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Degrowth and the Carbon Budget: Powerdown Strategies for Climate Stability - Part 2

In order to fully understand the necessary scale and speed of action required to significantly reduce climate change risks, citizens and governments must first understand the full extent and implications of the carbon budget challenge.

Degrowth and the Carbon Budget: Powerdown Strategies for Climate Stability - Part 1

In order to keep within a ‘safe’ temperature threshold, deep and rapid decarbonisation is required, and yet existing trends show that global emissions are still growing rapidly.

The Transition Movement: Questions of Diversity, Power, and Affluence - Part 2

This raises the question: To what extent can the Transition movement avoid the pain, hardship, and conflict historically associated with significant social movements...?

The Transition Movement: Questions of Diversity, Power, and Affluence - Part 1

As promising as the Transition movement may be, there are crucial questions it needs to confront and reflect on if it wants to fully realise its potential for deep societal transformation.

The hour is darkest just before dawn: crisis as opportunity

As I look back from the year 2033, I would like to be able to tell you that the transition to our low-carbon society was smooth and rational. I would like to be able to tell you that, as a democracy, we shaped our nation with sensible, evidence-based decisions, and built a just and sustainable world through intelligent planning and bold leadership.

Living without a fridge

I’ve been living without a fridge for the last three months – the winter months of Melbourne, Australia. Before you send me to the asylum, however, let me tell you about this experiment...

Charter of the Deep Future: Enough, For Everyone, Forever

During the Great Disruption our community faced some very hard questions about how we were to live.

Entropia: Life Beyond Industrial Civilisation

This book is a creative work of fiction – a ‘utopia of sufficiency’ – which brings to life a simple living community that became isolated on a small island after the collapse of industrial civilisation.

How to build a cheap raised garden bed

I’ve been advancing my guerilla gardening efforts recently, with a significant new raised bed now beautifying my nature strip, as seen in the featured picture. I thought in this post I could provide a brief overview of how to build a cheap raised bed, either for use on your nature strip or in your front or backyards. This overview might seem a bit basic for the handy builders among you, …

Grow your own mushrooms on straw

I’ve been experimenting recently with growing my own oyster mushrooms, and as you can see from the photos, I’ve met with some success. I was motivated to explore mushroom cultivation partly because I’m a vegetarian and want to produce my own high-protein alternatives to meat; but I was also interested in using so-called ‘dead space’ to grow food (either inside or down the shady side of the …
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