The Promised Land

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This is the fate of young people today: excluded, but forbidden to opt out. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. Hounded by police and bailiffs, evicted wherever they stopped, they did not mean to settle here. They had walked out of London to occupy disused farmland on the… Read more »

False Summit

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We were wrong about peak oil: there’s enough in the ground to deep-fry the planet. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. The facts have changed, now we must change too. For the past ten years an unlikely coalition of geologists, oil drillers, bankers, military strategists and environmentalists has… Read more »

Preparing Our Children For a Resilient Future, Part II: Food Security

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I doubt many would disagree that food is one of the most important things that we are going to need to become reconnected to, in times to come. Without a reliable food source, much hardship can be predicted and even potentially losses of life. In the future, food security will probably rely much more on… Read more »

Resilience Through Simplification: Revisiting Tainter’s Theory of Collapse

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Below, Samuel Alexander summarises his new Simplicity Institute Report, which discusses ‘voluntary simplification’ in the context of Joseph Tainter’s theory of collapse. The full report, ‘Resilience through Simplification,’ is available here (360kb PDF). A society or other institution can be destroyed by the cost of sustaining itself. — Joseph Tainter Joseph Tainter In 1988 Joseph… Read more »

Hope for a New Era: Before/After Examples of Permaculture Earth Restoration – Solving Our Problems From the Ground Up

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If you aren’t in a reading mood, and/or just came to look at the before/after photographs, click here to jump down the page. Loess Plateau, Early September, 1995 Loess Plateau, Early September, 2009 Rio+20 has been and gone, and, in the big scheme of things, has achieved little, or worse. With this post I’d like… Read more »

Two Views of Our Future

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by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute No previous civilization has survived the ongoing destruction of its natural supports. Nor will ours. Yet economists look at the future through a different lens. Relying heavily on economic data to measure progress, they see the near 10-fold growth in the world economy since 1950 and the associated… Read more »

How “Sustainability” Became “Sustained Growth”

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Editor’s Preamble: In a prevous editorial life, I used to make a decent attempt at commentary for these large international events — those organised with some pretention towards shifting us onto a ‘sustainable path — but I no longer have the energy for it. Pinning our hopes on politicians’ plans for ‘greening the economy’ is… Read more »

Coal Seam Gas – Music to Soothe the Mining Beast (28-30 June, 2012)

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Editor’s Note: If you’re in the Northern Rivers area of NSW, Australia (or if you can otherwise make it!), please support this important initiative! Coal Seam Gas (CSG) mining, or ‘fracking’ (see here and here), has potential to impact adversely on the natural environment and community. In response to the threat of growth of the… Read more »

What Will Rio+20 Bring?

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In a few days the international community will be meeting in Rio de Janeiro, to hold the most significant environmental conference since the Rio Earth Summit of 1992. As the planet’s ecosystems tremble under the weight of overconsumption, this conference surely provides one of few remaining opportunities for governments to take environmental issues seriously. Will… Read more »

Rio+20: What Ecovillages Offer

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It is the start of Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, and the Global Ecovillage Network has a strong contingent here from all over the world. We have erected a dome at the People’s Summit in Cupala dos Povos (Flamingo Park) and are providing a “Speaker’s Corner” for ecovillages, Transition Towns, Occupy, and others… Read more »

Myth of Perpetual Growth is Killing America

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Editor’s preamble: It’s refreshing and even somewhat reassuring when a major stock market website runs an article like the one below…. Everything you know about economics is wrong A stray dog stands on a rubbish dump at the seafront in Sidon, southern Lebanon. Yes, everything you know about economics is wrong. Dead wrong. Everything. The… Read more »