Ryan Harb

Defend Indigenous People and the Amazon from Oil ‘Development’ of 10 Million Acres of Rainforest

I have an urgent message to share — it is extremely important that you all know this. Our brothers and sisters in the Ecuadorian rainforest are under significant pressure from the oil companies. The government of Ecuador is planning to auction off 10 million acres of pristine rainforest for oil extraction. This is the same place that I visited in Ecuador just two months ago, so it really hits home […]

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Growing a Model Sustainable Campus – Help UMass Permaculture Documentary Part 3 of 3 Go Viral

What does a model sustainable campus actually look like? A single action that sends a ripple effect into the world. And each day we throw thousands of stones into the vast sea around us. Many people I talk with are well aware that we live in a time of enormous global transformation. It may feel scary or depressing at times, especially with the constant messages we receive from the media, […]

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Reflections on Bringing Permaculture to the White House and Meeting President Obama

Editor’s Note: I want to congratulate Ryan and the UMass team on this significant milestone, and also wish to thank all of our readers who took a moment to vote to help ensure it came to pass. Onwards! The White House honors five young leaders as Champions of Change for outstanding leadership on their college campuses, chosen by the public for their projects that embody the President’s goal to win […]

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White House Event to Be Live Streamed – Watch Permaculture on the U.S. National Stage!

Hi All. We’re heading to Washington, DC in less than 48 hours and just found out the following: The White House Campus Champions of Change event will be live streamed on Thursday, March 15 from 2:50pm — 4:20pm (EST)! This means anyone can watch permaculture being talked about at The White House by tuning in here during that time. I just wanted to share the good news!

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UMass Permaculture Wins White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge!

We did it everyone! It is now official. The UMass Permaculture team will be heading to the White House on March 15! This has been an amazing and inspiring week to see the voting results unfold and be in the center of it all. I can’t thank everyone enough for the support you’ve provided us with. I’d like to share some reflections for how this week has been for me […]

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Permaculture to the White House – Please Take Three Seconds to Vote!

Further to the last post on our UMass Amherst Permaculture project potentially being spotlighted by the White House and MTV, here’s the latest — we were leading the race but another project unexpectedly gained 20,000 votes today and has taken over first place due to their project being featured in USA Today. We are thus making a big final push to get permaculture back on top and I think we […]

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Permaculture Goes to the White House… With Your Vote!

I’ve got some incredible news to share with you! The permaculture initiative that I facilitate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (USA) has been selected by the White House as a finalist for the Campus Champions of Change Challenge award! This means we are in the final round and the general public is now voting for which teams will get a trip to the White House (judges selected 15 projects […]

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