Chris Hedges is a fierce academic and brilliant writer. The Pulitzer prize winning journalist spent 20 years in war zones, from Yugoslavia to Iraq and has seen US empire and corporate forces at their worst. This is his call for mass civil dis-obedience and he talks of the imperative of revolt. On Climate change alone we have no time left, yet his message is optimistic and stirring, this is well worth taking the time to watch.
Its not our job to take power, it is our job to build powerful movements that hold fast to moral imperatives that hold power in check. Chris Hedges
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Please consider supporting Permaculture Education, we are aiming to raise £600 via Crowdfunding to support low income students on our June PDC. We specifically want to help Ollie Boon and Stephanie Jackson of the Roots project to be part of our next course, they are just back from 4 years in the Amazon and launching their own Roots project.
the ideas, concepts and networking provided by permaculture design education will be the perfect support they need to advance their project ambitions and here at Sector39 we think this is the best way we can link with projects such as this one.
Here is a subject close to my heart… and a fascinating subject with so much potential, biochar. In this excellent TED talk we get a good overview of the subject and some of its potentials. Something we will be discussing in our up and coming permaculture course.
Maybe this gets a bit technical in places, but this is well worth watching. I picked up on Prof Keen on his recent appearances on Max Keiser. He has been trail-blazing on dissecting the current economic paradigm since the Publication of Debunking economics in 2000
Here is the Keiser report, in this latest episode Max and Stacey speculate on Obama’s grasp of TTIP and liken it to a new form of slavery. In part two, helping heal those post election gashes and wounds; an enlightened and powerful conversation with with Green candidate Tina Louise Rothery.
Despite occasional (and forgivable) bouts of shrillness and a tendency to go a bit cartoonish when agitated, Max is one of the clearest anti-austerity voices out there. He is an ex broker, radical economist and the fountain of a lot of very challenging, groundbreaking and incredibly creative ideas. He’s backed up with razor sharp analysis from side kick Stacey and while maintaining an in-touch everyman stance, seems to be able to pull in anyone he chooses from the world of politics, finance and celebrity to fill the visitors chair for his second half interviews.
My podcast has a way to go to reach this kind of quality and fluidity of dialogue, but I am keen to help find a permaculture voice and narrative on the events going on around us, so I hope practice will help me improve. I also look forward to collaborating more with others, once we are set up in the new office.
.What was really apparent to me in the whole election process is that the environment, climate change and the energy crisis failed to be the areas of debate and the tightly controlled frame that defines the arena of political discussion stayed closely focussed on red herring issues like immigration.
And of course and here is where Max is right, what underpins it all is the economy. We are hooked to the growth economy, the very thing that pits us at odds with the environment and each other. We are still pursuing the politics and economics of scarcity and failing to see the potentials of abundance. Please listen below for some more thoughts on that and related subjects!
This is where your food comes from. Much of our veg and salad is grown 2000km away in Spain, in an arid area. Much of the work is done by extremely low paid migrant labour from North Africa. Not exactly the most resilient way to feed the UK.
In the latest edition of our podcast:
We talk to Ian Steel at Treflach farm, about setting up sustainable food businesses and to get a perspective on farming over the last 6 decades and his experience of hosting a series of Permaculture Design Courses with Sector39.