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Watching the Watchers

The exercise is based on the notion that we could, if collectively we so chose, organise ourselves into more localised and labour-intensive polities and economies, and that if we did so we might better secure our …

Declaration of La Via Campesina Delegation to the 2016 World Social Forum

"We not only believe that another world is necessary, the members of La …

On Flimsy Ladders, or Flimsy Ain’t Nothing. Flimsy is All.

We float above living Earth in a life supplied by fossilised life.

Why Bicycle Justice Isn’t a White Guy in Spandex

In 2010, Burton and a core group of organizers officially launched …

How We Went on an Energy Diet, and What We Lost (and Gained!)

In which I reveal the changes in our household energy usage from 2003 through 2015 and how we achieved them.

Five Things Americans Don’t Understand about Politics

At the height of America’s most bizarre presidential election campaign in decades, a careening spectacle largely due to the nutcase ramblings of an epic uber-narcissist, a contemporary, real-world He Who Can’t Be Named, I’ve come to realize just …
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On Surplus, Part 3: How Surplus (Wealth) is Created

The foundational industrial and productive, surplus-creating, part of the economy still exists—only now it is mainly out of sight.

Protect the Earth. Live Simply... Our Future Depends On It.

In November and December of 2015, I visited a couple of places in India that …

IPCC Special Report to Scrutinise ‘Feasibility’ of 1.5C Climate Goal

The head of the United Nation’s climate body has called for a thorough …

Only Five Years in, Vermont Farm to Plate Strategic Plan Bears Fruit

The innovative and comprehensive Vermont Farm to Plate food system strategic …

Five Billion Years of Energy Supply: the "Stereosphere" and the Upcoming Photovoltaic Revolution

Both the biosphere and the stereosphere use solar light as the …

Of Horseshoe Crabs and Empathy

I feel quite sure that whatever the scientific explanation for the die-off of the horseshoe crabs and eels, the real reason is the senseless …

Wild Democracy: A Biodiversity of Resistance and Renewal

With characteristic insight, the great American philosopher, John Dewey, once wrote: ‘Every generation has to accomplish democracy over …

Helsinki Timebank: Currency as a Commons

In October 2009, while expecting another futile climate summit in nearby …

Climate Change and Colonial History Make a Toxic Combination

New research points to a powerful link between climate change and armed …

What I Learned from my First Garden

This year, I started my first garden—a micro garden really.

Peak Oil Review - Aug 22 2016

 A weekly roundup of peak oil  news, including: -Oil and the …

Limitless imagination and physical limits

How do we distinguish those ideas that are forever going to remain in the …

Building Communities through Gardening

In a city of concrete that seems to extend forever, where every vacant lot …

McKibben: It's time to declare war on climate change

We're under attack, said author and climate campaigner Bill McKibben, and …

Homeownership is Dead! Long Live the Permanent Real Estate Cooperative!

Imagine that a group of people works hard to fill their neighborhood with …

Community Resilience = Emergency Preparedness

Resilience is preparedness, and before disaster strikes, we would do well to …
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