End of an Era

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So now what do we do to defend life on Earth? by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. It is, perhaps, the greatest failure of collective leadership since the first world war. The Earth’s living systems are collapsing, and the leaders of some of the most powerful nations –… Read more »

How “Sustainability” Became “Sustained Growth”

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Editor’s Preamble: In a prevous editorial life, I used to make a decent attempt at commentary for these large international events — those organised with some pretention towards shifting us onto a ‘sustainable path — but I no longer have the energy for it. Pinning our hopes on politicians’ plans for ‘greening the economy’ is… Read more »

The Mendacity of Hope

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The summits which promise to save the world keep us dangling, not mobilising. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. Worn down by hope. That’s the predicament of those who have sought to defend the earth’s living systems. Every time governments meet to discuss the environmental crisis, we are… Read more »

What Will Rio+20 Bring?

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In a few days the international community will be meeting in Rio de Janeiro, to hold the most significant environmental conference since the Rio Earth Summit of 1992. As the planet’s ecosystems tremble under the weight of overconsumption, this conference surely provides one of few remaining opportunities for governments to take environmental issues seriously. Will… Read more »

Myth of Perpetual Growth is Killing America

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Editor’s preamble: It’s refreshing and even somewhat reassuring when a major stock market website runs an article like the one below…. Everything you know about economics is wrong A stray dog stands on a rubbish dump at the seafront in Sidon, southern Lebanon. Yes, everything you know about economics is wrong. Dead wrong. Everything. The… Read more »

The Secret Life of Plankton and the Acid Test

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Take a fish’s eye view of the world. It’s both beautiful and fascinating. You’ll be peering under the waves to look at the least understood part of our world, the ocean and its hidden mysteries. In this video, you’re looking at the basis of your own existence…. Of course, not all is well in the… Read more »

Captive Animals

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How Natural England became the servant of the landed classes. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. Listening to the National Farmers’ Union, the Countryside Alliance and the Country Land and Business Association, you could be forgiven for believing that the only people who live in the countryside are… Read more »

The Resurgent Aristocracy

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Rural policy is once again the preserve of the elite, and wildlife and people suffer as a result. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. I might have solved a minor mystery. Last week, after a public outcry(1,2), the government dropped its proposal to spend our money on capturing… Read more »

Ted Trainer and the Simpler Way

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Editor’s Note: To follow, I think, is a very important look at Ted Trainer’s work — one that broaches an oft-avoided but critically essential conversation. I must confess to only having read a single article from Ted Trainer previously, which I posted here, but from that article, and the document below, I sense that similar… Read more »

Geoff Lawton’s Zaytuna Farm Video Tour (Apr/May 2012) – Ten Years of (R)Evolutionary Design

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Paradise Dam, April 2012, from the now-climaxing food forest Photos © Craig Mackintosh (unless otherwise indicated) Zaytuna Farm Video Tour, duration 41 minutes Note: Switch YouTube player to HD if your internet connection allows Having spent the last few years seeking to establish and assist projects worldwide, and hearing some readers requesting more info on… Read more »

Paper Parks

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The UK’s marine reserves offer no meaningful protection to the life of the sea. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. What do the terms “marine reserve” and “marine protected area” conjure up for you? Places in which, perhaps, wildlife is protected? In which the damaging activities permitted in… Read more »

The Pending Collapse of Western Australia’s Breadbasket?

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In our travels to Tom’s old stomping grounds, we were shocked to find WA’s breadbasket degraded, eroded and overtaxed. by Zaia Kendall, Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Bare Paddock in WA, with some rocks and Pademelons visible We recently went to Western Australia to see Tom’s family. Tom hasn’t lived in WA for 10 years… Read more »