Ed Miliband (UK Energy Minister) talks up Transition Towns

It's just 1 minute long, but indicative of how far Transition Towns have come. » Read more

Deirdre Kent (NZ) on Financial Crisis

Here is an audio file of an interview that Deirdre Kent did in Northland recently. It covers a range of topics from how money is created and the present fractional reserve banking system and helps explain why the present system is now falling down around our ears.


And here is the blog post from John Haines who did the interview, which includes an enlightening video describing the establishment of the Federal Reserve Bank.

'I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.'

Thomas Jefferson 1802

Deirdre Kent is a founding member of Living Economies,  a lifelong social and environmental activist, former city councilor and grandmother. She lives with her husband on an organic fruit and nut small holding in Otaki managed by permaculture principles. She's been my most recent guest on Voices from the North. » Read more

What does YOUR life look like?

I talked with Sion this morning for 45 mins. We spoke via our computers using skype - which even allowed us to talk while seeing each other via small but functional web cameras. while sitting on opposite sides of the world.

Sion was wanting to ask about the community garden project he had visited while on Waiheke a few months ago. Sion was bringing his refined and accurate recording skills and would attend all the meetings of the various food groups on Waiheke, then produce amazing records of our conversation like this one from the Food Hui we had at Piritahi Marae which has since spawned a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Group.

It was hard for him to get his questions in until he told me his laptop battery was getting very low. As he sat in an echo-filled rock-walled library building in an Edinburgh University, I kept quizzing him about his circumstance there in Edinburgh, and asking for pictures of where he lived (the other day he’d mentioned cleaning up dog poo in the downstairs of his tenement building in an email)... » Read more

Friends Of the Earth and Climate Change education in School

I stumbled across this video ( after a friend sent me this url: - a local-shopping site in Scotland. I had no idea how much The Friends Of the Earth were doing and what they have achieved. If you watch this video here, wait till it's played and see the extra videos that appear across the bottom of the window... » Read more

"Everyone should have one of these"

Segment from Geoff Lawton's new DVD on Establishing a Food Forest the Permaculture Way.
Available from

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Awaawaroa Eco Village

A video in two parts, about the Awaawaroa Eco Village on Waiheke, by Scott Ewing. It speaks for itself...

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Garbage Warrior Film

If you havent watched this film, here is a short preview...


Kennedy on an Energy Revolution

Greenpeace put this video on their site recently.
Here is the transcript: » Read more

Economics 101 - Crash Course

I first came across this Crash Course in economics in late September when Juanita posted a link on the NZTT Google group. It is a condensed online version of Chris Martenson's "End of Money" seminar. At the time it was not complete, but now he has posted all 20 video sections. » Read more

Scotland's 6 min video of Transition Towns at their Tent Festival

Thanks Rob for bringing this to our attention. I particularly liked the quote from the beginning: "Do we want to sustain what we have into the long term? I don't think so. Or do we want..."

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