Category: Society

Learning and Farming – An Indian View

Learning and Farming plays a very critical role in life of individual as well as society says Claude Alvares. He claims that though they seem separate, in reality, they are deeply interconnected. Claude laments the fact that the way multinational corporations, for their vested interest, are destroying native agricultural practices. He also grieves over how modern educational institutions have destroyed innate learning capacities of students. He emphasize how by returning […]

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Recent Legislation Transforms Cities, One Roof at a Time

In March of 2015, France passed a bill supporting green energy which affects the commercial building industry. The bill requires all new buildings in commercial zones to have their roofs partially covered with either solar panels or plants. Although construction companies and builders may see this as an additional upfront cost, the long term benefits will outweigh the initial funding necessary. Environmental activists initially pushed the French government for all […]

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FRACKMAN

This is a film about a bunch of ordinary people caught up in a modern day multinational “gold rush” to secure and exploit coal seam gas. With endorsements from: “If you care about our country, see it!” 
 – Alan Jones 
 
 “No Australian voter should miss this film” 
 – Bob Brown Fracking is an issue that is presenting difficult questions for all of Australia’s political parties, but […]

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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

“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’

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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