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 »

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 »

The Newcastle Fair Share Festival is On Again!

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When: 9 — 11 March 2012, starting on the evening of March 9 Where: Hamilton Public School, corner of Tudor Steet and Steel Street, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Theme: "Transitioning to connected communities, localised fair economies and sustainable lifestyles." Please put this event in your diaries, and ‘like’ us at www.facebook.com/#!/FairShareFestival In this second and expanded… Read more »

Governments Spend $1.4 Billion Per Day to Destabilize Climate

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by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute We distort reality when we omit the health and environmental costs associated with burning fossil fuels from their prices. When governments actually subsidize their use, they take the distortion even further. Worldwide, direct fossil fuel subsidies added up to roughly $500 billion in 2010. Of this, supports on… Read more »

Peak Oil, Energy Descent, and the Fate of Consumerism

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Western-style consumer lifestyles are highly resource and energy intensive. This paper examines the energy intensity of these consumer lifestyles and considers whether such lifestyles could be sustained in a future with declining energy supplies and much higher energy prices. The rise of consumer societies since the industrial revolution has only been possible due to the… Read more »

Orlando Permaculture Documentary

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The heroes and heroines of history’s past are so well-known they need not be mentioned. Lesser known and perhaps more integral, however, are the countless individuals whose stories remain untold and hidden by history. “Orlando Permaculture” is a documentary of the latter modern-day individuals. It is a story of a community of people who have… Read more »

Act Now to Stop the Keystone Pipeline (Again!)

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First the good news: President Obama is standing firm on his decision to delay the Keystone XL pipeline, and he’s threatened to veto any attempt by Congress to move that timeline up. Of course, that’s exactly what those legislators who are most bought by Big Oil are trying to do. They’re trying to attach legislation… Read more »

The Energy Trap

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by Tom Murphy, associate professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego. Many Do the Math posts have touched on the inevitable cessation of growth and on the challenge we will face in developing a replacement energy infrastructure once our fossil fuel inheritance is spent. The focus has been on long-term physical constraints,… Read more »

How to Run Your Own Blitz

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by John Shiel Photo © Craig Mackintosh There are 2 ways to run a PermaBlitz (building a Permaculture community garden or backyard food garden in one day): coordinated by your local Permaculture club (you receive help with garden design, getting people to your house, and you are covered by their liability insurance), or where a… Read more »

Roads to Ruin

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A new road-building programme will drain money from essential services. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. The money has run out, or so we keep being told. There are no funds left for any but essential projects: the frontline services and the capital spending which cannot be deferred…. Read more »