From the Bottom Up

A new mobilisation could revitalise politics in the UK – but only if you get involved. by George Monbiot – journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist For the first time in my life I resent paying my taxes. Until now I have seen this annual amputation as a civic duty – like giving blood – necessary to sustain the life of a fair society. Suddenly I see it […]

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Interview with Duncan Dunderstone

Today at The Permaculture Research Institute we are fortunate to be talking to Duncan Dunderstone, renowned author of the Extreme Permaculture series of books, about his new book “Permaculture for Very Confined Spaces: A Five Year Study into Self-sufficiency in Long Bay Jail”. His previous works include “Rooftop Permaculture: a Guide for Mount Everest Climbers” , and the wildly successful top-seller “Permaculture for the Hitman”. Practicing Permaculture in prison can […]

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Open Letter to UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown: “GM crops will not feed the world”

Open Letter from Dr. Brian John, GM Free Cymru   To: Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, Prime Minister 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA 16th April 2008 Dear Prime Minister: GM crops will not feed the world We have been intrigued to see recent press coverage of your remarks relating to GM crops and foods. It is reported that you believe that GM crops have a considerable role to play […]

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Take a Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC) in Paradise

PRI USA’s Ho’olehua Permaculture Center, Island of Molokai, Hawaii Instructor – Andrew Jones March 30 – April 11, 2009 Be a part of agricultural history in the making as the Permaculture Research Institute USA launches its first PDC at the Ho’olehua Permaculture Center, on the Island of Moloka’i. Hawaii is best known for its endless white sand beaches, lush tropical rainforests and prime surfing opportunities – a place where people […]

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Bamboo in Permaculture Design

PIJ # 55, 1995 page 24 – 26 Author’s Note: I am a firmly rooted (if transplanted) north-westerner (USA) and this article reflects my years of experience with mostly hardy running bamboos and a few genera of hardy clumping bamboos. My experience with bamboos in other climates is limited, but I feel this information is still useful to readers form different regions. People tell me bamboo “takes over” and can […]

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Greening the Desert Project Outcomes Profiled

Most readers will be familiar with the awesome, seemingly miraculous work Geoff and Nadia Lawton accomplished with the ‘Greening the Desert‘ project in Jordan (not to be confused with the new Jordan Valley Permaculture Project, where completely new miracles are under way). Well, this work has now been well profiled in the ProAct Network’s recent release: The Role of Environmental Management in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, Annex […]

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Gaia University, One Step West Towards Oceania in April 2009

Ecoescuela El Manzano in the heartland of Biobio, Chile will host Gaia University (GU) International for a series of world shaping events in 2009; April 16th – GU Orientation: for new students seeking Bachelors, Masters degrees or Post-Masters Graduate Diplomas in Eco-Social Regeneration May 1st – Participatory Processes for Communities in Transition May 5th – GU Advanced Workshops for Year Two Students Both will be facilitated by Liora Adler and […]

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Food Futures Now – Feeding People & Place Without Fossil Fuels

It’s time to pull the world back from the brink — we can do it! We live in interesting times, don’t we? We’re currently witnessing a convergence of problems that threaten life as we know it, not to mention our sanity. I say our sanity, as sometimes it can feel that the societal changes needed are on such a scale, and our embedded infrastructure is so established and inflexible, that […]

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Rejoining Gaia – Restore Our Ecosystem Symbiosis

The first step to solving a problem is admitting to it. To change, use different thinking than what created it. How do we get from “our lifestyle is not negotiable” to “living a mutually beneficial lifestyle for us and our ecosystem?” The mother of all long-term problems is that our culture has become an “anti-ecosystem.” Humans lived in symbiosis with all life for three million years before the agricultural revolution. […]

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Reality Check one two…one two

If you were to get up and walk to the sink and turn on the faucet, there is a pretty damn good chance that water will come out. And if it didn’t you’d be surprised to say the least, more likely pissed off and annoyed at the inconvenience. You’d then wonder who is to blame for this unacceptable turn of events. I mean it is your god given right as […]

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