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Water as the Starting Point for Permaculture Design

by: EJ on 09/29/2017

Water - the giver of life - or the great destroyer.  Water controls the weather, the shape of our landscapes, the growth of our food, our health.  Next to air, it is the most important element for life. 

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Welcome Autumn

by: EJ on 09/27/2017

Benjamin Vogt, author of the recently released A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future, loves autumn.  This beautiful passage from Chapter 1, "A New Garden Ethic" describes what he thinks is best about autumn and explains what he means by a new garden ethic.

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What if There Was No Petroleum? A Thought Experiment

by: EJ on 09/15/2017

In this excerpt from The Retro Future: Looking to the Past to Reinvent the Future, author John Michael Greer invites us to participate in a thought experiment.  What if petroleum deposits had never happened?  What would our world look like now? 

A Road Not Yet Traveled

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Why Do Netherlanders Bike So Much More than North Americans?

by: EJ on 07/26/2017

People from the Netherlands ride their bikes 40 times more than North Americans.  Why is that?

Well, let's get this out of the way, right away, the Netherlands are flat.  But besides that....Peter Kalmus, author of the Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution has some additional reasons.

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Walking the Straighforward Path

by: EJ on 07/25/2017

Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution by Peter Kalmus is now off press. Peter Kalmus is a climate scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory with a Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University. He lives in Altadena, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, with his wife and two children on 1/10th the fossil fuels of the American …

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