A Herbal Sceptic – Cured with Garlic

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Being a product of the 1990s British state education system, I grew up with a very ‘conventional’ western mind-set towards science and medicine. I have always been naturally sceptic of medicine applied through plants, even while hearing the tales my grandmother had told me of Camomile lotion helping rashes, and ginger helping a bad stomach…. Read more »

Children With Big Shoes

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We have expanded our right to live on the earth to an entitlement to conquer the earth, yet conquerors of nature always lose. To accumulate wealth, power, or land beyond one’s needs in a limited world is to be truly immoral, be it as an individual, an institution, or a nation state… it is our… Read more »

Better Dead Than Different

Posted by & filed under Global Warming/Climate Change, Society.

Our visions of the future are defined, like the film Interstellar, by technological optimism and political defeatism. Yawn: "Hey, we can make it out here!" “It’s like we’ve forgotten who we are,” the hero of Interstellar complains. “Explorers, pioneers, not caretakers…. We’re not meant to save the world. We’re meant to leave it.” It could… Read more »

A Gunpowder Plot Against Democracy

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This bill of rights for corporations will blow up the sovereignty of parliaments. On this day a year ago, I was in despair. A dark cloud was rising over the Atlantic, threatening to blot out some of the freedoms our ancestors lost their lives to secure. The ability of parliaments on both sides of the… Read more »

Soil, Struggle and Justice – Agroecology in the Brazilian Landless Movement

Posted by & filed under Alternatives to Political Systems, Bio-regional Organisations, Commercial Farm Projects, Community Projects, People Systems, Society, Village Development.

This film examines a cooperative of the Brazilian Landless Movement (MST) in the South of Brazil, which struggled for access to land and then transitioned to ecological agriculture, or agroecology. This MST cooperative is demonstrating the possibility of an alternative model of flourishing rural life, which provides thriving livelihoods for farmers, produces high quality and… Read more »

Light Bulb Moments

Posted by & filed under Consumerism, Deforestation, General, Peak Oil, Society.

Think of the Industrial Revolution as the start of carbonifeous capitalism. — Dr. Ian Stewart Many a contemporary scientist has commented that they started talking about climate change 20-30 years ago and figured once they educated people, they could go back to their respective fields of research. That never happened. They learned that knowledge does… Read more »

An Orchard Grows in Boston

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Community Projects, Society, Urban Projects.

Rebuilding the commons in an economically-divided, violence-scarred neighborhood by Orion Kriegman Egleston Square is a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, straddling the borders of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain (JP) in the city of Boston. High condo prices and even higher rents are pushing long-term residents, to move elsewhere. This churning of the real estate market, to be… Read more »

Where Are Today’s Misemployment Figures?

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When unemployment figures start to decrease in many countries, economists and governments congratulate themselves on their ability to ‘stimulate’ demand. This week, one London-based school that is devoted to teaching emotional intelligence responded by releasing a video that explores the distinction between good and bad demand, and ‘employment and misemployment’. They have uploaded the full… Read more »

The Plastic Society – Moving Towards Plastic Independence

Posted by & filed under Consumerism, Education, Society, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

We all know about society’s over-consumption of plastic. We’ve heard again and again that it takes up to a millennia for plastics to bio-degrade (1), and consumers worldwide are using approximately 500 billion single-use plastic bags per year (2). And the issue of micro-plastic in our oceans in the past few years have gained awareness… Read more »