From Desert to Oasis in 4 Years (Jordan)

Geoff Lawton’s next video in his ever-expanding lineup takes you to Wadi Rum in Jordan where he consulted on a 10 acre organic farm and rebuilt their failing farm into a commercial success. Wadi Rum looks very much like your classic inhospitable desert region. It was used in the early 1960s as the backdrop set for the David Lean’s masterpiece, “Lawrence of Arabia.” If you’ve ever watched the movie as […]

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Can Earth Building Scale Up to the Mainstream? Robert Alcock on the Power of Keeping It Small

Rob Hopkins: Our recent post about Kevin McCabe’s ‘cob citadel’ and what we might learn from it about ‘scaling up’ generated a lot of debate and discussion. Robert Alcock, a cob self-builder living in Spain commented that “the really great thing about cob is that it is an inherently anti-mainstream material”. Intrigued, and wanting to hear more of his own story, I asked him if he might share his thoughts […]

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NASA Finds 2013 Sustained Long-Term Climate Warming Trend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaJJtS_WDmI This visualization shows how global temperatures have risen from 1950 through the end of 2013. Image Credit: NASA/GSFC, GISS NASA scientists say 2013 tied with 2009 and 2006 for the seventh warmest year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. With the exception of 1998, the 10 warmest years in the 134-year record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the warmest […]

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IPC-UK 2015 International Permaculture Convergence

Welcome to the first beginnings of IPC-UK! We are delighted that the UK Permaculture Association will be hosting the 12th International Permaculture Convergence. We are counting down and preparing for our biggest ever event – in fact many events – in September 2015. We have just attended the last IPC held in Cuba, and learnt a lot of valuable lessons and made some great connections. IPC-UK will be a collaborative […]

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Dredged Up

Never mind the evidence, we’ll do something eye-catching. by George Monbiot For a moment that rarest of beasts, common sense, poked a nose out of its burrow and sniffed the air. Assailed by angry farmers demanding dredging in the Somerset levels, the environment secretary, Owen Paterson broke with protocol and said something sensible. Dredging is often not the best long term or economic solution and increased dredging of rivers on […]

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On the Other Side of Collapse: Notes from the Island of Cyprus

Sofia and crew with their recently built greenhouse This is an interview with my cousin, Sofia Matsi. Sofia is a health campaigner, artist, permaculture designer and sustainability activist. She lives in Nicosia, Cyprus. Last year, Sofia witnessed first hand the near complete collapse of the island’s economy — an event which culminated in a highly controversial bailout plan that included an unprecedented confiscation of up to 10 percent of customer […]

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Young Greeks Create Self-reliant Island Society (video)

On the slopes of Mount Telaithrion on the island of Evia, a group of young Greeks have left the busy city and created a self-reliant rural community. Their goal is to eat only the organic produce they grow themselves, to free themselves from the national electricity grid, and to exchange what they grow or make instead of using money. The project, whose ultimate goal is to create a school for […]

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2013: The Year Bike Sharing Came of Age (USA)

Once dismissed as a hippy-dippy dream, bike sharing is now reality in New York, Chicago and other cities. by Jay Walljasper, On the Commons Five million rides were taken on New York’s new bike share system in the first five months of service. (Photo courtesy of People for Bikes) 2013 is the year when the sharing economy — the recent rediscovery of the economic advantages of mutual cooperation—came to public […]

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A Global Exploration of Economic Possibilities

Highlights from the Berlin conference that attracted 200 commoners from 30 countries. Click to download (665kb PDF) The Heinrich Boll Foundation just released a detailed, educational, and inspiring report [PDF inset] summarizing the international conference it hosted in Berlin, Germany May 22-24, 2013. Two hundred commoners from around the globe converged at the Economics and the Commons Conference (ECC) to explore the commons as an alternative worldview to market-fundamentalism, to […]

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How To Transition To a Permaculture Lifestyle

My message to Permaculturists: Known or unbeknownst to you — you are an exceptionally valuable and powerful human being. You are armed with the knowledge and information to bring you and the people around you into a place of abundance and harmony. You are powerful, and if you choose to be, are a pillar in your community for guidance and leadership. Know that through your knowledge of natural systems and […]

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Zed Eco-homes (India)

Every so often an individual is given exposure to another individual so wildly dynamic that it confuses, entertains, but most of all, inspires. This is how I would describe meeting Dr. Hariharan Chandreshekar, CEO of Biodiversity Conservation India Limited (BCIL), the company that designs and manufactures some of the most renowned eco-homes on the planet.

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Politically Correct Science for the Masses

Real democracy does not just mean the right to vote. People must also have access to the information they need to make an informed choice; that’s why scientists must be free to tell the truth and express their views accordingly on scientific issues. by Prof Peter Saunders Shaping science to politics When US scientists produced a report warning that the current level of greenhouse gas emissions would almost certainly lead […]

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