Costa Rica has successfully ditched fossil fuels for over two months! 

The Latin American country of Costa Rica has achieved an impressive milestone in green energy production by generating 100 per cent of its energy from renewable resources, with a combination of hydropower and geothermal for 75 days in a row.

Thanks to the favorable rainy conditions in the first months of the year, four of Costa Rica’s hydropower plants — Arenal, Cachí, La Angostura and Pirrís — are generating nearly enough electricity to power the entire country. Using a mix of geothermal, solar, and wind energy sources, the nation of 5 million inhabitants hasn’t needed an ounce of coal or petroleum to keep the lights on since December of 2014.

What an extraordinary effort by a small nation! Way to go!

Hey if you want to grow a veggie garden and want to repel insects without hurting the bees you can consider:

  • Flowers like marigolds and nasturtiums repel most insects.
  • Herbs like catnip and peppermint can also repel most insects. Do some research, there’s an herb for almost every bug.

  • Some natural insecticides don’t effect bees, like neem oil, bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki (usually just called btk but if you google that you get the serial killer), and certain insecticidal soaps.

  • And you can even do some googling and order live ladybugs or beneficial wasps to release into your garden.

It might seem like people pushing for less chemical use in home gardens are closely aligned with the ‘gmos will give you cancer’ crowd, but the problem with insecticides is not only do they kill the bees in your garden (which still adds up), but some of them, like neonicotinoids, can be carried back to the hive and kill the entire hive, and those numbers really add up. (Anecdote: It happened to a local bee keeper, entire hives of his just started dying in the middle of spring.) And please always carefully read the labels or ask around while shopping for any live plants, as harmful chemicals may have already been applied.

omnivore: actually vegans are the cruel ones because soybeans farming takes resources from poor countries and thats why i eat meat and won’t be vegan

reality: 85% of soy goes to animal feed, even if you ate nothing but soy you’d contribute less to this problem than you do by eating animals

omnivore: *does not change their behavior because they don’t actually care about poor people and were just looking for excuses to not change their behavior*

  • Neoliberal: Marxism is such an outdated way of looking at the world. Classes are disappearing and the future looks brighter than ever! =)
  • The world: *eight people control more wealth than half of humanity and climate change threatens to upend life as we know it*
  • Neoliberal: At least it's not seven people, and Bill Gates will develop something that will save us all =)

If your hippie philosophy isn’t anti-capitalist, anti-racist, and anti-patriarchy, then it is incomplete.
If your hippie philosophy deliberately ignores how social structures interact and keep people locked in oppressive situations, then it is propaganda in service of the powerful.
If your hippie philosophy imagines solarpunk ecotopias and egalitarian communes without any concrete plan of how to make them a social norm, then it is empty idealism keeping people apolitical and complacent. 

Breaking off from society in small groups to form communes is no different from the utopian socialists of the 1800s – it’s an incomplete call to action that offers no substantive blueprint for how to make that egalitarian culture a global norm. Solarpunk activists are the analogous Marxist socialists in this scenario – they understand that creating the ideal society is not just a matter of ideas but also a matter of material power and economic arrangements. Capitalism is an economic class structure built around unlimited growth and profit accumulation for a small set of elites – there is no way to make it “green” or sustainable, and refusing to challenge it makes hippie attitudes naively idealistic at best and complacently reactionary at worst. 

There is something to appreciate about “hippie aesthetics” with regard to environmentalism, art, social imagination, and the egalitarian spirit. These are valuable traits that a post-capitalist world will need to latch onto if it is to survive and thrive. More people are probably going to be drawn to solarpunk sensibilities than to traditionally Marxist or anarchist ones, so there is a case to be made in favor of uplifting this project aesthetic. But we need to combine the social imagination with an unyielding commitment to political ideals.