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The Slushes of Kilimanjaro

My favorite Kilimanjaro story, one of my favorite all-time stories, is of the the British-held Italian prisoners of war (WW2) who secretly made climbing equipment, escaped from the POW camp in Kenya, climbed Kilimanjaro using the label from a bottle of Mt. Kilimanjaro beer as their only route map, then broke back into the POW camp to finish out the war. Their story is told in No Picnic On Mount Kenya by Felice Benuzzi. That, my friends, is some true human spirit. Absurd, glorious, etc. Their climb would have been much easier if only they had waited for all the glaciers to melt away, something our children’s war prisoners will have to look forward to:

Green Group: African Mountains Set to Lose Snow Caps

Friday , October 13, 2006

NAIROBI, Kenya — Africa’s two highest mountains — Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya — will lose their ice cover within 25 to 50 years if deforestation and industrial pollution are not stopped, environmentalists warned Thursday.

Kilimanjaro has already lost 82 percent of its ice cover over 80 years, said Fredrick Njau of the Kenyan Green Belt Movement.

Mount Kenya, one of the few places near the equator with permanent glaciers, has lost 92 percent over the past 100 years.

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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

Author Nicolette Hahn Niman to Speak at Nobel Dialogue on the Future of Food

What does a former environmental lawyer and vegetarian turned cattle rancher have in common with Bob Dylan? They’ll both be — theoretically — in Stockholm in December during the Nobel Prize ceremonies. That’s right – Chelsea Green author Nicolette Hahn Niman will be one of several global opinion leaders and experts taking part in this […] Read More
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