A 50,000-Foot View of the Global Crisis

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We are now well into a global crisis that may mark the end of this cycle of human civilization. In this note I present a summary of what’s going on as far as I can tell, as well as a scenario for how things might develop over the next 75 years or so. The issue… Read more »

Pam Warhurst: How We Can Eat Our Landscapes (TED video)

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This is a fun and very inspiring talk by Incredible Edible Todmorden champion, Pam Warhurst, on the great work her town is doing in northern England and its growing influence around the world. One of the many encouraging things I take from this talk is hearing how local businesses in Todmorden are, with the renewed… Read more »

Defend Indigenous People and the Amazon from Oil ‘Development’ of 10 Million Acres of Rainforest

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I have an urgent message to share — it is extremely important that you all know this. Our brothers and sisters in the Ecuadorian rainforest are under significant pressure from the oil companies. The government of Ecuador is planning to auction off 10 million acres of pristine rainforest for oil extraction. This is the same… Read more »

Preparing Our Children For a Resilient Future, Part IV: Localisation and Community

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Our local areas and community are likely to play a much bigger role in our future resilience, so it makes sense to begin to include active community participation in our children’s lives. Children often enjoy having a sense of being an important part of something that matters and even young children can develop a feeling… Read more »

National Gardening Leave – Why Britain Would Be Better Off If We All Spent Less Time at the Office

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The case for a new, voluntary scheme to introduce a shorter working week, and for the rapid expansion of productive and pleasurable gardening in Britain’s towns and cities. by neweconomics.org Executive Summary Click to download (1.34mb PDF) The Proposal – National Gardening Leave: for a stronger, healthier and happier Britain. This pamphlet argues that Britain… Read more »

Angle of Descent

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The justifications for airport expansion turn out to be bogus. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. When politicians say that we need more runways and more airports, they invariably claim that “the economy” depends on them. They seldom specify what they mean by this, but in most cases… Read more »

A Computer Geek Starts a Garden, Part I – Background, Design and Initial Implementation

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The yard in winter, before work begins… A great many people today are living in fear. The future looks uncertain, but bleak. Many cannot see a future at all. The post-WWII baby boomer generation, with their short-lived cheap energy era, have been largely calling the shots, shaping the world we have today. After the miseries… Read more »

ASPO 2012 Presentations

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From May 30 — June 1, 2012, the 10th ASPO (Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas) meeting took place. This year it was held in Vienna, Austria. I haven’t had time to check out all of these presentations yet, but want to ensure you’re all aware they’re available to watch as you… Read more »

Summary Presentations for Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity

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Editor’s Note: Some permies may wish to download the slideshow files at bottom to use, or modify to use, for "It’s time to wake up" type presentations in your local schools and community halls, etc. Food is the new oil. Land is the new gold.

Radical Simplicity and the Middle-Class – Exploring the Lifestyle Implications of a ‘Great Disruption’

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by Dr Samuel Alexander, co-director of the Simplicity Institute and a lecturer with the Office for Environmental Programs, University of Melbourne. One of many ‘Hoovervilles’ during the Great Depression 1. Introduction How would the ordinary middle-class consumer – I should say middle-class citizen – deal with a lifestyle of radical simplicity? By radical simplicity I… Read more »