Category: Economics

Film – A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity (Premiere)

Film - A Simpler Way Crisis as Opportunity

The overlapping economic, environmental, and cultural crises of our times can seem overwhelming, can seem like challenges so great and urgent that they have no solutions. But rather than sticking our heads in the sand or falling into despair, we should respond with defiant positivity and try to turn the crises we face into opportunities for civilisational renewal. Trailer Courtesy of Happen Films Youtube Channel During the year of 2015 […]

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Policies for a Post-Growth Economy

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The 1972 publication of Limits to Growth sparked a controversy that has yet to subside. This book argued that if population, resource use, and pollution kept increasing on our finite planet, eventually economies would face environmental ‘limits to growth’ – with potentially dire consequences. Although evidence is mounting in support of this position (Turner, 2014; Steffan et al, 2015), any suggestion that nations might have to give up economic growth, […]

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Europe’s Circular-Economy Opportunity

Europe’s Circular-Economy Opportunity

A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy that uses the model of make, use, dispose of in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them while in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life. The economy of Europe’s has accumulated tremendous wealth over the past century. Partly, this success […]

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Voluntary Frugality

Voluntary Frugality

This time, I’ve moved beyond dipping in here and there and really started to read David Holmgren’s Permaculture: Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability, a book that goes in depth into realms of permaculture that I’ve not fully explored in my time involved with the movement. And, while I’m not yet through the book, I’ve recently been struck by a bit of terminology he’s used to describe one of his own […]

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Organic Farming gets a Break

Organic Farming gets a Break

Are you an organic farmer trying to avoid paying promotion and marketing fees? Until recently you were straight out of luck; with only certified exclusive organic farmers being exempt from those fees. However, a new rule was just developed in which all organic farmers, are exempt from these frustrating fees. Some of you may be asking what exactly are program and marketing fees? Well, they go towards paying organizations including […]

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Fossil Fuel the Tipping Point – Structural Decline of Coal

Fossil Fuel the Tipping Point – Structural Decline of Coal

Coal is being squeezed out by an increased tightening of environmental laws which might give a future outlook for other fossil fuel markets globally. Unprecedented changes and events are changing the world biggest energy markets and this scenario is poised to have significant effects on the future of the coal industry. Several reports such as: A New Balance of Power, A Short Gas Bridge to Renewables, and Global Thermal Coal: […]

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Whose Space is Space? Asteroid Mining Rights Raise Questions

Whose Space is Space? Asteroid Mining Rights Raise Questions

President Barack Obama ushered in a new era of U.S. law—an era in which the American President has taken a stand on how mining rights in space may work in the future. The new law grants private companies the right to any materials they mine from the moon and asteroids, potentially painting space as a capitalistic free for all. Ostensibly, the bill is intended to serve as motivation for the […]

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What is Degrowth? Envisioning a Prosperous Descent

What is Degrowth? Envisioning a Prosperous Descent

This is a transcript of my keynote address presented at the ‘Local Lives, Global Matters’ conference in Castlemaine, Victoria, 16-18 October 2015. Other keynote speakers included Rob Hopkins, David Holmgren, and Helena Norberg-Hodge. Introduction Thank you for that introduction, Jacinta, good morning everyone. I would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of this land and to recognise that these have always been spaces of teaching, learning, sharing, and […]

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Vertical Farming: Feeding the Cities of the Future?

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The future of urban farming is no more outdoor, but indoor and vertical. (Image source: Sky Greens) The vertical farming concept took birth in 1999, as an idea in Dr. Dickson Despommier class on medical ecology, in Columbia University. Despommier defines a vertical farm as any building, which grows food inside of it and, which is taller than a single storey. Employing closed-loop agricultural technology, all the water and nutrients […]

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The Seed Economy

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The original economy was the Seed Economy. It’s why we eat & farm the way we do. It’s the reason we want to believe in infinite growth. Once upon a time… humans started collecting seeds. They were our first currencies, but as with all seeds, they increase exponentially, so at a certain point the market became so abundant that it altered our diets & our way of life. We began […]

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Diversified Organic Market Gardening and Arboriculture

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The method of Ferme du Bec Hellouin This report was originally published here and was translated by Marcus Busby. Ferme biologique du Bec Hellouin 27800 LE BEC HELLOUIN FRANCE www.fermedubec.com Produce a lot in a small space, providing a diet invegetables for 1,000 people by the culture of land whose area does not nourish 50 if the ordinary methods were applied to it, and if anart did not come in […]

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Billions in Change – Official Film

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The world is facing some huge problems. There’s a lot of talk about how to solve them. But talk doesn’t reduce pollution, or grow food, or heal the sick. That takes doing. This film is the story about a group of doers, the elegantly simple inventions they have made to change the lives of billions of people, and the unconventional billionaire spearheading the project. To me, the largest area of […]

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