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    The science behind the environmental benefits of clay plasters

    Adam Weismann of Clayworks | 25-Sep-2013 | 0

    Clay plasters are beautiful alright – see Clayworks’ efforts in a restaurant in London (above), and see here for more about clay plasters. But for those of you who want more evidence for the benefits of clay plasters Read more

    Have you heard of thermoelectric generators?

    Have you come across thermoelectric generators (TEGs)? They are a way of generating electricity from heat, using the ‘Seebeck effect’ – so, for example, they can be strapped to the side of a wood stove to provide electricity for lighting. Read more

    Do you think you live in a democracy?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 12-Sep-2013 | 0

    You can’t change anything by voting. Or, as Emma Goldman put it: ‘if voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal’. Politicians can rearrange deckchairs but they can’t steer the ship away from the iceberg Read more

    Eigg: community-owned island & the 1st completely wind, water and sun electricity grid in the world

    Sometimes a story will remind us that things can be done differently. The Isle of Eigg story is one of them. For more details of exactly what happened on Eigg, see Alastair Mcintosh’s book Soil and Soul (available here). Read more

    Invitation to visit or join Grow Heathrow

    Sam of Grow Heathrow | 27-Aug-2013 | 0

    One of Lowimpact.org’s staff recently visited Grow Heathrow and was really impressed with their organisation, their gardens and their opposition to the damaging growth in air travel, airports and the proposed new runway at Heathrow. Read more

    Is there such a thing as progress?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 12-Aug-2013 | 0

    Here’s a blog I recently came across, by the ‘Archdruid’ – his argument is that the concept of ‘progress’ is now defunct and that science is just another story – a myth amongst many others that attempt to explain the universe. Read more

    Every picture tells a story: the elites behind the fracking industry

    NB: for a larger image click here. Let’s get one thing clear, this is not about conspiracy theories. This isn’t about a powerful elite meeting in darkened rooms to fondle their fluffy white cats whilst talking in menacing tones. Read more

    Help stop giant supermarkets taking over community assets

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 24-Jul-2013 | 0

    The lease has come up for renewal for a very popular pub called the Wheatsheaf in Tooting, south London, in a prime location opposite Tooting Bec tube station. Read more

    Why narrowboaters should be allowed red diesel

    Mark Hughes of Happy Being | 22-Jul-2013 | 0

    Red diesel is a lower-taxed fuel, that the EU want to revoke from use by boaters in the UK. On my boat I’m living an incredibly low-impact, environmentally-friendly life Read more

    Review of ‘Why Marx Was Right’ by Terry Eagleton

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 18-Jul-2013 | 0

    Review of Why Marx Was Right, by Terry Eagleton. Yes, we’re all looking for alternatives to capitalism – it destroys democracy, it eats nature and it’s vacuous – but you don’t have to have read any philosophy or economics Read more

    Two more community-owned renewables schemes that you can get involved with

    Jon Halle of Sharenergy | 08-Jul-2013 | 0

    If you would like to see more community-owned co-operative renewable energy projects in the UK, there are practical ways that you can help. Over to Jon for some schemes you can invest in Read more

    FoWO (Federation of WWOOF Organisations) is born

    There have been exciting developments in the world of WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms) this month. The movement, which began in 1971, and links people who want to volunteer on organic farms Read more

    Incredible opportunity to join a co-operative, low-impact smallholding project in Devon

    Here’s some background to the Ecological Land Co-op’s project in Devon, and here’s a post celebrating the fact that they were successful in their planning application. Now they’re looking for people. Over to Shaun. Read more

    Low-impact living opportunities in Argyll & Bute

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 14-Jun-2013 | 5

    We’ve had a bit of a heads-up from a Lowimpact.org partner (who wants to remain anonymous) and family who have been looking for land to start a smallholding for years, and are finally buying a bit of Scotland on the Cowal peninsula in Argyllshire. Read more

    Monstanto 1, Vernon 0 – choose your side and get involved!

    Oliver Swann of Natural Homes | 07-Jun-2013 | 0

    Monsanto, one of three companies that control 53% of the world’s commercial seed market, has sued hundreds of small farmers in the United States in recent years to protect its patents on genetically-engineered seeds. Read more

    The first two-storey, load-bearing straw-bale house in the UK

    Rachel Shiamh of a Quiet Earth | 30-May-2013 | 4

    Almost twenty years ago I left the life I knew to live on an acre of terraced woodland in Pembrokeshire. A friend helped me to build an 8x12ft shed and I had the beginnings of my own home. In all naivety, I thought I could live on my own land Read more

    The story of money, and how it built an empire

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 18-May-2013 | 0

    Here’s a story. Some of you may know it, but I’m guessing that most people don’t, which is surprising because it has enormous importance for the way we live today, and how our children might live in the future. Read more

    Everything is one: a blackbird told me

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 07-May-2013 | 0

    I’m writing this listening to a blackbird singing. Short bursts of song, a different tune every time. The blackbird occasionally drops down to the lawn, pecks around, pulls out a worm and flies off to eat it. Read more

    The European Commission wants to stop us saving seeds

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 03-May-2013 | 0

    Dear friends, How many times have we asked you to write to your MP, European or otherwise? Never, that’s how many. So this is a first. It’s a plea to take 5 minutes out of your bank holiday weekend Read more

    Craft skills are too important to lose

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 26-Apr-2013 | 0

    How many people do you know these days whose work involves traditional craft skills? For every craftsperson in the UK, there must be a couple of thousand working in telesales. Read more

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