Category: DVDs/Books

The Hidden Door: Mindful Sufficiency as an Alternative to Extinction

I am honoured to announce the publication of Mark Burch’s new book, The Hidden Door: Mindful Sufficiency as an Alternative to Extinction, available here. Published proudly by the Simplicity Institute, this text brings together some of Mark’s finest essays on themes related to mindful sufficiency and voluntary simplicity, and includes a new introduction (posted below). A deep yet accessible book, here’s the blurb: Many people sense that consumer culture is […]

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Eradicating Ecocide – Sounding the Horn

Ecocide law, unlike any other law, has the capacity to disrupt what we perceive to be immoveable. How can we possibly decouple from fossil fuels, from economies based on making money out of heavy extractive industries, from businesses that are threatening to sue governments that refuse to allow them to destroy their lands? This is a question that is voiced in many different ways but the essence of it is […]

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Mycelium Running: How Fungi Can Help Save the World

by Paul Stamets. Review by Sher June. When research biologist Paul Stamets suggests fungi can help save the world, he is absolutely serious. In fact, he contends they can rescue it in several different ways. There are the medicines to be derived from fungi, probably more than we can yet imagine. Fungi for insect pest control. Fungi can absorb and often digest toxins from their environments — toxins as diverse […]

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The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved

By Sandor Ellix Katz. Review by Sher June. This book should be read by everyone who eats. Sandor Ellix Katz first takes on corporate agriculture, extensively detailing how it poisons and depletes our foods and the earth. He then introduces the alternative food revolution of individuals and communities retaking control of their food and working for food justice, safety and security. In his own words, "This revolution will not be […]

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Sustainable [R]evolution Book Now Available!

After eight years of work that enlisted a small army of contributors, Sustainable [R]evolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms, and Communities Worldwide, is finally in print! Urban gardeners. Native seed-saving collectives. Ecovillage developments. What is the connection between these seemingly disparate groups? The ecological design system of permaculture is the common thread that weaves them into a powerful, potentially revolutionary — or reevolutionary — movement. Permaculture is a philosophy based […]

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Foreword to the Book, Simple Living in History: Pioneers of the Deep Future

Below is the foreword to Simple Living in History: Pioneers of the Deep Future, edited by Samuel Alexander and Amanda McLeod. This book collects together 26 chapters discussing individuals, cultures, and movements that have embraced forms of ‘simple living’ throughout history. The ‘preface by the editors’ and table of contents are available here, and the book is available here. Foreword, by David Shi The simple life is almost as hard […]

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Simple Living in History: Pioneers of the Deep Future (Book)

This book highlights the continuous cultural lineage that underpins current activism for an ecologically viable and spiritually nourishing life now and in the future. For permaculture practitioners and activists focused on building ecologically smart, localised economies, this book highlights how rethinking our attitudes and behaviour toward consumption can be a fruitful pathway to social and ecological harmony. — David Holmgren, Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability Simple Living in History […]

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Chinese Translation of Introduction to Permaculture Book is Out Now

When in the graduation celebration of a PDC in 2009 with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton, I made a promise to Bill to translate his Introduction to Permaculture book into Chinese and get it published in China, the most populous country in the world. After teaming up with Pingping Li, a professor of agriculture and ecology in China, the Chinese version of "Introduction To Permaculture" has finally been published by […]

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Permaculture Tools Instructional DVD

Permaculture Tools is putting together an instructional DVD on the use of hand tools. The project is simple: We, Permaculture Tools, are going to be working with Metta Media for the production of an instructional video on the use of hand tools. We will also be showing how to use, sharpen and repair your tools, as well as some simple blacksmithing to show you how simple it is to make […]

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Wake up Before it is Too Late – Make Agriculture Truly Sustainable Now for Food Security in a Changing Climate

Click to download (5mb PDF) In late September of last year (2013) the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) put out the latest in their Trade and Environment Review series — titled Wake up Before it is Too Late: Make Agriculture Truly Sustainable Now for Food Security in a Changing Climate. Alert readers may already be aware of this document — as it was the springboard for a […]

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Polyface Farm Documentary Campaign

Trailer of ‘Polyfaces’ For the last two years we have been filming a documentary on Joel Salatin’s renowned Polyface Farm and its broad community of 5000 families that lie within a three hour ‘Foodshed’ of this unique operation in Swoope, Virginia. We do not need Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) to feed the world, and this farm is a wonderful example of how to do it without the use of harmful […]

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