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Gravity Powered Lights

Lighting in much of the ‘developing’ world is provided via expensive and polluting kerosene. Kerosene lamps are dangerous, require constant replenishment, and come with significant negative health impacts. So, for the potential benefit of millions of people, London based designers, Martin Riddiford and Jim Reeves, have spent four years working on an inexpensive, safe and health-neutral alternative — a gravity powered LED light! It’s clever, and well intentioned. Nice! Martin […]

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Letters from Ladakh – Culture Demolition in Fast Forward

Editor’s Preamble: Despite the title, I’m no longer in Ladakh. Indeed, it was way back in August 2009 when I was there, so this article has been a long time coming (thanks to work on the WPN keeping me too busy, amongst other things!). I keep the ‘Letters from…’ part of the title to make my international reports easier to find. I came to Ladakh with the purpose of profiling […]

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Flow – For the Love of Water (Documentary)

https://youtube.com/watch?v=zmWdco0glEA As permaculturists, we have a great many solutions for the water crisis. From water harvesting to reed bed grey water systems, to watershed rehabilitation, there are common sense approaches to holistically restore eco-system services, rehydrate our landscapes and stabilise water flows and the climate. In the video above, however, we come face to face with forces that can undo the work of thousands of enthusiastic permaculturists with a few […]

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David Holmgren Interview

This was a nice find. Here we can hear permaculture co-originator David Holmgren sharing his own story on his involvement with the birth and development of the permaculture design system, as well as talking about the permaculture ethics and how these embody the solutions we need as we move from an era of abundant, non-renewable energy to a world that must work within the constraints of a more limited cyclical […]

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Put Your Questions to the Experts, Round 2: Geoff Lawton

This is the second installment in our new Q&A series for our forums. In case you didn’t catch it last time, we added a new sub-forum titled ‘Put Your Questions to the Experts!‘, where our forum members (a very nice bunch of people by the way), put their questions to various experts we’ll approach over the weeks and months ahead. First up to be the target of our combined curiosities […]

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SOIL Wins Land for Life Award for Composting Toilet Aid Work in Haiti

In June of this year, SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) won the new UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification) ‘Land for Life Award‘ and received $40,000 to support their excellent practical educational work in biologically based sanitation — aka: composting toilets. Watch the video to hear our good friend John D. Liu of the EEMP tell us all about it. I’m sure you will all want to join me […]

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Who Benefits from GM Crops – An Industry Built On Myths

Click to download (2.7mb PDF) At bottom of my article GM Crops, Pesticides and the Poor I had made four previous ‘Who Benefits from GM Crops‘ reports available for download. As you’ll see in the subtitle for each of the afore-linked reports, each of these excellent reports, created by Friends of the Earth International, have their own specific niche angle on the GMO issue. Today I publish (overdue I know) […]

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Put Your Questions to the Experts, Round 1: Geoff Lawton

We’ve just started a new Q&A series in our forums, adding a new sub-forum titled ‘Put Your Questions to the Experts!‘, where our forum members (a very nice bunch of people by the way), put their questions to various experts we’ll approach over the weeks and months ahead. First up to be the target of our combined curiosities and the salve of our perplexities, is the PRI’s own Geoff Lawton. […]

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Women of the Gobi (video)

Following on from the last one, this John D. Liu video from the Environmental Education Media Project takes us to the steppes of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. If you love learning from different cultures that find ways to survive and flourish in circumstances and climates very different from your own, as I do, then you’ll find this an interesting piece.

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Lessons From the Dust Bowl

The dust-bowl era of the ‘dirty thirties’ was the worst man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history, and one of the worst in the world. If you take into account the short time-frame of human intervention which lead up to this dark decade — compared to many generations, or many centuries, for other global environmental catastrophes — it could even be described as the worst. With just a few decades of […]

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