Oct
15
2017
Dave Darby

Is it ethical to eat meat, or to keep animals for meat or dairy?

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Posted Oct 15 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

This is a very important question for us here at Lowimpact.org, because we have courses, books, magazines, links etc on keeping animals and on game. We also have vegetarianism and veganism as topics – because we recognise the environmental benefits of eating less meat. Read more …

Sep
17
2017
Dave Darby

Why the banks have so much power and how we can take it away from them

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Posted Sep 17 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

I mentioned a while ago that I’m enrolled on a MOOC (massive, open, online course) about banking and the money system. As promised, I’m blogging about some of the things that I’ve learnt (we’ve covered the definition and history of money so far). Read more …

Sep
7
2017
Dave Darby

Could the ‘paperpot transplanter’ be a boon for small farmers or is it just a gimmick?

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Posted Sep 7 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

How about a human-powered tool that allows you to plant out 264 young plants per minute (!) without bending over? The paperpot transplanter, developed in Japan, allows you to do just that (if 264 seems a bit precise, it’s because each little paper chain contains 264 pots). Read more …

Aug
27
2017
Dave Darby

Should we not mention what’s happening to the biosphere, in case it scares the mainstream?

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Posted Aug 27 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

This is a question for anyone working in the field of environmental sustainability. What’s actually happening to the biosphere, how bad is it, and should we tell people or keep it quiet? Read more …

Aug
14
2017
Dave Darby

Its worse than you think: review of Douglas Rushkoff’s ‘Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus’

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Posted Aug 14 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Here’s an article that’s part review of Douglas Rushkoff’s latest book (buy it – it’s excellent), part ramble about twenty-first century capitalism. Read more …

Jul
25
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 12: switching to the Phone Co-op (do it today!)

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Posted Jul 25 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

The Phone Co-op is the UK’s only co-operative telecoms provider. 100% member-owned, they have a democratic internal structure and no external shareholders. You can just become a customer, or you can become a member too, and have a say in the way the co-op is run. Read more …

Jul
18
2017
Dave Darby

What’s the most environmentally-damaging thing that a human can do?

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Posted Jul 18 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

This question is really important for us at Lowimpact.org, because we’re all about providing information and other resources on ways that people can live in a less environmentally-damaging way. So I was very interested to see that researchers at Lund University in Sweden recently put the hours in Read more …

Jun
25
2017
Dave Darby

B-corporations – yes or no?

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Posted Jun 25 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

What do you consider the correct approach towards multinational corporations – tame them, or start to get rid of them? And what do we mean by ‘tame’ exactly? And what are the problems with multinational corporations in the first place? Read more …

Jun
6
2017
Dave Darby

In a perpetually-growing economy, what will limit the number of cars in the world?

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Posted Jun 6 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

I come back to the subject of economic growth reasonably regularly, or to be more specific, the concept of perpetual, constant, infinite growth. And I’ll keep doing it until this absurd idea is consigned to the same historical category as phlogiston or a geocentric universe. 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
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

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 could end poverty, war and environmental destruction. 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
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 …

Apr
27
2017
Dave Darby

Why an economy that’s not dominated by the corporate sector would be much better for individuals, communities and nature

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Posted Apr 27 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Lowimpact.org is an organisation that was founded by two people in 2001 because of concerns about ecological damage and what that might mean for the future of humanity. The focus has always been on individual lifestyle change Read more …

Apr
24
2017
Dave Darby

Let’s build a sustainable, non-corporate world; but what exactly does ‘non-corporate’ mean?

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Posted Apr 24 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

This is the first of two articles examining the non-corporate sector, and its advantages for ecology, democracy, communities and individuals. Here’s a checklist of the benefits of reducing the reach of the corporate sector, but first, let’s work out what kind of organisations comprise the non-corporate sector. Read more …

Apr
9
2017
Dave Darby

Dump Skype, switch to Jitsi: non-corporate, open source, nothing to download, no harvesting of your data

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Posted Apr 9 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Here’s a free, open source programme for online chat / video chat. The corporate equivalent is Skype, which is now owned by Microsoft. Read more …

Apr
6
2017
Dave Darby

Why the ‘natural’ in natural soaps is so important

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Posted Apr 6 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

True soaps can be made from a range of oils and butters which come from plants, trees and in the case of some oils such as tallow and lard, from animals. These oils and butters are chemically classed as mild acids. Read more …

Apr
4
2017
Dave Darby

New Ecological Land Co-op share offer launched: here’s a chance to help bring about change in land ownership in the UK, and receive 3% interest for your trouble!

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Posted Apr 4 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

Please share this as widely as you can. I’m on the board of the Ecological Land Co-op, and so I know how much hard work has gone into this – it’s an opportunity for people to shift their money to help change the nature of land ownership in the UK, and receive 3% interest for doing so. Read more …

Mar
16
2017
Dave Darby

Is democracy obsolete, and can we ever achieve it as long as we have to keep feeding ‘the beast’?

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Posted Mar 16 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

In the West, there’s a word that usually accompanies ‘democracy’, and that word is ‘liberal’. Liberal democracies – that’s what we have in the West. That’s liberal, as in liberty / freedom; and that’s certainly what classical liberalism stood for in its infancy. Read more …

Mar
8
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 11: buying a laptop without Windows – with Linux or with no operating system at all

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Posted Mar 8 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

This is the last in a series of articles to help you to jettison Windows and corporate software generally. Read more …

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