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    French farmhouse free to the right low-impacter (roofing skills would be a bonus)

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 06-Sep-2014 | 3

    We are in contact with an English man who has a French property but will no longer be able to live there. He’s happy to give it away to someone who will turn it into the kind of eco-home / low-impact smallholding that he intended. Read more

    What is human nature? Are we really a horrible species?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 04-Sep-2014 | 0

    When discussing war, exploitation, wealth disparities, violence and the apparently uncaring nature of society, a common response is: ‘well, that’s human nature for you’. Is it? Really? Are we that bad? Are we inherently, intrinsically, irredeemably horrible? Read more

    Keeping pigs: the story of a pig co-op

    In 2012 some households in our village decided to start a pig co-op/club. Living in a Somerset village and with several interested neighbours, one of whom had the space needed, we all got together for an informal meeting Read more

    What low-impacters are up to around the country: Meadow Forge

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 14-Aug-2014 | 0

    Nestled in, part way down the side of a beautiful valley in Devon, is probably the most interesting, bonkers, chaotic and inspiring workshop I’ve ever been in. Housed inside what was once an open cow shed, this is where long-standing network member, Dean Aggett, Read more

    Here’s how you can visit ‘superhomes’ – old houses that have been refurbished for energy efficiency

    Gordon Glass of SuperHomes | 13-Aug-2014 | 0

    ‘Superhomes’ is a project run by our old friends at the National Energy Foundation. In September there are open houses all over the country that you can visit to see what kinds of improvements the owners have made Read more

    Tim Harford – the ‘Undercover Economist’ – thinks that the economy can grow forever. Here’s why he’s wrong

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 08-Aug-2014 | 0

    Here’s an article that I came across recently. It was written by Tim Harford, the ‘Undercover Economist’, who points out that physicists are telling economists that economic growth can’t continue forever because of the exponential function Read more

    An example of Joe Jenkins’ ‘humanure’ composting toilet system, used successfully for 9 years

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 04-Aug-2014 | 5

    Our friend Lee has been using a ‘humanure’ compost toilet system, made famous by Joe Jenkins in his book the Humanure Handbook, for over 9 years. I interviewed him to find out how it’s going. Read more

    Are holiday/leisure cycle paths like the ‘Camel Trail’ good for the environment?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 31-Jul-2014 | 0

    How do we develop cycling from a leisure activity to part of everyday life? I recently went for a bicycle ride with my partner along the Camel Trail in North Cornwall. Read more

    Three-bedroom, earth-sheltered house with a living roof, cob internal walls & sea view; cost: £18,000

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 26-Jul-2014 | 0

    Seven years ago, a handsome builder came on a Lowimpact.org ‘how to make biodiesel’ course at Redfield and stole one of our staff. They now live with three children in Cornwall, in an earth-sheltered house that he built himself on his own land. Read more

    Is it ethical to eat meat?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 04-Jul-2014 | 4

    A group of around 15 of us meet one evening a month, for something we call ‘Philosophy Club’. The topic of this month’s meeting, which happened last night, was ‘is it ethical to eat meat?’ Read more

    Unique opportunity to live on a low-impact, off-grid smallholding in Devon

    My name is James Dexter and I am one of the new tenants at Greenham Reach which is a low-impact farming project established in north Devon by the Ecological Land Coop  (ELC) Read more

    Do you consider yourself left-wing or right-wing, and does it matter any more?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 26-Jun-2014 | 3

    Do you label yourself ‘left’ or ‘right’, or somewhere in the middle? Do you think the Labour party in the UK or the Democrats in the US, are left-wing parties? Or do you have only a vague idea about what those labels mean? Read more

    We have a huge housing problem, and yet they want to destroy Charlie’s home; you can help

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 20-Jun-2014 | 0

    This blog is about the house that Charlie and Meg built. It’s a straw-bale roundhouse with a reciprocal roof, built in the countryside where they grew up. The exterior can be seen above, the interior below, with Charlie, Meg and sprog in the middle. Read more

    Who runs the world?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 12-Jun-2014 | 0

    It’s widely believed that we have democracies in the West. We’d like that to be the case, but it’s not – because ultimate power is corporate, not political. By ultimate power, we mean the ability to control the direction in which humanity moves. Read more

    Ethical investments in renewable energy – you can make it happen

    Jon Halle of Sharenergy | 07-Jun-2014 | 0

    A quick update on Sharenergy-supported projects and share offers. Firstly some great news – the first wind turbine supported by Sharenergy is now up and running in Dingwall Read more

    BBC: ‘Only by increasing productivity can we improve the quality of our lives’. Do you agree?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 30-May-2014 | 0

    It’s a quote from an economist invited in to comment about the UK economy on the BBC World Service earlier this week (it doesn’t matter who – this is a point that virtually all economists agree on, to the shame of the discipline). Read more

    It’s not possible to demonise people any more, in the age of the internet

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 23-May-2014 | 0

    Western populations have to kept in a state of fear, so that weapons corporations can continue to make huge profits. People of America – this is your latest enemy: Read more

    Opportunity for low-impact person in the Loire valley

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 16-May-2014 | 0

    We’ve been approached by a very nice man called Rod Harper, who has never used a computer in his life, and so asked us for help in finding someone to rent his property in the Loire Valley. Read more

    Could you explain Mercantilism, if you were asked?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 02-May-2014 | 0

    If you were asked, could you describe Mercantilism? I dare say you could have a good go at Capitalism and Feudalism. But Mercantilism? And is it worth finding out? I think it is, because it tells us a lot about the system we live under now Read more

    Can we have multinational corporations and democracy?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 20-Apr-2014 | 0

    Up until this moment in human history, power has always been abused. By ‘power’ I mean ‘the ability to make decisions that affect the direction in which humanity moves’. Ultimate power in other words, rather than local power. Read more

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