Jul
30
2015
Dave Darby

How to answer the question: ‘if you don’t like this system, what do you want to replace it with?’ – aka a review of The Democracy Project by David Graeber

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Posted Jul 30 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
graeber

Graeber was a leading light in the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the book begins with a fascinating insider’s view of the goings-on in and around Zucotti Park in 2011. The most important point in the book for me though was the reminder that people always want a blueprint for a new society Read more …

Jul
28
2015
Janet Renouf-Miller

Holidays without flying: how to cycle around Scotland on a folding bike

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Obviously this isn’t a ‘no-fly’ holiday if you live on the other side of the world to Scotland, but I’m sure you have somewhere beautiful closer to home for a holiday that doesn’t involve an environmentally-damaging flight. Read more …

Jul
26
2015
Brian Czech

Five myths about economic growth

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Posted Jul 26 2015 by Brian Czech of CASSE
polyp_cartoon_Economic_Growth_Ecology

We were sent this by CASSE – the Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy. Love it – there are so few organisations pointing out the insanity of the quest for perpetual growth (image: http://www.polyp.org.uk). Read more …

Jul
24
2015
Dave Darby

If you’re not exactly ‘time-rich’, here’s how you can change society with your money as well as your actions

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Posted Jul 24 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
low-impact money

Since Lowimpact began as LILI in 2001, we’ve offered a constantly increasing bank of information, courses, products, services, books, magazines, links, videos and advice for people wanting to change their lives – to live in a more sustainable and less corporate way. Read more …

Jul
22
2015
Andy Goldring

Permaculture Conference & Convergence: 10% discount for Lowimpact visitors

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pemaculture convergence

The International Permaculture Convergence, London 2015, will bring together leading experts and practitioners from around the world. We have everything we need to create a sustainable world and future. Read more …

Jul
20
2015
Rokiah Yaman

Cargo bikes collecting local food waste for anaerobic digestion and biogas

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Posted Jul 20 2015 by Rokiah Yaman of Leap AD
cargobike

Closing the food-waste-energy loop – a celebration of sustainability. Enjoy a free community event in a beautiful wildlife park learning about closed-loop recycling, urban agriculture, sustainable cities, decentralised waste management, renewable gas and how YOU can make a difference. Read more …

Jul
18
2015
Dave Darby

Why land, on which to build a home and grow food, is our ultimate security

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Posted Jul 18 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
land8

There’s a general feeling – and a growing one I think – that we’re headed for disaster, and that no-one is in control or able to steer us away from the precipice. Here are four categories of reasons that people give for pessimism about the near future: Read more …

Jul
16
2015
Dave Darby

Greece v the Empire; how to understand what’s being done to the Greeks

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Posted Jul 16 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
greece11

I’ve been thinking about how to write articles about the fact that we live in a corporate empire – trying to work out a way to present the idea, thinking that it would sound rather silly or extreme to many ears. Then a former World Bank economist (Peter Koenig) says: Read more …

Jul
14
2015
Dave Darby

Thoughts about the Breaking the Frame gathering and an idea for a potential spin-off

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Posted Jul 14 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
unstone grange

I’ve just returned from the Breaking the Frame gathering – a long weekend at Unstone Grange in Derbyshire. My head is still spinning from the workshops, talks and panels featuring specialists on technology around GM, the military, nuclear power, surveillance, synthetic biology, health, energy, toxics annd climate, plus TTIP, emerging and alternative technologies. Read more …

Jul
13
2015
Steve Byrne

How I built a rocket mass heater in our timber-frame classroom

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Posted Jul 13 2015 by Steve Byrne of Lackan Cottage Farm
steve's rocket

When I built our timber framed classroom last year, one of the concerns was how best to heat it. We are entirely reliant on woodfuel here, and a regular woodburner was going to make a big dent in our precious wood pile. Read more …

Jul
8
2015
Dave Darby

Help set up eco-settlements by moving your money and getting a better return than from a bank savings account

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Posted Jul 8 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
share offer

If we want to: help set up organic smallholdings; allow people to build natural homes on their land; preserve rural skills and livelihoods; and develop a sustainable, non-corporate food supply, we have to do more than just talk about it. Read more …

Jul
6
2015
Dave Darby

Good luck to Greece, and why you won’t find the real reasons for their crisis in the mainstream media

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Posted Jul 6 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
greece

It’s so ironic that the biggest lesson in how to destroy democracy is being delivered to the world in the birthplace of democracy. Read more …

Jul
6
2015
Jon Halle

How to get George Osborne to buy you shares in a wind turbine

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Posted Jul 6 2015 by Jon Halle of Sharenergy
osborne

No, this isn’t a scam – you can get tax relief on shares in community energy. But it’s not charity – you don’t have to part with your money. It’s an investment, and one that is projected to give you a 7% return – much more than a bank savings account. Read more …

Jul
5
2015
Dave Darby

Why I’d like to bring together radical academics and people building a sustainable, non-corporate system on the ground

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Posted Jul 5 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
radical-academic-practical

I’m going to the Breaking the Frame gathering on Thursday, representing Lowimpact.org. The event has been organised by Corporate Watch, Scientists for Global Responsibility, Rising Tide and Luddites200. Dave King of Luddites200 contacted a couple of years ago and I’ve been going along to his ‘politics of technology’ reading group one evening a month since. Read more …

Jul
1
2015
Dave Darby

Goodbye to WWOOF and to Redfield Community: the dawn of a new era for Lowimpact.org

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Posted Jul 1 2015 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
wwoofredfield

Today we part company with both WWOOF and Redfield Community. Here’s a bit of history, including why we’re splitting, plus an advert for both WWOOF and Redfield. Read more …

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