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Hi, this is Geoff,

Let’s jump right into this week’s Friday Five…

Triple Love: As a surfer, permaculture teacher, and someone who has a deep love for the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, I found so much that resonated with me in the words of Andy Ceglinski, featured in this short 6 minute video: “It seemed like such a rewarding idea to be able to mill the wood and handcraft this board then surf it…It’s a combination of all the things I love.” I’m tempted to grab my board and head out after sending this off 🙂

Java: Conflicting nutritional advice means that it’s sometimes hard to know where the consensus is on eating X or drinking Y. So I have to admit that I was more than just a little happy to see this recent report on coffee. PLEASE – no one send me any articles that argue the opposite 🙂 Remember that as T. Haque once said: “A yawn is a silent scream for coffee.”

Leaving a Legacy: Some people inclined to bluntness will talk about death as simply, “becoming food for worms.” There is obviously so much more nuance, depth, heartbreak, and spirituality to it than that reductive view. So it was fascinating to see two Italian designers come up with something that they hoped would creatively honor the event of death itself, those departed, and those who remain: “Fueled by their love of trees, the pair created an organic, biodegradable burial pod that literally turns a person’s remains into nutrients for a beautiful tree growing directly up above.”  Though only at the conceptual stage for now, you can read how they envision its eventual implementation. And you can view a 13 minute TED talk by Katrina Spade about the same topic, approached in a slightly different manner.

Watch Our Backs: Some alarming news that I found deeply disturbing: “Last year was the most perilous ever for people defending their community’s land, natural resources or wildlife, with new research showing that environmental defenders are being killed at the rate of almost four a week across the world. Two hundred environmental activists, wildlife rangers and indigenous leaders trying to protect their land were killed in 2016, according to the watchdog group Global Witness – more than double the number killed five years ago.” Full story here on what is happening, as well as additional resources on how to help.  Many thanks to the Guardian and Global Witness for shedding some light on this.

In case you missed it: A few pieces of interest this week from our sister site, the non-profit Permaculture Research Institute:

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That’s it for the Friday Five.  As always, if you have comment / reactions / a different point of view, please share below.

Cheers, and have a great weekend

Your friend,


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