heating/cooling efficiency
  • Use natural products for house cleaning (baking soda and vinegar, borax or steam for bathroom and kitchen cleaning)
  • Turn off the stove a few minutes before the food is ready – heat from skillet or pan will continue to cook food
  • Use a power strip for countertop appliances – to turn all off when not in use
  • Only turn on the Washer and dishwasher when it has a full load
  • Turn Off water between rinsing dishes- or don’t rinse dishes until you use them -to create a barrier for insects.
  • Install an attic fan
  • Install a tank-less water heater
  • Wash clothes (even whites) in cold water
  • Replace chlorine bleach with hydrogen peroxide (1/4 cup)
  • Select electronic billing and e-correspondence for all your current mail
  • Consider second-hand clothing for your next purchase
  • Get your children involved and concerned about green life(encourage them to do science projects and make green gifts)
  • Talk to your children’s school principal about going green
  • Give green gifts with reused green wrapping paper of gift sacks Reuse newspapers for gift wrapping
  • Run errands clockwise and try to eliminate left hand turns as often as possible
  • Take a green vacation
  • Consider a hybrid car when it’s time to replace your current vehicle

If more people got involved in rediscovering their neighborhoods—invoking green initiatives in the process, killing, and Underground crime would actually decrease and there would be more home cottage and small businesses blooming to create sustainable revenue.

Amen Ankh means (sacred life)
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Vernal Equinox Bringing in the New Year

The vernal equinox occurs on March 20, or the 21st of each year.

Equinox Means "Equal Night"


The March equinox, which marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere, marks The Rite of Spring. As we welcome spring, people south of the equator are actually gearing up for cooler temperatures of autumn.

 What Happens at the Equinox?

 Far from being an arbitrary indicator of the changing seasons, March 20 (March 21 in some years) is significant for astronomical reasons. On March 20, 2014, at precisely 12:57 P.M. EDT, the Sun will cross directly over the Earth's equator.

Translated literally, equinox means "equal night." Because the Sun is positioned above the equator, day and night are about equal in length all over the world during the equinoxes. A second equinox occurs each year on Sept. 22 or 23; in 2014, it will be on Sept. 22 at 10:29 P.M. EDT. This date will mark the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the vernal equinox in the Southern (vernal denotes "spring").

These brief but monumental moments owe their significance to the 23.4 degree tilt of the Earth's axis. Because of the tilt, we receive the Sun's rays most directly in the summer. In the winter, when we are tilted away from the Sun, the rays pass through the atmosphere at a greater slant, bringing lower temperatures. If the Earth rotated on an axis perpendicular to the plane of the Earth's orbit around the Sun, there would be no variation in day lengths or temperatures throughout the year, and we would not have seasons.

Rituals and Traditions

People have recognized the vernal equinox for thousands of years. There is no shortage of rituals and traditions surrounding the coming of spring. Many early peoples celebrated for the basic reason that their food supplies would soon be restored. The date is significant in Christian religion because Resurrection day (Easter) always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. It is also probably no coincidence that early Kemet built the Great Sphinx pointing directly toward the rising Sun on the day of the vernal equinox.

The first day of spring also marks the beginning of Nowruz, the Persian New Year. The celebration lasts 13 days and is rooted in the 3,000-year-old tradition of Zorastrianism.