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The Common Sense of the Composting Toilet

Lena Stolle is sat on the steps of the composting toilet at Schumacher College. You hear the chimes hung just outside it, long and low, sending their reverberations through the redwoods.

It is evening, everything is lit from the side like stage lighting. Lena has been kneeling and stooping all day; and throughout lockdown – planting, weeding and growing. She shares a quote from Wendell Berry, written on the wall of the wooden compost loo. It is about one of the greatest, simplist of transformations, a true alchemy which can change how we think about our own waste, and unnecessary wastefulness.

“Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.”

Wendell Berry

Lena is a grower at Schumacher College, a mindful clown, an environmentalist and has a singing voice which would lift even the greatest songbird’s heart.