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City as a Commons: Flint to Bologna

The disaster with Flint, Michigan’s drinking water, incited by political leaders more devoted to fiscal austerity than the common good, illuminates why it’s important to think of our cities as commons--human creations that belong to all residents, not just the wealthy and politically …

How to Plan a Food Snowball

One of many problems caused by global warming is that fewer people know what it means to say something “snowballs.” How will people understand how food works?

Recognizing the Rights of Nature and the Living Forest

“The message our Living Forest proposal delivers is aimed at the entire world with the goal of reaching the hearts and minds of human beings everywhere, encouraging us all to reflect on the close relation between Human Rights and the Rights of Nature.”‎

Brooklyn Youth Create Jobs (and Community Roots) Through Local Compost Program

The combination of BK Rot’s many aspects—creating green jobs for young people, raising local awareness about composting, and opening up public space—makes it a useful example of creatively addressing large-scale problems, even on a small scale.

If the World’s Soils Keep Drying Out that’s Bad News for Microbes (and People)

Deep beneath our feet, out of sight and out of mind, millions of tiny communities of microbes are working together to perform key functions for the ecosystem.

The Deep and Discomforting Point of Populism (and Socialism, and Certain Sorts of Conservatism too)

What would it mean for the Wall Street system (or, again, mainly the one which has emerged over the past generation or so) itself to see less activity?

Learning from the Life of Murray Bookchin

Ten years ago, American radical Murray Bookchin drew his last breath in the bed of his apartment in downtown Burlington.

The Empire of Lies

In those times, just as in ours, a dying empire could be kept together for a while by lies, but not forever.

Why the Wild Descent of Oil Is Cause for Concern

The signs of oil's madcap price collapse are everywhere.

The Path Ahead from Paris

We need to work together to create a “biosphere smart” economy

The Physics of Energy and the Economy

I approach the subject of the physics of energy and the economy with some trepidation. An economy seems to be a dissipative system, but what does this really mean?

Lessons from a Young Food Forest: Taking Stock of My 12-year Permaculture Adventure

How many humans does it take to re-invent agriculture?  Just one…you!  Or me!  So that’s what I’m trying to do.  Here are some of the things I’ve learned over the past 12 years.

Baucis and Philemon in the 21st Century: Notes on Living Small

I live in the nation with the highest rates of personal consumption and energy use ever seen on earth, and I live small.

It's not Rocket Surgery: Choosing an Indoor Mini Wood stove for a Tiny House

This article will focus on one item which can keep you comfortable in cold weather, especially when faced with the inevitable fossil fuel shortages in the near future: the indoor wood heater/stove...

A Farmers' Guide to the Senses

 A celebration of farming through the senses.

The Climate and the Commons

The Paris agreement that ensued from the COP-21 summit states that “climate change is a common concern of humankind”.

Does your City have a Future?

In the past, as in the future, local ecosystem resources were the key to the economies of cities. 

Peak Oil Review - Feb 8

 A weekly roundup of peak oil news, including: -Oil and the global economy -The Middle East and North Africa -China -Russia -The Briefs

Politics in a full world

We can no longer afford to imagine that we live in an empty world in which we can safely ignore or abuse the nonhuman beings and objects in it with minimal consequences. Rather we live in a full world, cheek by jowl with all its inhabitants crowding into our lives with real, tangible …

If There Are No New Farmers, Who Will Grow Our Food?

Farming as an occupation has been graying steadily for more than three decades

Cake, Anyone?

For people of wealth and conscience, impact investing offers a compelling and convenient promise—that money can be a force for good even as the owners of capital continue to accrue wealth under the auspices of generally accepted investing practices

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