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    10 reasons we need a non-corporate system as well as a sustainable one (and there are many more)

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 15-Aug-2015 | 0

    Like all environmental / social change organisations, we’d like humans to live in a sustainable system. But unlike many other organisations, we clearly state that we’d like that system to be non-corporate. What do we mean? Read more

    No roof space? Build a solar pergola; you can visit this home to see how they did it

    Gordon Glass of SuperHomes | 13-Aug-2015 | 1

    Visit the Home with the Solar Pergola. Ever since completing an A-level Physics project in upper school Neil Kennedy dreamed of creating an eco-home. In 2008 major renovations began on the Tring property that he and his wife and three children call home. Read more

    10 reasons our yurt holiday on a farm in Wales was the best ever

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 11-Aug-2015 | 3

    We got back from a holiday in a yurt at Old Chapel Farm in Powys last night. We were bowled over, and this article is a little advert for yurt holidays on farms and smallholdings in the UK, although several of the points below are specific to Old Chapel. Read more

    What’s it like owning a Brompton folding bicycle?

    So what’s it like to own a Brompton? I had forgotten how great it was to own a Brompton, actually.  I am so used to mine, which I have had for 13 years, that if feels like a part of me and I guess I took it for granted – until it was in being repaired Read more

    Some countries don’t get vegetarianism: how to cope as a veggie abroad

    If you’re looking to make the change to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, there is no shortage of helpful advice out there to guide you as you take those difficult first steps: ‘take things slowly; make it easy on yourself; set realistic goals; provide the right environment for success, etc. etc.’ Read more

    How you can help cottage industries provide solar in African villages (not for cheap electricity – just for electricity)

    We had a solar electric system installed on our house in London last year by Norman Phipps of Assured Solar. We’ve had the system for a year now, and its output was almost exactly what Norman predicted, which means we’re headed for a 9-year payback time. Read more

    How to get planning permission for an off-grid, self-build home

    Anna and Pete Grugeon of the Bulworthy Project share their experiences and advice for anyone seeking to gain planning permission for an off-grid, self-build home. Read more

    Low-impact & the city 2: what are urban gardens for?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 01-Aug-2015 | 5

    I Iive with my partner in a terraced house in London, and we have a garden. So we have to work out what we want the garden for. Do we want to use it to impress people, to give it a ‘make-over’, to make it orderly and tidy, or to produce food? We’ve decided that… Continue reading Low-impact & the city 2: what are urban gardens for? Read more

    How to answer the question: ‘if you don’t like this system, what do you want to replace it with?’ – aka a review of The Democracy Project by David Graeber

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 30-Jul-2015 | 5

    Graeber was a leading light in the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the book begins with a fascinating insider’s view of the goings-on in and around Zucotti Park in 2011. The most important point in the book for me though was the reminder that people always want a blueprint for a new society Read more

    Holidays without flying: how to cycle around Scotland on a folding bike

    Obviously this isn’t a ‘no-fly’ holiday if you live on the other side of the world to Scotland, but I’m sure you have somewhere beautiful closer to home for a holiday that doesn’t involve an environmentally-damaging flight. Read more

    Five myths about economic growth

    Brian Czech of CASSE | 26-Jul-2015 | 0

    We were sent this by CASSE – the Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy. Love it – there are so few organisations pointing out the insanity of the quest for perpetual growth (image: http://www.polyp.org.uk). Read more

    If you’re not exactly ‘time-rich’, here’s how you can change society with your money as well as your actions

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 24-Jul-2015 | 0

    Since Lowimpact began as LILI in 2001, we’ve offered a constantly increasing bank of information, courses, products, services, books, magazines, links, videos and advice for people wanting to change their lives – to live in a more sustainable and less corporate way. Read more

    Permaculture Conference & Convergence: 10% discount for Lowimpact visitors

    The International Permaculture Convergence, London 2015, will bring together leading experts and practitioners from around the world. We have everything we need to create a sustainable world and future. Read more

    Cargo bikes collecting local food waste for anaerobic digestion and biogas

    Rokiah Yaman of LEAP Micro AD | 20-Jul-2015 | 2

    Closing the food-waste-energy loop – a celebration of sustainability. Enjoy a free community event in a beautiful wildlife park learning about closed-loop recycling, urban agriculture, sustainable cities, decentralised waste management, renewable gas and how YOU can make a difference. Read more

    Why land, on which to build a home and grow food, is our ultimate security

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 18-Jul-2015 | 10

    There’s a general feeling – and a growing one I think – that we’re headed for disaster, and that no-one is in control or able to steer us away from the precipice. Here are four categories of reasons that people give for pessimism about the near future: Read more

    Greece v the Empire; how to understand what’s being done to the Greeks

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 16-Jul-2015 | 15

    I’ve been thinking about how to write articles about the fact that we live in a corporate empire – trying to work out a way to present the idea, thinking that it would sound rather silly or extreme to many ears. Then a former World Bank economist (Peter Koenig) says: Read more

    Thoughts about the Breaking the Frame gathering and an idea for a potential spin-off

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 14-Jul-2015 | 14

    I’ve just returned from the Breaking the Frame gathering – a long weekend at Unstone Grange in Derbyshire. My head is still spinning from the workshops, talks and panels featuring specialists on technology around GM, the military, nuclear power, surveillance, synthetic biology, health, energy, toxics annd climate, plus TTIP, emerging and alternative technologies. Read more

    How I built a rocket mass heater in our timber-frame classroom

    When I built our timber framed classroom last year, one of the concerns was how best to heat it. We are entirely reliant on woodfuel here, and a regular woodburner was going to make a big dent in our precious wood pile. Read more

    Help set up eco-settlements by moving your money and getting a better return than from a bank savings account

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 08-Jul-2015 | 6

    If we want to: help set up organic smallholdings; allow people to build natural homes on their land; preserve rural skills and livelihoods; and develop a sustainable, non-corporate food supply, we have to do more than just talk about it. Read more

    Good luck to Greece, and why you won’t find the real reasons for their crisis in the mainstream media

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 06-Jul-2015 | 21

    It’s so ironic that the biggest lesson in how to destroy democracy is being delivered to the world in the birthplace of democracy. Read more

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