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Eco-villages… Tamera.. Future Blueprint or Escapist Adventure_

Thousands of inspiring ecovillages are being set up around the world. We travel with Jamie to Tamera for a critical look at a Portuguese permaculture Utopia

by As the sun rises over the Portuguese countryside, I find myself standing in a circle on top of a hill with a group of strangers, grasping hands, eyes shut. We are gathered around a collection of enormous stones, a candle, a ceramic bowl filled with water, and a crystal. A woman in white robes is humming, and we are trying to stop the war in Syria using our thoughts in an exercise called the Ring of Power.Image result for Tamera ecoaldea portugal

I’m at the eco-village of Tamera, which is a two-hour train journey from Lisbon. More than 20 years ago, a band of Germans arrived here with little money and an ambitious plan to create what they called a “healing biotope,” a template of how humanity could live in harmony with themselves, their fellow humans and the environment.

The Ring of Power was one of the items on the agenda for the forty of us outsiders. Every several months, Tamera allows visitors to live here for a few days and learn how it works. It cost us €350 each to attend, plus €30 each per day for food and accommodations.

Tamera is split into two sites. On the western side is the Campus, where visitors stay. It has a bar, café, kitchen, eating area, cultural center, bookshop, guest house, male and female dorms and auditorium. On the eastern side are the 150 full-time Tamerians. They reside in small villages of 20 to 30 residents — who range from babies to octogenarians — who inhabit caravans, huts, yurts and shacks. The whole place has the feel of a half-finished holiday campsite.Related image

Image result for Tamera ecoaldea portugalThe visitors are mostly well-off Westerners dissatisfied with what the modern world offers and looking for more meaning. Tamera is the brainchild of psychoanalyst Dieter Duhm. He’d been involved in the 1968 left-wing student movements but was confused by their failure to transform the world.

Like other ’68ers, Dieter concluded it wasn’t the material world that needed reshaping, it was the mental one. He came to believe that unresolved sexual desire, jealousy and a lack of trust were the reasons for our problems. Dieter, his partner (and a self-described medium) Sabine Lichtenfels, and a handful of others founded Tamera in 1995. Continue reading Eco-villages… Tamera.. Future Blueprint or Escapist Adventure_

Re-Planting A Mid Summer Vegetable Garden – for Autumn Eating

These notes are for a temperate or Mediterranean climate in the Nth Hemisphere, and for gardens with ample water. Not for example for southern Spain and North Africa where temperatures have been over 40C  (104F) all week with a new record of 47.4C  (117.3F) in Cordoba.

One effect of climate change is climate chaos, e,g. unwatered gardens are shriveling here in Barcelona after 3 months of solid sunshine, yet with sea temperatures up to 30C we can expect Autumn flooding.summer vegetable gardenGreen beans can be planted in the summer vegetable garden now for a mid to late fall harvest

Other plants not listed below that can still be replanted here: Courgettes (zucchini, calabacín) grow really fast and fruit bountifully. Pumpkins often just survive the summer and grow huge in autumn. And it’s not too early to start cauliflowers, cabbage, broccoli and sprouts (and leeks) for autumn and winter, planting out the seedlings under nets till the plague of butterflies tapers off.


Planting a mid-summer vegetable garden is an excellent way to increase and extend your garden’s harvest!

https://oldworldgardenfarms.com/2017/07/13/mid-summer-vegetable-garden/

Perhaps your spring-planted garden got away from you this year. Or, maybe life was simply too busy to get one planted at all. Well, no worries, (depending on where you live and water availability), it’s not too late! Planting a mid-summer vegetable garden is an excellent way to have a 2nd chance at fresh veggies this year! Continue reading Re-Planting A Mid Summer Vegetable Garden – for Autumn Eating

UK Anti Frackers are Winning.. Reclaim The Power.. Fracking Rig Sabotaged

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Al Wilson invites you to take part in a month of anti-fracking action in Lancashire with Reclaim the Power

July 12, 2017  5 min read


See more details, including a daily schedule, on Reclaim the Power’s website.

