April 9th: The Day that Water Won! (USA)

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Water harvesting earthworks at the WMG Learning Lab capture water after a rain For one day, we have the opportunity to vote for sustainable water practices. We have the opportunity to vote for living systems — the very systems that permaculture is based on. Your vote can help fund the slowing, sinking and spreading of… Read more »

Trophic Cascades – On the Reintroduction of Wolves to Yellowstone National Park

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When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe. — John Muir The eradication of wolves from Yellowstone National Park is a classic example of the Us and Them approach to wildlife management — where a simplistic, selfish and reductionist mindset sees nature as something… Read more »

Muddying the Waters

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How the government’s farming policies have produced a perfectly designed system for flooding your home. It has the force of a parable. Along the road from High Ham to Burrowbridge, which skirts Lake Paterson (formerly known as the Somerset Levels), you can see field after field of harvested maize. In some places the crop lines… Read more »

Reversing Desertification with Gabions

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Trailer only – watch full video here! Gabions are rocks and small boulders packed into a wire basket to combat soil erosion on the side of steep slopes. But to Geoff Lawton, they are more commonly used to pacify storm water in a flash flood event and to build soil in strategic locations in the… Read more »

Dredged Up

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Never mind the evidence, we’ll do something eye-catching. by George Monbiot For a moment that rarest of beasts, common sense, poked a nose out of its burrow and sniffed the air. Assailed by angry farmers demanding dredging in the Somerset levels, the environment secretary, Owen Paterson broke with protocol and said something sensible. Dredging is… Read more »

Drowning in Money

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The hidden and remarkable story of why devastating floods keep happening. by George Monbiot We all know what’s gone wrong, or we think we do: not enough spending on flood defences. It’s true that the government’s cuts have exposed thousands of homes to greater risk, and that the cuts will become more dangerous as climate… Read more »

India’s Dangerous ‘Food Bubble’

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Editor’s Note: As is often the case with the Earth Policy Institute (EPI), crucial solutions are largely missing from the article below. I personally believe India’s population is not the problem, but land mismanagement and the prioritising of extractive short-term economic policies. The author, Lester Brown, only touches on solutions (a surface-level mention of water… Read more »

UNCCD Land for Life Award Winners for 2013 (India, Mexico, Africa): Practical, Doable, Magic

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Bio-regional Organisations, Community Projects, Compost, Deforestation, Desertification, Education, Food Shortages, Global Warming/Climate Change, Irrigation, Potable Water, Regional Water Cycle, Soil Conservation, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation, Village Development, Water Conservation, Water Contaminaton & Loss, Water Harvesting.

Educating small-holder farmers in India Every year the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) presents awards and supportive prize-money to projects that have had a positive impact on combating desertification and restoring watersheds and the hydrological cycle. This year’s awards went to excellent projects in India, Mexico and Africa. Watch the fantastic videos below,… Read more »

India’s Foundation for Ecological Security Awarded Land for Life Award

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Alternatives to Political Systems, Community Projects, Consumerism, Demonstration Sites, Eco-Villages, Economics, Land, People Systems, Potable Water, Regional Water Cycle, Society, Soil Conservation, Soil Rehabilitation, Village Development, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

India’s Foundation for Ecological Security is currently in the process of restoring over half a million acres of common land in small scale farming communities across the country. The video above, from our friends John D. Liu and his team at the EEMPC, will give you an excellent look at the work of the foundation… Read more »

Free Water (Video)

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Watch "Free Water" — a 3-minute film on the potential of urban water harvesting featuring Brad Lancaster, author of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond. It just got accepted to another online competition, and if it gets enough views/votes it could screen at the SXSW 2013 Eco Fest, which would be a huge boost for… Read more »