Feb
28
2016
Andy Reynolds

It’s time to repair greenhouses and cold frames: glass cutting advice

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Posted Feb 28 2016 by Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge
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It’s that time of year when thoughts have already turned to the vegetable patch and raising seedlings. This is where the glasshouse and cold frame make a huge difference to getting those plants going. Read more …

Feb
26
2016
Oliver Swann

Can you adopt a natural builder for 3 nights in exchange for a free VIP ticket to Ecobuild?

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Posted Feb 26 2016 by Oliver Swann of Natural Homes
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Ecobuild is a three-day natural building exhibition at the Excel Centre in London from the 8th to the 10th of March. Ecobuild is the leading UK exhibition and conference for the construction and energy market Read more …

Feb
25
2016
Joe Tucker

Fly away: reflections on Westerners abroad

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Posted Feb 25 2016 by Joe Tucker of Reimagining Progress
fly-away

Fly away, plug in to your chosen third world metropolis with the arrogant urgency that accompanies our civilisation, departure lounge to lounge, no sense of progression or gradual change necessary within this flying tube. Read more …

Feb
21
2016
Dave Darby

Mutualism: a philosophy for changing society with a difference – it’s implementable

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Posted Feb 21 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
mutualism

There are lots of ideas for changing the world – from voting to demonstrations, petitions, lifestyle change, incremental change, revolutionary change, or more of the same, only harder. The problem with many of them is that they are either ineffective or not implementable. Read more …

Feb
19
2016
Dave Darby

‘Trade Secrets’ legislation: another little piece of the corporate takeover that most people won’t know about

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Posted Feb 19 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
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EU Trade Secrets legislation will criminalise whistleblowers and journalists who expose corporations and their products or services. It’s another in a long list of steps aiming to put corporations above the law, but the rest of us very much under it. Read more …

Feb
17
2016
Andrew Rollinson

Strange but true: energy efficiency actually increases overall energy use

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Posted Feb 17 2016 by Andrew Rollinson of Blushful Earth
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In the 1960 film School for Scoundrels, which is based on the Stephen Potter “Gamesmanship” books, there is a scene where Ian Carmichael (formerly one of life’s failures) is playing tennis with Terry Thomas. Carmichael has just finished a course in lifemanship Read more …

Feb
15
2016
Dave Darby

What’s the relative value of the world’s gold, Bitcoins, banknotes, derivatives, stocks & shares, property etc. See this incredible visualisation

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Posted Feb 15 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
money-visualisation

Do you have any idea of the value of all the Bitcoins in the world, compared to, say, the value of all the silver in the world, or compared to the wealth of Warren Buffet, or compared to the amount of global debt etc.? Read more …

Feb
13
2016
Dave Darby

Read this German MP’s account of the TTIP reading room and decide what you think about TTIP ‘transparency’

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Posted Feb 13 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
ttip-reading-room

So, you all know about TTIP? Here’s a link if you don’t, plus see the posts to the right. It’s a proposed ‘trade deal’ that is designed to give more of our economy to the corporate sector. It’s supposed to be ‘transparent’, but of course it’s completely secret. Read more …

Feb
10
2016
Barbara Jones

Why cement should never be used with natural buildings

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Posted Feb 10 2016 by Barbara Jones of Straw Works
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I am often asked to help with other people’s designs, but one of my principles is never to design with cement. Not everyone knows this about me, and I was recently asked what my general experience was with stem walls made of concrete Read more …

Feb
8
2016
Dave Darby

Custard creams and the ‘network of global corporate control’

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Posted Feb 8 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

I bought a packet of custard creams the other day, and saw that they were made by a company called Crawfords. I wondered who Crawfords were and who ultimately owns custard creams. I have a general feeling that a small cartel of giant corporations owns more-or-less everything branded Read more …

Feb
7
2016
John Harrison

Viable self-sufficiency

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Posted Feb 7 2016 by John Harrison of Allotment & Gardens
viable-self-sufficiency

Back 40 years ago in 1976, John Seymour’s most famous work –The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency – was published. It was billed as for dreamers and realists which was pretty accurate. Read more …

Feb
5
2016
Dave Darby

Where does money come from? A bit of history

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Posted Feb 5 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
money

Here’s a story. Only a minority understand this story (although I think that minority is growing), which is surprising because it has enormous importance for the way the world works.  Read more …

Feb
4
2016
Dave Darby

Win a copy of our partner Sally Morgan’s great new book, ‘Living on One Acre or Less’

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Posted Feb 4 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
living-on-one-acre-or-less

This is a new book by our partner Sally Morgan of Empire Farm. It’s a comprehensive guide to starting and running your own micro-smallholding. Read more …

Feb
3
2016
Dave Darby

NHS Chief Executive was a founder member of an organisation lobbying for health to be included in TTIP

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Posted Feb 3 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Just allow a few seconds for that to sink in. Simon Stevens was Vice President of UnitedHealth Group, the largest health insurer in the US. He was in charge of global expansion of their business. Now he’s Chief Executive of the NHS. Read more …

Feb
1
2016
Dave Darby

The discipline of economics presupposes corporate capitalism and perpetual growth, which renders it invalid

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Posted Feb 1 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
ecology-economics

Economics is not an unbiased academic discipline, it’s an ideology. Furthermore, economics is based on the false premise that perpetual growth is achievable. It is not, and the reason most people can’t see this is Read more …

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