Category: Consumerism

TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF HEALTHCARE – PART 2

How did we ​​become dependent on the doctor visit and the ​prescription? What happened to the ​ways we cared for ​our families before modern pharmaceutical medicine? ​​When the globalized economy ​replaces local ways of living, ​people ​​exchange ​broad skills and ​community-reliance for specialized career paths. ​​ Instead of ​sharing time and resources ​with ​family and neighbours ​to meet everybody’s needs, ​people start to work jobs to pay for ​basics​ and ​for […]

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SAVING THE PLANET

I have often found myself wincing as I hear people talking about saving the planet. It’s felt wrong!  I can hear the voices of condemnation screaming at me now … ‘What a horrible person you are not to agree with saving the planet.’… but let me explain. I’m the same age as Geoff Lawton!  Though I think he’s doing better than me! I was brought up in the 50s/60s. I had two […]

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Welcome to the Anthropocene

Sharing with you today this great resource website. http://www.anthropocene.info/index.php The website tells the story of our planet since entering the Anthropocene, Taking us on a timeline showing the major events associated with the Anthropocne idea as  well as discussing in great visuals the Planetary Boundaries that have been crossed as a result of human activity from  climate change, loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change and altered biogeochemical cycles (phosphorus and […]

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EXCERPT FROM “DE-GROWTH IN THE SUBURBS, A RADICAL URBAN IMAGINARY. “ PART 3

We started publishing 2 weeks ago this series of an excerpt from Samuel Alexander and Brendan Gleeson’s new book, “Degrowth in the Suburbs: A Radical Urban Imaginary”. The chapter we will be publishing over 4 weeks (Reimagining the Suburbs Beyond Growth) is the first chapter in the book. You can read the 2 parts we already published  here and here . Dr Samuel Alexander,  is the co-director of the Simplicity Institute and […]

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EXCERPT FROM “DE-GROWTH IN THE SUBURBS, A RADICAL URBAN IMAGINARY. “ Part 2

We started publishing last week this series of an excerpt from Samuel Alexander and Brendan Gleeson’s new book, “Degrowth in the Suburbs: A Radical Urban Imaginary”. The chapter we will be publishing over 4 weeks (Reimagining the Suburbs Beyond Growth) is the first chapter in the book. You can read the first part we published last week here. Dr Samuel Alexander,  is the co-director of the Simplicity Institute and a lecturer with […]

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The Reflective Art of Garbage Collection and Deflection

The way we handle trash nowadays allows us to put it on the curb or in the dumpster and forget about it. We pile up however much rubbish we produce then someone comes to take it away. If we start taking responsibility, composting and reusing and recycling, that will help. The biggest help would be reducing the amount of waste we create, particularly plastics and chemicals, which don’t so readily […]

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Flexitarianism

DISCLAIMER: These are my thoughts and experiences on what can be a deeply cultural, charged and personal topic: diet. There is a lot we don’t know, especially when it comes to what a sustainable diet is. For one, most studies have been centred in high-income Western countries (Jones et al., 2016); it’s also still largely unclear exactly what a “healthy diet” should consist of, nevertheless what a truly sustainable society […]

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What You Didn’t Know About Up-Cycling

Though almost a quarter of Americans don’t recycle any materials, almost everyone knows what recycling encompasses. At the very least, it entails separating cardboard, glass, aluminum, and some plastics from everyday garbage to avoid them from wasting away in a landfill. The recycled materials that pass all standards during the sorting and processing chain of events will then be sold to manufacturers to start their lifecycle over again. In the […]

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Growing Local – Eating Local

One of life’s simple pleasures would have to be going to the local Farmers Market for the weekly shopping. The hubbub of chatter, cooking, banging and rattling. Talking to the people who actually produce your food. The smells, the sights, the touch on your skin. The sense of being part of a food system that is whole and sustaining. Local Farmers Markets are popping up everywhere and are in great […]

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Voluntary Frugality

Voluntary Frugality

This time, I’ve moved beyond dipping in here and there and really started to read David Holmgren’s Permaculture: Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability, a book that goes in depth into realms of permaculture that I’ve not fully explored in my time involved with the movement. And, while I’m not yet through the book, I’ve recently been struck by a bit of terminology he’s used to describe one of his own […]

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Stepping lightly

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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Bartering System Makes a Comeback Due to Greek Financial Crisis

Greece is in financial crisis. That’s unlikely to be news to anyone after updates on the Greek economy have been gracing our television screens, newspapers and radios for the last month or so. But most of the reports focus on the impact that the financial crisis and the third bailout programme will have on the country’s banking system and on its large, medium and small business; rather than taking a […]

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