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 »

Energy Security For Whom? For What?

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670kb PDF Energy is never far from the headlines these days. Conflicts of all kinds — political, economic, social, military — seem to be proliferating over oil, coal, gas, nuclear and biomass. While some interests struggle to keep cheap fossil fuels circulating worldwide, a growing number of communities are resisting their extraction and use. While… 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 »

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 »