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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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What’s a Carbon Sink?

World leaders met in Marrakech this month as part of COP22, to discuss the next steps to reducing global climate emissions. One of the solutions being discussed is carbon farming. Author Eric Toensmeier participated in COP22, in part, because he literally wrote a book on it. First off – what is carbon farming? It’s a […] Read More

The Seven-Point Protocol for a Lean Economy

In the future, what will our local economies look like? How will they function if there is little, to no, state or national support? The late David Fleming envisioned a post-capitalistic society that we could call “deep local” — in which all needs are met at the local level — from income to social capital […] Read More

Happy Holidays from Chelsea Green Publishing!

Today we kick off our Holiday Sale — with 35% off every purchase at our online bookstore. Simply use the code CGS16 at checkout from now until the end of the year. Along with this great discount, we are offering free shipping on any order over $100*. Are there homesteaders or organic gardeners on your […] Read More

Sex, Violence, and Figs

They are trees of life and trees of knowledge. They are the fig trees. Fig trees fed our pre-human ancestors, influenced diverse cultures and played key roles in the dawn of civilization. They feature in every major religion, starring alongside Adam and Eve, Krishna and Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad. This is no coincidence – fig […] Read More

10 Fascinating Fig Facts

“As our planet’s climate changes and reminds us that nature really does matter, the story [of fig trees] has important lessons for us all.” –Mike Shanahan In short, fig trees are awesome. They have been around for 80 million years and during that time they have shaped our world and impacted humanity in profound but […] Read More
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