Permaculture and Climate Change: Interview with Patrick Whitefield

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Marcin Gerwin: With temperatures rising and changing weather patterns, agriculture will most certainly feel the effects of climate change. Do you think permaculture has the potential to help farmers to deal with the changing climate? Patrick Whitefield: One specific way in which permaculture can tackle climate change is through diversity, which we emphasize. In terms… Read more »

Elections: Understanding the Invisible Structures – an Interview with Peter Emerson

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Peter Emerson is the director of the de Borda Institute in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is a leading authority on voting systems for use in both decision-making and elections. See a previous interview with Peter here. Marcin Gerwin: This autumn we will have local elections in Poland and instead of the proportional representation a new… Read more »

Permaculture in the Cities – An Interview with Geoff Lawton

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Photo © Craig Mackintosh Marcin Gerwin: Permaculture is currently hardly known in Poland. Could you explain what it is? Geoff Lawton: Permaculture is a design science. It’s a system that supplies all the needs of humanity — all the basic needs and all the intricate needs — in a way that also benefits the environment…. Read more »

Majority Voting is Inadequate – an Interview with Peter Emerson

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This is an extended version of the interview which first appeared in Dziennik Opinii in Polish. Peter Emerson is the director of the de Borda Institute in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is a leading authority on voting systems for use in both decision-making and elections. Marcin Gerwin (Poland): There are many divisions and even hostility… Read more »

Interview with Richard Heinberg: Do We Really Need Economic Growth?

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Marcin Gerwin (Poland): For most heads of states, the prime minister of Poland included, the central point of economic policy is maintaining or increasing economic growth. The aim is to encourage people to consume more goods and services every year so that the Gross Domestic Product continues to grow. Do you think it’s a realistic… Read more »

Improving Democracy Through Deliberation – Interview with Lyn Carson

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Source: flickr Lyn Carson is a professor with the Business Programs Unit at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her research areas are community engagement and deliberative democracy. She is also a director of NewDemocracy Foundation. Marcin Gerwin: There are many people who are disappointed in the way the democratic system works. They see politicians arguing… Read more »

Healthy Planet and the Law of Ecocide – an Interview with Polly Higgins

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The disappearing Amazon rainforest Photo: Cifor Marcin Gerwin: You propose introducing a new international law of ecocide as an amendment to the Rome Statute. Ecocide is defined as “an extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that… Read more »

From Traffic Jams to Ecocities – Interview with Richard Register, President of Ecocity Builders

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Marcin Gerwin: In many cities there are problems with traffic jams. The streets are clogged with cars and as a response mayors build new roads or widen the streets. Old buildings are demolished to make way for new lanes so that a highway running through the middle of the city could be built. Would you… Read more »

The Social Factor in Sustainable Architecture

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Piazza del Campo in Siena, Italy. Photo: Edgar Barany/Flickr I was recently struck by photographs of energy-efficient houses that were described as ‘sustainable’ — built mostly with natural or recycled materials and even finished with environmentally friendly paint — however, they looked like regular modernist buildings. Can modernist architecture be called sustainable, if only ecological… Read more »