Ted Trainer

Dr. Ted Trainer is a Conjoint Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales. He has taught and written about sustainability and justice issues for many years. He is also developing Pigface Point, an alternative lifestyle educational site near Sydney.

Many of his writings are available free at his website The Simpler Way.

Pigface Point pagoda

What is to be done? Thoughts on degrowth strategy

This revolution requires no heroic sacrifices at the barricades. It requires patient plodding at the task of spreading the new ideas and values.

April 4, 2024

Anarchist demo in Bilbao

The inspiring Spanish anarchist collectives: Look what we must do!

The achievements of the Spanish anarchist workers collectives in the 1930s show what miracles ordinary people can do.

February 5, 2024

Simpler Way town model

How we could live well on far fewer resources: The Simpler Way video

The purpose of the video is to show firstly that very significant reductions on the demand side are necessary for sustainability to be achieved, and secondly that these can be achieved without hardship or abandonment of high tech, by shifting towards the kind of lifestyles and systems evident at Pigface Point and to settlements designed according to Simpler Way principles.

November 6, 2023

Animals on an organic farm in Germany

George Monbiot on factory farming: a Simpler Way critique

George has a long and heroic record of fighting for the environment. His latest campaign is to reduce the huge burden that farming inflicts on global ecosystems, by shifting much food production to high-tech “factory farming”. But he fails to see The Simpler Way solution.

August 26, 2023

Debunking “development”

It is imperative that a very different conception of development should be adopted as quickly as possible. It is not difficult to imagine a sane, sustainable, just and fulfilling alternative.

February 22, 2023

Australian ecovillage

Capitalism: Why We Should Scrap It

This book provides a fairly short but detailed critical discussion of the nature of our basically capitalist economic system, its faults, why it is not just unsatisfactory but is leading to global breakdown, the alternative we must work for, and how to achieve it.

October 21, 2022

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