Earth shelters: Building an eco-friendly bunker

earth bunker

A bit of a departure from our usual fare, here's something for the survivalist in all of us and especially for those folks lucky enough to have some land, preferably in a rural area. -- Ed. Most of us have a proverbial "plan-B," or at least a rough idea of how we would protect ourselves and our families in the event of an emergency. Having a temporary safe haven is at the top of the list. … [Read more...]

A two-century fight for the small, the local and the beautiful

Wendell Berry

Twentieth-century America witnessed the blossoming of Agrarianism as an intellectual and cultural movement. Its roots lay within the mythos of the early American Republic, which cast the self-sufficient yeoman farm family as the foundation of ordered liberty. As Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1785: Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most … [Read more...]

Jesus, pioneer of voluntary poverty

Picture of the Holy Family

Note: This article is an excerpt reprinted with permission of the publisher from Simple Living in History: Pioneers of the Deep Future, a collection of essays profiling key historical figures whose lives served as examples of living simply. Bible references are to the New International Version (NIV) -- Ed. A clear theme throughout Jesus’ ministry was the conflict between seeking God and … [Read more...]

Climate, food, and art

Urban Farming and Climate

There's less than 36 hours until Transition Voice editor Lindsay Curren's Kickstarter project — 31 Days of Urban Agriculture — ends. In Kickstarter's all-or-nothing crowd funding model, that means if Lindsay makes her goal, her project is funded. And if she doesn't, she loses all the pledges (and no backers are charged for their pledges, either). At almsot 60% funded, we think with your help, … [Read more...]

Wendell Berry’s Jayber Crow and the loving community

Photo: Pen Waggener/Flickr.

What I saw now was the community imperfect and irresolute but held together by the frayed and always fraying, incomplete and yet ever-holding bonds of the various sorts of affection.  There had maybe never been anybody who had not been loved by somebody...It was a community always disappointed in itself, disappointed in its members, always trying to contain its divisions and gentle its meanness, … [Read more...]

Win a DVD of new film on Transition

still from Voices of Transition

To celebrate the upcoming international release of he new award-winning documentary Voices of Transition and through the generosity of our friends over at Milpa Films in Germany, we're able to offer two Transition Voice readers the chance to win a DVD of this inspiring and entertaining film. Global environmental trends -- climate change, peak oil and food insecurity -- are forcing us to … [Read more...]

Climate change makes normal winter seem cold

person covering face in cold

Damn this horrible weather! What a nasty winter we're having, eh? There has been a lot of complaining about the cold and the snow this winter. You can’t open your Facebook feed without hearing about the “unusual winter” and people’s personal gripes with the weather in their area. The polar vortex that dunked much of the country into unusually cold weather for a few weeks was, admittedly, … [Read more...]

Again, against Big Brother

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Tomorrow, February 11, Transition Voice will join a worldwide Internet protest against online surveillance by the NSA and other U.S. spy agencies. Below we re-post a call-to-action from the group Demand Progress. If you care about protecting freedom on the Internet, we hope you'll take part. -- Ed. Dear Users of the Internet, In January 2012 we defeated the SOPA and PIPA censorship … [Read more...]

A walk in January

walking in snow

The only sounds are crows and wind. The winds resemble distant trains without the reassuring rhythm. They persist too strongly, and while I can't say that the trees object and are complaining, many have retreated to their shelters for the winter. No, this is not a pulse of power; it seems a determined, endless current, though it really is only a wave, the rhythm of which is not obvious yet. … [Read more...]

Growing up from the need to always grow

economic growth

In the Western World, growth is our mantra.  Our schools, our religions, our governments, our businesses, all our institutions bombard us with the same message that to be all that we are meant to be means we have to grow. Growth in and of itself can be a good thing, but unfortunately the growth that can be our doom is material growth, which has limits. So instead of thinking for … [Read more...]