In Transition 2.0 – The Movie

In Transition 2.0 is about the growing movement all over our world towards building sustainable communities. This movie shows how prevalent this huge upswell is despite the lack of attention it gets from mainstream media.

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Beware. The Green Man is Back

It is almost as if the struggle to live and love has become so intense that life itself has intervened and decided the necessary direction of growth, and the Green man is left grimacing and raging as life carries him and grows through him in directions he is trying to pull away from.

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I’m No Patriot

Why feel patriotic when it is corporations who are controlling our world? Don't let your feelings of deep love for your land and communities be used against you. It sucks to despise yourself but that is exactly what they want.

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Bullfrogs and Tadpoles

The big fat bullfrog hiding in the reeds here reminds me of the children's books. Frogs are dying rapidly around the world at the moment, almost half of them are threatened with extinction. They can't handle the pollution in our water ways or the chytrid fungus that is rapidly killing amphibians. The site Amphibian Ark is a great resource for…

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Beaver Dam

This hardworking beaver didn't notice us quietly fishing as he worked furiously on his dam. According to wikipedia: The North American beaver population was once more than 60 million, but as of 1988 was 6–12 million. This population decline is due to extensive hunting for fur, for glands used as medicine and perfume, and because their harvesting of trees and…

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Cycle of Life – Toads

The annual toad orgy which produces tons of eggs and later turns the shallow waters near the shore of the pond black with the swimming bodies of thousands upon thousands of tadpoles. A few weeks later there are hundreds upon hundreds of miniature toads heading off in every direction from the pond. Nature is indeed incredible. Check out this cool…

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The Effect of Modern Science

Ladies in Trolly-GyiModern science is often controlled and financed by industry that does not have the best interests of the earth and it’s populations at heart. As a result we have geoengineering experiments such as the iron fertilization of oceans so companies can make money off of carbon offsetting, and the terribly destructive frakking for gas. This quote by Vaclav Havel was taken from Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation p14-15 by Stephen Harrod Buhner.

The relationship to the world that modern science fostered and shaped now appears to have exhausted its potential. It is increasingly clear that, strangely, the relationship is missing something. It fails to connect with the most intrinsic nature of reality, and with natural human experience. It is now more of a source of disintegration and doubt than a source of integration and meaning. It produces what amounts to a state of schizophrenia.

Man as observer is becoming alienated from himself as a being. Classical modern science described only the surface of things, a single dimension of reality. And the more dogmatically science treated it as the only dimension, as the very essence of reality, the more misleading it became.

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A Question for Vegetarians

I have a question I have always wanted to ask a few vegetarians, and perhaps this is a good place to finally do so…

Is there that much difference between an animal and a plant?

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In recent years, and especially after reading Stephen Harrod Bruhner’s book The Secret Teaching of Plants, Derrick Jensen’s book, A Language Older Than Words and learning more from other Earth poets and students of Nature who read her book through direct and conscious experience such as Goethe and Thoreau, this distinction has become less and less clear to me. When a plant is eaten it is sacrificing its own body so that we can live, it is the same with an animal.

Currently both plants and animals are being horribly abused, disfigured and treated inhumanely, we think of cows stuffed into factory farms or of lab rats being experimented on to further the development of new drugs but there are also vast green deserts of genetically manipulated soy, and all the other terrible things we do to plants in the name of science and feeding the world. It does make me sad that the poor underdog, plants, have no Vegetation Activists to protect and defend them from these disrespectful and abusive attitudes. But I suppose it is even worse for rocks and minerals that are considered to have absolutely no personality.

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