Category: Society

What is Degrowth? Envisioning a Prosperous Descent

What is Degrowth? Envisioning a Prosperous Descent

This is a transcript of my keynote address presented at the ‘Local Lives, Global Matters’ conference in Castlemaine, Victoria, 16-18 October 2015. Other keynote speakers included Rob Hopkins, David Holmgren, and Helena Norberg-Hodge. Introduction Thank you for that introduction, Jacinta, good morning everyone. I would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of this land and to recognise that these have always been spaces of teaching, learning, sharing, and […]

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Humanure Is No Laughing Matter

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It’s something that becomes more and more unsettling for me the deeper I look into the issue. With every morning constitutional, with every quick run to the bathroom, the majority of industrialized humanity is carelessly waging war on the environment. In harsh but accurate terms, we are pillaging and polluting the planet in the most idiotic of ways. The way we’ve come—and much of the underdeveloped world still seems to […]

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Permaculture As a Political Act


Permaculture, I believe, is not just a political act, but true to its nature, it is one in which all things center on positive output. This month I found myself deeply mired in political debates on Facebook. Shamefully, the altercations far too frequently consumed me until, ultimately, I’d reached an impasse, the typically fruitless cycle of such discussions, and had to admit both sides had only become more resolute in […]

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Earth as a Petri Dish: The Problem of Growth


Republished with permission from The 1972 publication of Limits to Growth sparked a controversy that has yet to subside. This book argued that if population, resource use, and pollution kept growing on our finite planet, eventually economies would face environmental ‘limits to growth’ – with potentially dire consequences. Despite the evidence mounting in support of this position, any suggestion that we might have to give up economic growth, or […]

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My Interview with Graham Turner on ‘Limits to Growth’


Below is the next instalment of the interview series Jordan Osmond and I are releasing as part of the crowd-funding campaign for our documentary, A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity. Thank you to all the generous souls who have helped us reach our first goal in 18 days! For more information on the documentary or to make a donations, please see here. The 1972 book, Limits to Growth, is the […]

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Why Are We Being Fed By A Poison Expert?

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While we have made a strong effort to put forward strongly positive articles on this site, we will share this very good presentation video by “The Undercurrent” The video is courtesy of their Youtube Channel “The Undercurrent” Is the ‘old’ Monsanto, the one responsible for producing Agent Orange, PCB’s and DDT and a terrible record at covering up and denying the tragedies that have resulted from their use, the same […]

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Human Permaculture: looking at migration as flow to solve problems


Permaculture is largely about turning problems into solutions. Many social issues currently seen as problems, when looked at closely, simply require a little re-organisation or ‘re-design’, which permaculture techniques, even those normally used to design land or water flow, can apply to. These involve looking carefully at the energies which go into a system, and human movements and desires can also be seen as energies. This article will examine a […]

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Stepping lightly

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From the time I was going through my fragile adolescent age, when everyone’s opinions were more important than my own, up until today where I can defend my ways with ‘logical’ arguments through permaculture, I’m often accused of being a non-conformist. These days, this is a compliment! I always thought we only need to have a few pairs of shoes and wear them until they fall apart. And then wear […]

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Casa de Paz (House of Peace)

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This video, “Casa de Paz” A film by Michelle Moore, has been made available courtesy of 36th Avenue in the Fruitvale district of East Oakland, California, is the turf of four major gangs. The fourth one, according to Pancho Ramos-Stierle, who is one of the anchors of Casa de Paz (House of Peace), is the police, an institutionalized gang, and the most dangerous. Yet the residents of this house […]

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Defining Permaculture Away from the Garden


I’ve recently been interacting with a lot of people who are new to, but completely interested in, Permaculture, and in general, they think of it as a type of gardening. Most often, the explanation I hear of what newbies think Permaculture is revolves around using raised beds. And, honestly, I can remember once feeling much the same. It seems it’s the question so many of us —permies— are forever trying […]

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Free Trade Agreements and Sovereignty


Public distrust over free trade agreements have risen over the past few years as they become more common. Recently, public opinion worldwide has been critical of the announced Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). If approved, the two agreements would tie together not only the economies, but also regulations and standards, of the United States and eleven other Pacific nations (through the TPP), and the […]

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A Fresh Perspective on the Drought in California and the Future of the Water Crisis

California’s epic drought began in July 2011 and continues to make life increasingly difficult for its residents as the flow of the water diminishes to a trickle. California has a climate that is classified as Mediterranean partially because the majority of the precipitation accumulates from October to March, when greater than 80% of the state’s rainfall occurs. After an insignificant amount of rainfall in the wet season we are now […]

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