Environment

Developing a Plan to Move to a Truly Sustainable Future

Developing a Plan to Move to a Truly Sustainable Future

Sustainability is one of the buzzwords of our modern age. Yet there appears to be no consistent agreement as to what is actually meant by this term. To me, the implication has always been that sustainability requires a level of resource consumption which can be maintained over the long-term, with no net drawdown of the resource. This is the complete opposite of the philosophy of growth, which dominates current-day government and corporate thinking. Physical growth of any sort is not sustainable for prolonged periods of time.

When all earth's resources are declared common heritage, will we be able to live in a rural fashion? A short exercise

When all earth's resources are declared common heritage, will we be able to live in a rural fashion? A short exercise

After watching Collapse by Michael Ruppert (highly advised), I thought about what he said concerning the decentralisation of agriculture. If oil is running out the way he predicts, people are going to live close to their agricultural land. In my mind the world is going to look more like
this:

Instead of this:

Building a Creative Economy - Transition to a Sustainable Economy

Building a Creative Economy - Transition to a Sustainable Economy

Adapted from a presentation delivered at the Building a Creative Economy conference in Sydney on 29th October 2011.

I remember when I was little I asked my mum what her religion was. She told me that she didn’t have any religion per se, but that she felt connected to a particular philosophy – that of the native American Indians. She explained that she did not worship any god, but worshiped the earth in the sense that she felt compelled to nurture that which sustains life.

Our Interconnected Planet

Our Interconnected Planet

When we talk about climate change and the threat that is heading toward us we usually talk about isolated events. The most common examples are the carbon dioxide emissions caused by our industry, our vehicles and our agriculture. The thing that’s not talked about so much is the positive and negative feedback that these events cause. A positive feedback response is when one event amplifies another, while a negative reduces it. The positive feedback loops speed up the warming of the planet, and the negative cools it down.

A resource-based economy: A real life study of isolated cultures

A resource-based economy: A real life study of isolated cultures

I was watching BBC’s documentary about the South Pacific in which they showed different, isolated islands in this ocean and how they have managed to survive with little or no contact with the modern world. The show brought up the fascinating Easter Island with its famous stone statues called Moai.

New Zealand, the New Playground for Texas and Canadian Oil Companies

New Zealand, the New Playground for Texas and Canadian Oil Companies

The '100 percent Pure' image of New Zealand is going to be lost due to the re-elected New Zealand Government that is selling out to multi-billion dollar oil Corporations (Apache, Texas and Tag Oil, Canada) who are spending millions in their efforts to find oil and gas in New Zealand…why? For no more than a 5 percent royalty and taxes to fund the Government's coffers, that’s why.

We CAN Acheive A Sustainable Developement

We CAN Acheive A Sustainable Developement

Cities become more productive and efficient as they grow larger. It’s science. Cities play a crucial role in our evolution as a species. Statistics show that the bigger a city is the less pollution and crime there is within that city, and the more inventions and, ultimately, more opportunities for a healthier and more connected society. Despite the age old image that we have, that these cities are unnatural and accelerate crime, disease and waste: cities concentrate, accelerate and diversify social and economic activities.

Peak Flexibility

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In Response to The Oil Spill In The Gulf of Mexico

Venus, Florida - May 12th, 2010

On the Gulf Coast of the United States the shock is now setting in for millions of American citizens as we now realize the true extent of the damage caused by our desire for obsolete and dangerous fossil fuels, and our perpetuation of an outdated monetary world society, where the bottom line has always been profit at all costs, be it human or environmental. It is time for a viable solution to deal with a system hardwired for self destruction.

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