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WATCH: Matthew Stein, WTF! or When Technology Fails

There’s no better way to claim your independence than by being prepared for the worst. In an emergency, you’re hamstrung if you rely solely on your purchasing power and the availability of fossil fuels. A few years ago there was a blackout across the Northeast. That one pretty much amounted to a dramatic inconvenience, but what would you do if the power never came back on? Could you cook dinner, stay warm, treat a wound or infection? When Technology Fails, A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency, by Matthew Stein can help you answer these questions with confidence. Consider it an emergency road-map for navigating our changing world. The book is full of tips for decreasing our current impact on the earth to prevent environmental catastrophe, and a practical handbook for surviving difficult times when they come. In this video, Stein is interviewed by Sustainability Television about his book. When Technology Fails is available in our bookstore.

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..

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..

Uncovering the Many Uses for Abundant Kudzu

As Invasive Species Week comes to a close, Tao Orion, author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species, and Katrina Blair, author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds,  share alternative approaches to understanding and managing Kudzu. Take a look through our final profile and check out any you might have missed along the way: Oxeye […] Read More..

Oxeye Daisy: A Plant for the Pollinators

As Invasive Species Week continues, Tao Orion, author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species, and Katrina Blair, author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, are sharing alternative approaches to managing and using plants considered to be “invasive.” Take a look through today’s profile on Oxeye Daisy and check out tips for working with Garlic […] Read More..
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