Parliament of Fools

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The US disease has arrived in Britain: representatives waging an all-out war against science. by George Monbiot A “flat-earth love-in”. That’s how one MP described the debate he witnessed in parliament last week(1). The politics with which citizens of the US, Canada and Australia are now wearily familiar – in which elected representatives denounce both… Read more »

When the Food Forest Comes to Town!

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Starting in early 2014, organizers with the East Feast Coalition of Austin, Texas, USA, and cooperating community members, plan to begin planting the trees, shrubs and smaller plants that will reshape one East Austin park into a food forest. In doing so, they will join other communities around the US that are also reclaiming community… Read more »

The Economics of the Future: Relocalisation

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Eight thousand supermarket outlets now account for over 97 per cent of total grocery sales in the UK; a pattern increasingly replicated in other parts of the world. It’s a trend that former Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy recently called “part of progress”, describing small shops as “medieval”. However, a wealth of research now tells… Read more »

The Three Legs of the Integrated Permaculture Design Stool

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by Rob Avis I woke up this morning with a realization — nothing I didn’t already know in principle, just a clearer understanding of how certain principles fit together to create good design. My epiphany was visualizing integrated design as a three-legged stool which requires all three legs to make a stable seat/design. The three… Read more »

Obama’s Rogue State

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The US calls on other nations to abide by the treaties it violates. by George Monbiot You could almost pity these people. For 67 years successive US governments have resisted calls to reform the UN Security Council. They’ve defended a system which grants five nations a veto over world affairs, reducing all others to impotent… Read more »

Abbottalypse Now

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Tony Abbott intends to trash Australia on behalf of the super-rich. by George Monbiot His views have changed, but don’t expect Tony Abbott to acknowledge this, let alone apologise to Australians for misleading them. In 2009 he maintained that manmade climate change is “absolute crap”. Now he says “I think that climate change is real,… Read more »

Pollinate Energy (Bangalore, India)

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One of the major consequences of industrial agriculture is the steady flight of rural populations to urban centers. Economists have widely encouraged this mass movement of people as a sign of a developing economy ‘specializing’. We are seeing this trend in all majors cities in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Young men and women leave… Read more »

Obstinate Questionings

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The Lake District’s bid for World Heritage status shows just what a mess conservation is in. by George Monbiot But for those obstinate questionings Of sense and outward things, Fallings from us, vanishings; Blank misgivings of a Creature Moving about in worlds not realised…. — William Wordsworth, Ode: Intimations of Immortality. It’s the most celebrated… Read more »

Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts

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In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.