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When you live on Earth, you celebrate Earth Day every day, whether you realize it or not. We’ve grown into a society that is often damaging to the Earth, so each day, we are charged with taking care of the planet we call home. Many have come before us who knew the trouble we were in for. Now, today, we must heed their words and become better stewards of the environment. I hope these quotes fill you with the same inspiration they gave me.

“The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” —Lady Bird Johnson

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” —John Muir

“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.” —John James Audubon

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of each.” —Henry David Thoreau

“We need the tonic of wildness—to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground. At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be infinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” —Henry David Thoreau

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” —John Muir

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” —Albert Einstein

“The good man is the friend of all living things.” —Gandhi

“An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.” —David Attenborough

“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.” —David Attenborough

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” —Theodore Roosevelt

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt

Nature never hurries: atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work. The lesson one learns from yachting or planting is the manners of Nature; patience with the delays of wind and sun, delays of the seasons, bad weather, excess or lack of water.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together … all things connect.” —Chief Seattle

Image credit: Steve Jurvetson, Flickr

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There’s almost an endless amount of things you could do with $11,000. However, for Kristie Wolfe, there was only one option: build a tiny, sustainable house in the Hawaiian jungle!

Several years ago, Wolfe, built her first tiny home in Boise, ID. She fell in love the the lifestyle and the Tiny House Movement. She even blogs about the process! In December of 2013, she bought a plot of land in Hawaii for $8,000 and then spend an additional $11,000 building her jungle abode.

As you can see in the picture above, her house is built on 15-foot tall stilts. This roof is built from bamboo thatching. This construction technique allows for one really unique feature…

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This amazing hanging bed swing! It’s directly under the main room of the house, designed to avoid the rain! Kristie, being a DIY fanatic, crafted the swing from an old trampoline.

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For being designed on such a small budget, the inside is gorgeous!

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The view is pretty impressive as well!

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The open area gets plenty of sunlight!

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The house also includes a full bathroom!

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It has a natural rock sink, toilet, and shower, all powered by rainwater,

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Kristie used natural cork bark combined with air plants to create the backsplash in the shower.

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Plenty of closet space!

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The house combines several different types of bamboo. There’s also a trap door that connects to a ladder that leads you to the second level.

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Most of the year, Kristie is living in her Idaho home and this tiny house is available on Airbnb, check it out!

Thanks to Tiny House On The Big Island

You can hear about Kristie’s entire process in the video below. Is this your favorite tiny house? Let us know in the comments and share this with your friends and family!