Permaculture and the Sustainability of Resistance

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One man’s struggle for sustainable farming on his land in the occupied West Bank is not only a fight against occupation. It suggests that international environmental law provides a legal avenue for Palestinians to sue for their rights. Fayez and Muna Taneeb harvesting beans in one of their polytunnels (photo Alice Gray) Fayez al-Taneeb is… Read more »

The Perils of Travel

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I love to travel. Whether that’s camping, road trips, conventions, visiting family… I enjoy all of it. I feel most alive when exploring a new place, or being a part of the natural world, or experiencing something new. Perhaps because I work from a home office most of the time, getting out and about is… Read more »

The Permaculture Student Kickstarter

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“Matt Powers is one of my students from last years Online ‪‎Permaculture‬ Design Course (via geofflawton.com). This is a true testimony to the quality of students we are producing all around the globe with this ever reaching course. He has produced this book within the first year of taking the online PDC! Congratulations The Permaculture… Read more »

Want to be a Part of the Change?

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Geoff Lawton was one of the keynote speakers at PV1 in Temcula, CA in March 2014. PV2 isn’t just another permaculture convergence that focuses on hyper-local DIY skill building and resiliency; we instead decided to look bigger. We are blending the practical techniques and tactics found in workshops with the entrepreneurial spirit and opportunity of… Read more »

Wants versus needs

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When my son was younger, I spent considerable time trying to make sure he understood ‘wants’ versus ‘needs’. Fortunately, whatever he needed was available: food, water, a place to sleep, clothes to wear, family who loved him. But what he wanted, well, that’s a different story. We battled with wanting every Lego set possible, staying… Read more »

How To Build Your Own Portable Microgrid

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Daimen Hardie & Sebastian Manchester of www.forestsinternational.org – 7/01/2015 First light – residents of Kokota islet enjoy first night with electric light provided by portable microgrid (Photo: Jeff Schnurr) The problem . . . The rise of renewable energy has to be one of the most inspiring revolutions of our time. It offers hope for… Read more »

The Kink in the Human Brain

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Pointless, joyless consumption is destroying our world of wonders. This is a moment at which anyone with the capacity for reflection should stop and wonder what we are doing. If the news that in the past 40 years the world has lost over 50% its vertebrate wildlife (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish) fails to… Read more »

Life in a ‘Degrowth’ Economy, and Why You Might Actually Enjoy It

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by Samuel Alexander, originally published on The Conversation Time to get off the economic growth train? Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock What does genuine economic progress look like? The orthodox answer is that a bigger economy is always better, but this idea is increasingly strained by the knowledge that, on a finite planet, the economy can’t grow for… Read more »

Crash on Demand – or Rapid Transition?

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The Arctic Death Spiral and the Methane Time Bomb (Duration: 1:11:11) Please watch before continuing with the article. Can we talk about transition, please? Regular readers will have noted the semi-recent flurry of conversations over ‘crashing’ the system (if not, see here, here, here, here and here) and possible pathways to transition (see here 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 »