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Are the days of tall ships really over?
     Civilization has extracted vast resources of tall trees, such that only 5% remain in many forests such as the Pacific Northwestern American.  Yet, smaller boats of sail and canoe design will still be useful, and employ renewable energy: the wind.
     Through the cultivation of reeds, hemp and other materials and conservation of trees, sustainable transport and trade will take us well into the new millenniumóas oil is running out. 

Sail Transport Network is a movement.  For thousands of years, wind energy moved people and goods all over the worldówithout pollution.  Today, dwindling, geopolitically sensitive oil is used for every form of transportation and commerce.  Even e-commerce with computers is dependent on forms of petroleum, and trucks and cars clog roads to a deathly degree.

Sail Transport Network intends to resurrect renewable-energy travel and freight.  STN was begun in 2000 in the Puget Sound where there are hundreds of harbor-towns and inlets in protected waters.  We present this opportunity to network with sailors who are cognizant of the role sailboats will once again play in transport in coastal areas as gas, propane and diesel prices continue to climb according to the law of supply and demand.

Membership has various participatory categories and is free. To help build STN, your time and thoughts are needed as much as equipment and funds.  To join: send an email, or write P.O. Box 3387, Santa Cruz, CA, 95063 USA, expressing interest in being part of the appropriate-tech solution to the fuel crunch and global warming. You will receive a brochure and a free copy of the Sail Transport Network Cover Issue #17 of the Auto-Free Times (renamed Culture Change as of issue #19; see article).  Tax-deductible donations to our nonprofit sponsor, Sustainable Energy Institute, are needed to launch the Sail Transport Network. Loaning a sailboat to STN for charter gratis can also yield a tax deduction.

Human Power in Venice
This picture shows some boats that act as lifelines for the citizens of Venice.  Venice is famous for its gondolas, which work well for traveling on shallow water, but, in today's "reality," residents travel using motorboatsóthe always-black gondolas are reserved for tourists. Perhaps in the not so distant future they will use more wind and sail, and less oil, gas and motors. 

Protect the ocean from pollution  
he Algalita Marine Research Foundation concerns itself with petroleum damage to the seas.  Plastic in the ocean may be one of the most alarming of today's environmental stories.  Algalita's founder, Charles Moore, went sailing in the middle of the Pacific and was astounded by all the plastic debris.

Bluewater Network protects the sea from fossil fuels pollution.  It has campaigns against cruise ships, a boycott Ford Motor Co. project, and is fighting ferries polluting 100 to 1,000 times more than cars on a per-passenger-mile basis.  Bluewater's founder, Russell Long, has agreed to sit on the Advisory Board of Sail Transport Network.

STN's growth: soon to outpace SUVs
Like it or not, oil supplies are dwindling and cheap oil is a thing of the past.  Oil and fuel prices are still massively subsidized, guaranteeing disruptive supply crises within a decade perhaps. There is no time to wait to initiate alternative transport. STN's sponsors have developed Pedal Power Produce on land, to deliver food without petroleum.

The Puget Sound is ideally located to serve as home base for the Sail Transport Network. As fuel will get scarce (see petroleum analysis) and the ice caps continue to melt (see climate protection), we can begin to re-establish sail transport and canoes and kayaks as healthy alternatives to trucks and motorized shipping in coastal areas and waterways.

The History Behind STN and SEI
The Sustainable Energy Institute was founded in 1988, by Jan Lundberg, who sailed to Europe from California as a teenager.  SEI is nonprofit, tax-deductible 501(c)(3) corporation, i.e., we are qualified to accept tax-deductible donations. We publish Culture Change and founded the Alliance for a Paving Moratorium. Our mission is to reduce dependence on petroleum and to promote non-motorized modes of transport. STN will serve as an internationally replicable model for sustainable transport networks in all coastal areas.

Membership Structure and Annual Support*
Individual/family (sailors, passenger)....
Boat Donor...(~tax deduction). 
Business Sponsor (marine products/services, food producers, etc.).... 
Trading participant (craftspersons, artists, consultants, etc.)...
*may be in the form of barter, trade, or tax deductible donation.
Any additional fees for passage or freight will be determined based on availability of boats and other factors.
Email interest in STN to receive brochure and free issue of Culture Change

How to advance Sail Transport by providing a sailboat, equipment or funds.
Can you spare a sailboat?  Do strike a blow for the now melted North Pole, or the government's blind reliance on oil consumption and OPEC. Take a tax deduction and boost STN's fleet; see your boat used for freight and ecotourism by sail.

Instead of selling under pressureóeven at a lossódonate your boat to STN/Sustainable Energy Institute.  Many a stout vessel sits sadly at the dock. Wish to keep ownership?  Loan it to STN for charter, and take a tax deduction.

Founded in 1988 to reduce dependency on oil while lessening pollution, Sustainable Energy Institute (SEI) has IRS 501(c)(3) tax-deductible status.  STN founder Jan Lundberg, SEI president, has been called "a visionary" by Associated Press, and "The Oracle" by Chevron. Upon going green Jan has contributed non-petroleum solutions for transportation and agriculture. To reach him, email him.

The Odyssey was the Sail Transport Network's first ship.  Now under new ownership and called the Vida, it is still available for STN demonstration and education.

Modern Windships: high-tech "sail" transport

The illustration below is from an awesome website's exhaustive study on wind-powered ships

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Milj¯styrelsen, a Copenhagen, Denmark group housed at the Danish EPA.
See the link for their study.  We have inquired of their design's requirements for
metals, plastics, batteries, etc.  We will update this page when possible.

Culture Change mailing address: P.O. Box 3387 , Santa Cruz , California 95063 USA
  Telephone 1-215-243-3144 (and fax)
Web: http://www.culturechange.org
E-Mail info@culturechange.org

Culture Change was founded by Sustainable Energy Institute (formerly Fossil Fuels Policy Action), a nonprofit organization.