The Roots of Change – in Ourselves, or Government and Industry?

“The American Frankenstein” I could very much relate to an article I read today, albeit with some reservations: WOULD ANY SANE PERSON think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place […]

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Permablitz Hysteria – Bring it On!

A resurgent community spirit combined with modern Permaculture techniques is systematically transforming Australia’s back yards into edible landscapes – so why not the world? I haven’t watched television for a really, really long time, so can’t be sure if it’s still the case, but I do remember that, for the ladies at least, shows featuring average looking people getting drop-dead gorgeous ‘makeovers’ by professional make-up artists were once pretty popular. […]

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Our Moral Dilemma: Because We Don’t Live on an Inflatable Earth

The Group of Eight members have just decreed we should limit global average temperatures to no more than 2°C above what they were in the year 1900. Is it enough? And, more importantly, do we really care? If only it was this easy… If the G8’s decision were made in 2002 it would have been cause for great celebration. But, this is 2009. The time lag of political response to […]

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Carbon Offsetting – Is it Cheating?

A couple of years ago I discovered a site called I thought I’d share it with you today in case you haven’t come across it already. At, you’re encouraged to reduce incidences of cheating on your partner, but if you cannot (for reasons beyond your control), you can offset your cheating by investing in a single celibate person, or a monogamous couple.

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Subsidising the Climate Crash

Why have government agencies been paying to increase the number of flights? by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom The Sky is not the limit when it’s taxpayer funded Here’s an odd thing. Air travel to and from the United Kingdom has plummeted. Several small airlines have gone bust; British Airways has deployed its landing gear. In some respects, according to the industry, this […]

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Life at Zaytuna – PRI Australia and PRI Canada Students’ Video-Conference

Our entire current PDC class just got off a video conference call with their counterparts in Canada – another class doing a PDC on the other side of the globe, under the tutelage of Jesse Lemieux on Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada. (Jesse is just establishing PRI Canada, a partner organisation to PRI Australia and PRI USA.) The two classes chatted for about twenty or so minutes, sharing info about […]

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Rich Nations Buying Up Land in Poor Countries at Escalating Rate

As concerns over food security – and maintaining a lavish lifestyle – deepen, people in poor nations are seeing their land whittled away as it gets sold to wealthy nation states and corporations. The era of cheap food is over…. Some of us have followed the news on the recent coup d’état in Madagascar. Since January 2009 over 170 people were killed in protests before President Ravalomanana resigned as President. […]

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Help Miraji from Tanzania Take Part in Global Education!

Miraji Muganda His name is Miraji Muganda. He is a 17 year old Tanzanian boy, who lives in Musoma on Lake Victoria. Tanzania suffers from poverty and environmental exploitation. At 14, Miraji followed an Australian Permaculture teacher when he went to pray in the Mosque of his city and introduced himself. He wanted to learn and wanted to help – to do what he could. Geoff, the Permaculture teacher, invited […]

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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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