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One Cheer for the Commons

A recent article on Resilience.org proclaimed that ‘the commons is the future’, so let me state my thesis plainly at the outset: no it isn’t...

Sandra Postel: Repairing the Water Cycle

El Niño has been dropping much-needed rain this winter on a parched American West. But it’s making little difference to the greater water scarcity issues the US as well as the rest of the world is increasingly facing.

Peak Oil Review: A Midweek Update 11th Feb

A midweek update. Oil prices continued to fall this week with New York closing Wednesday at $27.45 and London at $30.84.

Renewables: The Next Fracking?

As a general rule, in fact, the less direct experience a given person has living with solar and wind power, the more likely that person is to buy into the sort of green cornucopianism that insists that sun, wind, and other renewable resources can provide everyone on the planet with a middle …

People Are Not Disposable: 'Zero Waste' and Ecological Justice   

Join Mateo Nube from Movement Generation, as he lays out a Just Transition Framework for Action.

IEA in Davos 2016 Warns of Higher Oil Prices in a Few Years’ Time

This recent forum was about how to transition away from fossil fuels, after the UN conference on climate change in Paris in November 2015.

What Makes a Good Export?

By choosing to live more simply, more kindly, more compassionately, while such an approach would inevitably reduce our physical exports, we need to bear in mind that we would end up exporting something far more important, long-lasting and needed.

Branding Tradition: A Bittersweet Tale of Capitalism at Work

The image on a gallon of maple syrup reflects a way of life – slower and less high-tech, more localized and neighborly – that many people rightly yearn for.

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.

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