The battle against extreme energy is intensifying. Fracking firm Cuadrilla began construction of a super-sized hydraulic fracturing well pad at Little Plumpton, Lancashire in January.

They have been been met by daily resistance from local protectors who know the water, land and air will be poisoned if they do not act. People fear their peaceful rural neighbourhood being turned into an industrialised gas field.

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Throughout this month, people from across the country are gathering on the Fylde, near Blackpool, to support these frontline communities, in the fight against fracking, as part of The Rolling Resistance. Continue reading UK Anti Frackers are Winning.. Reclaim The Power.. Fracking Rig Sabotaged

List of Monsanto Owned “Food” Producers

Credit: True Activist

There are several reasons that people are opposed to Monsanto, but among the top two are their involvement with GMOs and their corruption of the U.S. government.

One of the more outrageous schemes they pulled off in recent years was to ensure the passing of the “Monsanto Protection Act” that essentially prevented courts from prosecuting Monsanto over GMO-related health issues and was allegedly partly written by the company itself.

Though the Act was only in effect for six months, similar bills have been signed into law that protect companies over consumers. Continue reading List of Monsanto Owned “Food” Producers

Aboriginal Australian genocide, online map of massacres

The full interactive map can be viewed at mstar.link/AusMassacres. tab maps

Australia: ‘No pride in genocide’ – 50,000 marched in Melbourne for ‘Invasion Day’, commemorating the colonisation of Australia by the British and the subsequent loss of the continent’s indigenous culture.

By Ben Chacko       AN ONLINE map detailing the genocide of Aboriginal Australians by white settlers has been launched.

The tool, developed by researchers at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, records more than 150 massacres, specifying the sites where killings took place, how many people were murdered, what weapons were used to kill them and who was responsible.Image result for amazing proud australian aboriginal kids

Professor Lyndall Ryan, who developed the resource, said: “Most massacres took place in secret and were designed not to be discovered, so finding evidence of them is a major challenge.” Continue reading Aboriginal Australian genocide, online map of massacres

Deadly Tree disease spreads to Spain.. sweeping Europe

A plant disease called Xylella fastidiosa, which originated in South America, is leaping across the European continent. It has now reached Italy, the Balearic Islands, Germany and France. As well as crops, it threatens many forest trees, including oak, elm, ash, cherry, sycamore and plane.

Urban trees seem to be especially susceptible, perhaps because of the stresses they suffer: in American cities, some streets have had to be clear-felled. There is no known cure.

Cultivated trees have less natural resistance, being heavily treated with insecticide sprays and anti fungus and virus chemicals.

Xylella has ripped through olive groves in Italy and vineyards and fruit farms in the Americas.Image result for Philaenus spumariusPhilaenus spumarius, the froghopper, is a common vector

The disease has been called olive quick decline syndrome (OQDS; in Italiancomplesso del disseccamento rapido dell’olivo).[11][13] The disease causes withering and desiccation of terminal shoots, distributed randomly at first but which then expands to the rest of the canopy.[13]

This results in the collapse and death of the trees.[13] In the affected groves, all of the plants show symptoms.[13] By the beginning of 2015 it had infected up to a million trees in the southern region of Apulia.[14] Continue reading Deadly Tree disease spreads to Spain.. sweeping Europe

Indigenous Communities unite to fight Megaprojects in Chinantla Mountains, Oaxaca

 Etractivism is a war against the people

By Renata Bessi and Santiago Navarro F  at  Avispa Midia

The Chinantec people, inhabitants of the Cajonos River basin in the north of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, are carrying out an organizational process throughout their entire territory, the Chinantla, against economic projects that seek to commodify nature as a whole.

They are megaprojects such as mining, hydroelectric dams, highways, conservation projects, and, more recently, hydrocarbons. It is not a coincidence Chinantla is considered a priority of economic interest for the Mexican government. It houses the third largest tropical rainforest in Mexico. After the Lacandona jungle in Chiapas, and the Chimalapas in Oaxaca, it is the best preserved and one of the richest in biodiversity.

Unsustainable Extractivism destroys our land and water Continue reading Indigenous Communities unite to fight Megaprojects in Chinantla Mountains, Oaxaca

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