Broome Residents Question their Lack of Solar Power

The lack of access to solar powered energy has been a long fought battle for the Western Australian residents. Even though the Kimberly town of Broome is considered one of the sunniest locations in Australia, only a mere 10% of the town’s power is backed by solar energy. The state-owned energy utility, Horizon Power, is responsible for the electric grid that Broome falls within. According to them, the reason that […]

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Natural pesticides versus Synthetic; a Green Choice for our Gardens and Farms.

Synthetic pesticides are chemicals that are made up of sulphur, chlorine, nitrogen, and other chemicals. These are toxic substance which are used to control pests such as insects, rodents and weeds. Pests are, by nature, very destructive to crop plants, and would otherwise damage them if they were allowed to thrive in agricultural land areas. As a result, the use of synthetic pesticides had taken off due to the percieved […]

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SCC Urged to Reconsider Decision to Chop Down Fruit Trees in UFS

Western Australia Councilor Chris Cornish is urging the Sunshine Coast Council (SCC) to consider reducing the red tape around verge gardens – after council workers cut down 18 fruit trees in the Urban Food Streets (UFS) precinct at Buderim. The gardens span 11 streets and provide sufficient produce to feed approximately 200 households – but the council has decided that if residents do not obtain free permits and take out […]

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Organic Sustainable Farming is the Future of Agriculture

Sustainability in agriculture requires us to find methods of farming that will continue on in a regenerative cycle that is beneficial to the environment, and to people as well. Organic market gardeners Frank and Josje have more than 25 years experience in studying sustainable farming systems and are part of an organization called CSA – or Community Supported Agriculture. This system challenges the failing supermarket system for farmers and consumers […]

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Patterns in the Natural World and Nature as Measure

The spirals on a snail´s shell, the ripples of wave currents seen from an airplane, the careful branching out of a tree´s limbs, a river deltas or the small veins inside a leaf: all of these are much more than pure coincidence, but rather the result of the pattern design of the natural world. While almost everyone, at some time in their life or another, has fallen in love with […]

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Words for Awakening: Voices of Inspired Revolt

Over the last few months I have been working with my co-director of the Simplicity Institute, Simon Ussher, collecting together provocative and inspiring quotes and excerpts from our favourite thinkers and writers, related to the themes of simple living, frugal abundance, money and wealth, crisis, mindfulness, nature mysticism and sacred activism. In our new book, Words for Awakening: Voices of Inspired Revolt, each of these quotes have been placed over […]

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Ferro-cement Water Tanks an Affordable DIY Solution

When there is no water there is very little else. That is why water is, with good reason, the backbone of land-based Permaculture design. As designers, we observe and create opportunities to catch and store water. There are many options available to us: in the soil, in biomass and in ponds, dams, and tanks. There is lots of great tried and tested solutions out there that you could explore. Here […]

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Closed-Loop Farming in Costa Rica

I woke up to the sound and smell of a chicken coop. It was a mild March morning in La Argentina, a small town on Costa Rica’s southeastern edge. I was staying on a small-scale, family farm of the gracious Señora Ana. Her farm, as with many of her neighbor’s, incorporates animal, vegetable, and fish production into a closed-loop system. Closed-loop farming is, in essence, the most primitive form of […]

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The Benefits of Energy Free Appliances

As people become more aware of their environmental impact there is a growing desire to reduce our energy consumption and move closer to a net-zero energy lifestyle. Every day more people are choosing to live off-grid, installing solar panels and finding ways to reduce the amount of non-renewable resources we use in our daily lives. It is becoming an undeniable fact that humans have a drastic effect on the environment […]

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How to Stop Relying on Big Business

Many of us feel trapped by big conglomerate and businesses. We feel constricted, like we need all these businesses telling us what to buy, what to wear, what to eat. We feel like slaves to corporate greed. But it doesn’t need to be this way, there are many things one could do to become more self-sufficient and independent. These words are here to help you do just that, or at […]

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Urban Garden Tour – How We Grow Food For Our Family of 6 in Our Backyard

Feeding a family of six is no easy feat, nor is it without high expense. What’s more, starting an urban garden with absolutely no knowledge of gardening, landscape, irrigation systems, rainwater collection systems, or composting in order to offset the high grocery bill that comes with a family of six is equally as difficult. Despite the difficulty, hard work, and perhaps “trial and error” that comes with starting an urban […]

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Climate Change Threatens Global “Doomsday Vault”

The “Doomsday Vault” may be threatened by rising global temperatures, as the warm winter weather of 2016 caused melting and rainfall even in the Arctic. Tucked away in an abandoned coal mine on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, the Global Seed Vault was created in 2008 to provide safe storage for millions of seed samples of the most vital food sources in the world – ensuring that even in the […]

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