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The Insurgent Power of the Commons

Free, Fair and Alive shows the path to respond to the ecological emergency and the polarization of society economically, socially, culturally. The recovery and co-creation of the commons offers hope for the planet and people.   – Vandana Shiva Dear Friend, From cohousing and agroecology to fisheries and land trusts and open-source everything, people around the … Continued

Restoring Ciénegas | Saving the Planet

A ciénega is a wetland system unique to the American Southwest. Ciénegas are spongy, shallow, wet meadows with permanently saturated soils in otherwise arid landscapes, although few remain in such a healthy state today. One of the goals of a well-managed ranch is to restore the ciénegas. Dear Friend, Sallie Calhoun’s work found her, unfolding … Continued

Land for the Many

The neighborhood of Lewisham, London, which received mayoral recognition for its CLT program. In a June 4, 2019, article in The Guardian, George Monbiot comments: What is the most neglected issue in British politics? I would say land. Literally and metaphorically, land underlies our lives, but its ownership and control have been captured by a tiny … Continued

"Small is beautiful and so is simplicity. As a third line of endeavour, I should suggest that non-violence is also beautiful. We should diligently search for non-violent methods of production, particularly in agriculture, that is to say methods that work with nature instead of bludgeoning her."

- E. F. Schumacher, Work in a Sane Society