Drought-Proofing California…not in the news
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Drought-Proofing California…not in the news

By Warren Brush of Quail Springs Permaculture and Casitas Valley Farm Digging our well-surveyed swales I woke up this morning, put on my gum-boots and went out for a walk around our family farm in the rain. This in itself might not seem to be anything special to many folks, yet this was a 2”/5cm rainfall after several intense years of drought here in Southern California. I cannot express how exciting this morning has been for me as I was thinking of our entire thirsty state getting an average 2-6 inches/5-15cm of rain during the past 48 hours. I was also exuberant this morning as today marked our fifth-day after completing…

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Raging Wildfires in California: Destruction Through Mismanagement

by Erik Ohlsen, originally published by Resilience | SEP 14, 2015 As I write this, wildfires continue to rage in Northern California just 40 miles from where I sit. I feel the collective grief in the community right now. I feel the grief for the animal community that is being decimated by these fires. I feel the grief of pastoral systems and mixed woodlands that are being completely incinerated in this moment. I feel the grief for the human communities who've lost so much, their homes, their schools, their businesses, their belongings and their animal friends. What's really the cause of these great disasters? Is it climate change? Is it the…

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Bring Back the Salmon! A Call to Action from Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe

My name is Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, I’m the fifth leader in an unbroken traditional leadership since settler contact. Our ancestral territory expands all along the McCloud River watershed below Bulyum Puyuk (Mt. Shasta). In the 1940s, with the installation of the Shasta Dam, my people were flooded out of our homelands and our Salmon relatives were blocked from returning to their spawning grounds. SALMON ARE SACRED We believe that when Creator put us on this Earth we had no voice. Our Salmon relatives saw we needed help and gave us their voice.  In return, we promised to always speak for them. Today, climate change, GMO farming,…

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Tribute to Bill Mollison

By Graham Bell Graham Bell's moving tribute to Bill Mollison, who died 24 September in Tasmania, a true pioneer who gave up a promising academic career to challenge the status quo and establish the global Permaculture movement. Bruce Charles 'Bill' Mollison (born 1928 in Stanley, Tasmania, Australia and died today, 24 September 2016 in Sisters' Creek, Tasmania). A few people are born who are world class heroes to those who know them and unknown to the great majority, until one day their inescapable influence floats to the surface and is generally recognised for the cream it is. In hindsight such leaders go on to become household names. Such a man was…

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Permaculture Climate Change Statement – International Permaculture Convergence Climate Change Group

Following is The Permaculture Climate Change Statement, composed by the Climate Change Group at the International Permaculture Convergence held in the U.K from Sept 10-16, 2015. - This Statement was a adopted by the entire IPC General Assembly. Permaculture is a system of ecological design as well as a global movement of practitioners, educators, researchers and organizers, bound by three core ethics: care for the earth, care for the people and care for the future. Permaculture integrates knowledge and practices that draw from many disciplines and links them into solutions to meet human needs while ensuring a resilient future. With little funding or institutional support, this movement has spread over the…

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