Jan
17
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 8: how to test drive Linux from a datastick, but keep Windows for the time being

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Posted Jan 17 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

A while ago I blogged about the various open source programmes I’m using. I’m absolutely non-techie when it comes to IT. I have no interest in the technical underpinning of what I want to do with my computer, and this makes it difficult for technical people to explain things to me. Read more …

Jan
15
2017
Dave Darby

What to do if you want to build your home on a spot occupied by an ancient tree

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Posted Jan 15 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
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We’ve been contacted several times by people who ask why we’re promoting the building of timber homes and the burning of wood in wood stoves or biomass boilers. Their argument was that timber building and the production of firewood require the felling of trees Read more …

Jan
13
2017
Dave Darby

Ecology as theology: religion must oppose the destruction of nature

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Posted Jan 13 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

The vast majority of the world’s population subscribe to a religion. According to Pew Research, although the number of people unaffiliated with a particular faith will increase by 2050, as a percentage, this group will fall from 16% now to 13% in 2050 Read more …

Jan
8
2017
Dave Darby

What are the roots of right and left thinking, and can we unite left and right against corporate power?

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Posted Jan 8 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Why do people who consider themselves ‘left-wing’ seem to embrace a raft of policies that appear unrelated? For example, if you’re of the left, and you believe in (say) progressive taxation, why should that also mean that you believe in gun control, or Read more …

Jan
6
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 7: our experience of a local fishbox / community-supported fish scheme

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Posted Jan 6 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

You may remember that we blogged an interview last summer with Guy Dorrell, who set up a ‘fishbox’, or ‘community-supported fish’ project, called ‘Faircatch‘. After interviewing him, my partner and I signed up to his scheme to try it out. I’m now reporting on how the idea worked for us Read more …

Jan
3
2017
Dave Darby

Reasons not to buy from Amazon

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Posted Jan 3 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
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In 1983, Richard Stallman launched the GNU free software project, on which many people could collaborate, and in 1985 he founded the Free Software Foundation, to promote and assist the development of free software. Here is a page from his website Read more …

Jan
1
2017
Dave Darby

Is the quest for perpetual economic growth the witch-burning of our times, and could this be the year we start to challenge it?

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Posted Jan 1 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Johannes Kepler was one of the major figures in the 17th century Scientific Revolution. In his day, people were grappling with the question of whether the earth was the centre of the universe, as the Church said it was, or whether it was just another planet, revolving around the Sun Read more …

Dec
18
2016
Dave Darby

Monopoly and capitalism: why you’ll lose at both if you try to play nice

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Posted Dec 18 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Monopoly is obviously based on capitalism, but the biggest difference between Monopoly and real-life capitalism is that Monopoly is just a game. Whatever happens in the game, it doesn’t mean that in real life Read more …

Dec
15
2016
Dave Darby

Companies like Fairphone, Ecotricity etc. are doing great things, but could easily be picked off by the corporate sector; why aren’t they co-ops?

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Posted Dec 15 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Body Shop, Green & Blacks, Ben & Jerry’s and Innocent Drinks represented a Brave New World when it came to doing business – Fair Trade, sustainable, (slightly) less hierarchical, informal, friendly. Read more …

Dec
11
2016
Dave Darby

Review of ‘Extinction: A Radical History’ by Ashley Dawson

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Posted Dec 11 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

I tend to look out for new books on extinction – I think species extinction is the clearest indicator of what’s happening to ecology, and the thing that will precipitate its collapse unless we stop it. Read more …

Dec
8
2016
Dave Darby

Dear Fidel Castro…

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Posted Dec 8 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

I believe that you were a great man – whatever you did, you did because of passion and integrity, not because of a thirst for money or power. But you had the wrong plan. Read more …

Dec
4
2016
Dave Darby

What good might come from a Trump presidency?

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Posted Dec 4 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Donald Trump says that when men get together in locker-rooms (or on buses), they ‘talk like that’ with each other. But they don’t – I have male friends, and if one of them talked to me ‘like that’, it would be the end of our friendship. Read more …

Nov
27
2016
Dave Darby

New York Times: GM crops require more pesticides and don’t increase yields

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Posted Nov 27 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

I’ve been saying for a long time that GM crops do not increase yields and they don’t reduce pesticide use – because that’s not what they’re designed for. This report in the New York Times shows that I was right. Read more …

Nov
9
2016
Dave Darby

Are you ready to start talking about revolution yet, and if not, what would it take?

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Posted Nov 9 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

I’m not talking about violence – let me just make that clear first. I’m suggesting that we start talking about a new political / economic system (the two are related in that the economic system controls the political system). Read more …

Nov
8
2016
Dave Darby

The US presidential election is a circus, and the sooner we realise that power lies elsewhere the better

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Posted Nov 8 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

As Adam Curtis recently explained, governments are no longer for deciding how we live, or for building a better society – they have slowly morphed into institutions for managing the affairs of the finance sector. Read more …

Oct
26
2016
Dave Darby

Review of Adam Curtis’s new movie ‘Hypernormalisation’

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Posted Oct 26 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Adam Curtis has a new movie out – Hypernormalisation, about how, due to ‘perception management’, what we see as ‘normal’ is anything but – and you can see it for free on BBC iPlayer. Read more …

Oct
20
2016
Dave Darby

Promoting public transport – how to travel by train more cheaply (without breaking the law)

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Posted Oct 20 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

A way to reduce our impact on the environment is to increase the number of journeys made on public transport relative to the number made by car. So we’re doing this to encourage you to take the train rather than drive. Read more …

Oct
12
2016
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 5: if a non-techie like me can switch to open source, so can you

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Posted Oct 12 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

I’ve found that learning about how to change to open source software can be difficult for non-techies. Yes, you can easily find the websites that contain the information you need, but it’s almost never written in a style that non-techies can understand. Read more …

Oct
8
2016
Dave Darby

How to quit the rat-race to go WWOOFing for 3 years (even with young children) as a gateway to a new life

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Posted Oct 8 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

This is an interview with Mariann and Gabor, a Hungarian couple with 2 young children, who left their jobs to go WWOOFing. We wanted to show that WWOOFing is a route out of the ‘rat race’ Read more …

Oct
6
2016
Dave Darby

The power of doing things ourselves using recycled materials: the Permaculture Book of DIY

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Posted Oct 6 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

This is a radical new book – not because the ideas within it are going to change the world, but because it contains funky little DIY projects that could make a lot of people think ‘hey, I’ve always wanted one of those, but was put off by the cost – but actually, I could do it myself’. Read more …

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