This man spent 36 years carving through mountains to bring water to his village

April 21, 2017 by  
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In 1959, the small village of Caowangba in China ’s Guizhou Province had a problem – a drought had dried up all the nearby water sources, and residents were forced to rely on a single well for drinking water. Even that single well was faltering, sometimes leaving the people of the town without enough water to go around. Worse yet, the town’s single rice paddy had dried up, making it hard for residents to access enough food. Something had to be done. But rather than give up and move to a new home, one man named Huang Dafa decided to lead an ambitious project to dig a 10-kilometer canal along the face of several sheer cliffs to bring water to his home. It took 36 years and at least one failed attempt, but now enough water flows to the city to provide food and drinking water to everyone. Many have compared Dafa to the legendary figure Yu Gong , an old man whose determination caused the gods to literally move mountains from his path. At only 23 years old, Dafa made the project his life’s work. To build the canal, villagers had to carve along the sheer cliffs of three karst mountains , dangerous work that involved climbing up the side of the mountains, tying themselves to trees, and rappelling hundreds of meters down the cliff to dig. Related: Indian Man Single-Handedly Plants 1,360 Acre Forest Naturally, it took a bit of persuading before anyone else in town was willing to take on this dangerous work. But in the end, the only other option was to do nothing and watch the town continue to struggle. Unfortunately, after a decade of work, the first attempt at a canal was unsuccessful in bringing water to the city. It wasn’t a total waste: the effort did create a tunnel through the mountains that allowed for easy travel through the stone, rather than around, which is still in use today. Dafa realized they needed a better understanding of irrigation to make the project work. So he left to study engineering for several years, and planned his next attempt even more meticulously. In the early 1990s, he persuaded the villagers to try again. The workers often slept in caves along the cliff side, and the remote location made it difficult to reach them in case of emergency – in fact, Dafa was working in the mountains when his daughter and grandson passed away, unable to reach them before they died. Related: Hundreds of beehives hang off a steep cliff in China to save wild honeybees Finally, in 1995, the new channel was finished, and water began to flow to Caowangba. As if the channel weren’t enough, Dafa’s efforts were also responsible for bringing electricity and a new road to the town that same year, allowing the residents to step into the modern era. Now, the community is thriving, and Huang Dafa is celebrated as a local hero at 82 years old. The channel provides running water to three other villages that happen to cross its path as well, providing water to 1,200 people and allowing them to grow 400,000 kilograms of rice every year. Via Oddity Central Images via VGC , China Daily

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Dads, daughters and sustainability — a view from the road

June 20, 2016 by  
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Recently, I had the luxury of spending a week on the road to drive my daughter Sofija back home to Minneapolis from Oregon, where she goes to college. We covered over 2300 miles in five days in a rented Ford Fusion Hybrid. (The car was a revelation — 44 miles per gallon, a beautifully designed interior and enough cargo space for five suitcases, a bag of trail mix and five chocolate bars.)

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Big-Time Cold Relief For Your Baby? Try These Tiny Cold Tablets

October 19, 2015 by  
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Nothing is worse than a sick child. Even if it’s just a common cold, it’s incredibly hard to see your little one coughing and wheezing, and exhausted but unable to sleep.  Something about my daughter being sick always sets me off into a tailspin of…

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New Uses For Old Film

September 18, 2015 by  
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I really look forward to the day when I can tell my daughter about cameras. Real cameras – film cameras! I can’t wait to tell her that if you wanted to take pictures you had to go to the store and buy a roll of film that could only hold 24 grainy…

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Super dad makes Star Wars Speeder Bike Rocker for his little Leia

August 23, 2015 by  
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Most of the Star Wars fans I know go crazy when they hear about any kind of DIY involving something from the films. I guess it’s a fun way to bring part of an iconic movie to life, and make it part of your life. That’s essentially what Tez Gemir did for his daughter when he built a 74-Z Speeder Bike rocker in honor of her first birthday. The intergalactic rocker features a 3D-printed shell, and Gemir was pretty meticulous about the design, making sure it’s built to last without small parts that might be hazardous to his little one. A birthday gift like this is a bit of a tradition in the Gemir family, as the creative father says on his Instructables page that he built “lots of projects” for his sons before coming up with this idea for his daughter. Of course, dressing her up like Princess Leia wasn’t even a question… READ MORE >

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Weekday Vegetarian: Homemade Corn Chips

October 11, 2011 by  
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Photo: Emma Alter Thank goodness our Provincial election is over so I can go back to cooking for 3 instead of 23 or more , as I’ve been doing for the staff and volunteers of our local candidate. While I tried to keep all of the food I delivered light and healthy , I must admit that my daughter and I succumbed to the allure of making our own homemade corn chips. It actually worked out perfectly because we got to taste and enjoy them a bit, … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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NASA Climate Scientist: Skeptics are "Winning the Argument"

October 11, 2011 by  
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Photo: thewritingzone , Flickr / CC BY-SA NASA’s James Hansen, perhaps the world’s foremost climate scientist, said that “climate contrarians … have been winning the argument for several years, even though the science has become clearer.” He made the remarks yesterday at a briefing at the Royal Society in London, and went on to expound upon why scientists (and common sense) have been losing out to misinformation — and what he thinks can … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Regulating Coal Ash Could Create 28,000 Jobs

October 11, 2011 by  
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Image: Lee Cannon via flickr The EPA has been considering stricter regulations of coal ash , the toxic solid waste from coal power plants that the public was largely unaware of before the

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Why Does Congress Hate Pheasants?

September 9, 2011 by  
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Image credit:J. Laumer, circa 1976 Time was, if you were unemployed in the upper Midwest during fall at least you had pheasant season to look forward to. At least that . The fall leaves lifted your mood.. Something good to eat was yours if you shot straight.. A few feathers for your daughter to insert into her braids. And, some bang..bang exercise before the snows came. Not any more. Congress has managed to ruin even that. Congress began by significantly upping corn ethanol incentives, encouraging farmers to plow fence row to fence row. Corn exports were encouraged for a climate-disaster wracked China. ‘Why stop here?’…Congress asked i… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Mom Fined $535 After Her Daughter Saved a Baby Bird

August 2, 2011 by  
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Photo: marabuchi / cc If a nation can be judged for how they treat their animals — does the same apply for how it rewards those who treat them well? When 11-year-old Skylar Capo of Fredericksberg, Virgina, saw an abandoned baby woodpecker in her father’s yard and a cat threatening to eat it, she did what any kindhearted child who wants to be a veteranian would do: she rescued it. With her mother picking her up soon, Skylar decided it would be best to release the bird at her house. But before they made it home, the Good Samaratan and … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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