Jul
31
2016
Jenny Steel

Nature in August – what to look out for

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Posted Jul 31 2016 by Jenny Steel of Wildlife Gardening
woodpecker

As someone who used to work in university research, it is deeply ingrained in my nature to observe and record what I see, and also, when necessary, to count things (I once spent six years counting weed seedlings). Read more …

Jul
28
2016
Sam Harrison

Volunteer at a crofting / educational centre in the Highlands and learn about the ‘shieling’

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Posted Jul 28 2016 by Sam Harrison of the Shieling Project

This is a farm-based education organisation.  Our story is the ‘shieling’ – a tradition where folk went up to the hills with the livestock. The shieling is a traditional practice of moving up to the high ground or moorland with livestock, to live there for the summer. Read more …

Jul
27
2016
Dave Darby

A brief history of philosophy, part 11: the splintering of philosophy

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Posted Jul 27 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
nietzsche

Hegel represented the end of huge, speculative, metaphysical systems. After Hegel, philosophy started to splinter into many ideas vying for dominance – none of which could be said to represent the growing tip, only the branches.  Read more …

Jul
25
2016
Guy Dorrell

This is how we should get our fish: interview with Guy Dorrell of ‘Faircatch’

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Posted Jul 25 2016 by Guy Dorrell of Faircatch

I went to visit Guy Dorrell from Faircatch the other day, and was truly blown away by what he’s up to. Now this is how we should get our fish. Here’s my interview with him. Read more …

Jul
23
2016
Phil Moore

Are you interested in becoming a smallholder and building your own home? Help the Ecological Land Co-op make it happen

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If you would like to build your own home on a smallholding, and produce food, fuel and other products for your family and your local community, but can’t see any way that it could happen, then the Ecological Land Co-op want to hear from you.  Read more …

Jul
21
2016
Andrew Rollinson

In praise of the elder tree, and how to make delicious elderberry wine really easily

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Posted Jul 21 2016 by Andrew Rollinson of Blushful Earth
elderberries

Common Elder (Sambucus nigra) is a familiar sight on railway embankments, urban waste ground, and in hedgerows. This small tree thrives in particular in the north and midlands of England, growing rapidly when cut back and giving off a discomforting dusty smell in the process, along with also being very difficult to dig up. Read more …

Jul
19
2016
Dave Darby

A brief history of philosophy, part 10: Romanticism, utilitarianism and the dialectic

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Posted Jul 19 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), sometimes called the father of Romanticism, is often attributed with the phrase ‘noble savage’, although he never actually said it. What it implies is some golden age when humans lived in a ‘state of nature’ – in harmony with ecology and with each other. Read more …

Jul
17
2016
Janet Renouf-Miller

New Lowimpact.org publication: a knitting and textiles tour of Scotland by folding bicycle

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Lowimpact.org has a new publication, about a 57-year-old (sorry Janet) woman’s decision to leave her home in Ayrshire and take a grand tour of Scotland on a Brompton folding bicycle, visiting and giving workshops for textile groups along the way. Read more …

Jul
14
2016
Owen Jones

Beautiful, meditative video on the art of oak swill basket weaving

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Posted Jul 14 2016 by Owen Jones of Oakswills.co.uk

We were approached by a young film maker who has produced a video of Owen Jones at work – no interview, no music, just an almost hypnotic and definitely meditative study of Owen using traditional tools and natural materials to make beautiful things. Read more …

Jul
12
2016
Dave Darby

A brief history of philosophy, part 9: Enlightenment

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Posted Jul 12 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

The Enlightenment was a time of great political as well as philosophical change. Much was written about how society should be organised. Locke’s vision of a society that protects and promotes life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness was cemented in the US Declaration of Independence, and the culmination of the Enlightenment – the French Revolution, after which meritocracy trumped aristocracy in Europe. Read more …

Jul
10
2016
Simon Fairlie

Why do organic farmers have to pay for certification rather than farmers who use toxic chemicals?

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Posted Jul 10 2016 by Simon Fairlie of The Land Magazine

It’s always more expensive to do the right thing isn’t it? Like taking the train instead of driving or flying, or buying recycled products, organic food or natural building materials. If you want to do the environmentally-friendly or socially-just thing, it’s going to cost you more money. That can’t be right, can it? Read more …

Jul
8
2016
Jon Halle

Here’s how to get your electricity from a new co-operative with medium-sized wind turbines on farms

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Posted Jul 8 2016 by Jon Halle of Sharenergy
small-wind-coop

The Small Wind Co-op is a new co-operative, putting up three wind turbines on farms in Scotland and Wales. Anyone from anywhere in the UK can join – we’re offering good returns of 4.5% to 6.5% and even the opportunity to use the electricity generated in your own home. Read more …

Jul
6
2016
Dave Darby

A brief history of philosophy, part 8: empiricism vs. rationalism

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Posted Jul 6 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
locke

The 17th century saw the beginnings of one of the most important epistemological debates in the history of philosophy, that ran well into the 18th – between empiricists and rationalists. Read more …

Jul
4
2016
Dave Darby

Moving forward without the EU: clouds & silver linings

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Posted Jul 4 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

I think we all have stories about mad conversations we’ve had about Brexit since the referendum (or is it just me?). I was called a racist, for example, for suggesting that the UK is nowhere near the top of the league of ‘most xenophobic countries’, and I’ve been amazed by the vitriol this has stirred up on both sides. Read more …

Jul
3
2016
Jessica Smulders-Cohen

How can we get our clothes from sustainable and non-corporate sources?

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This is an interview with Jessica Smulders-Cohen of Greater London Fibreshed, who are trying to build a network of small-scale clothes manufacturers using natural materials produced in the UK. Read more …

Jul
1
2016
Jenny Steel

Nature in July – what to look out for

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Posted Jul 1 2016 by Jenny Steel of Wildlife Gardening

The ponds in the garden have been rather disappointing so far this year in terms of the numbers of dragonflies we have seen. There have been very few individuals of only a small handful of the larger species – nothing like the usual numbers that we see at this time of year. Read more …

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