Urban Design Patterns in Melbourne

by Dan Palmer, Very Edible Gardens As more and more people become aware of the many reasons to provide for more of their needs at home, we are finding more and more demand for permaculture design consultancies. We are currently doing two or three in Melbourne each week, and in this article I wanted to share some of the general patterns that are emerging as we go along. To paint […]

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Exxon Still Funding Climate Denial Groups

I’ve often heard people state that climate change was invented by governments and corporations as a means of controlling and profiting from the populace – these are the climate change conspiracy theorists. While I think there is a very real danger, as I’ve expressed more than once, that if we don’t transform the way we live and how society functions in rapid fashion (i.e. finding alternatives to a consumption-based society […]

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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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