’Too big to fail’?
Just why are banks are being ‘saved’ and not the planet or its people?

‘The so-called Big Four audit firms (EY, Deloitte, KPMG and PWC), with a small coterie of financial advisors, have designed the bloc's most important rescue packages. Bail out consultants have also been rewarded with new business, even though many gave poor advice or failed to raise the alarm at...
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The Bail Out Business

Words fail...Only a systemic shift, a profound change in thinking and living, an end to the insane globalisation juggernaut - may turn the tide…

‘Scientific and technological innovations and economic policies promoting growth at all costs have created a consumption and production vortex on a collision course with the Earth system.’

Introducing the terrifying mathematics of the Anthropocene

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Wisdom and inspiration from Dr. Jane Goodall

‘Think about the consequences of the choices you make each day. What do you buy? Where did it come from? How was it made? Could you buy a product made locally, avoiding polluting miles transported? Did it involve animal suffering – hunting, factory farms and so on? Human suffering – as in child slave labour or sweatshops? Finally: do you need it?’

Divorced from nature: interview with Jane Goodall | New Philosopher

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The workshop tracks at the NESI forum this April look like they will be absolutely fantastic. So excited to be taking part in this. Banking, the common good, localization, food, energy - it's all here, folks. Come reserve your tickets!


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Got a question for Bill McKibben? Now's your chance to ask it: join our live Q&A with the man himself tomorrow!

Talking Climate with Bill McKibben - Local Futures

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Are you a ‘Zero Waste Nerd’ - or aspiring one?!

We love this graphic by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Thanks to YES! Magazine for the share!
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02/20/2017 at 19:57. Facebook
A call for a return to the wild!

‘In 2008, according to the World Health Organization, humanity made a historic transition, with more people living in urban areas than rural ones. Even so, the call of the wild continues to ring in our evolutionary ears. “Our nervous systems are built to resonate with . . . the natural world,” Ms. Williams writes. “Science is now bearing out what the Romantics...
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Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative

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We're excited to announce the Italian premiere of our film 'Ancient Futures', on March 26th. This film documents the changes that came to the region of Ladakh, or Little Tibet, with the introduction of economic 'development', and points the way towards rebuilding Ladakh's vibrant, place-based culture. Based on Helena Norberg-Hodge's best-selling book of the same name.


CAPIRE IL PASSATO PER VIVERE FELICI "Bellissimo contributo di Helena Norberg Hodge su come noi possiamo imparare dal Ladakh." Tiziano Terzani Ecco il trailer...

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A dire prediction, but probably not altogether surprising to most people who read this page. We continue with hope that it’s worth doing what we can to try to shift the global economic system fueling the climate crisis…

‘So there you have it my fellow humans: it’s at least possible that we could be looking at an epic extinction event, caused by ourselves, which could include exterminating our...
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Looming Climate Catastrophe: Extinction in Nine Years?

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02/19/2017 at 12:18. Facebook
An inconvenient truth perhaps - but ‘convenience’ is not always good for life…

‘Imagine if cyclists, craftspersons, people living simple lives, and those willing to give their time and products freely were the role models in our schools… not the celebrities whose glitzy lifestyles fill the media?’

We are addicted to convenience, and it's a fatal attraction both for us and the planet

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Is an ‘economic miracle’ really taking place in India?

‘Seeds, mountains, water, forests and biodiversity are being sold off. The farmers and tribals are being sold out. And the more that gets sold off, the more who get sold out, the greater the amount of cash and credit goes into corporate accounts and the easier it is for the misinformed to swallow the lie of 'growth’.’

India's 'economic miracle' is built on debt, dispossession and now, monetary destruction

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A story from China of a simple farmer who took on a corporation and won - so far…

‘The case isn’t officially over yet, but this first victory is a huge win for the little guy—and a message that corporations can’t get away with whatever they want.’

Chinese Farmer, After 16 Years Studying The Law, Takes On Polluting Corporation - Modern Farmer

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02/17/2017 at 19:54. Facebook
A real Circular Economy circulates wealth and respects the planet's limits.

“…we are exporting sugar cookies to Denmark while we import sugar cookies from Denmark: a mind boggling trade that one economist said, when he was told of it, ‘Wouldn’t it be more efficient to swap recipes?”

In this well researched in-depth article Sharon Ede offers a constructive critique of the popular...
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The Real Circular Economy - Commons Transition

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Signs of a changing tide!

‘The Argentine National Agrifood Health and Quality Service (SENASA) reported that between 2014 and 2015, the land area under organic production grew 10 per cent…Legumes and vegetables experienced the largest increase (200 percent). In Argentina there are 1,074 organic producers, mainly small and medium-size farms and cooperatives.’

Agroecology Booming in Argentina | Inter Press Service

Trade has become a high-profile topic in recent years. But how much do you really know about it? We've got the lowdown on what exactly makes the TPP and deals like it so nasty.

Why are my highly educated friends so ignorant about trade?

What does an an ‘Economics of Meaning’ mean to you?
John Boik shares his point of view.

‘Current economic systems are dismal-abysmal because they waste our precious time. As a case in point, only 13 percent of workers worldwide are engaged in their jobs. This means, in effect, that 87 percent of workers feel more or less forced to go to work. Short of force, why would someone spend half...
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An Economy of Meaning – or Bust - Local Futures

George Monbiot beautifully articulates some reasons for a much needed shift in the conventional education system.

‘When they are allowed to apply their natural creativity and curiosity, children love learning. They learn to walk, to talk, to eat and to play spontaneously, by watching and experimenting. Then they get to school, and we suppress this instinct by sitting them down, force-feeding...
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In the age of robots, our schools are teaching children to be redundant| George Monbiot

It’s a step backward for people and the planet to see the CETA deal ‘approved’. However, it may be far from over - there are still 38 chances to stop the deal - one for every national and regional parliament that still has to ratify it.

‘Despite the conclusive vote, Ceta is not yet a done deal. The Netherlands still has the power to block the plan if it decides to hold an advisory national...
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EU parliament approves landmark free-trade deal with Canada