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WATCH: Bioneers 2008: Founder Kenny Ausubel’s Keynote Speech

In his keynote speech at Bioneers by the Bay 2008, co-founder Kenny Ausubel (Bioneers: A Declaration of Interdependence), urges political regime change, economic regime change, and ecological regime change—with the future of the human race hanging in the balance.
Dreaming the future can create the future. We stand at the threshold of a singular opportunity in the human experiment: to reimagine how to live on Earth in ways that honor the web of life, each other, and future generations. It’s a revolution from the heart of nature, and from the human heart. Then again, in the immortal words of Yogi Berra, “the future ain’t what it used to be.” We also stand at the brink of worldwide ecological and civilizational collapse. We face a reckoning resulting from the treacherous breach in our relationship with nature. We’ve been acting like a rock star trashing a hotel room and it’s the morning after. But this hotel is planet Earth, the guest rules are non-negotiable, and if we don’t change our ways fast, management may just vote us off the island. We’re entering an age of nature. It calls for a new social contract of interdependence. Taking care of nature means taking care of people, and taking care of people means taking care of nature.
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Why Modern Wheat Is Making Us Sick

Why is modern wheat making us sick?  That’s the question posed by author Eli Rogosa in her new book Restoring Heritage Grains.Wheat is the most widely grown crop on our planet, yet industrial breeders have transformed this ancient staff of life into a commodity of yield and profit—witness the increase in gluten intolerance and ‘wheat […] Read More

A Dictionary to Survive the Future

When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left behind his great unpublished work, a masterpiece more than thirty years in the making—an intellectually evocative and inspiring dictionary, Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. In it, Fleming examined the consequences of an economy that destroys the very foundations—ecological, […] Read More

Overshoot, Collapse, and Creating a Better Future

In 2016, Earth Overshoot Day happened on August 8—the day when we’ve exhausted the planet’s resources for the year, and are essentially borrowing from future years to maintain our existence today.Perhaps you celebrated this day with a counter-solution: a vegetarian meal, telecommuted, or turned off the air conditioning. There’s a lot more you could be […] Read More

Plants & Pests: Will Bonsall’s Advice on “Wee Beasties” in the Garden

“From a plant’s point of view there is little difference between a cutworm, a woodchuck, a blight spore, and, for that matter, us.”“These are all things that in one way or another prey upon it. It is an inevitable constraint of all living things: We escape one peril only to ultimately succumb to another,” so […] Read More

To Create Climate-Secure Foodscapes, Think Like a Plant

The techniques and prophetic vision for achieving food security in the face of climate change contained in Gary Paul Nabhan’s Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land may well need to be implemented across most of North America over the next half-century, and are already applicable in most of the semiarid West, Great Plains, and […] Read More
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