Monthly Archives: October 2009

We are weeds, vegetation…

Yesterday I went down the allotment to harvest weeds.* Specifically, I dug up a bunch of dandelion roots, and gathered a handful of what I suspected was (and now am sure is) chickweed.  I’ve been reading this fantastic herbalism zine, … Continue reading

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What counts as work?

At the Anarchist Bookfair at the weekend I picked up a book called Making Stuff and Doing Things.  Among the collection of useful bits and pieces was an article by CrimethInc about getting active.  Point 2 — spend less to … Continue reading

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350 reasons why carbon trading won’t work

Rising Tide have just launched a new campaign: 350 reasons why carbon trading won’t work.  Well worth a read. The theory behind carbon trading is that it encourages innovation and carbon reduction funded by the market.  The argument goes like … Continue reading

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Allotment plans for the next few weeks

I’m feeling a little unfocussed about a lot of things right at the moment.  For the food-growing, at least, one solution to this is to make a list of what I need to do before the end of November. Allotment … Continue reading

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Climate Change – take action this weekend!

At a loose end this weekend?  Based in the UK?  Come on down to Nottingham and close down a power station for the weekend!  There’s something for everyone, whatever your direct action comfort level, from the Footsteps to the Future … Continue reading

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Positive goals

I read Little Light’s post on dangerous (hopeful) thinking today, and found it resonating strongly with my own attitudes. The activism I try to embody is positive: it seeks solutions, a world that we want to see.  This is one … Continue reading

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Freecycle, free shops, and letting things go

There’s a couple of obvious advantages to using Freecycle (or Freegle, which is the new UK-based version).  Giving a home to things you don’t want or need any more, rather than throwing them away.   Getting hold of things second-hand … Continue reading

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Cheese, lentils, and carbon

I’ve been vegan for about 8 years now.  Primarily this was an animal welfare decision, but as I’ve become more climate-change conscious, I’ve also become aware of the fact that vegan foods are lower-carbon than meat or dairy. More recently, … Continue reading

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After realising just how much tissue paper I was going through with my cyclist’s sniffle1, even if it does then go in the compost, I’ve made the decision to switch to handkerchiefs.  I had one cotton one kicking around in … Continue reading

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