Learning from the Past

LEARNING FROM THE PAST feat

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute, Washington D.C., U.S.A. Our twenty-first century global civilization is not the first to face the prospect of environmentally induced economic decline. The question is how we will respond. We do have one unique asset at our command–an archeological record that shows us what happened to earlier civilizations that got into environmental trouble and failed to respond. As Jared Diamond points out in his […]

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Look Locally, See Globally

LOOK LOCALLY SEE GLOBALLY feat

It’s just amazing how many of life’s lessons can be learned in the garden. It is also amazing that even though we think we have an understanding of things they don’t truly hit home until we experience them for ourselves. I had quite a jolt last week as I searched for my bush basil. I considered myself to have a deep affiliation with the plant. It grew for me when […]

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Adaptable Acacias

ADAPTABLE ACACIAS feat

by Leza Bennetts and Erika Birmingham Acacias are evergreen, nitrogen-fixing plants ranging in form from ground covers to tall trees. There are more than 1200 species worldwide. There are many roles for acacias in permaculture design such as increasing soil fertility through nitrogen fixation, rehabilitation of degraded soils and in reforestation. They are useful for erosion control due to their rapid growth and effective seed dispersal, and many species sucker […]

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Congestion Explained

Congestion Explained feat

Click for full view Courtesy: Throbgoblins On my way to work this morning I was obliged to abandon the bus in gridlocked traffic and walk the last mile or so. As I passed junction 17 of the M60 I saw a poor deluded soul parading through this belching impromptu car park wearing a sandwich board declaring his opposition to the Manchester congestion charge, and handing out leaflets to the thousands […]

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Letters from Vietnam – Ke Village

Letters from Vietnam Ke Village feat

The trip to meet the Ma Lieng people at Ke Village, Vietnam, was a bit like a chapter out of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. For starters, to reach the village I had to get ferried across a chocolate river in something resembling a dugout canoe. And, when I got there, I was met with a tribe of villagers who were almost supernaturally tiny. The river’s chocolate hue was due […]

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Take a PDC in India with Warren Brush

Take a PDC in India with Warren Brush feat

Permaculture Design Course with Warren Brush of Quail Springs, in India at Satya-Jyoti farm, January 15-26th, 2009 We are pleased to announce that we will be offering a Permaculture Design Certification Course taught by Warren Brush at the Satya-Jyoti farm (about 70kms from Gurgaon), in the Alwar district of Rajasthan in Northern India this coming January. Satya-Jyoti is a unique skill-based education program that supports young women who have been […]

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Course Schedule for 2009 Finalised

Course Schedule for 2009 Finalised feat

Study at Zaytuna Farm, NSW We’ve just posted all the courses for 2009 – and we’ve added several new courses to the mix. Aside from the very popular Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC), we’ve added the following new courses: Introduction to Permaculture Course (A two-day weekend course to get you started on the Permaculture path – an ultra concise version of the 72 hour PDC) Permaculture Food Gardening Course (Another […]

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Transforming Landscapes, While Transforming Ourselves – Our Story in Jordan

TRANSFORMING LANDSCAPES WHILE TRANSFORMING OURSELVES OUR STORY IN JORDAN feat

This is a story of how permaculture transformed the lives of two young Canadians… At the beginning of November 2006, my partner Jesse left our home in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on a three month journey to the homeland of permaculture – Australia. Inspired by the teaching styles of Geoff Lawton and Bill Mollison, Jesse returned home determined to make permaculture our full time occupation. During the next year we […]

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This is What Denial Does

This is What Denial Does feat

The economic crisis is petty by comparison to the nature crunch. But they have the same cause. by George Monbiot – journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist Click for full view Courtesy: Throbgoblins This is nothing. Well, nothing by comparison to what’s coming. The financial crisis for which we must now pay so heavily prefigures the real collapse, when humanity bumps against its ecological limits. As we goggle […]

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Letters from Vietnam – The Road to Na Sai

LETTERS FROM VIETNAM THE ROAD TO NA SAI feat

We catch a rare glimpse of an ancient and beautiful culture – the Black Thai people – and applaud the work of a modern day NGO who is working to help improve the lives of these noble people whilst retaining their unique identity – just as a new road threatens their natural, low-carbon existence. Black Thai Villager in Rice Fields, Na Sai Village, Vietnam Photos: Craig Mackintosh A few days […]

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Rising Seas and Powerful Storms Threaten Global Security

Rising Seas and Powerful Storms Threaten Global Security feat

by Janet Larsen, Earth Policy Institute Standing before the United Nations General Assembly in October 1987, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, President of the Maldives, made an appeal representing “an endangered nation.” That year for the first time, “unusual high waves” in the Indian Ocean inundated a quarter of the urban area on the capital island of Male’, flooded farms, and washed away reclaimed land. Gayoom cited scientific evidence that human activities […]

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Permaculture (and why it is my new way…)

Permaculture (and why it is my new way…) feat

Editor’s Note: A recent PDC graduate tells us about her post-PDC thoughts below. If you’re watching current world events, and feeling the need to get back to a sound platform of existence (on all levels – practically, physically and spiritually), then we still have a few seats left on the November  2 two-week PDC course at PRI’s headquarters – Zaytuna Farm, NSW, Australia. This course will be taught by Geoff […]

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