Carbon Offsetting – Is it Cheating?

A couple of years ago I discovered a site called cheatneutral.com. I thought I’d share it with you today in case you haven’t come across it already. At cheatneutral.com, 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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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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