Norway’s Eco-Prison

Here’s an island prison that’s about as distant in principle from Alcatraz as is it in location. Bastoey Island, about 45 miles south of Oslo, hosts some of Norway’s worst offenders in what is effectively an eco-village working holiday camp. Instead of the traditional barred cells, prisoners, including murderers, rapists, drug dealers and thieves, live in separate, unlocked houses on the island. Although only one and a half miles from […]

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Tamarind Tree

PIJ #48, Sep – Nov 1993 The graceful tamarind tree (Tamarindus indica) is believed to have originated in Africa and is now cultivated in many parts of the tropical world. Although in the legume family, it does not fix nitrogen; however, its many attractive qualities make it a splendid addition to the large permaculture garden. It is one of the most useful of tropical trees – for shelter, shade, food […]

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Food Forest DVD Gets Rave Review

If you’ve been procrastinating over buying our latest DVD – Establishing a Food Forest – this review from TransitionCulture.org may help hurry you along. These DVDs have been selling briskly – it’s great to think of the potential impact they’ll be making far and wide. Order your copy here.

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The WHO Farm (The White House Organic Farm)

Imagine a United States President that was aware – aware of Peak Oil (and all that this means for our ability to feed ourselves), aware of Peak Soil, aware of Peak Water, aware of the health implications of industrial agriculture, a system that locks us into a cycle of stupidity and is doomed to fail us in every way. Imagine a President that realised that we’re facing an economic and […]

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Rediscovering Democracy

Photo: Korean Resource Center Political and economic systems can be designed just like gardens. We can design them in such a way that they will allow simple, harmonious living with nature, without much bureaucracy. It is not written in stone that there must even be taxes. Taxes are very practical, but, for example, Native Americans managed to do just fine without them for hundreds of years. And they did create […]

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Supermarket Secrets

Here’s a great behind the scenes look at modern supermarket and supply chain practices that have significant implications on the health of our environment, our animals, our food – and ultimately our own health. If you don’t have more than a few minutes up your sleeve, bookmark this to watch when you do — as these are two full (and very interesting!) 49 minute documentary episodes. Part I: 49 minutes […]

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Restructuring the U.S. Transport System: The Potential of High-Speed Rail

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute Aside from the overriding need to stabilize atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels to stabilize climate, there are several other compelling reasons for countries everywhere to restructure their transport systems, including the need to prepare for falling oil production, to alleviate traffic congestion, and to reduce air pollution. The U.S. car-centered transportation model, with three cars for every four people, that much of the […]

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Oil Supply Crunch Coming

The Future of Travel? At the risk of labouring the point, I must bring the following warning from the International Energy Agency (IEA) to your attention: Nobuo Tanaka, the IEA’s executive director, warned there could be a "supply crunch". … "Currently the demand is very low due to the very bad economic situation," Mr Tanaka said. "But when the economy starts growing, recovery comes again in 2010 and then onward, […]

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Last Chance!

Rosella Waters This is your last chance to secure a spot in FreeRange Permaculture’s March PDC, to be taught by the incomparable Darren Doherty. Darren, fresh back from the land of the long white cloud New Zealand, will be teaching his final PDC in Australia for some time. This is your last chance to catch him before he heads off on a world wide teaching tour for the remainder of […]

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Trading Places

Click for full view Courtesy: Throbgoblins The carbon market, being as bolloxed as every other market, has screwed the price of carbon into the ground. One result of this is that the contribution to emissions reductions made by Germany’s world-beating renewables industry is offset by the ease with which less scrupulous players can get their hands on the newly liberated excess permits – thus enabling carbon spewers to party like […]

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An Interview with Jules Dervaes

Today we are pleased to talk to a very interesting man – a man on a very interesting mission; on what he describes as “the path to freedom”, where he escapes being part of the problem, to become part of the solution. Before we get started, watch the following ABC clip to get an idea of his work, and then we’ll hear from the man himself. Craig Mackintosh: Thank you […]

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