Category: Society

Permaculture and the Sustainability of Resistance

One man’s struggle for sustainable farming on his land in the occupied West Bank is not only a fight against occupation. It suggests that international environmental law provides a legal avenue for Palestinians to sue for their rights. Fayez and Muna Taneeb harvesting beans in one of their polytunnels (photo Alice Gray) Fayez al-Taneeb is an energetic man with a vision – of community resilience and sustainability. He is an […]

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The Perils of Travel

I love to travel. Whether that’s camping, road trips, conventions, visiting family… I enjoy all of it. I feel most alive when exploring a new place, or being a part of the natural world, or experiencing something new. Perhaps because I work from a home office most of the time, getting out and about is especially gratifying. And we have a need to experience things for ourselves – looking at […]

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The Permaculture Student Kickstarter

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“Matt Powers is one of my students from last years Online ‪‎Permaculture‬ Design Course (via geofflawtononline.com). This is a true testimony to the quality of students we are producing all around the globe with this ever reaching course. He has produced this book within the first year of taking the online PDC! Congratulations The Permaculture Student.” – Cheers Geoff Lawton Matt Powers Kickstarter Project for creating a curriculum for Children […]

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They Don’t Call it Rancho Relaxzo for Nothin’

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Photography by Nick Vassallo. Follow the winding highway up onto the shoulder of Maui; facing west on Haleakala’s rolling hills, gazing into the sunset and the sea, tucked into the district of Kula like a ripple in a comforter. Sooner than you think, you’ll arrive at Rancho Relaxzo–a 30 year young permaculture farm, our blissful destination.

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How to Completely Change our Story

How to Completely Change our Story

There is a reason why you see a chicken above. Keep reading ;) The cross-roads There is no doubt in the mind of scientists and environmentalists that the excessive exploitation of all kinds of resources in the past centuries have created much damage to the biosphere we live in. The Stockholm Resilience Centre has recently updated their Planetary Boundaries model

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Want to be a Part of the Change?

Geoff Lawton was one of the keynote speakers at PV1 in Temcula, CA in March 2014. PV2 isn’t just another permaculture convergence that focuses on hyper-local DIY skill building and resiliency; we instead decided to look bigger. We are blending the practical techniques and tactics found in workshops with the entrepreneurial spirit and opportunity of a business conference. We have brought together a diverse group of creative and innovative doers […]

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Wants versus needs

When my son was younger, I spent considerable time trying to make sure he understood ‘wants’ versus ‘needs’. Fortunately, whatever he needed was available: food, water, a place to sleep, clothes to wear, family who loved him. But what he wanted, well, that’s a different story. We battled with wanting every Lego set possible, staying up late even when tired, eating ten cookies instead of two. Imagine a toddler being […]

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How To Build Your Own Portable Microgrid

Daimen Hardie & Sebastian Manchester of www.forestsinternational.org – 7/01/2015 First light – residents of Kokota islet enjoy first night with electric light provided by portable microgrid (Photo: Jeff Schnurr) The problem . . . The rise of renewable energy has to be one of the most inspiring revolutions of our time. It offers hope for transitioning to a low-carbon future – a future in which humanity rises out of the […]

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Future Feeders

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Joel Orchard and Anais Gschwind sowed the first seeds for the Future Feeders movement in the early stages of 2014. Since then with the collective ideas of a vibrant group, Future Feeders has established its first 1.5 acre urban market garden at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens and begun to develop a platform for a broader collective of young farmers and food activists. Future Feeders saw the desperate need to combat […]

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Rewilding Kids: A Radical Experiment in Schooling

At a time when many children are over-policed and over-protected, even parents who are open to the idea of rewilding may wonder what would happen if young ones were allowed to truly run rampant. Contrary to the descent into savagery envisioned in William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies, one primary school is proving that when children are given the space and permission to self organise the results are extremely […]

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A Herbal Sceptic – Cured with Garlic

Being a product of the 1990s British state education system, I grew up with a very ‘conventional’ western mind-set towards science and medicine. I have always been naturally sceptic of medicine applied through plants, even while hearing the tales my grandmother had told me of Camomile lotion helping rashes, and ginger helping a bad stomach. But these were always remedies you purchased in bottles and packets, carefully tested and scrutinised […]

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