The Promise of the Commons

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Regular readers may remember an article I posted back in 2010 — Kings, Conquerors, Capitalism and Resilience Lost — where I covered a little historical ground for one particular former ‘East Bloc’ country; a history shared by several countries in central Europe. The article outlined how previously resilient land-based communities — which had lived and… Read more »

A Gathering of Silverbacks: Age of Limits 2014

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Whenever such large shifts in temperature occurred in Earth’s history, they were not gradual but came in lurches. Resilience is the capacity of a system to continue providing essential functions after receiving that kind of shock. The first known use of the Infinite Improbability Drive was initiated by Zaphod Beeblebrox and Trillian on the starship… Read more »

The Impossibility of Growth

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Why collapse and salvation are hard to distinguish from each other. Let us imagine that in 3030BC the total possessions of the people of Egypt filled one cubic metre. Let us propose that these possessions grew by 4.5% a year. How big would that stash have been by the Battle of Actium in 30BC? This… Read more »

How a Commons Way of Life Helps Curb Climate Change

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It offers an appealing alternative to more stuff and more money, which drives environmental destruction today. It’s easy to not think about the looming climate crisis. For one thing, it’s depressing to ponder the misery ahead if we don’t take drastic steps now to curb greenhouse emissions. It’s even more depressing when you consider that… Read more »

Are We Bothered?

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The more we consume, the less we care about the living planet. That didn’t take long. The public interest in the state of the natural world stimulated by the winter floods receded almost as quickly as the waters did. A YouGov poll showed that the number of respondents placing the environment among their top three… Read more »

This Collapse is a ‘Crisis of Bigness’

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Living through a collapse is a curious experience. Perhaps the most curious part is that nobody wants to admit it’s a collapse. by Paul Kingsnorth The results of half a century of debt-fuelled “growth” are becoming impossible to convincingly deny, but even as economies and certainties crumble, our appointed leaders bravely hold the line. No… Read more »

Will You Eco-Marry Me? (video)

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More and more couples world over are resisting large expensive marriages and are embracing the concept of eco-marriage with a conscious effort to reduce their environmental footprint. Watch this video as the eco-conscious Tokyo couple Shigeru Komori and Tomoko Hoshino opt for a low carbon-emitting, socially responsible, energy efficient wedding celebration. Both are passionate about… Read more »

The Downfall of the Plastic Bag: A Global Picture

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by Janet Larsen and Savina Venkova Worldwide, a trillion single-use plastic bags are used each year, nearly 2 million each minute. Usage varies widely among countries, from over 400 a year for many East Europeans, to just four a year for people in Denmark and Finland. Plastic bags, made of depletable natural gas or petroleum… Read more »

The Art of Advertising

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Let’s face it, we are surrounded by ingenious advertisements. Whether you drive or surf the net, you will inevitably be bombarded, and most probably influenced, by them. I invite you to look beyond what you see and remember that advertising, filmmaking and photography are powerful art forms. To illustrate my point, I have compiled two… Read more »