Lessons From the Dust Bowl

Posted by & filed under Soil Erosion & Contamination, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

The dust-bowl era of the ‘dirty thirties’ was the worst man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history, and one of the worst in the world. If you take into account the short time-frame of human intervention which lead up to this dark decade — compared to many generations, or many centuries, for other global environmental catastrophes… Read more »

Rwanda – Emerging in a Changing Climate (video)

Posted by & filed under Biodiversity, Deforestation, Food Shortages, Global Warming/Climate Change, Health & Disease, Irrigation, Regional Water Cycle, Soil Conservation, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation, Water Conservation, Water Contaminaton & Loss, Water Harvesting.

Filmmaker and environmentalist, John D. Liu from the Environmental Education Media Project team, takes us to Rwanda again (last time was here), showing us how the country is seeking to leapfrog the disastrous ‘development‘ route most of the countries of the North have gone down, to instead head more directly towards sustainability. Given the horrors… Read more »

Tony Lovell on Soil Carbon: Putting Carbon Back Where It Belongs – In the Earth (TEDx video)

Posted by & filed under Biodiversity, Deforestation, Global Warming/Climate Change, Plant Systems, Population, Soil Biology, Soil Composition, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation, Structure, Trees.

I love the nice progression of logic in this presentation. Running the numbers like this shows not only how powerful a carbon sink our earth’s soils can be, under the right management, but also just how futile and what a goose-chasing diversion most contemporary technological ‘fixes’ for climate change really are.

Bitter Seeds Documentary (video)

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This new documentary, with perfect timing for the upcoming Proposition 37 vote on November 6, is a heartbreaking look at the impact GMOs have had in India, where many thousands of peasant farmers have been pushed to the brink, and beyond, due to crop failures and spiraling costs for seed and the chemicals they demand…. Read more »

Pam Warhurst: How We Can Eat Our Landscapes (TED video)

Posted by & filed under Alternatives to Political Systems, Community Projects, Eco-Villages, Markets & Outlets, Peak Oil, Society, Urban Projects, Village Development.

This is a fun and very inspiring talk by Incredible Edible Todmorden champion, Pam Warhurst, on the great work her town is doing in northern England and its growing influence around the world. One of the many encouraging things I take from this talk is hearing how local businesses in Todmorden are, with the renewed… Read more »

What the Economic Crisis Really Means – and What We Can Do About It (video)

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The video above is a nice, brief summation of our present predicament, and ends with the only really logical conclusion — permaculture, and resilient, interdependent communities living in the real economy. It’s well worth watching and sharing. Regular readers of this site won’t learn anything new, but should find it yet another useful tool for… Read more »

Genetic Roulette Documentary – Free Viewing Period Extended Until End of October 2012

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A few days ago I informed that you could watch the Genetic Roulette Documentary for free until October 17. Well, several organisations have kindly sponsored an extension of this free viewing period until the end of October. With Proposition 37 coming up on November 6 in California, there’s no time like the present to get… Read more »