Category: Economics

Prosperous Descent: Crisis as Opportunity in an Age of Limits

Samuel Alexander of the Simplicity Institute, who has written numerous articles for Permaculturenews.org, has just published Prosperous Descent: Crisis as Opportunity in an Age of Limits. A paperback of the book is available here. Samuel has made available a free PDF version of his book, please visit his site here for more details. INTRODUCTION TO PROSPEROUS DESCENT I sometimes tell my students that I am an ‘apocaloptimist’. While, in truth, […]

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Recent Legislation Transforms Cities, One Roof at a Time

In March of 2015, France passed a bill supporting green energy which affects the commercial building industry. The bill requires all new buildings in commercial zones to have their roofs partially covered with either solar panels or plants. Although construction companies and builders may see this as an additional upfront cost, the long term benefits will outweigh the initial funding necessary. Environmental activists initially pushed the French government for all […]

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Is Going Solar the Best Thing for the Future of the Planet, When it comes to your Energy Supply ? !

Zaytuna Farms Solar Panels on the Shed Roof My Intentions in writing this article are to share with you my personal experiences of ten years of research as a consumer and a potential customer, just wanting to do the right thing for the earth when it comes to having a cold beer and a cool house while living in Sydney by supplying my property with a renewable energy source in […]

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FRACKMAN

This is a film about a bunch of ordinary people caught up in a modern day multinational “gold rush” to secure and exploit coal seam gas. With endorsements from: “If you care about our country, see it!” 
 – Alan Jones 
 
 “No Australian voter should miss this film” 
 – Bob Brown Fracking is an issue that is presenting difficult questions for all of Australia’s political parties, but […]

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A Personal Evolution: Tales of Permaculture via Greennovate Clips

Author: Jonathon Engels Like many, my introduction to permaculture came in the form of food production. It changed the way I viewed farming, shifting my practice from being one of waging war with nature—constantly tilling, weeding and wasting—to one that teamed up with the plants, soil and even buildings around me. I was already an advocate for organic practices, but this was something altogether different.

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Potatoes For a Dollar (Canada)

About a week ago, my son and I worked out in the garden, preparing for fall – pulling up old plants and spreading seeds for a cover crop to help enrich the soil with nitrogen before winter approaches. We also dug up our first ever potato crop which gave us about 3-4 ice cream pails full of potatoes (I probably should have left more of them in the ground to […]

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Gates Foundation ‘Feeds the World’ With Corporate Agriculture

The Gates Foundation is spending half a billion dollars a year to ‘feed the world’, most of it aimed at Africa. But as GRAIN discovers, it is imposing a model of high-tech, high-input ‘green revolution’ farming, complete with GMOs, agro-chemicals and a pro-business neoliberal agenda, all in an alliance with corporate agriculture. A business advisor for TechnoServe discusses farming techniques with a Ugandan farmer. Technoserve is the NGO receiving the […]

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A Gunpowder Plot Against Democracy

This bill of rights for corporations will blow up the sovereignty of parliaments. On this day a year ago, I was in despair. A dark cloud was rising over the Atlantic, threatening to blot out some of the freedoms our ancestors lost their lives to secure. The ability of parliaments on both sides of the ocean to legislate on behalf of their people was at risk from an astonishing treaty, […]

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Where Are Today’s Misemployment Figures?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SawYdOz1Wa8 When unemployment figures start to decrease in many countries, economists and governments congratulate themselves on their ability to ‘stimulate’ demand. This week, one London-based school that is devoted to teaching emotional intelligence responded by releasing a video that explores the distinction between good and bad demand, and ‘employment and misemployment’. They have uploaded the full script of the video on their website. I found this passage particularly inspiring.

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Ripping Yarns

Only 0.01% of our seas are protected, and even the top conservation sites are up for grabs. A few days ago, I visited the Flamborough Head “no take zone”, one of the UK’s three areas in which commercial fishing is prohibited. Here marine life is allowed to proliferate, without being menaced by trawlers, scallop dredgers, drift nets, pots and all the other devices for rounding it up, some of which […]

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World Bank and UN Carbon Offset Scheme ‘Complicit’ in Genocidal Land Grabs – NGOs

Editor’s Note: On Monday The Independent published an article titled "Britain has only 100 harvests left in its farm soil as scientists warn of growing ‘agricultural crisis’". We are all too aware of why Britain’s (and other nations’) soils are becoming so depleted (if not, please see here and here, for example), and with the Western world standing on the precipice in regards to its food supply, it is insane […]

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