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05/2016 posts

A brief history of philosophy, part 3: Augustine reconciles Christianity with Plato

Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 31-May-2016 | 0

Augustine (354-430) was a bridge between the classical world and the medieval, Christian world. He reconciled Christianity with Plato, and his immaterial world of forms – a much easier task than reconciling Aristotle, with his scientific outlook and emphasis on reason. Read more

Nature in June – what to look out for

Around now I begin to see Speckled Wood and Wall Brown butterflies feeding in the borders or on the buttercups in the cut grass, and by the third week of June, Meadow Browns in the wildflower meadow, with Ringlets joining them in early July. Read more

A brief history of philosophy, part 2: Socrates, Plato & Aristotle

Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 26-May-2016 | 0

After the natural philosophers, the main focus of philosophy was changed by Socrates – probably the most famous philosopher of them all. His position was that you begin to become a philosopher when you admit that you know nothing. Read more

Green woodworking inspiration: mural door

Richard Law of Flying Shavings | 25-May-2016 | 0

This is a copy of the door to a wall cupboard, or mural cupboard (just the same word but from a Latin stem – posh). I wrote briefly about this local cupboard now in Cliffe Castle Museum here.  Read more

My meeting with EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom and corporate representatives, and the rules they want to impose on us

Linda Kaucher of Stop TTIP | 23-May-2016 | 2

At the end of April, I went to a Trade Commission ‘civil society dialogue’ meeting Brussels in which Trade Commissioner Cecelia Malmstrom was seeking input on how to push forward the WTO globalisation agenda via the mechanism of the EU. Read more

How many of us could give a rough overview of the history of philosophy? Part 1: Thales to Socrates

Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 20-May-2016 | 0

It may seem like a strange question from an environmental organisation. But the way that we think nowadays didn’t just fall from the sky – it’s not ‘common sense’ and it hasn’t always been the same. We’re not born with a worldview – it’s something that we develop from what’s gone before. Read more

Water and space heating from photovoltaics (or wind) using a grid diverter

Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge | 16-May-2016 | 12

This is an idea that allows you to heat water via solar electric panels instead of exporting surplus electricity to the National Grid. This makes sense because it then means that you can do the work yourself instead of hiring an (expensive) accredited installer – plus you can use second-hand gear. Read more

Temple Druid Community are looking for new members and volunteers; opportunity for self-build

Temple Druid Community is set in 56 acres of woodland, pasture, steams and meadows in North Pembrokeshire. We are looking for members to join us in creating a community based on the foundations of compassion and respect for nature, ourselves and others and a strong wish to tread gently on the earth. Read more

Re-thinking liberalisation – to counter corporate takeover

Linda Kaucher of Stop TTIP | 12-May-2016 | 1

‘Liberalisation’ – sounds like a good thing, right – like ‘freedom’? It’s rarely named or explained, but underpins the trade agenda and ‘globalisation’. It allows corporations to become mega-transnationals. Read more

Do you want to co-own a community wind farm – from £50?

Dan McCallum of Awel Co-op | 10-May-2016 | 0

We are really excited to be re-opening the Share Offer for our community windfarm. We raised £734k from our first Share Offer before Christmas and now want to hit the £1,000,000 target. Read more

Ha Joon Chang: ‘increasing corporate power is at the heart of TTIP’

Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 08-May-2016 | 0

Ha Joon Chang, author of 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism and Economics: The User’s Guide explains that TTIP is not about ‘free trade’ – trade is already more-or-less free. TTIP is about helping corporations to sue countries if they dare to do anything – anything at all – that can be shown… Continue reading Ha Joon Chang: ‘increasing corporate power is at the heart of TTIP’ Read more

Would you like to help build a 9m roundhouse with a reciprocal, turf roof for the charity ‘Farms for City Children’?

Adrian Leaman of Wholewoods | 04-May-2016 | 0

Reciprocal roundhouse build: call for volunteers. Gloucestershire, July – August 2016. We’re building a 9m turf roof roundhouse for the charity Farms For City Children and are calling for assistance. Read more

Obama says we’ll be ‘at the back of the queue’ for TTIP if we leave the EU; that’s the best argument I’ve heard for Brexit

Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 01-May-2016 | 4

Trade deals (and in fact, the EU) exist to maximise growth and to orient our economies towards exports. From an environmental perspective, this is the exact opposite of what we should be doing. Read more

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