Tag Archives | Return to our roots

Ruth Sabath Rosenthal | Oh, for the green of bygone days!

“I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love, If you want me again, look for me under your boot-soles.” —     Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, Song of Myself Walt, it’s been over a century since you bequeathed us the trees of your youth standing sky-high in air fresh with optimism — trees, that now stand stalwart in airs rank with intolerance, limbs reaching upward entreating […]

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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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Laine MacTague | The urban ecology almanac

January of 2015 was, to my knowledge, the first time an American robin found this little yard of sufficient interest to warrant a visit: I know so little about what will change a bird’s mind. Is the robin slumming? Lost? Or perhaps he stopped in the avocado tree because while passing over, heading for lands better known to him, he noticed the thick, damp mulch under the “ditch orchard” – […]

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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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