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 »

John D. Liu’s Green Gold Documentary – How the West (and East, North and South!) Could Be Won

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As most of our readers will know, John D. Liu caught a vision years ago, and, thankfully, he ran with it. We’ve shared John’s excellent media work before (see here and here), and today have the pleasure of doing so again…. This new video, Green Gold, was first aired last month on Dutch TV, and… Read more »

Mythologists of the Glen

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A report on deer in the Scottish Highlands is a sycophantic paean to Balmorality and landed power. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. A remnant of the ancient Caledonian Forest, Scotland I’ve read too many daft reports in the course of this job, but I don’t remember any… Read more »

Stabilizing the Climate with “Permanent Agriculture”

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Trees are one of our most powerful tools to pull carbon from the atmosphere and sequester it in the soil for long-term storage. This is why reforestation and protecting intact forests are such important parts of plans to address climate change. Conventional climate change science tells us that the planet’s capacity for reforestation is limited,… Read more »

Regenerating Rusinga (Kenya)

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FMNR workshop, Feb 2012, Kenya Rusinga Island is situated in Lake Victoria in the Western parts of Kenya. It is known for its prehistoric findings of primate fossils dating from 17 million years ago and for being the birthplace of the famously assassinated Kenyan politician, Tom Mboya, whose scholarship fund enabled Barack Obama’s father to… Read more »

There’s No Tomorrow (Video)

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This video is hands down the best I’ve seen yet at covering all the bases of our present converging dilemmas in one quick (35 minute) hit. Over the years I’ve presented all of the issues covered in this video — hitting them from various angles and in different ways to try to drive the point… Read more »

The Fight of the Century

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As economies contract, a global popular uprising confronts power elites over access to the essentials of human existence. What are the underlying dynamics of the conflict, and how is it likely to play out? by Richard Heinberg (Article originally published on www.postcarbon.org) 1. Prologue As the world economy crashes against debt and resource limits, more… Read more »

The Big Green Question

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Is environmentalism compatible with social justice? by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. It is the stick with which the greens are beaten daily: if we spend money on protecting the environment, the poor will starve, or freeze to death, or will go without shoes and education. Most of… Read more »

2nd National Sustainable Food Summit, Sydney, Australia (April 2012)

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Editor’s Note: I would encourage all well-spoken permaculturists who can make it to Sydney for this event to go along and contribute your thoughts — to help show how permaculture can shift our planetary orbit onto a safer trajectory…. What: 2nd National Sustainable Food Summit When: 2-4 April, 2012 Where: Dockside, Sydney, NSW, Australia Last… Read more »

Food Forests, Part 2: Looking for Clues

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Click for larger view As people become urbanised, they start looking at the world in urban ways. What does that car or house say about that person? How does that person’s occupation affect their social standing? People may not admit it, but they understand the answers to these questions intuitively. As permaculturalists, we need to… Read more »

Permaculture in Damaged Lands: Degradation and Restoration in New Mexico

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A certain coal-strewn road in Madrid, New Mexico — the remnants of a now defunct railway. Alternately barren and spectacular, the southwest United States has piqued the imagination of Americans and people across the world for generations. The site of gold rushes, Native American homelands, and a culture of lawlessness that has yet to fade… Read more »