Choices Based On Selfish Concerns Have Led Us To The Very Brink Of Disaster by Graham Peebles

I Will Stand With The Most Vulnerable

Image by Lorie Shaull via Flickr

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
July 13, 2017

Every day we are faced with numerous choices, some relating to practical issues and others based on more complex psychological demands – how to react, what to say and do. Whilst on the face of it choices appear to have been made, in the main we react habitually; many if not all of our decisions proceed from the past, and are in fact unconscious, conditioned responses to the challenges of the day.

Continue reading

Ellen Brown: Real Wealth – A Future We Can Bank On + Vicki Robin + Donnie Maclurcan + Helena Norberg-Hodge

Tomatoes

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

Updated: June 1, 2015

with Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
May 21, 2015

 on May 21, 2015

Ellen Brown is the founder of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books, including the best-selling Web of Debt. This is her plenary talk at the Economics of Happiness conference, held in Portland, Oregon in February, 2015. The conference was organized by Local Futures, a non-profit organization that has been promoting a shift from global to local for nearly 40 years. To learn more about the conference or Local Futures’ work, go to www.localfutures.org.

Continue reading

Chris Hedges: Time To Dismantle Industrialized Civilization + Guy McPherson, Derrick Jensen and Richard Manning at the Earth at Risk Conference 2014 + #TPP: The Dirtiest Deal

Climate March 21/09/14 - 11

Image by Garry Knight via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

Last updated: Dec. 6, 2014

with Chris Hedges

The Syndicate.Info on Nov 24, 2014

Interview with Chris Hedges at The Earth at Risk 2014 Conference and the moral imperative of resistance thru non-violent direct action and mass movements of sustained civil disobedience to dismantle industrialized civilization.

Continue reading

Helena Norberg-Hodge: The Right to Fresh, Healthy Food is a Fundamental Human Right

Buy Fresh, Buy Local (lomo)

Image by Steve Garfield via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

Last updated: Dec. 13, 2014

More videos from the conference: Chris Hedges: Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis, it’s been updated several times and includes talks by Chris Hedges, Bayo Akomolafe, Camila Moreno and Michael Shuman.

 on Nov. 26, 2014

This is Helena’s talk at the Voices of Hope symposium, which also included the launch of the International Alliance for Localization (IAL). Both the symposium and the IAL are projects of Local Futures, a small international NGO. For more information about Local Futures’ work or to listen to other talks from the symposium, go to localfutures.org.

Continue reading

Ralph Nader: Are Reforms Still Possible?

Goldfinch on the bird bath

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

with Ralph Nader

TheRealNews on Dec 19, 2013

On RAI with Paul Jay, Ralph Nader says the reforms of the 1960’s and 70’s are no longer possible as Congress is bought and sold by a small number of very rich people and commercial interests.  Continue reading

The Man From the North: Shopping as an Act of Resistance by Rivera Sun

Meet My Farmer, Rob

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 1, 2013

The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police state controlled by the corporate-political elite have plunged the nation into the grip of a hidden dictatorship. In spite of severe surveillance and repression, the Man From the North’s banned articles circulate through the American populace, reporting on resistance and fomenting nonviolent revolution. This article is one of a series written by The Man From the North, which are not included in the novel, but can be read here.

Continue reading

Ralph Nader: Obama–Prosecutor, Judge, Jury, Executioner and Cover-upper

Meet My Farmer, Rob

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

Dandelion Salad

with Ralph Nader

Nov 1, 2012 by

Thom sits down with former presidential candidate Ralph Nader for an extended interview about the 2012 election, and with journalist and author Thomas Frank on our country’s subservience to the billionaire class. In tonight’s “Daily Take” Thom looks at how Republicans are planning to steal the election by disenfranchising voters in Ohio.

Continue reading

Peak Moment: Cecile Andrews on Community, Simplicity, Joy and Social Change

Dandelion Salad

Community Garden Work Day

Image by Melissa Wall via Flickr

Sep 30, 2012 by

Peak Moment 220: When Cecile Andrews asked herself, “What matters?” the answer popped up: “Having time to do the things you want to do.” She simplified her life, quit her full-time job, and started simplicity circles to support others in savoring life. Now she has expanded into neighborhood stop-and-chats and a Gross National Happiness movement. Her latest book advocates broadening the joy in our lives, Less is More: Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet, A Caring Economy, and Lasting Happiness.

Continue reading

The Collision Course Is Set by Chris Hedges

Capitalism isn't working

Image by celesteh via Flickr

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Truthdig
September 10, 2012 Continue reading

Green-washing “Sustainability” by Shepherd Bliss

by Shepherd Bliss
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
August 31, 2012

applebins

Image by melihaik via Flickr

“Sustainability” has become a buzzword. But what does “sustainability” really mean? One definition is that it requires a triple-E bottom line—economics, the environment and equity. However, this word sometimes is used to “green-wash” and promote things that are not sustainable. Genuine sustainability must be evidence-based. But language can be used to conceal rather than reveal.

Continue reading

Detroit: Urban Farming Revolution

Dandelion Salad

Video not available in the U.S.

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/earthrise/2012/08/2012817102031778843.html

Earthworks Urban Farm

Image by detroitunspun via Flickr

Jul 2, 2012 – Al Jazeera English

In the early 20th century the American city of Detroit was a booming industrial powerhouse and world leader in car manufacturing. But since the major car companies closed their factories, more than a million taxpayers have moved out of Detroit, leaving behind more than 100 square kilometers of vacant land, and nearly 40,000 abandoned houses. A group of visionary residents are now sowing the seeds of an urban farming revolution.

Continue reading

Portland’s Backyard Fruit – From Waste to Feast

Dandelion Salad

city apples SQ

Image by wintersoul1 via Flickr

Aug 12, 2012 by

Peak Moment 217: “We look forward to a time when we’re really able to harvest all of the fruit trees in the city that aren’t being fully utilized,” envisions Katy Kolker, founder and executive director of Portland Fruit Tree Project. Volunteer groups harvest trees whose fruit would otherwise go to waste. Half of the fruit goes to neighborhood food banks, and the remainder goes home with the volunteers. Tree Care workshops offered to the public cover pruning, thinning and pest and disease control. They also train Tree Care Teams who adopt clusters of fruit trees in a neighborhood. From harvesting 8000 pounds of fruit in 2008 to three times that in 2010, this growing project is bearing fruit and benefiting thousands. [portlandfruit.org]

Continue reading

Pam Warhurst: How We Can Eat Our Landscapes + Stephen Ritz: Green Walls Feeding the Bronx

Dandelion Salad

Ripening Blackberries

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

Aug 9, 2012 by

What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community.

Continue reading

Local businesses threatened by Chase and CVS Pharmacy by Shepherd Bliss

by Shepherd Bliss
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
June 28, 2012

Ripening Blackberries

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

I’ve operated the small, artisan Kokopelli Farm, which grows mainly berries, for the last 20 years. It is located a couple of miles from small town Sebastopol’s downtown commons in Northern California. Our town has less than 8000 people and is the economic center of what is called the West County of the coastal Sonoma County. We historically have had a vibrant local economy, which is now being threatened by the desires of big businesses to further concentrate their enormous power and drain the agrarian wealth out of the land and people.

Continue reading

The Crisis of Civilization (must-see)

Dandelion Salad

Growing Red Raspberries

Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

on Mar 13, 2012

A dark comedy remix mash-up bonanza about the end of industrial civilization.

The Crisis of Civilization is a remix documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system.

Continue reading