The way we survive can make the earth more alive
At Clement Waters we are concerned about the disproportionate weight of healthcare costs, nutrition scarcity and utility costs on working households that earn very low incomes. The weight of those problems causes stress.
Crime and blight are direct results of stress. Stress happens when people cannot provide for the basic needs of themselves or their family (e.g. adequate food and shelter.) And stress affects long-term health.
But stress vanishes when we share nature's bounty in ways that "give back."
A food-producing urban forest trail for nature-immersive experiences (now)
Tours and events teaching easy ways to maximize nature's benefits (2019)
And eventually, "uility wise" affordable dwelling places (planned for 2021)
We make sure our actions are in line with current research tracking the benefits of natural environments for the human condition.
Every step of the way, we monitor the pulse of change to make sure that what we're encouraging truly improves quality of life, and preserves humanity's relationship with nature.
AIR AND WATER:
FREE AND CLEAR
Forests make your air and clean your water
Air & water are two vital survival needs that we humans tend to think we can't control, especially if we earn very little. People living in urban areas are unaware that air and water quality matter—until that day when it's not there.
Where do you get your water when there's a boil order and you have no cash?
On orange or red ozone alert days, if you walk outside to get your meals, you get scared when your head starts pounding from lack of oxygen.
Clement Waters is partnering with plants that make air and plants that help filter water to make an urban forest strolling experience that relaxes you in a high oxygen environment.
FOOD: ENOUGH FOR THE BUGS, THE BIRDS, THE DEER ... AND ME
Embracing food gardening philosophies of America's native peoples
Because both sides of the founders' families have lineage belonging to the Cherokee Nation, and because native peoples have assembled more experience growing native plants in America, all of Clement Waters' food-growing projects will resemble blended landscaping rather than row-cropping.
Following the lead of native tradition and of permaculture design, our trailhead garden and urban food forest focuses on growing self-propagating, non-patented cultivars of edible plants—even if those plants don't look just like the produce commonly seen in grocery stores.
Advice from a wise grandmother: "You plant enough food for the bugs, the birds, the deer, and then enough for yourself, and you'll have food for years."
WITH GREEN UTILITIES
Putting breathing room in household budgets
Those problems should not exist in the same city.
As green technology advances, hundreds of thousands of Americans cannot afford to keep the water and lights on. In that economic environment, alternative resource collection is the practical, viable next option.
Clement Waters is seeking partners willing to realize low-income housing that by design provides solar power, passive interior environmental controls and rainwater collection.
HELP WITH YOUR CREATIVITY
Once in a blue moon someone special reaches out who wants to help us drum up support. Our fundraisers know that everyday folks are happy to give back, but they're more happy if they're having fun!
Talk to us about your big ideas!
HELP WITH YOUR STRENGTH
Volunteers are always needed to help clear out invasive underbrush. That gives native underbrush more room to grow, but also makes our visitors less fearful of what (or who) may be hiding in the thick bushes.
Thank you for your compassion.
HELP WITH YOUR THOUGHTS
We welcome your reflections on how these needs could be addressed with low costs and environmental responsibility.