We can take our hats off to Germany, a country which has been leading the way with investment in renewable energy, and pioneering Passivhaus standard homes and public buildings. However Germany’s Earthship builders point out that most buildings have a long way to go before they’re truly sustainable. A new Earthship Biotecture project in Cologne seeks to educate the next generation in how to build radically self sufficient structures, without complicated machines or an engineering degree. There’s even a chance for you to get involved and learn alongside the team!

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The Cologne Earthship Crew are one of many worldwide Earthship building teams committed “to fight against the big problems of this world and find solutions for a better tomorrow”. They do this by building self-sufficient structures made out of rubbish. The team recently mobilized 70 volunteers and raised enough money to build a self-sufficient school for children on Easter Island. Back in their German hometown, they want to teach more people how simple it can be to live in harmony with nature within self-built homes.

Related: Michael Reynolds lands one of his self-sufficient Earthships at the end of the world

Earthships go much further than any other type of green building to help humans live in harmony with their environment. Through six principles, Earthships offer an autonomous alternative that respects and works with nature. These buildings are built from waste such as car tires, and they use thermal mass to keep living conditions warm and comfortable without energy use. Additionally, they collect and store rainwater, treat sewage instead of flushing it into our water systems and even produce food.

The team start 4 weeks of workshops in April at the Holweide school in Cologne. They hope that this new structure will get young people really thinking about natural resources and how we can sustainably use them. If you’re interested in developing all the skills needed to build Earthships, you can also apply to take part in the workshop for between 1 and 4 weeks. You can also donate here to help inspire the next generation of ecologists and biotecture enthusiasts.

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