Michelle Obama Begins Kitchen Garden on White House Lawn

Here’s a little more on arguably the best news to come out of politics this year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTISywReu4o And, word around the campfire is that the garden will be organic. You can see a garden plan here. It’s not exactly a food forest, but it’s a great start! Congratulations to all who lobbied the Obamas on this issue. Here’s hoping this little garden will bring the intended results – inspiring millions […]

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Woodchips With Everything

Here comes the latest utopian catastrophe: the plan to solve climate change with biochar by George Monbiot – journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist Whenever you hear the word miracle, you know there’s trouble just around the corner. But however many times they lead to disappointment or disaster, the newspapers never tire of promoting miracle cures, miracle crops, miracle fuels and miracle financial instruments. We have a bottomless […]

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Following Orders

Click for full view Courtesy: Throbgoblins More than 7 million quids worth of police will be ensuring that protestors don’t contaminate the G20 summit with any new ideas, thus making the world safe for inadequate investment, climate chaos, dehydration and myopia, with some open-ended blank cheques thrown in. So, all in all, a nice little inheritance for the kids. But Nil Deperandum. The revolution starts at home.

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In Memory of Dorothy Stang

Preamble: I post the following today, as next Wednesday night (8pm March 25, 2009) HBO2 in the U.S. is running the new documentary They Killed Sister Dorothy. If you have opportunity, be sure to watch it. Read the following to find out what it’s about. If you have opportunity to pick up a January 2007 copy of the National Geographic, take it. It’s easily recognisable by the startling image of […]

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Taking the Tragedy Out of Wildfires with Permaculture Design

Recent wildfires in Australia shocked the nation, and the world – killing more than 200 people, untold creatures, buildings and other property. Indeed, entire towns were razed to the ground. In the following podcast, Geoff Lawton (talking while on the road – in his true multitasking style) talks about how Permaculture can tackle this issue head on, by designing appropriate Permaculture systems around settlements that would passively and perpetually protect […]

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Veggie Garden on White House Lawn

We asked for it – a veggie garden on the White House lawn. Could this be true? ABC News’ Brian Hartman Reports: President Obama’s latest shovel-ready project is close to home — in fact, right in his own yard. In an effort to promote healthy eating, the first family will be planting a vegetable garden right on the White House grounds. – ABC News The ABC news article says one […]

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Vote for Change!

Dear Reader If you’d like to do something tangible to work against the kind of madness outlined in the preceding post, then please click here to vote for positive change. If we receive enough votes we’ll secure additional funding to enable a small team of writers and photographers (including myself) and a videographer to do the following: Create a book profiling successful Permaculture projects worldwide Create a documentary of the […]

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Will Obama Allow Organic Farming and Farmers’ Markets to Effectively Get Banned?

A potential new legally enforced system of regulating how food is produced and processed currently before the U.S. Congress has profound and worrying implications for everyone who eats – and all those seeking to work towards sustainability. Significantly, the Bills before Congress may give a new ‘Food Safety Authority’ enormous powers of control – despite not specifically detailing exactly what this new authority intends to do with this power…. This […]

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Making the Most of the ‘Ultimate Health Food Shop’ – Your Garden

Isabell Shipard – herbalist/educator One of the best aspects of Permaculture is being able to begin to take control back over our own lives. Rather than being just a captive cog in the huge destructive machine that is our present globalised industrial society (a machine running full speed towards a great yawning precipice), transitioning to Permaculture systems enables us to stand as individuals, making our own choices and, as far […]

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A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Editor’s Note: While we may tire of hearing bad news – the reality is that this tendency to only want to hear positive news is contributing to disaster. We’ve been ignoring or wishing away the potential impacts of climate catastrophe for decades. Below George Monbiot echoes what I’ve come to understand over the last several years – that averting dangerous climate change is now likely impossible. Does this mean we […]

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