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Return to our roots | The permaculture plan for saving the planet

Permaculture is an ethics- and ecology-based system for designing sustainable human food and habitation systems. First articulated by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, permaculture espouses three foundational principles: Care for the planet, care for the people, and share the surplus. How to do that is further explained with recommendations such as, “Observe and interact.” (After all, nature has provided working models all around us.) “Produce no waste.” (Nature doesn’t. One species’ waste […]

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Michael Pilarski | A carbon sequestration proposal for the world

I have been following the climate-change and carbon storage debates for over 30 years and still have not heard of any proposals that make as much sense as the one outlined herein. I was inspired to write this after attending the 2009 Klimaforum09, the grassroots alternative to the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference, in which 50,000 people from civil society, small farmers, indigenous people, NGOs, etc., participated.  These grassroots activists went […]

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The permaculture plan to save the planet | An interview with Matthew Stephens

Matthew Stephens is tireless. With the relentlessness of a post-modern prophet, he uses his half-dozen Facebook pages to share an endless stream of information about permaculture in all sorts of environments—temperate, tropical; urban, rural; First World, Third World—and to prod, provoke, shame, and inspire his friends and followers to snap out of their complacency and take action on behalf of the Earth. His frequent pleas, “Where is the urgency?” are […]

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Michael Pilarski | Resist the slaughter of the world

I cry for the world a lot. How can you live in this world and not cry? Do you live under a bushel basket? Or perhaps you only read the mainstream media? Or perhaps you think that your lot lies with the oppressors? Perhaps you think your fate doesn’t rely on a healthy Earth? Or that the brutal oppression of people in far-away places won’t affect you. I vividly remember […]

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