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Creating Social Change Through Alternative Institutions

For activists committed to building a more democratic, open, and sustainable world, one question looms larger than all others: How do we create social change?

Eyes Down: How setting our sights on soil could help save the climate

The world’s soils could be a key ally in the fight to limit global warming to 2℃, thanks to their ability to store carbon and keep greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere.

Rob Hopkins report from COP21 in Paris: Day Two

It was a magical moment, which in spite of the Paris police's ban on "outdoor activities", showed the creativity, positivity and comradeship that coming together can generate.

From the fields of Brazil to the streets of Paris

My wish is for my baby son to live in a fairer world and for our stories to change leaders’ damaging decisions long after I’m no longer walking through the Paris streets and have returned home.

COP 21: The Great Climate Cop-out

On Monday 30th November, the 21st annual Conference of Parties – that grand international climate conference where world leaders gather to debate how best to kick the can that bit further down the road kicked off.

Voting with their Feet: Some Questions for the Experts

 Chris asks five questions for experts about the exodus of small-scale farmers from the countryside to the cities.

Transition from Oil  

Mark Lewis, Former senior analyst for energy, climate, and sustainability research, Kepler Cheuvreux; former head of energy commodities research, Deutsche Bank.

Ambition and Smoke, Love and Courage: What to Expect from the Climate Treaty Negotiations in Paris

The murder of 129 people in the streets of Paris on Friday, November 13, has only trained hearts and minds more on this ground zero in the interlaced struggles for peace on Earth with justice.

For Storing Electricity, Utilities Are Turning to Pumped Hydro

But utilities from Spain to China are increasingly relying on pumped storage hydroelectricity – first used in the 1890s – to overcome the intermittent nature of wind and solar power.

Good Food for All and Thriving Wildlife

Far from peaceful co-existence, modern industrial farming is the prime cause of our wildlife’s decline – as demonstrated not just in Britain but the world over.

#SolidarityCities: Philadelphia

#SolidarityCities is a project exploring how peer organizations facilitate cross-sectoral and regional organizing and grew from a desire to learn more about the challenges, victories, and movement-building of the solidarity economy movement.

Peak Oil Review - Nov 30

 A weekly update, including:-Quote of the Week -Oil and the Global Economy -The Middle East and North Africa -China -Russia/Ukraine -Climate Change -The Briefs

Protest Ban? What Protest Ban?

The French government’s attempts to crack down on climate protesters have only made their voices louder

Climate change is our grand narrative now

There is now one grand narrative which ties us all together, whether we want to be connected or not, whether we are preoccupied with our personal, community or national narratives or not. That is the narrative of our changing climate and the resulting threat to the continuity of our world …

Resilience Roundup - Nov 27

A roundup of news, views and ideas from the main stream press and the blogosphere including: Global debt defaults near milestone | If ‘Life Must Go On,’ Say Groups, France Must Lift Ban on Climate Protests |The Idea of a Local Economy...

Peak Oil Notes - Nov 27

A midweek roundup. There has been a lot of news to move the oil markets in the last few days.

Book Review: Austerity Ecology & the Collapse-Porn Addicts

Phillips would have you believe that Transition/Degrowth/anti-consumerism thinking has taken over the world, that he is alone in holding out against this tide of babbling unreason.


As I step out on the porch before sunrise Thanksgiving morning, the air will smell of smoke from a dozen farmhouses in our valley.

The Shadows of the Cave

Some of us prefer sun and wind and depth and color to the play of shadows on the walls of the cave.

Zarzalejo Futuro: future scenarios

What does it look like when Transition meets the 15M movement in the context of a mountain village in the centre of Spain?

Hottest five-year period on record is 2011-2015, says WMO

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) announced today that 2015 is likely to top the charts as the hottest year in modern observations, with 2011-15 the hottest five-year period on record.