Farmers, workers, consumers, unite! New visions in food justice

Yvonne Yen Liu, Yes! Magazine

Since its founding in 1996, the Community Food Security Coalition has been the leading voice for people of color and the poor in a food movement that often marginalizes them in favor of well-heeled “foodies.” This summer, the coalition announced that 2012 would be its last year of operation. The announcement left those of us in the food movement reeling. Although the timing was not deliberate, it seemed fitting that a gathering about the future of the food justice movement, Food + Justice = Democracy, had been planned to take place just months after the coalition’s announcement.

archived October 17, 2012

What has the Transition Network ever done for us?

Caroline Jackson, Transition Network

Like Heineken you might hope that the Transition Network refreshes the parts others cannot reach.

archived October 17, 2012

You built that: 3 top strategies for resilience

Erik Curren, Transition Voice

President Obama aroused the GOP's ire for reminding business owners of the obvious point that their success relies in part on roads and bridges built at public expense. But the rest of us would do well not to place too much faith in big government in the uncertain times coming with peak oil, climate change and economic collapse.

archived October 17, 2012

In Praise of Anarchy, Part III

Dmitry Orlov, Cluborlov

Kropotkin worked within the framework of 19th century natural science, but his results are just as relevant today as they were then. Moreover, the accuracy of his insights is vindicated by the latest research into complexity theory. Geoffrey West, who was a practicing particle physicist for forty years and is now distinguished professor at the Santa Fe Institute, has achieved some stunning breakthroughs in complexity theory and the mathematical characterization of scaling of biological systems....The growth of every animal is characterized by a bounded, sigmoidal curve: growth accelerates at first, then slows down, reaching a steady state as the animal matures.

archived October 17, 2012

When science is a conveyor of bad news

Tom Murphy, Do the Math

Science is a phenomenal institution. Sometimes I can't believe we created this construct that works so incredibly well. It manages to convert human imperfections into a remarkably robust machine that has aided our growth juggernaut. Yet science seeks truth, and sometimes the truth is not what we want to hear. How will we respond? Will we kill the messenger and penalize the scientific institution for what is bound to be an increasing barrage of bad news this century as Earth fills beyond capacity?

archived October 17, 2012

Growthbusters the movie (review)

Stuart Jeanne Bramhall, The Daily Censored

Growthbusters is the inspiring story of Dave Gardner’s efforts to challenge conservative Colorado Springs’ failed growth promotion policies. The film begins by focusing on the insanity of local councils cutting essential public services to “jump start” growth. However it also takes a broader theoretical look at the overall failure of economic growth to solve the global economic crisis. More importantly it tackles head-on the deeper and more serious issue of population control – and the conspiracy of silence on the part of institutional environmental groups (such as Sierra Club) on the issue.

archived October 17, 2012

Tips for Communicating Sustainability to the Sceptical

Jon Barrett, Converging Crises blog

Here’s a taster from the Activities Section of the ‘Sustainability through Experience Handbook’ currently in preparation…
The book is a multi-authored theory and practice handbook on outreaching sustainability through experiential learning. It includes real-life case-studies and a compendium of experiential activities designed to extend learning beyond the ‘already converted’ by appealing to the interests of much less engaged populations – in other words, the vast majority of people. It is intended as a resource for educators of all kinds - from CSR professionals, teachers, campaigners and activists to ordinary folk wanting to convey sustainability to family, friends and neighbours.

archived October 17, 2012

Comments on Maugeri's Oil Revolution - Part II

Jean Laherrère, The Oil Drum

An analysis of Leonardo Maugeri's optimistic forecasts on oil production, which have been trumpeted in the media.

Jean Laherrère, a retired petroleum engineer, worked 37 years for TOTAL on exploration and production of oil and gas.

archived October 16, 2012

The price of protest: whither civil rights in America?

Staff, Energy Bulletin

-Keystone XL: Texas Farmer Battles TransCanada’s “Tainted Money”
-Nonviolent Protester of Drone Wars Sentenced to Federal Prison
-Third anarchist jailed for refusing to testify before secret grand jury

archived October 16, 2012

Low Carbon Cookbook - the foragers

Charlotte Du Cann, Transition Norwich Blog

One of the greatest gifts of Transition is rediscovering the simple joys of doing seasonal things together - cooking, cycling, swimming in the sea, having a picnic. They bring sense and meaning into everything we do. Nothing though is quite as delightful and satisfying as foraging - going out into the wild territories and finding stuff to bring home and eat.

archived October 16, 2012