Category: Economics

How Well Do Data and Sustainability Go Together?

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Recently I asked the question ‘should we debate the future of our cities?’. Topics that come to mind include whether we still need architectural gluttons gobbling our resources: whether they should be electrically self-sustaining, and whether we will have enough water to quench their voracious thirsts in time to come. I keep coming back to the same thought. Are we acting intelligently by isolating some blocks of land for residential […]

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Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 3, Calculating the Food Production Potential of a City

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It has been well said that we do not see things as they are, but as we are ourselves. Every man looks through the eyes of his prejudices, of his preconceived notions. Hence, it is the most difficult thing in the world to broaden a man so that he will realize truth as other men see it. Samuel Silas Curry, 1891 What does it take to convince a person that […]

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Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 2, Productivity, Potential and Possibilities

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This is part two of a series of articles Angelo is writing, for part one please visit: http://permaculturenews.org/2016/10/05/understanding-urban-agriculture-part-1-present-state-historical-context/ People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. George Bernard Shaw Urban agriculture is a growing phenomenon worldwide, and in the first part of this article, “Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 1, The Present State in Historical Context” we looked at the history of localized […]

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Money Is Not the Motive

Money Is Not the Motive

What’s the use of happiness? It can’t buy you money. Henny Youngman I can’t say money doesn’t matter. A lack of it, as well as some fairly stiff standards to meet, has prevented my wife Emma and I from buying land after two years of looking. It has led us to places we’d never planned to live but where we could afford to buy property. We have currently stopped looking […]

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The Food Forest: A Shining Example Of Permaculture in Australia

The Food Forest: A Shining Example Of Permaculture in Australia

A direct pupil of Bill Mollison, the father of permaculture, Geoff Lawton takes his decades of experience on the road, with a visit to one of Australia’s most interesting and longstanding examples of permaculture. The Food Forest, owned by Graham and Annmarie Brookman and a joint venture with their two children, consists of more than 160 varieties of food products and timber over a 15 hectare space of land in […]

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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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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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