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    Mrs Thatcher was not ‘evil’ – she did what was necessary for Britain to succeed in a game that is utterly wrong

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 17-Apr-2013 | 0

    On the day of Mrs Thatcher’s funeral she will receive many plaudits and much abuse. I don’t think that there is any merit in rejoicing in the death of a woman who believed that she was doing the right thing Read more

    Ecological Land Co-op successful in their application for homes on eco-smallholdings in Devon

    Remember this blog post about the Ecological Land Co-op’s attempt to start three eco-smallholdings in Devon? A local councillor said: “Nobody would subject themselves to that way of life. You might as well be in prison“ Read more

    La Via Campesina ‘peasants’ movement inaugurated in the UK

    La Via Campesina is an international organisation claiming around 250 million members! It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity. Read more

    Pembrokeshire says this home is “harmful to the rural character of the locality” and must be demolished

    Oliver Swann of Natural Homes | 23-Mar-2013 | 4

    Charlie, who built this beautiful straw bale roundhouse, is a young man with a young family and like many finds it impossible to afford a home. In Charlie’s case he had three things going for him. Read more

    What chemicals are used in fracking, and where do they go?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 15-Mar-2013 | 0

    (Image: the wonderful Marty Two Bulls). Article in the Guardian today pleading the case for fracking by someone purporting to be ‘green’. He says that: ‘the toxic sludges brought back to the surface can cause pollution’ Read more

    Review of Roger Scruton’s Green Philosophy

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 12-Mar-2013 | 2

    Roger Scruton is probably the nation’s most famous right-wing philosopher. So you might find it surprising that as a director of an environmental organisation, I found a lot to agree with in this book. Read more

    Build your own solar phone charger

    Norman Phipps has developed a weekend course on which you can build your own small solar electric panel from the scrap from the photovoltaics industry, with a USB port for a phone charger or an LED light. Read more

    Recognising wild food plants and getting in touch with your inner ape

    A few summers ago I visited Monkey World, a picturesque Dorset home to mistreated apes and monkeys from across the globe. To my amazement I saw Capuchin monkeys picking blackberries and an Orang-Utan Read more

    Land & freedom? launch of a new land project

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 23-Feb-2013 | 0

    Are the US and the UK free countries? Can there be true freedom if too much wealth (including land) is allowed to accumulate in too few hands? Imagine 100 households living on 500 acres. Read more

    How to make a 7-course meal for 12 people for free

    Scarlett Penn of WWOOF UK | 09-Feb-2013 | 0

    Recently some friends and I were served a sumptuous seven-course meal with a twist: every single ingredient came from the bin of a top-end retailer. Well, everything apart from the road-kill rabbit spotted on the way home. Read more

    Who says green/spiritual/progressive ideas aren’t represented in the mainstream?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 04-Feb-2013 | 0

    When we complain that green/spiritual/progressive ideas are not represented in the mainstream, let me tell you about the Jonathan Ross show on Saturday night (and you can’t get any more mainstream than that – it’s the epicentre of mainstream). Read more

    Overland to Australia 4: yurts/gers in Mongolia

    Sam Ryan of Lowimpact.org | 25-Jan-2013 | 0

    Sam Ryan worked for Lowimpact.org in the UK for a year, and is now on his way overland, with his partner Dani, back home to Australia to set up Low-impact Australia over there. He’s sending us a few blog articles en route. Read more

    Craftivism: new year’s revolution!

    Barley Massey of Fabrications | 17-Jan-2013 | 0

    New Year Revolutions! Revolution = A turning, change (dictionary definition). It’s the start of a new year again, many of us will have made resolutions, usually to give something up – like smoking. Read more

    What’s the potential for the Permaculture, Co-operative and Transition Movements to bring about real change?

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

    What I want to argue is that these are superb movements, promoting as they do, ways of living that are oriented towards nature, co-operation, and face-to-face contact in local communites. Read more

    Twirligro small-space vertical gardening

    Iain Findlay of Whirligro | 04-Jan-2013 | 0

    The Twirligro crowd fund (http://www.bloomvc.com/project/The-Whirligro-vertical-food-planter) aims to raise £4000 by January 19th to help fund an initial run of a new product aimed at the burgeoning interest in vertical gardening. Read more

    Why access to land matters

    Well, the world didn’t end yesterday, so let’s make it better in 2013. A crucial element of a just and sustainable world is land reform. Why should so few people own so much land? Here’s a great blog from Shaun about why access to land is so important. Read more

    Shale gas: it’s not about fracking earthquakes!

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 15-Dec-2012 | 0

    With thanks to Paul Mobbs. On Dec 13th, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey gave the green light to fracking in the UK to extract shale gas. Read more

    Self-build solar lighting for Africa

    Norman is our tutor for our build your own solar pv panel course, running in March, May and September next year. He’s developed a way of building small solar electric panels from the scrap from the photovoltaics industry Read more

    The laya: wonder tool

    Phil Miller of Bizipoza Tours | 28-Nov-2012 | 0

    Soil management is a big subject. It seems to require the balancing of; drainage, crop rotation, enriching with compost and turning mechanically. It can be approached as a science or an art because it consists of both. Read more

    Recent findings on glyphosate, and why we don’t need GM food

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 21-Nov-2012 | 0

    Do you know what glyphosate is? It’s a herbicide developed by Monsanto, sold under the trade name Roundup – the most widely-used pesticide in the world. Genetically-engineered (Roundup ready) soy has been developed to tolerate glyphosate. Read more

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