The Mendacity of Hope

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The summits which promise to save the world keep us dangling, not mobilising. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. Worn down by hope. That’s the predicament of those who have sought to defend the earth’s living systems. Every time governments meet to discuss the environmental crisis, we are… Read more »

What Will Rio+20 Bring?

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In a few days the international community will be meeting in Rio de Janeiro, to hold the most significant environmental conference since the Rio Earth Summit of 1992. As the planet’s ecosystems tremble under the weight of overconsumption, this conference surely provides one of few remaining opportunities for governments to take environmental issues seriously. Will… Read more »

Rio+20: What Ecovillages Offer

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It is the start of Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, and the Global Ecovillage Network has a strong contingent here from all over the world. We have erected a dome at the People’s Summit in Cupala dos Povos (Flamingo Park) and are providing a “Speaker’s Corner” for ecovillages, Transition Towns, Occupy, and others… Read more »

Myth of Perpetual Growth is Killing America

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Editor’s preamble: It’s refreshing and even somewhat reassuring when a major stock market website runs an article like the one below…. Everything you know about economics is wrong A stray dog stands on a rubbish dump at the seafront in Sidon, southern Lebanon. Yes, everything you know about economics is wrong. Dead wrong. Everything. The… Read more »

Captive Animals

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How Natural England became the servant of the landed classes. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. Listening to the National Farmers’ Union, the Countryside Alliance and the Country Land and Business Association, you could be forgiven for believing that the only people who live in the countryside are… Read more »

Ted Trainer and the Simpler Way

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Editor’s Note: To follow, I think, is a very important look at Ted Trainer’s work — one that broaches an oft-avoided but critically essential conversation. I must confess to only having read a single article from Ted Trainer previously, which I posted here, but from that article, and the document below, I sense that similar… Read more »

Bonfire of Promises

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The government’s new energy bill puts a match to its climate change commitments. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. Energy policy in the United Kingdom looks like a jam factory hit by a meteorite: a multi-coloured pool of gloop, studded with broken glass. Consider these two press releases,… Read more »

International Permaculture (May)Day

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Terania Creek, next to PRI Australia’s Zaytuna Farm Photos © Craig Mackintosh The inaugural International Permaculture Day — today — appropriately falls on the first Sunday of May, often known as ‘Mayday’. Permaculture, and its appropriate and holistic design science, is a powerful response to the world’s distress signals. Thankfully, more and more are coming… Read more »

Global Oil Risks in the Early 21st Century

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by Dean Fantazzini, Moscow School of Economics, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia Abstract: The Deepwater Horizon incident demonstrated that most of the oil left is deep offshore or in other locations difficult to reach. Moreover, to obtain the oil remaining in currently producing reservoirs requires additional equipment and technology that comes at a higher price… Read more »

Pietro Zucchetti Interviews Rob Hopkins

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This is an interview with Rob Hopkins, the founder of the Transition Town movement founded in Totnes, United Kingdom. The interview is about what Transition Towns mean, and how he came up with this idea as a permaculture teacher. The interview also covers how is this concept important now, during the present global crisis, and… Read more »

Surveying Commons Activism on the International Stage

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The following is an adaptation of my notes for my talk at the Occupy Wall Street “Making Worlds” conference on February 16-18, 2012. I am so pleased that the Occupy and Commons movements are finding each other and starting a new conversation. Occupy is an incredible force for change. It has a bracing vision, a… Read more »