Low-impact living articles

Apr
12
2020
Dave Darby

Post-corona: ‘getting back to normal’ is not just a bad idea – it’s suicidal

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There’s been a lot of talk about ‘thanking’ coronavirus for giving us the breathing space to re-evaluate, and for giving nature some breathing space too. This isn’t one of those articles. I don’t find it compassionate to thank a virus that’s killing thousands of people, and closing millions of small businesses, allowing Amazon to hoover up almost the entire economy. That’s not the kind of world I want. Read more …

Feb
16
2020
Matthew Slater

Coming together to build a new economy: Matthew Slater, barefoot economist and Credit Commons co-designer, Part 2

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In part 1 I described why a resilient economy needs be to separate from the failing capitalist juggernaut and that we need to start by finding new economic partners from without the Market. Read more …

Feb
15
2020
Matthew Slater

Starting from scratch: Matthew Slater, barefoot economist and Credit Commons co-designer, Part 1

11

Donald Trump recently derided Greta Thunberg and everyone pleading with government to heed environmental science as ‘doomsayers’. The more imminent peak oil or environmental collapse appear, the more intransigent our political system seems to be. Whatever the reasons for this, responsible citizens can only accomplish so much while the political and economic winds are blowing against them. Read more …

Jan
15
2020
Jemma Findley

11 days left to support a collaborative new online ethical lifestyle toolkit

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We hear from our friends at the Permaculture Association about a new ethical lifestyle toolkit in the making alongside Ethical Consumer, and how you can help make it a reality by supporting their Crowdfunder campaign ahead of 26 January. We’re particularly excited about this one! It’s over to Jemma to tell us more… Read more …

May
22
2019
David Thorpe

Introducing One Planet Cities: sustaining humanity within planetary limits

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David Thorpe of One Planet Life shares the ideas and aspirations behind his new book One Planet Cities, outlining his vision for sustainable urban communities. Read more …

May
9
2019
Ele Waters

Fancy joining the Pentiddy Woods family on an immersive 9 month internship?

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Here’s your chance! We hear from Ele and Anthony at Pentiddy Woods about a unique learning opportunity on offer from October 2019. Read more …

Aug
26
2018
Paul Jennings

What might buildings, settlements and even regions look like through the lens of Permaculture design?

13

This is the transcript of a talk given by Paul Jennings to the recent SBUK Big Straw Bale Gathering. Paul has built his straw-bale family home on a ‘One-Planet Development’ smallholding in Wales (costing £12,000). Read more …

Jun
19
2018
Lucy Friedlander

Models of repopulation: bringing low-impact living to life in rural Europe

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We hear from yurt and tent builders and suppliers Spirits Intent about their new mission to revive low-impact living and rural economies in southern Europe through the Heartland Association. Read more …

Jun
12
2018
Roxy Piper

Off Grid Festival 2018: another world is possible

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Roxy Piper tells us all about this year’s Off Grid Festival, taking place from 9-12th August in the historic Tapeley Park and Gardens in North Devon, with the theme of Seven Generation Stewardship. Read more …

May
24
2018
Staci Sylvan

Heartwood Community are seeking new members – could it be you?

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Heartwood Community is seeking energetic, reliable and committed people to join their intentional community in South West Wales. It’s over to Staci from here to tell us more. Read more …

Mar
13
2018
Mark Boyle

Opportunity to live very close to nature, rent-free, in an Irish intentional community and education centre

5

There are two rent-free bedrooms available (one immediately, one soon) in the farmhouse at An Teach Saor. But this is not a place for people who want to save money. It’s a place for people who want to radically reduce their dependency on it all together. Read more …

Mar
6
2018
Martin Prosser

Sunflower Cohousing community looking for members

13

Our journey into community living started one evening in the Summer of 2009 when we were grouped around a campfire with friends discussing possible future lifestyle alternatives. Read more …

Jan
14
2018
Peter Hall

Debate: how sustainable can an eco-hotel and permaculture community be if it’s for Brits in Portugal?

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We were approached by Peter to ask if we would help promote a proposed eco-holiday complex and permaculture settlement in Portugal. I replied that I didn’t think we could, as I have strong reservations about this kind of eco-hotel development, and explained why. Peter came back with some counter-arguments, and I asked him whether he’d be happy to have this debate in public Read more …

Jan
9
2018
David Thorpe

Urban one-planet development: how can cities reduce their ecological footprint?

3

The last post in this series looked at the vital role of ecological footprinting in ensuring that our individual actions are truly sustainable – i.e. within the limits of what the Earth’s resources can provide. This is called ‘one planet’ development. Read more …

Nov
23
2017
David Thorpe

How the ‘One Planet Development’ policy is helping people get back onto the land in Wales

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Something special is happening in Wales. The country is using legislation to shift itself into a very different direction from England. It wants to be more sustainable. It wants to reduce its ‘ecological footprint’ to a level that’s fair compared to the rest of the planet’s population and resources. Read more …

Nov
19
2017
Sophie Paterson

Join our new online community Living Low Impact

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We’re excited to introduce our new Facebook group Living Low Impact – and you’re invited! Read more …

Aug
16
2017
Sophie Paterson

A year of downshifting in Devon

5

Downshifting means working less, earning less and spending less and it’s what Lowimpact.org’s Sophie Paterson has spent the past year attempting to do. She shares what she’s learnt so far and why she’d encourage others to embrace downshifting too. Read more …

Jul
27
2017
Scarlett Penn

Taking the pee: is urine a good fertiliser?

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Many of us consider it a waste product but, in fact, is urine a good fertiliser? Scarlett Penn of WWOOF UK sets out why we should pause for thought before we flush.
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Jul
18
2017
Dave Darby

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

4

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
9
2017
David Thorpe

Seeking a venue: course on how to create a One Planet Development

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I am seeking venues around the country to run an exciting course that will help participants prepare for starting and living on a One Planet Development. Read more …

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