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Jun
7
2020
Paul Jennings

Trying to make a living on an organic smallholding: Paul Jennings, ‘One-Planet’ smallholder

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One Planet Development smallholder Paul Jennings : how to make a living on an organic smallholding

This is part 2 of an interview with Paul Jennings, who has built his own straw-bale house and lives with his family on a smallholding in Carmarthenshire in Wales. They were able to build their house via the One Planet Development (OPD) policy in Wales. Here’s part 1 of the interview. Read more …

Jun
3
2020
Dave Darby

Water For Rojava international solidarity fund

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A dry watercourse in Minbic - Water for Rojava

Dave Darby shares news of a crowdfunding campaign launched by the Solidarity Economy Association to rebuild vital water infrastructure in North and East Syria. Read more …

May
31
2020
Chris Cook

Chris Cook’s tour of the oil markets: from Nixon to Trump

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Chris Cook's tour of the oil markets

Today I’m talking with Chris Cook, who designed and built the Iranian Oil Bourse (see Wikipedia for a timeline of the events Chris describes), which could help move the world away from the petrodollar. We’ll be talking more about that later. Read more …

May
27
2020
Nick Mann

Blossom, blossom and more blossom!

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Blossom at Donisthorpe Park by LocalColour

Nick Mann of Habitat Aid charts a five month journey of beautiful blossom and how people and pollinators alike can benefit from its bounty. Read more …

May
25
2020
Dil Green

Community wealth building & mutual credit: a match made in heaven?

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Community wealth building and mutual credit

This is the third in a series of articles about community wealth building and mutual credit, by Dave Darby and Dil Green of Lowimpact.org and the Open Credit Network. Read more …

May
24
2020
Dave Darby

Mutual credit – a lifeline for small businesses

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mutual-credit-businesses

This post follows on from yesterday’s, about community wealth building. Tomorrow, Dil Green explains how community wealth building and mutual credit could be a match made in heaven. Read more …

May
23
2020
Dave Darby

‘The Case for Community Wealth Building’: review

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The Case for Community Wealth Building

This is the first of three articles in three days about ‘community wealth building’ (CWB) and mutual credit. Today we’re explaining community wealth building, and reviewing a book: The Case for Community Wealth Building. Tomorrow we’ll blog about how mutual credit can help post-Covid communities, and on Monday, Dil Green continues the theme, explaining how CWB and mutual credit is a match made in heaven. Read more …

May
20
2020
Sarah Young

The 12 principles of permaculture: a way forward

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National Permaaculture Convergence Hulme

We share a guest post from Ethical.net, in which Elizabeth Waddington sets out the twelve principles of permaculture. There’s plenty more to it than gardening, we promise! Read more …

May
17
2020
Brian Czech

Interview with Brian Czech: the impossibility of a perpetually-growing economy

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Brian Czech of CASSE : why green growth is an oxymoron

Today I’m talking with Brian Czech, the president of CASSE (Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy). He served in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1999-2017, and as a visiting professor of natural resource economics in Virginia Tech’s National Capitol Region. He is the author of Supply Shock, Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train, and The Endangered Species Act: History, Conservation Biology, and Public Policy, as well as over 50 academic journal articles. Read more …

May
13
2020
Scarlett Penn

The upside of lockdown: WWOOFing in Shropshire

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Imogen Lacey WWOOFing in Shropshire : the upside of lockdown

When the coronavirus crisis hit, Imogen Lacey was volunteering through WWOOF UK, living and working on a smallholding in exchange for accommodation, food and a wealth of learning opportunities. Here she shares her personal experiences of WWOOFing in Shropshire under lockdown. Read more …

May
10
2020
Dave Darby

Our policy on keeping animals & eating meat

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Eating meat and keeping animals

Our topics include vegetarianism and veganism, but also keeping animals (for meat, dairy, eggs, honey, wool, leather, work etc); and also fishing and hunting animals in the wild. Is this incongruous? As a sustainability / new economy organisation, should we be promoting only veganism, rather than the keeping and/or eating of animals? Read more …

May
6
2020
Sarah Young

How to make your own sustainable cleaning products

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Wondering how to make your own sustainable cleaning products? Our friends at Ethical.net are here to help, with useful tips galore and a recipe for homemade apple cider vinegar. Read more …

May
3
2020
Naresh Giangrande

Naresh Giangrande, co-founder of Transition Network: the future for local economies, Part 1

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Naresh Giagrande : the future of local economies

This is part 1 of an interview with Naresh Giangrande, co-founder of Transition Totnes and the Transition Network. Part 2 is here. Read more …

Apr
30
2020
Lauren Simpson

How small farms offer big solutions as global issues turn focus to home

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The Arlington site in Sussex

With just under three weeks left until the Ecological Land Cooperative 202 community share offer closes, Lauren Simpson shares an update on progress so far, complete with a new film. Read more …

Apr
28
2020
Ruby Taylor

April forage of the month with Ruby Taylor

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April forage of the month : nettle soup

In her April forage of the month, Ruby Taylor of Native Hands takes the sting out of nettles with a delicious soup recipe. Read more …

Apr
26
2020
Dave Darby

The alternative to the current money system: Tim Jenkin, Matthew Slater & Dil Green

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Bank notes in different currencies - but what are the alternatives to the money system?

Here I interview Tim Jenkin, Matthew Slater and Dil Green (and Keith the cat, briefly, until he got bored – see video) about the money system, the problems it causes and what could replace it. Fascinating insights from three people who have spent an enormous amount of time thinking about the money system. Read more …

Apr
22
2020
Sarah Young

How and why to grow a food forest in your garden

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Food forest gardening diagram

With many of us taking steps to grow our own food right now, some for the first time, our friends at Ethical.net set out how and why to grow a food forest in your garden. Read more …

Apr
19
2020
Dave Darby

Post-corona: ‘getting back to normal’ is suicidal – here’s the alternative

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Getting back to normal: is there an alternative post-corona?

“For those who dream of a return to “normalcy”: normalcy was standing on the tracks watching an oncoming train & arguing about how fast it was going. Something just banged into us & sent us sprawling. It hurt. A lot. Now let’s get up, but NOT get back on the tracks again.” – David Graeber

Read more …

Apr
15
2020
Andy Reynolds

Becoming a woodland owner: an alternative view

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Becoming a woodland owner by Andy Reynolds

There are many and various drivers behind the desire to become a woodland owner, varying from wishing to impose one’s self on the landscape and latterly build a house on a green field site; to the other end of the spectrum to benignly caring for an increasingly rare habitat. Read more …

Apr
12
2020
Dave Darby

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

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Should we return to normal post-corona?

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 …

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