May
28
2017
Sophie Paterson

Resilient networks: building a low-tech internet

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Posted May 28 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
A Freifunk WiFi-node is installed as part of a low-tech internet network in Berlin, Germany - via Wikipedia Commons.

A solution to the absence of high-speed wireless networks across some developing countries and increasingly appearing in the form of WiFi based community networks in numerous countries in Europe, building a low-tech internet could have benefits for all. With excerpts from an original Low-tech Magazine article by Kris De Decker, we explore how a less resource-intensive and more energy-efficient approach to internet access could provide a resilient cooperative network with renewable energy at its heart. Read more …

May
25
2017
Dave Darby

Part-time work available in the Lowimpact.org team

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Posted May 25 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
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We are offering a little part-time job. It’s only around 10 hours per month, so it could fit in nicely with what you’re doing already. It involves looking after a category on the Lowimpact.org site, and keeping everything updated. Read more …

May
24
2017
Scarlett Penn

Fantastic volunteering opportunity with the Permaculture Podcast – could it be you or someone you know?

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Posted May 24 2017 by Scarlett Penn of WWOOF UK

Daniel Tyrkiel is so dedicated he gets up at 4am every single day. On weekdays it’s so he can to study how to regenerate soil in order to store carbon, clean water, prevent flooding and produce nutritious food, without the need for any chemicals. On weekends it’s to edit his brilliant podcast series, which documents what’s happening with permaculture in the UK. Read more …

May
21
2017
Dave Darby

Can you imagine a world without money? Summary of the ‘credit commons’ idea and how it could be achieved

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Posted May 21 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Can you imagine a world without money?

Last week I blogged about a potentially world-changing idea that could be labelled ‘credit commons’, or the catchy ‘global mutual credit system’. It’s a system of exchange that involves no money. It’s difficult to grasp at first, but the more you think about it, the more you realise that a) it’s implementable, and b) if implemented, it has the potential to end poverty, war and environmental destruction. Read more …

May
18
2017
Joe Musialowski

Step by step stickmaking: how to craft a ram’s horn crook

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Posted May 18 2017 by Joe Musialowski of Wren Country Sticks
Stickmaking : from ram's horn to finished crook

The modern ram’s horn shepherd’s crook has come a long way since it was first fashioned by shepherds in their crofts: from a purely practical tool with which to catch sheep with by neck or foot to a highly decorated piece of art work for stickmaking shows and competitions. Read more …

May
16
2017
Dane Beckett

The pros and cons of burning different types of wood for heating

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Posted May 16 2017 by Dane Beckett of Charlton & Jenrick

Burning wood is a highly sustainable and environmentally friendly heating method. Burning wood on a high efficiency stove can create less CO2 than letting the same wood rot on the floor of a forest. Read more …

May
14
2017
Sophie Paterson

One man and his sticks: meet stickmaker Joe Musialowski

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Posted May 14 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
Stickmaker Joe Musialowski at work

A traditional rural skill sometimes overlooked, crook and stickmaking is making a comeback in the UK. Lowimpact.org’s Sophie Paterson spoke to Joe Musialowski of Wren Country Sticks about his journey to become a professional stickmaker and what the future might hold for this timeless country craft. Supplier of bespoke sticks, crooks and croziers for walkers, shepherds and Bishops, it’s over to Joe to tell us more in his own words. Read more …

May
11
2017
Dave Darby

This is the best attempt I’ve seen at building a sustainable, democratic, (and inevitably moneyless) economy. It’s worth understanding what they’re saying

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Posted May 11 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

If you’ve got a sneaking suspicion that whatever we do, we’re not going to transition to a sustainable, democratic future with the current money and banking system, then I agree with you. Read more …

May
9
2017
Richard Harrington

More plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050? Could you give up plastic?

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The Marine Conservation Society is urging people to get through June without plastic. The Plastic Challenge will highlight our reliance on this substance of convenience. Read more …

May
7
2017
Dave Darby

How money causes poverty (plus war and ecological destruction), and what could replace it

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Posted May 7 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Exchange has always been part of the human story, whether between individuals, tribes or nations. Some people have what others don’t, due to geography or skill, and exchange is a means of getting what you don’t have, and giving what you have a surplus of. Read more …

May
4
2017
Sophie Paterson

Car tyre foundations: a low-impact and affordable solution?

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Posted May 4 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
Recycled car tyre foundations in construction

Last month, Lowimpact.org’s Sophie Paterson, a trainee with the School of Natural Building, took a hands-on approach learning how to construct recycled car tyre foundations on a Straw Works course at Holy Trinity Church in Tulse Hill, London. Read more …

May
2
2017
Sophie Paterson

Farm Hack : growing innovative open-source agriculture

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Posted May 2 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
Farm Hack Cover Crop Roller Open Source Agriculture

In response to the pervasive reach of the global agro-industrial complex, growing numbers of farmers across the world are coming together as co-operative organisations to promote and protect small-scale organic food production and environmental stewardship. We take a look below at some of the groups promoting open source agriculture with farmer driven technologies, spearheaded by the international Farm Hack movement.

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May
1
2017
John Harrison

What to sow, plant and harvest in your polytunnel or greenhouse in May

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Posted May 1 2017 by John Harrison of Allotment & Gardens
Your polytunnel or greenhouse in May could look like this...

May is the most exciting month in your tunnel or greenhouse. This is the time to plant out your summer crops – your tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, cucumbers and basil. Read more …

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