Permaculture as a Tool for Implementing the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

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Final Project for the Master of Arts in Environmental Conservation Education, NYU, Submitted August, 2011 by Lee Frankel-Goldwater Introduction Click to download (300kb PDF) The system of Permaculture design is an appropriate and well-defined model for teaching and implementing the goals of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). When the United Nations declared the years from… Read more »

The Mad Farmer Walks Away From the March of Tyranny

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With the presidential race in full swing in the U.S., I thought this graphic would make a good ‘cartoon of the week’, highlighting the futility of thinking that changing from one corporate-run government to another corporate run government will make much of a difference. Click for larger version Oh, and for those who are thinking… Read more »

Intro to ‘The Wealth of the Commons: A World Beyond Market and State’, Part II – Why the Language of the Commons Matters

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The text below is the second half of the Introduction to the recently published anthology of essays, The Wealth of the Commons:  A World Beyond Market and State (Levellers Press).  The first half was posted yesterday.  More about the book can be found at www.wealthofthecommons.org. As the corruption of the market/state duopoly has deepened, our… Read more »

Intro to ‘The Wealth of the Commons: A World Beyond Market and State’, Part I – The Commons as a Transformative State

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Below is the first half of the Introduction to our new anthology of essays, The Wealth of the Commons:  A World Beyond Market and State, just published by Levellers Press.  The Introduction is by me and Silke Helfrich, my co-editor and colleague on the Commons Strategies Group.  Part II of the essay will be published… Read more »

Amazon Women Working Together

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Our mission of doing things right at Eco Ola extends beyond our partner farms and into the local community. In addition to sharing sustainable agriculture techniques with independent local farmers, we’ve also started our own, small-scale, microfinance endeavor. As a mother of two and co-running Eco Ola, I appreciate and understand the challenges of motherhood… Read more »

Ecocide: The Power of International Law to Create the New World – Update!

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Originally published on www.permaculture.co.uk Polly Higgins, Lawyer for the Earth, is the founder of the campaign to make Ecocide the 5th international Crime Against Peace. Here she gives the latest update on the Ecocide Campaign, and sends a personal message to all permaculture people. Please support Polly and her team to close the door once… Read more »

Permaculturebusinessworld.com

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It’s been three years in the making — researching, designing, testing the application, and now it’s ready for the world to tap in and download the knowledge. During my PDC back in 2009 at the PRI, I sat there as Geoff Lawton was going through the many applications that permaculture covers. All I could think… Read more »

Sacred Economics (video)

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The precariousness of the economy is becoming increasingly apparent to the masses. Indeed, every day more and more people are falling below the bread line, or are spending sleepless nights wondering how to extricate themselves from the situations they find themselves in. In some ways, this is good — being short-sighted creatures, we don’t seem… Read more »

Raj Patel on Changing the Global Food System

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MST: The Landless Workers Movement Raj Patel has been tracking the pathologies of the global food system for many years.  An activist and academic who teaches at the UC Berkeley Center for African Studies, Patel has just published a second, updated edition of his 2008 book, Stuffed and Starved:  The Hidden Battle for the World… Read more »

The Promised Land

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This is the fate of young people today: excluded, but forbidden to opt out. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. Hounded by police and bailiffs, evicted wherever they stopped, they did not mean to settle here. They had walked out of London to occupy disused farmland on the… Read more »

Resilience Through Simplification: Revisiting Tainter’s Theory of Collapse

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Below, Samuel Alexander summarises his new Simplicity Institute Report, which discusses ‘voluntary simplification’ in the context of Joseph Tainter’s theory of collapse. The full report, ‘Resilience through Simplification,’ is available here (360kb PDF). A society or other institution can be destroyed by the cost of sustaining itself. — Joseph Tainter Joseph Tainter In 1988 Joseph… Read more »