Category: Deforestation

Hunger Games

The rich world is causing the famines it claims to be preventing. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. I don’t blame Mo Farah, Pele and Haile Gebrselassie, who lined up, all hugs and smiles, outside Downing Street for a photocall at the prime minister’s hunger summit(1). Perhaps they were unaware of the way in which they were being used to promote his corporate […]

Read More >

Why Australia Needs a “Peoples Food Plan”

by Richard Widows We are in the early stages of a global food crisis, the likes of which has never previously been seen. Nearly 1 billion people (or 1 in 7) experience chronic hunger and another 1 billion are faced with serious nutritional deficiencies. Meanwhile, reports suggest that nearly 2 billion people are overweight. Combine these figures and you realise that approximately 4 billion people suffer from food related health […]

Read More >

We Can Reforest the Earth

by Lester R. Brown , Earth Policy Institute Protecting the 10 billion acres of remaining forests on earth and replanting many of those already lost are both essential for restoring the earth’s health. Since 2000, the earth’s forest cover has shrunk by 13 million acres each year, with annual losses of 32 million acres far exceeding the regrowth of 19 million acres. Restoring the earth’s tree and grass cover protects […]

Read More >

The Australian National Food Plan – Have Your Say!

National Food Plan, Green Paper 3.75mb PDF The Australian federal government has issued a green paper on a National Food Plan for public consultation, which will include a series of public meetings in various places over the next several weeks, until September 30, 2012. This is an excellent opportunity for permaculturists, localvores, agro-ecologists, etc., to get their message across and help ensure that it’s not just the big corporations who […]

Read More >

Anomie

Enclosure and dispossession have driven us, like John Clare, all a little mad. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. The land around Helpston, just to the north of Peterborough in Northamptonshire, now ranks among the most dismal and regularised tracts of countryside in Europe. But when the poet John Clare was born this coming Friday in 1793, it swarmed with life. Clare describes […]

Read More >

Hope for a New Era: Before/After Examples of Permaculture Earth Restoration – Solving Our Problems From the Ground Up

If you aren’t in a reading mood, and/or just came to look at the before/after photographs, click here to jump down the page. Loess Plateau, Early September, 1995 Loess Plateau, Early September, 2009 Rio+20 has been and gone, and, in the big scheme of things, has achieved little, or worse. With this post I’d like to take the opportunity to jot down some thoughts, and images, that might help us […]

Read More >

Two Views of Our Future

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute No previous civilization has survived the ongoing destruction of its natural supports. Nor will ours. Yet economists look at the future through a different lens. Relying heavily on economic data to measure progress, they see the near 10-fold growth in the world economy since 1950 and the associated gains in living standards as the crowning achievement of our modern civilization. During this period, […]

Read More >

End of an Era

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 – the US, the UK, Germany, Russia – could not even be bothered to turn up […]

Read More >

How “Sustainability” Became “Sustained Growth”

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 a bit like using your digital alarm clock. The alarm rings, then we hit ‘snooze’ […]

Read More >

The Mendacity of Hope

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 told that this is the “make or break summit”, upon which the future of the […]

Read More >

Coal Seam Gas – Music to Soothe the Mining Beast (28-30 June, 2012)

Editor’s Note: If you’re in the Northern Rivers area of NSW, Australia (or if you can otherwise make it!), please support this important initiative! Coal Seam Gas (CSG) mining, or ‘fracking’ (see here and here), has potential to impact adversely on the natural environment and community. In response to the threat of growth of the damaging CSG mining industry a troupe of volunteers based in Lismore, NSW has embarked on […]

Read More >

Myth of Perpetual Growth is Killing America

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 conclusions of economists are based on a fiction that distorts everything else. As a result […]

Read More >