The Collision Course Is Set by Chris Hedges

Capitalism isn't working

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by Chris Hedges
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Dirt! The Movie

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Jamie Simko

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DIRT! THE MOVIE is an astonishing, humorous and substantial look at the glorious and unappreciated ground beneath our feet. Dirt feeds us and gives us shelter. Dirt holds and cleans our water. Dirt heals us and makes us beautiful. Dirt regulates the earth’s climate. Why do we humans ignore, abuse, and destroy our most precious living natural resource? Consider the results of such behavior: mass starvation, drought, floods and global warming. Continue reading

Green-washing “Sustainability” by Shepherd Bliss

by Shepherd Bliss
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August 31, 2012

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“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.

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Edible City: The Movie

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Oct 17, 2012 by

Dig in and Grow the Revolution at www.ediblecity.net

Edible City is a fun, fast-paced journey through the Local Good Food movement that’s taking root in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the nation and around the world.

Introducing a diverse cast of extraordinary and eccentric characters who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system, Edible City digs into their unique perspectives and transformative work, finding hopeful solutions to monumental problems.

Inspirational, down-to-earth and a little bit quirky, Edible City captures the spirit of a movement that’s making real change and doing something truly revolutionary: growing the model for a healthy, sustainable local food system.

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“Quaquaponics” – How to set up Aquaponics with Ducks! + Art Garden: Backyard Aeroponics: Self-sustaining Farm in the City

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Aug 20, 2012 by yardboidoroony

You don’t need to eat fish to set up a backyard aquaponics system! Ducks are a great alternative and produce a huge amount of nutrient for growing veggies (not to mention eggs, meat and snail & slug control!) and they’re generally good friends to have around. At the Farm of Fluff, Chris and James set up this “quaquaponics” system with a few bits and pieces we’d collected from the side of the road and so far it’s doing brilliantly! You need a strong pump and good filtration to cope with the large particles coming through, though! (We found a whole tomato blocking the drain one day, so check and clean regularly!)

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Detroit: Urban Farming Revolution

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

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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.

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

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Ripening Blackberries

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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.

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Earthrise: Urban Farming + Haiti’s Reefs + Sustainable Energy in India

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Growing fish and vegetables symbiotically in the Mid West; training young Haitians to help protect their reefs; an Indian city embraces sustainable energy.

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Earthrise: Earthships + North Aral Sea Revival

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Jul 21, 2012 by

The arid New Mexico desert is home to a cluster of unusual buildings called ‘Earthships’ — environmentally-sustainable, self-sufficient homes made using recycled and natural materials. Plus, the revival of the North Aral sea, thanks to more efficient irrigation to increase in the inflow of the Syr Darya river, endangered fish reintroduction programmes and the 13-kilometre Kok-Aral dam. Continue reading

Ian Angus: How to make an Ecosocialist Revolution (2011)

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At the October 2011 Climate Change Social Change conference held in Melbourne, Ian Angus, editor, climateandcapitalism.com and co-author of the book, Too Many People?, explains the concept of ecosocialism and how we can struggle for a better future.

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Geoff Lawton: Permaculture

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Ripening Blackberries

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Geoff Lawton is an internationally – renowned permaculture educator, consultant and practitioner. He emigrated from England to Australia and later studied permaculture with Bill Mollison in Tasmania. He established the Permaculture Research Institute at Tagari Farm in New South Wales, Australia, a 147 acre farmstead previously developed by Mollison. PRI was eventually moved to Zaytuna Farm, in The Channon, where it continues today.

Since 1985, Geoff has designed and implemented permaculture projects in 30 countries for private individuals and groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, & multinational corporations. He has taught the Permaculture Design Certificate course and designed permaculture projects in 30 countries. The Permaculture Research Institute supports the establishments of Permaculture Master Plan sites worldwide as demonstration sites and education centers that network their research

[…] This event was held in Ajman, UAE on 31st of March, 2012.

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Surviving Progress (2011)

The way of the civilizations

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(Full version no longer available)

Surviving Progress (condensed version)

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Film about the risks we pose to our own survival in the name of progress; connecting financial collapse, growing inequality and global oligarchy with the sustainability of mankind.

©2011Cinémaginaire Inc. – Film Progreso Inc. Invisible Hand Productions Inc. in co-production with The National Film Board Of Canada

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William Morris’ Vision of Socialism: Self-sustaining Local Communities by William Bowles

by William Bowles
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williambowles.info
30 June 2012

Build a Peace Economy!

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There — it sickens one to have to wade through this grimy sea of opportunism. What a spectacle of shuffling, lies, vacillation and imbecility does this Game Political offer to us? I cannot conclude without an earnest appeal to those Socialists, of whatever section, who may be drawn towards the vortex of Parliamentarism, to think better of it while there is yet time.

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A Farm for the Future (must-see; repost)

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In case you missed this when it was first posted.

BBC
2009

Dill in December!

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Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future, and discovers that nature holds the key. With her father close to retirement, Rebecca returns to her family’s wildlife-friendly farm in Devon, to become the next generation to farm the land. But last year’s high fuel prices were a wake-up call for Rebecca. Continue reading

Five Years for Dandelion Salad … So Time for a New Focus by Lo

Build a Peace Economy!

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by Lo
Editor
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June 27, 2012

Well, it’s been 5 years now on Dandelion Salad and most of my regular readers are well informed of the death and destruction running amok in the world, so I’m going to change the focus of the blog.

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