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LISTEN: Survival Expert Mat Stein Is “Beyond the Ordinary”

Can we reverse trends that author Matthew Stein calls “civilization busters”? There’s plenty of evidence that a gloom and doom attitude is sensible—even conservative. But Mat points to how quickly and nimbly the world turned itself around on the threat of CFCs to the ozone layer. We saved ourselves before, and with a concerted global effort, we may be able to do it again. And we may have to—over and over and over again.

To be sure, we face numerous challenges on multiple fronts: overfishing, overpopulation, forest-clearing, carbon in the atmosphere, peak oil, climate change, nuclear proliferation….

In this set of audio podcasts, Matthew Stein talks to Beyond the Ordinary about the problems, his proposed solutions, and how his book, When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency, fits in.

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10 Books to Curl Up With This Winter

William Wordsworth was right when he said, “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” Nevertheless, the cold, dark days of winter can still get the best of even Nature’s most tenderhearted admirer. What’s one to do? We here at Chelsea Green have concocted the perfect cabin fever remedy with our suggested winter reading […] Read More..

50 Low-Cost, Low-Tech Solutions to Save the Planet

Tired of watching people spend so much time thinking up big solutions to big problems that it has a paralyzing effect on taking action? If you’re like author Courtney White, the answer is yes. That’s why in Two Percent Solutions for the Planet, he takes readers on a journey to show how low-cost, easy-to-implement solutions […] Read More..

Beyond the War on Invasive Species – Review in Permaculture Design Magazine

This review was originally published in Permaculture Design, Issue #97, “Life on the Edge,” Fall 2015; www.PermacultureDesignMagazine.com Look in the Mirror Review by Peter Bane For its extensive scholarship, clear voice, and impassioned, hopeful message, this book is a joy to read—a slim but beautifully written teaching text which uses permaculture and ecosystem science as a lens for viewing the […] Read More..

5 Common Invasive Species and How to Manage Them

Last week, we asked authors Tao Orion and Katrina Blair to share alternative approaches to managing five different plant species commonly held to be “invasive.” St. John’s Wort, Garlic Mustard, Thistle, Oxeye Daisy, and Kudzu are often dismissed as annoyances at best and the target of aggressive eradication with harmful chemicals at worst. Orion and […] Read More..

What in the World is a Pawpaw?

Have you heard of the pawpaw? A few generations ago, most would say “yes!” You could ask just about anyone and they could tell you what this fruit looked and tasted like, and more importantly, where to find it. But today, the pawpaw remains a mystery to some and entirely unknown to others. In Pawpaw: […] Read More..
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