Fracking Victory in Northern Rivers, NSW, Australia

Just two days ago the community at Bentley was bracing for the arrival of hundreds of police to break up a peaceful and unprecedented blockade camp against invasive gas drilling in the Northern Rivers of NSW. This morning, the most wonderful news has broken. NSW Energy and Resources Minister Anthony Roberts has announced that Metgasco’s approval to drill at Bentley has been suspended, and the company has been referred to […]

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Bicycle Share Fact Sheet

The prevalence of bicycles in a community is an indicator of our ability to provide affordable transportation, lower traffic congestion, reduce air pollution, increase mobility, and provide exercise to the world’s growing population. Bike-sharing programs are one way to get cycles to the masses. In early 2014, some 600 cities in 52 countries host advanced bike-sharing programs, with a combined fleet of more than 570,000 bicycles.

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The Billboard That Saves Lives

An estimated 1.2 million residents of Lima, Peru, lack running water (far from potable in any case) and rely on unregulated private companies who charge an outrageous US$10 per cubic meter. Other wealthier residents pay 20 times less for their tap water! The University of Engineering and Technology of Peru (UTEC) took this situation to heart and came up with a billboard (it might be the only billboard I actually […]

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Fernglade Farm – Autumn Update (May 2014, Victoria, Australia)

Well, the summer just past was interesting. Heat and drought were constant companions in all parts of the Australian continent other than the Northern Territory. Down in the south eastern corner of the continent the farm here had to deal with 10 days of temperatures exceeding 40°C (104°F) during January and February. At one point in early February a bush fire came closer here than I was comfortable with and […]

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Constructively Reducing Your Waste

Garden gnome in Nicaragua Inspired by our experience volunteering on a farm in Ometepe Island in Nicaragua, my wife Emma and I became very excited about the prospect of reducing our personal waste. Totoco Farm and Totoco Eco-Lodge are both 100% waste-free zones, meaning every consumable that enters either stays or is recycled. What makes this achievement even more remarkable is that, in Nicaragua, recycling is basically nonexistent. So how […]

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Democracy and Diversity Can Mend Broken Food Systems – Final Diagnosis from UN Right to Food Expert

GENEVA – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, today called for the world’s food systems to be radically and democratically redesigned to ensure the human right to adequate food and freedom from hunger. “The eradication of hunger and malnutrition is an achievable goal. However, it will not be enough to refine the logic of our food systems – it must instead be reversed,” […]

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This Collapse is a ‘Crisis of Bigness’

Living through a collapse is a curious experience. Perhaps the most curious part is that nobody wants to admit it’s a collapse. by Paul Kingsnorth The results of half a century of debt-fuelled “growth” are becoming impossible to convincingly deny, but even as economies and certainties crumble, our appointed leaders bravely hold the line. No one wants to be the first to say the dam is cracked beyond repair. To […]

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Holistic Management and VEG: Part Three – Putting Your Holistic Context to Work

In Part One of this series we introduced Holistic Management and went through the process of defining a whole under management. In Part Two we looked at articulating an Holistic Context for that whole under management, using VEG’s holistic context as an example. Now, in the third and final installment, we tackle the fine art of leaping back into the flow of life and… Putting your Holistic Context to work […]

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Will You Eco-Marry Me? (video)

More and more couples world over are resisting large expensive marriages and are embracing the concept of eco-marriage with a conscious effort to reduce their environmental footprint. Watch this video as the eco-conscious Tokyo couple Shigeru Komori and Tomoko Hoshino opt for a low carbon-emitting, socially responsible, energy efficient wedding celebration. Both are passionate about the environment and so practising their eco-philosophy on their wedding day was a true reflection […]

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The Woes of Industrial Agriculture

Our relationship with the earth changed fundamentally when we began practicing agriculture some ten thousand years ago. The transition from nomadic to settler life allowed for the evolution of great civilizations, and the growth of human cultures. Agriculture also made possible the increased rise in population, which in turn created the need for more agriculture, and the cyclical relationship between the two put a greater and greater strain on the […]

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How To Permiblitz Your Business Idea And Quit Your Day Job

From the moment that we really understand permaculture and what it is all about, we enter some kind of transition. Permaculture is not just what goes on in our gardens, rather it is what we brush our teeth with, every single thing we buy, everything we throw away and, in fact, what we do with every moment of the day. It requires us to take personal responsibility and it informs […]

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