Category: What’s New

Emergency Action Plan for New Zealanders (and others)

Posted on 06/02/12 by admin

We believe that New Zealand, like all other countries, is about to enter a period of extended crisis. The severity and timing of the events that will unfold are uncertain, but the likelihood of major change is increasingly hard to refute. Because the possible drivers of change are multiple and interconnected — including global warming, resource […]

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How we can bring the world out of the mess in which it finds itself

Posted on 04/16/12 by admin

Tuhi-Ao Bailey

The path is via tikanga maori – finding and following the natural law that maintains balance between all things; via rongo – time to nurture crops and children without fear of war; and via leadership – the ability to help others grow.

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Design for surviving Vesuvius – Atamai, a permaculture village

Posted on 04/06/12 by admin

Joanna Santa Barbara

Atamai Village is an attempt to respond intelligently to the risks and opportunities outlined in other chapters of this book. Atamai villagers hope that the evolving responses in their settlement, in whole or in part, will be useful for many others, including those in urban areas.

The response needs to take into account the need to mitigate climate change and adapt to low or zero fossil fuel use, the constraints of sea-level rise over the next century, the need to step outside, as much as possible, the mainstream financial system and the importance of a local steady-state economy within the biophysical limits of the region.

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On being in time for Transition

Posted on 03/26/12 by admin
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Sharon Te Apiti Stevens

We are called to prepare urgently for Transition. We are reminded by Rob Hopkins [1] and other movement leaders to motivate one another by sharing our visions of a positive future, a future made from well-connected communities taking time to laugh together in a garden paradise. Or something like that. We know we should go plant a garden, take up bee-keeping, organise a walking school-bus, and volunteer for conservation planting on the weekend. We really, really should. “We have little time, and much to accomplish”. [2]
It’s urgent.

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Sustainable economy: keeping wealth (wellbeing) in our families and communities

Posted on 03/11/12 by admin

Bryan Innes

Before industrialisation, economy mainly referred to local economy and household economy, based on cooperative and competitive processes. How can we shift from today’s centralised and global economy to a resilient local economy?

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Lyttelton: A Case Study

Posted on 02/27/12 by admin

Margaret Jefferies

Major earthquakes are proving to be a catalyst for the Lyttelton community to create a sustainable future.

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The Ooooby Local Economic Model

Posted on 02/18/12 by admin

Pete Russell

Producing food out of our own back yards serves to rectify one of our greatest social threats – the control of our food supply by megacorporations.

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Community supported agriculture

Posted on 02/04/12 by admin

John McKay

Community supported agriculture is a community-led initiative connecting organic growers with local consumers, each group of consumers supporting a farm by purchasing directly from the grower, in order that the grower may have an assured market for the produce and the consumers know exactly where and under what conditions their food is grown. Each such initiative is known as a CSA.

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A guide for sustainability advocates

Posted on 01/28/12 by admin

Niki Harré

Creating a sustainable world is about getting individuals, organisations and nations to shift their perspectives and practices. What can you do to influence this process? I describe three psychological principles to help sustainability advocates be more effective.

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How to create change

Posted on 01/20/12 by admin

How to create change

James Bellamy

The New Zealand Government is burning our remaining fossil fuels by opening up new mines and oil fields for income. With recent price hikes, the climate and oil crises are no longer merely technical debates between environmentalists and scientists but front-page explosions. Despite most governments adopting the 1997 Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gases, it is clear now that the markets and governments causing these problems in the first place were never going to provide the solutions.

Within these crises is an opportunity to change things at a deeper level, to rethink our relationship with each other and the world, to do something radically different.

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