The Dam Letter

Who says we’re not getting out of touch with nature? Well, I think we are, and read on to see a bit of a comedic look at this. The following two letters are said to be the actual correspondence between a Mr. Price of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, State of Michigan and a Ryan DeVries of the same state (enjoy the letters first, then stay tuned for why […]

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Life at Zaytuna – June 2009 PDC Begins

A lily blooms on the dam. Photos copyright © Craig Mackintosh In between classes, students get to enjoy the beautiful environs at Zaytuna. What better way to stimulate the mind on the topic at hand: how to work with nature. This year we’re running less courses than usual, only because we hope to soon concentrate on the construction of several new straw bale student cabins that will improve facilities and […]

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The Commencement Address by Paul Hawken to the Class of 2009, University of Portland, May 3, 2009

When I was invited to give this speech, I was asked if I could give a simple short talk that was “direct, naked, taut, honest, passionate, lean, shivering, startling, and graceful.” No pressure there. Let’s begin with the startling part. Class of 2009: you are going to have to figure out what it means to be a human being on earth at a time when every living system is declining, […]

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Monsanto Runs Into Wall. Yes!!

Say NO to Monsanto, GMOs, and the patenting of life The frustration about this company – Monsanto – and others like it has been running higher and higher over the last few years. (The free flow of information on the internet is a wonderful thing in this regard – corporate-bought media is no longer our only news option….) I think it may well be the most hated corporation on the […]

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Rosina Buckman – Living Smart on the Sunshine Coast

Rosina Buckman tells me she’s 72 years old. She looks honest enough, so I’ll take her at her word, but her youthful spirit and energetic stride did give me a moment of pause. And more than that – her urban homestead was overflowing with clear evidence of passionate and fruitful labours that belie her age. I’m not the only one that’s impressed either, as the Sunshine Coast Council have just […]

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Michael Jackson – Earth Song

One of the most expensive music videos ever made was Michael Jackson’s ‘Earth Song’. Perhaps an appropriate listen today…. The rather dramatic footage was shot in four locations – the Amazon forest, a war zone of Croatia, Tanzania and New York. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FZcAzZOyOg Whatever people might say or think about Michael – he was part of the human family. His childhood and life is certainly one I would not wish to […]

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The Oil Intensity of Food

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute Today we are an oil-based civilization, one that is totally dependent on a resource whose production will soon be falling. Since 1981, the quantity of oil extracted has exceeded new discoveries by an ever-widening margin. In 2008, the world pumped 31 billion barrels of oil but discovered fewer than 9 billion barrels of new oil. World reserves of conventional oil are in a […]

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Stop Building Tanks

Let’s divert the money spent on arms to addressing the real strategic threat. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom What would we be doing now if we took climate change seriously? Last week the government released a report on the likely temperature changes in the United Kingdom(1). It shows that life at the end of this century will bear no relationship to life […]

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Life at Zaytuna – Rainy Days

Photos copyright © Craig Mackintosh The area around Zaytuna Farm recently experienced the worst floods for many years (since 1974 they say) – then it dried out for a few weeks. And now, over the last five days, it’s been back to raining again…. When the floods were on, people commented to Geoff, asking how he was coping with the power outages. Geoff was blissfully unaware that there had been […]

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Europe’s Uprising Against GMOs and Patents on Life

The unstoppable groundswell of opposition to GMOs in Europe, by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho The recent call for a moratorium on GMOs in Europe [1] (see Europe Holds the Key to a GM-Free World, 5th Conference of GM-Free Regions, Food & Democracy, SiS 43) reflects an unstoppable groundswell of opposition to GMOs from both European citizens and governments. An online poll [2] on the question: “Should GMOs be banned in Europe?” […]

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Home (video)

The following documentary, ‘Home‘, is almost perfect. As a photographer, I was totally engrossed in the imagery – mostly shot from above, and almost entirely in the magic hours of morning and evening light – as this production gives us a vision of this world we call home that is hard to forget. It also leaves one feeling like part of the human fabric – part of the larger human […]

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Life at Zaytuna – Potato Storage Tip

Mmm…. I don’t know about you, but potatoes are one of my favourite foods. Here at Zaytuna we were a tad late in potato planting, so we’re having to cover our potato rows at night – as even here in the sub-tropics we’re getting some winter frosts. A couple more weeks and we should have a good crop to harvest – which will add to all the sweet potatoes and […]

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