I remember when Chernobyl happened. In the midst of all the nuclear bomb scares of the 80’s, it was frightening. I also remember the Three Mile Island accident in 1979. I lived only a couple hundred miles away. That made it extra scary. And when I think of the 2600 square kilometer radioactive exclusion zone […]
Earlier this month, I caught an overnight bus from my home in Medellín, Colombia to a small town called Gigante in southern Colombia. I was cold and scared. I was heading to a place I’d never been before to meet people I’d never met before. About 20 minutes from the town by taxi, the Spanish-Italian […]
Last week I started experimenting with a vegan diet. My inspiration is Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, his research on stopping and reversing heart disease, and related research. For at least 28 days, I am giving up meat, dairy, extracted oils and most sugar. I’m eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes almost exclusively. A lot of […]
This is Brendan Brazier, a successful endurance athlete who is also a long-time vegan. This video is from his Thrive 30 program, which is a free set of video lessons on leveraging a plant-based diet for optimum performance. I found Episode 11 particularly interesting because Brendan succinctly explains the sustainability issues surrounding the consumption of […]
This is simply amazing. Should I get some land someday, I hope to build a lot of Marcin’s tools and put them to good use. More information at Open Source Ecology. The political aspect of this is also fascinating. As he mentions, the means of production are now in the hands of the people. There […]
The BBC’s documentary A Farm for the Future is both shocking and encouraging. It’s shocking as it lays out how modern farming methods are doomed by their dependence on fossil fuels and encouraging as it explains how productive and efficient permaculture can be. 22 Billion Slaves? Here are some interesting facts I picked up from […]
This gorgeous movie is mesmerizing. Our planet is so beautiful.
The Daily Green reports on fires in Guatemala’s Mayan Biosphere Reserve set by “narcoranchers” in order to open arable land for coca crops. While writer Dan Shapley would like to blame this problem on American drug habits he overlooks a couple of salient facts. This practice would not be necessary if coca and cocaine were […]