National Gardening Leave – Why Britain Would Be Better Off If We All Spent Less Time at the Office

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The case for a new, voluntary scheme to introduce a shorter working week, and for the rapid expansion of productive and pleasurable gardening in Britain’s towns and cities. by Executive Summary Click to download (1.34mb PDF) The Proposal – National Gardening Leave: for a stronger, healthier and happier Britain. This pamphlet argues that Britain… 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 »

Angle of Descent

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The justifications for airport expansion turn out to be bogus. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. When politicians say that we need more runways and more airports, they invariably claim that “the economy” depends on them. They seldom specify what they mean by this, but in most cases… Read more »

A Computer Geek Starts a Garden, Part I – Background, Design and Initial Implementation

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The yard in winter, before work begins… A great many people today are living in fear. The future looks uncertain, but bleak. Many cannot see a future at all. The post-WWII baby boomer generation, with their short-lived cheap energy era, have been largely calling the shots, shaping the world we have today. After the miseries… Read more »

ASPO 2012 Presentations

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From May 30 — June 1, 2012, the 10th ASPO (Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas) meeting took place. This year it was held in Vienna, Austria. I haven’t had time to check out all of these presentations yet, but want to ensure you’re all aware they’re available to watch as you… Read more »

Radical Simplicity and the Middle-Class – Exploring the Lifestyle Implications of a ‘Great Disruption’

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by Dr Samuel Alexander, co-director of the Simplicity Institute and a lecturer with the Office for Environmental Programs, University of Melbourne. One of many ‘Hoovervilles’ during the Great Depression 1. Introduction How would the ordinary middle-class consumer – I should say middle-class citizen – deal with a lifestyle of radical simplicity? By radical simplicity I… Read more »

The Alchemy of Converting Economic Capital to Natural Capital: A Journey Into For-Profit Permaculture

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by Warren Brush of Quail Springs Permaculture Regenerative Earth Farms panorama In early September 2012, Regenerative Earth Farms, a family inspired and held endeavor, was born with the close of escrow of its first farm investment as part of a strategy to help people convert their economic capital into regenerative natural capital and soil building… Read more »

Darwin’s Nightmare (Video)

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Some time back, in the 1960s, someone had the brilliant idea to introduce Nile Perch into Lake Victoria. The voracious predator soon went to work eating everything, until there was not much left in the entire lake but Nile Perch and crocodiles. But there’s always an upside to these things, isn’t there? According to Wikipedia,… Read more »

Blue Gold: World Water Wars (Video)

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This is a must-watch video for all who need water (the rest of you are excused). I actually covered a lot of the material in the video in my Water Worries post, which I put together several years ago (but being one of the earliest posts on this site, when we had a far smaller… Read more »

Why are the FAO and the EBRD Promoting the Destruction of Peasant and Family Farming?

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Editor’s Note: It is intensely infuriating when people in suits make wholly inaccurate, ignorant statements about incredibly important issues, and due to their position get it published in the mainstream media, where far too many people take it at face value. The rapid conversion of the world from small-scale, diverse ecological farming systems towards factory-floor… Read more »

Castles in the Air: The Spanish State, Public Funds and the EU-ETS

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by Carbon Trade Watch Castles in the Air English (740kb PDF) Spanish (760kb PDF) The report “Castles in the Air: The Spanish State, public funds and the EU-ETS” from Carbon Trade Watch was launched in Barcelona in June at the first meeting of the Alianza por una alternativa ecológica, social y urgente al capitalismo. Two… Read more »

The 2012 Farm Bill and Agricultural Subsidies: Corporate Welfare for Farmers

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This video from ReasonTV covers ground we’ve covered before many times, but since little to nothing has changed on this front, we must necessarily persevere in getting the message across any way we can. Essentially, we need to stop incentivising ecological madness, waste, disease, and inequality through public subsidising of the largest agricultural criminals. Current… Read more »