the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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where to go for good thinking on climate change! — guernica mag & techno-utopianism

Bill Mckibben

Image courtesy of 350.org

“It’s the greatest fight in human history, one whose outcome will reverberate for geologic time, and it has to happen right now.”

That’s Bill McKibben, who will be in New York City this weekend to present at the Techno-Utopianism & the Fate of the Earth conference, quoted in an interview he gave to Guernica Magazine in 2012. Continue reading


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saint organic: coach mark smallwood

Over the last 14 days, Mark Smallwood has been on a walk. A walk that will hopefully change the way that we look a climate change and think about how we can reverse this disastrous phenomenon.

Each day he walks ten miles, on a journey from the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, PA to Washington, DC. Along the way, he has had the honor of meeting with farmers, local public officials, community members, students and activists. Every person he meets is impacted by the effects of climate change. From the disastrous hail storm that occurred in Reading, PA in May to the local fisherman and their concern that Atrazine was found in spawning beds of small mouth bass in the Susquehanna River. Climate change affects us all and the impact and destruction caused by catastrophic weather events is more noticeable with each passing year.

Along the way, he continues to tell people that climate change is a gift. This is Mother Nature’s way of letting us know that she is sick. We have broken our ecological systems and only we can fix it. He has data that proves that a global transition to regenerative organic agriculture can reverse climate change.

To learn more about Mark’s delivery of this data to Washington DC and how you can help, click HERE!


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technology & human consciousness: upcoming conference

oil field greenhorns

On October 25th and 26th the City University of New York will host a teach-in and public forum on Techno-Utopianism & The Fate of Earth. The purpose of the conference will be to give attendees a fuller understanding of how technological advancement has impacted the environment, as well as its impact on human cognition and social relationships. By broadening our understanding of the ever-developing threats to our earth, the conference will also open up the prospect of developing a new consciousness about political organizing and economic restructuring that can work against the increasing domination of technology in our time.

The speakers will include international activist and thinker Vandana Shiva, author and environmentalist Bill McKibbon, consumer advocate and politician Ralph Nader, and Greenhorns founder Severine von Tscharner Fleming. The numerous talks will be supplemented by lively discussion, film screenings, and workshops.

Jerry Mander, another speaker at the conference, has said in an interview from 2001 that “just as other creatures co-evolve with their environment, we are co-evolving with our technologies. In nature, creatures evolve by adjusting and reacting to other creatures. It used to be that way with human beings as well. But now we are co-evolving mainly with machines. Our compromise with them is that we start to become like them — we have to become a little like them in order to use them.” Continue reading


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movie: seeds of time

Cary Fowler is a man with a mission. A mission that is about securing the foundation of nothing less than earth’s survival in the form of the world’s smallest currency: seeds! The scientist and tireless idealist Fowler has set out to collect all existing grain types in an enormous ‘cereal bank’ on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean, before it’s too late. And too late it soon may be. The earth is overpopulated, there are more and more mouths to feed, and we are beginning to feel the disastrous effects of climate change on our planet. In recent decades we have experienced periods of drought and severe floods, and together with these disasters we have lost important grain types, which means that they will be extinct within a few years. But nobody understands what devastating impact the extinction of these grain types would have on mankind. It is not just about the survival of this generation, but that of future generations. The good news is that someone has started to do something about it! ‘Seeds of Time’ is simple in its style, but the story of Fowler’s struggle is both touching and inspiring.


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the shape of crisis, a historical perspective

via the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI)

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Economic Crises, Land Use Vulnerabilities, Climate Variability, Food Security and Population Declines: Will History Repeat Itself or Will Our Society Adapt to Climate Change?
by Evan D. G. Fraser, March, 2009

Abstract
Although many of today’s ecological, climatic and socio-economic problems seem unprecedented, similar events have occurred in the past. Western Europe’s “middle ages” (circa 11-14th century) may be one such case. By the 12th century, medieval Europe had shifted from the subsistence agrarian economy that emerged following the collapse of the Roman Empire to one where spatially dispersed trade in
agricultural commodities helped support a complex society that devoted considerable resources to cultural works. Continue reading


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epic video: fall and winter

A Survival Guide for the 21st Century

For over two years, director Matt Anderson traveled 16,000 miles to document firsthand our modern industrial world and the environmental destruction in its wake. In the process, he discovered exciting strategies to help humanity transcend the coming ecological and psychological crisis.

Some of today’s most progressive thinkers, from anthropologists and bio-architects to psychologists and journalists collectively recreate a story of humanity and the history of Earth, illuminating a desperately needed new path for us to take. Fall and Winter is a survival guide for the 21st Century.


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new book: grass, soil, hope

grass soil hope

 Build topsoil. Fix creeks. Eat meat from pasture-raised animals. 

Right now, the only possibility of large-scale removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere is through plant photosynthesis and related land-based carbon sequestration activities. These include a range of already existing, low- tech, and proven practices: composting, no-till farming, climate-friendly livestock practices, conserving natural habitat, restoring degraded watersheds and rangelands, increasing biodiversity, and producing local food.

In Grass, Soil, Hope, the author shows how practical strategies can be bundled together into an economic and ecological whole, with the aim of reducing atmospheric CO2 while producing substantial co- benefits for all living things.

It’s available through Chelsea Green Publishing

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