There's been a town-and-country gap in the industrial world for a century or more. But today, with most people living in big cities, the media gives precious little thought to people who live on farms or in small towns and villages. But you can't build resilience for a modern nation in Los Angeles or in London's Camden borough alone. The genius of the Transition movement in … [Read more...]
Short takes by our regular writers on news, trends and happenings on the economy, politics, energy and culture from a Transition perspective.
Some people who care about peak oil think that government doesn't matter. Washington, Ottawa, London and all the rest are so clueless and corrupt about energy depletion, why even bother with politics? Just wait for the whole house of cards that is industrial civilization to come crashing down and government will become a bad dream. We agree that too many government officials … [Read more...]
In the words of Stanley Kubrick's cult classic A Clockwork Orange, we like to "viddy well, my droogs." That means we like to watch the movies. And just as in our perks with books, watching movies comes with the territory of running a magazine because we need to — and want to — review documentaries (and other films) for you. It's always so exciting when a new documentary … [Read more...]
There are so many times that the plea to do it "for the sake of the kids" is trotted out that the phrase has lost most of its meaning. There was an election in West Virginia when the phrase was used by the coal industry to unseat a judge who ruled against mountaintop removal coal mining. The idea was that the few miners who were left with jobs after mechanization replaced … [Read more...]
One of the bright spots in the whole peak oil and climate change narrative is that a pronounced relationship to nature may be returning to the Western world after too many years of alienation from the land, seasons, and cycles of life. It's been our pleasure over the last 15 months to bring you stories of back-to-the land movements in film reviews, recipes, community … [Read more...]