May
30
2015
Hayley Monckton

3 million front gardens have been completely paved since 2005. Let’s try to reverse this trend.

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The RHS 2015 Greening Grey Britain Report reveals that three times as many front gardens are paved over compared to ten years ago, a total increase of 15 square miles of ‘grey’, and that plant cover in front gardens has decreased by as much as 15%.   Read more …

May
28
2015
Sally Lever

Materialism: so you think you’re not hooked?

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Posted May 28 2015 by Sally Lever of Sally Lever Coaching

‘Understanding ourselves, we come to understand all things, but if we seek to understand all things without knowing the nature of our own awareness, great will be our calamity.’ David Frawley Read more …

May
26
2015
Dave Darby

Do you understand the term ‘exponential function’ and how dangerous it is? We think everyone should

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Posted May 26 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
extinctions

The exponential function is a very surprising (and potentially dangerous) thing. An exponential growth curve looks like this: Read more …

May
24
2015
Paul Jennings

Community vetoes for wind farms, but not for fracking? What’s that about?

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Posted May 24 2015 by Paul Jennings of Criafolen
fracked

On the one hand the new Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Amber Rudd, appears committed to stopping the spread of onshore wind farms; this despite the fact that they are already the most important and cost effective source of renewable energy in the UK, and enjoy the support of two thirds of the population; and on the other, she is determined to push forward fracking in line with David Cameron’s promise to ‘go all out’ for unconventional gas. Read more …

May
22
2015
David King

Invitation to join us at Breaking the Frame gathering in Derbyshire in July

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Posted May 22 2015 by David King of Breaking the Frame
breaking the frame

NB: Dave from Lowimpact.org will be giving a talk about the Ujamaa2 idea on the Saturday afternoon, and the whole event will bring together people from various parts of the ‘alternative technology’ field Read more …

May
20
2015
Dave Darby

Is there a correlation between opinions on ecology and opinions on ethnicity?

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Posted May 20 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
ethnicity

The reason you’re on this website, I guess, is that you believe that there’s something wrong in terms of ecology, or nature. You may not know the details, but you have a strong feeling (or even quite a precise understanding) that we’re not living in harmony with nature, and that’s going to cause us more and more difficult problems in future. Read more …

May
18
2015
Paul Jennings

Should we be planning to ‘drought-proof’ our food production for a warmer climate?

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Posted May 18 2015 by Paul Jennings of Criafolen
sunflowers

The weather is not the climate. Nonetheless, over the last few years I have noticed that I have developed a slightly panicky fear of the weather; I can’t notice the weather I suppose, without it triggering all sorts of associations in my mind to the myriad articles I’ve read, and conversations I’ve had, about Anthropogenic Climate Change. Read more …

May
17
2015
Bas de Vries

Help save Apple Island from development by becoming a part-owner and maybe even building yourself a sustainable home

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Posted May 17 2015 by Bas de Vries of Quincessentials
apple island

We are asking for your help to support a great example of a sustainable enterprise, not by merely donating to it, but by becoming an investor in a unique piece of nature. See hereRead more …

May
15
2015
Siraj Izhar

The future will be handmade? The prospects for craft skills in ‘developing’ countries

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Posted May 15 2015 by Siraj Izhar of Amplife
tapestry

The Future will be handmade? In the information age, the question has an absurd ring. But I ask after listening to Ashoke Chatterjee at the Artisans House in Mumbai. As a long time President of the Crafts Council of India, Chatterjee tells us that ‘The Future will be handmade’. The question mark is mine.  Read more …

May
12
2015
Dave Darby

How Julius Nyerere’s Ujamaa idea could form the basis of a new global political system

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Posted May 12 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
ujamaa

In 1991, I spent a couple of months in two Ujamaa villages in Tanzania. The Ujamaa system was introduced by Julius Nyerere in the early 1960s, and the World Bank effectively killed it as a system in the late 80s, although a few independent Ujamaa villages survived into the 90s. I’m going to briefly describe my experiences there, and especially the idea. Read more …

May
10
2015
Alex Pole

Visit to the Gransfors Burks forge in Sweden – makers of the world’s best axes

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forge

Standing outside Huddiksval train station, it’s pouring with rain and I am beginning to wonder what the hell I am doing here. Having been travelling for 12 hours I’m tired and hungry, there is no one here to collect me, a taxi is more expensive than my flight from the UK and not a bus in sight ……. Read more …

May
5
2015
Dr Kim Brown

Is hanging out in nature therapeutic?

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Posted May 5 2015 by Dr Kim Brown of Nature Therapy CIC
bluebells

As the founder of Nature Therapy CIC I am often asked ‘exactly what is nature therapy?’ Having studied the subject for a Doctorate and travelled extensively across the UK, Europe and the USA to research how nature is used to improve human wellbeing, I am sometimes at a loss to give a short answer.  Read more …

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