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03/2022 posts

How to make wild garlic, nettle and cheese savoury muffins

Chris Bax of Taste the Wild | 30-Mar-2022 | 0

Here’s a recipe for savoury muffins using wild garlic and nettle tops that can be foraged in many places at this time of year. Read more

Fairbnb and housing Ukrainian refugees: Emanuele Dal Carlo

Emanuele Dal Carlo of Fairbnb | 27-Mar-2022 | 0

We were interviewing the President of Fairbnb as a co-operative alternative to Airbnb. However, things have taken a bit of a turn since we started talking, and now they’re using the platform to help Ukrainian refugees. Read more

Can jobs such as wood-turning return to developed countries?

Robin Fawcett of Treewright | 23-Mar-2022 | 0

We’d like to think / hope so, as climate change, environmental damage and fossil fuel depletion make huge supply chains unviable. Most wood turning, for the European market at least, is done in China and the Far East. But how long can this continue – the transporting of almost everything we need in the West from the other side of the world? It’s too damaging to global ecology, and it involves virtual slave labour. Read more

Mutual Credit Services – keeping communities alive after COVID: Investment, saving & location

Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 20-Mar-2022 | 1

Mutual Credit Services (MCS), whose mission is to help build local mutual credit ‘clubs’ in the UK and overseas, and to link them together to form a global moneyless trading network – the ‘Credit Commons’. Here we’re looking at savings and investments in a mutual credit world, as well as the importance of physical location. Read more

Heating old buildings with heat pumps

John Cantor of Heatpumps.co.uk | 16-Mar-2022 | 4

It looks as though heat pumps are going to provide a lot more of our heating in the future – although there has been some controversy about how well they work in old buildings. Heat pump specialist John Cantor answers some of those concerns. Read more

Mutual Credit Services – keeping communities alive after COVID: Community groups & individuals

Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 13-Mar-2022 | 0

This is the fifth in a series of articles looking at the development of Mutual Credit Services (MCS), whose mission is to help build local mutual credit ‘clubs’ in the UK and overseas, and to link them together to form a global moneyless trading network – the ‘Credit Commons’. Here we’re looking at community groups and individual consumers. Read more

How not to build a movement, as demonstrated by Chris Saltmarsh

We thought you might like this extraordinary defence of Deep Adaptation by Matthew Slater. Last year, he and Extinction Rebellion co-founder Skeena Rathor, authored a chapter in Deep Adaptation: Navigating the Realities of Climate Chaos; last month it was reviewed by newcomer Chris Saltmarsh, the champion of Jeremy Corbyn’s Green New Deal proposals and author of ‘Burnt’. Read more

Why are there thousands of empty flights polluting our skies?

18,000 empty planes will fly across Europe in early 2022. These flights will release 422,280 tonnes of greenhouse gases. Neither the EU nor Lufthansa seems likely to back down. Read more

Mutual Credit Services – keeping communities alive after COVID: Local authorities & anchor institutions

Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 06-Mar-2022 | 2

This is the fourth in a series of articles looking at the development of Mutual Credit Services (MCS), whose mission is to help build local mutual credit ‘clubs’ in the UK and overseas, and to link them together to form a global moneyless trading network – the ‘Credit Commons’. Here we’re looking at local authorities and anchor institutions Read more

How to make good apple juice

Apple juice is in some ways more difficult to make than cider, and indeed it can scarcely be regarded as a traditional product at all. Until the recognition late in the 19th century that fermentation was caused by yeast converting sugar into alcohol, the difference between juice and cider was somewhat obscure and of little practical importance in any case. Read more

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