World leaders lost sight of their urgent purpose!



WWF Rio+20 closing statement (via World Wildlife Fund)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (21 June 2012) – With negotiations at an end, WWF Director General Jim Leape today issued the following closing statement about the Rio+20 summit: “This was a conference about life: about future generations; about the forests, oceans, rivers and lakes that we all depend on…

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PERMACULTURE & PEAK OIL:



PERMACULTURE & PEAK OIL: Beyond ‘Sustainability’ (via http://www.occupymonsanto360.org)

David Holmgren is co-originator (with Bill Mollison) of the permaculture concept and author of the recent book, PERMACULTURE: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. He talks about the need to move beyond the lulling hope that ‘green tech’ breakthroughs will allow world-wide ‘sustainable…

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Earth’s Water Cycle Intensifying



Earth’s Water Cycle Is Intensifying, Dry Is Getting Drier and Wet Is Getting Wetter (via Planetsave)

  The Earth’s water cycle is intensifying, leading to more evaporation in dry climates and more rain in wet climates. “A clear change in salinity has been detected in the world’s oceans, signalling shifts and an acceleration in the global rainfall and evaporation cycle.” A new study just published…

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Free Online Video Permaculture Course – 40 Hours



Introduction to Permaculture – 40 hours of Free video lectures (via http://www.occupymonsanto360.org)

Permaculture means ‘permanent culture,’ (or ‘permanent agriculture’) and …’is the conscious design and maintenance of cultivated ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of a natural ecosystem.’ (Bill Mollison) This course will explore, through lectures, discussions…

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Five of the World’s Most Sustainable Building Concepts



GUEST POST: Five of the World’s Most Sustainable Building Concepts (via http://greenbuildingelements.com)

As most of us know from hearing the word too many times, sustainable building covers a very wide range of definitions. But regardless of how we might define something and spar on who has the best meaning, the idea of practicing sustainability for what we build and how we live is a measure we should…

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How One German Village Became a Renewable Energy Leader



Power Play — German Energy Revolution Video (via Clean Technica)

  The German village Schönau forced the grid operator to sell its local grid to them decades ago. Now, that village has become a renewable energy leader. As you can see in the video below, it’s a major producer of renewable energy. One of the pioneers there also has a wicked little electric vehicle…

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Startling GMO Update



GMO Alert: Startling New Research (via WV Outpost)

Time for a little GMO update and heckling of our nemesis, Monsanto and friends. New research demonstrates what most of us have suspected for years: GMOs and the poisons used on them are bad for everything on the planet. For ethical reasons, as well as the obstruction of research by Monsanto, little…

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Pedal Power



The Pedal Powered Business: Turning Human Power into Profit (via sustainablog)

Pedal powered business – we’ve done that before.  From food delivery to recycling pick-up to musical tours, we’ve seen multiple examples of businesses that use bicycles as their sole means of transportation. But the energy transferred from biker to bike doesn’t necessarily have to create forward…

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Ancient Amazonian Farming Technique



An Ancient Amazonian Farming Technique Could Help Save the Rain Forest (via Planetsave)

    [Updated post] A team of archeologists investigating a savanna region bordering the Amazon Rain Forest has found more conclusive evidence that a low-impact farming technique has been used for over 1500 years; the ‘alternative’ agricultural practice, used by some native populations including…

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Organic Farming Study Results



Organic Farming Trumps Conventional Farming in 30-Year Study, Big Time! (via Planetsave)

  Here’s some good news for you organic addicts: a 30-year, side-by-side farming study has found that organic farming methods at Pennsylvania’s Rodale Institute beat conventional farming methods in every category. The Farming Systems Trial (FST)® at the Rodale Institute is the “longest…

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