The Corporation

"If corporations are legally human – what kind of people are they?" No green website should go without making a mention of the ‘The Corporation’ movie. We’ll go a step further, and make it easy for you to watch it. Many of you will have seen it – but if you haven’t, take some time to do so. Below you’ll find the complete, highly acclaimed and appropriately disturbing documentary. If this […]

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Quail Springs – Put to Music

High school students from inner city Los Angeles recently came to experience permaculture through Quail Springs. As a part of the Green Ambassadors’ program, currently based out of Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale, CA, the group of 10 students and their fearless leaders spent four days learning about permaculture, natural building, and relationship building with community and each other. Not only did they learn the value of living symbiotically […]

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Each Step is the Way – Part II

[Editor’s Note: If you are involved in a project, anywhere, that is rooted in sustainability (i.e. that is aimed at sustainably meeting the needs of people, place and planet), then we always welcome written pieces, with photos, so you can tell the world about it – and inspire people to follow your lead. David’s post below is an example of the same. To contribute or to bounce a post idea […]

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Infernal Combustion

Frank is feeling a little better today. Thanks for asking. While the UK entrenches itself up to its neck in car culture, the scientific world debates whether it is best to starve us all and destroy our biodiversity in the name of biofuel or bio-electricity – whichever gives most miles per acre. Motorists, as ever, expect to be coddled through without inconvenience. Those on two wheels had better watch their […]

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The Bionic Burger

Long before Supersize Me or Fast Food Nation, Matt Malmgren was making interesting discoveries about fast food. In 1989, the trailing edge of the mullet era, he bought two burgers — he ate one and put the other in his pocket, intending to eat it later, but subsequently forgot about it. A full year passed before he pulled his old jacket out of the closet again, rediscovering the burger — […]

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Volunteer Eco-Builder/Handyman Sought for Ethiopia Permalodge Project

Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge in the Konso Special Woreda, Southern Ethiopia seeks volunteer sustainable builder/handy-man to assist with maintenance and minor construction tasks as well as some training and supervision of project staff and local workers. Food, accommodation and pocket money provided (and possibly internet access too)! Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge is a community oriented business operating in rural south Ethiopia in Konso Woreda, an area noted for its unique […]

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How Much Should We Leave in the Ground?

Here are some estimates for how much fossil fuel we can use, and a call for a global moratorium on new prospecting. by George Monbiot – journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist The two papers on carbon emissions published in Nature last week were ground-breaking: they show us how much carbon dioxide we can produce if we’re to have a reasonable chance of preventing two degrees of global […]

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The ‘Sustainable (R)evolution’ Book Project

Have you ever wished, when explaining to someone about permaculture, you had a visual, easily accessible book that demonstrated what it is all about, and what the world could look like if permaculture design systems became mainstream thinking? We’ll – we’re making that book. The Permaculture Research Institute is getting behind a project that would see the creation of a large format book that profiles, with creative writing and quality […]

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Permaculture Main Crops of Special Importance – Salad Mallow

Salad Mallow (Corchorus olitorius) (Mulaheyah, Egyptian Spinach, Jews Mallow) Salad Mallow was the first name I knew for this amazing plant and it arrived into our extremely diverse selection of kitchen garden zone one crops in a seed packet from Shipards Herb Farm, Nambour, Queensland, Australia. Isabell Shipard has been a good friend, fellow permaculturist, and an incredible wealth of knowledge on herbs and useful plants for over 25 years […]

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Surface Reflection

Whilst the world’s media squeal about Swine-flu and worry about the sex lives of the rich and famous, some other stuff has happened Al Gore has been talking about Black Carbon particulates, whilst temperatures at the top of the world soar. The Himalayas enjoy L.A. like pollution levels and record CO2 recordings. Burning down the planet may have something to do with it. To combat this the only wind turbine […]

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Nuclear Fusion – a Long Shot?

Nuclear Fusion in the sun already powers our lives If you could compare all the different applications of clean technology (solar, wind, etc.) to horses in a race, I guess you could say that Nuclear Fusion is the ‘long shot’. It’s the old nag that everyone expects to come in last, if it comes in at all. But, as long shots do, if it does come in the pay-off would […]

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Each Step is the Way – Part I

Editor’s Note: David Perkins recently sat his PDC with Geoff Lawton and Darren Doherty, and has been very busy since…. Recent developments at Kailash-Akhara, Adi Yoga Retreat Center, Phu Rua, Loei, Thailand. By David Perkins (Dharmadeva) – Farm Manager and resident permaculture designer and educator at Kailash-Akhara. This report provides an overview of many aspects of creating a retreat center and living sustainably using the principles of permaculture. Short monthly […]

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