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    WWF shocking report on wildlife, and why the response will be inadequate

    Brian Czech of CASSE | 20-Sep-2020 | 0

    It’s been a while since wildlife—not just a species here or there but wildlife at large—has been front and center in the news. Usually the biggest environmental news pertains to climate change at the global level, or local pollution problems such as lead in the water pipes. “Biodiversity” gained traction as an issue in the… Continue reading WWF shocking report on wildlife, and why the response will be inadequate Read more

    Beware the ‘Great Reset’: a power grab by billionaires

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 02-Aug-2020 | 19

    The world is run by and for billionaires. If you’d prefer it to be run democratically, for all of us, then don’t be fooled by the ‘Great Reset’ – a request by the corporate and financial sectors for governments to give them taxpayers’ money to take more control. Read more

    What’s wrong with billionaires?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 15-Mar-2020 | 24

    I came across a clip recently (see below) of a radio host filled with incredulity that someone might actually believe that the existence of billionaires is a bad thing. Surely any antipathy towards the super-wealthy must be based on envy or ideology? Don’t they create jobs? Aren’t they philanthropic? Don’t they pay a lot of… Continue reading What’s wrong with billionaires? Read more

    Can elections really change anything?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 17-Nov-2019 | 21

    Can elections really change anything? Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org shares his views on the question in the run-up to the general election. Read more

    Building the open web: an interview with Micky Metts of Agaric

    Micky Metts of Agaric | 07-Jul-2019 | 0

    Dave Darby interviews Micky Metts of Agaric, based in Boston, Massachusetts, who is active in both the co-operative and free/open source movements. Read more

    Will Facebook’s Libra coin conquer the world?

    In the wake of Facebook’s recent announcement, community currency engineer Matthew Slater asks if Libra coin is poised to conquer the world. Read more

    The role of the state and the market in building the new economy: interview with Hilary Wainwright of Red Pepper

    Today, we’re talking with Hilary Wainwright – an academic, activist, editor of Red Pepper magazine, and a fellow of the Transnational Institute (TNI). Read more

    A ‘Transcender Manifesto’ for a world beyond capitalism

    Dil Green shares a Transcender Manifesto for groups to develop networks of transcendent social relations for a world beyond capitalism. Read more

    Is the Western mindset the source of our current ecological and social problems?

    Dorian Cavé of IFLAS | 23-Oct-2018 | 20

    What was it about European cultural development that led to the Scientific and Industrial Revolutions, capitalism and environmental destruction? Why didn’t it happen in the apparently much more fertile ground of China, India or the Arab world? Read more

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

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 27-Aug-2017 | 14

    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

    Resilient networks: building a low-tech internet

    A solution to the absence of high-speed wireless networks across some developing countries and increasingly appearing in the form of WiFi based community networks in numerous countries in Europe, building a low-tech internet could have benefits for all. With excerpts from an original Low-tech Magazine article by Kris De Decker, we explore how a less resource-intensive and more energy-efficient… Continue reading Resilient networks: building a low-tech internet Read more

    Fantastic volunteering opportunity with the Permaculture Podcast – could it be you or someone you know?

    Scarlett Penn of WWOOF UK | 24-May-2017 | 0

    Daniel Tyrkiel is so dedicated he gets up at 4am every single day. On weekdays it’s so he can to study how to regenerate soil in order to store carbon, clean water, prevent flooding and produce nutritious food, without the need for any chemicals. On weekends it’s to edit his brilliant podcast series, which documents what’s happening… Continue reading Fantastic volunteering opportunity with the Permaculture Podcast – could it be you or someone you know? Read more

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

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 09-Apr-2017 | 30

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

    What are the roots of right and left thinking, and can we unite left and right against corporate power?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 08-Jan-2017 | 12

    Why do people who consider themselves ‘left-wing’ seem to embrace a raft of policies that appear unrelated? For example, if you’re of the left, and you believe in (say) progressive taxation, why should that also mean that you believe in gun control, or Read more

    New York Times: GM crops require more pesticides and don’t increase yields

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 27-Nov-2016 | 6

    I’ve been saying for a long time that GM crops do not increase yields and they don’t reduce pesticide use – because that’s not what they’re designed for. This report in the New York Times shows that I was right. Read more

    The US presidential election is a circus, and the sooner we realise that power lies elsewhere the better

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 08-Nov-2016 | 2

    As Adam Curtis recently explained, governments are no longer for deciding how we live, or for building a better society – they have slowly morphed into institutions for managing the affairs of the finance sector. Read more

    Review of Adam Curtis’s new movie ‘Hypernormalisation’

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

    Adam Curtis has a new movie out – Hypernormalisation, about how, due to ‘perception management’, what we see as ‘normal’ is anything but – and you can see it for free on BBC iPlayer. Read more

    If the BBC advertises Tesco, why is there a licence fee?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 13-Apr-2016 | 3

    Just listened to a ten-minute advert for Tesco on ‘You and Yours’ on Radio 4, masquerading as news. I have some questions: Read more

    A small key can open a large door: why we should all know what’s happening in Rojava

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 11-Apr-2016 | 3

    I don’t believe that any ethnic group anywhere in the world can truthfully claim that they have never carried out atrocities against another group. Every nation has been victim and perpetrator at some time. Read more

    Great opportunity to work with the wonderful ‘Stir to Action’

    Stir to Action is a community organisation that publishes a quarterly magazine, runs workshop programmes and short courses, produces how-to resources for setting up co-operatives and community enterprises, commissions original artwork and facilitates social economy start-ups. Read more

    There’s a crash coming – a slap from Mother Nature. This isn’t pessimistic; it’s realistic.

    The human impact on nature and on each other is accelerating and needs systemic change to reverse.

    We’re not advocating poverty, or a hair-shirt existence. We advocate changes that will mean better lives for almost everyone.

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