Meaningful suburbs, how societies collapse, and trust

Hi, this is Geoff,

I’ve just finished co-teaching a PDC, and am about to start the part I love the most…giving people on-the-ground experience, in a one month practical Internship.

So, again from The Greening the Desert Project, Dead Sea Valley, Jordan, I bring you the Friday Five…

What dies when, as temperatures rise: If you think just a few degrees of climate change won’t be too bad, you should read this excerpt from Peter Brannen’s book Ends of the World. Already, less than 1 °C above preindustrial times we’ve had, for example two once in 500 year heatwaves in Europe, killing thousands. “But these tragic episodes are barely a shade of what’s projected.”  Investigative journalist, Christian Parenti, author of Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence outlines why and how the era of climate wars has already begun.

Too Conservative: We should pay attention to the obvious and go into action as designers of permanence in order to moderate climate. Paleontologist Peter Ward, one of the ‘godfather generation’ of scientists says, “What scares me…is the economic effect of simple sea-level rise… literally trillions of dollars…” Secondly there’s the effect on human food… it’s astonishing how much food will be wiped out…”. “If anything the sea-level estimates have been underestimates.”

Very funny, very serious: Meaningful suburbs are food productive, and have the potential to produce the highest quality and quantity of the most diverse food per square meter on earth, and that is easy to prove. That’s  why I like this TED talk – the Permaculture design approach is the very thing to make our public spaces into places people want to be in. The …end of the 3,000 mile Caesar Salad… is now.

Won’t find this on your TV: I really believe another world is possible if we are truly truthful and building trust. 2,000 professional engineers and architects from around the world have come out to say…not only untrue, it’s not possible. And, see the article, 15 Years Later: On the Physics of High-rise Building Collapses, p.21 of ‘Europhysics News’.

And in case you missed it: Here are a few interesting pieces published this week from our sister site, the non-profit Permaculture Research Institute:

If you enjoy these posts, be sure to bookmark the site as several new articles go up weekly, or check out thousands of other past articles, here.

That’s it for the Friday Five.

Feel free to forward to a friend. Anyone can sign up for the next batch. And remember to share your comments and thoughts below.

So, until next week,

Your friend,


2017-09-15T14:27:25+00:00 Blog|15 Comments
  • Bish


  • Christopher Holly

    9-11 denial? Sigh…. Really, is this the kind of thing you want to use to illustrate your concern with truth? How about all the US presidents who lie like it’s a language? The British Brexit movement? ANy would be better examples. Frankly, I would have been just as disturbed and surprised by a message from you, suggesting I burn coal to help end climate change.

    • Andrew


      • Christopher Holly

        In the area “Won’t find this on your tv” the link starting with “2000 professionals” ends with this link to a YouTube video, which is a movie clearly suggesting that the Twin Towers and associated buildings were demolished by intention, suggesting some kind of 9/11 conspiracy theory. More than a bit outrageous.

        • bri

          Eh? Are you suggesting the WTC buidlings fell down because a plane hit them?

        • Tariq Dajani

          Yes, a bit like the JFK assassination or the never instigated Northwoods op (quote)

          “In the early 1960s, America’s top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba. Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities. The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba’s then new leader, communist Fidel Castro. America’s top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: “We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba,” and,“casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation.”

          or, of course, more obvious things like totally destroying Iraq and killing 100,000s of people under the guise of a WMD lie!

          Now this is all a bit outrageous and yet it is true. So… if one steps outside the box one might see what else is outrageous.

  • max

    Just have a read through this short article to get some balance with the end of the world promoters articles linked above.

    As for the pits. Check out Viktor Schaubergers work on living energies especially the in ground work.

  • Andrew

    Hey everyone, I got a question (totally unrelated): When does the online PDC occur? Is it a set time every year, or what? And how can I find out more about it, as well as the physical PDC events? I’m new to this stuff, and interested in taking the course.

  • bri

    Climate change discussion. In my lifetime ‘the weather’ has changed. No more tobogganing in the snow in the UK, it was every year when I was a kid. All that fuel being burnt everyday. But I don’t agree with the climage change agenda. Apparently invented by the Club of Rome. Sea level rise I think is just another scare tactic. I think they have probably done their mathematics by calculating the rise in sea level by a big volume of ice falling into the sea. Divide the volume by the area of sea and that’s how much the sea will rise. Which is why it looks scary and wrong. I bet they didn’t calculate the area of all the rivers in the world, plus the area of all the flood plains in the world.

    They never mention chemtrails or HAARP. And don’t bother arguing unless you’ve planted a load of trees this year.

    • Bill Crandall-TA

      Please feel free to comment whether or not you have planted trees–and to plant trees whether or not you have commented. It’s all good here.

      I don’t know much about chemtrails or HAAARP, honestly, so I would be more prone to ask than to attempt to answer. Maybe someone here knows more, but it is common for data about arcane government programs to be withheld or falsified, so sometimes it is hard to fact-check.

      That does mean that I have anything against what people dismiss as “conspiracy theories.” If we go with our dictionaries and say that “conspiracy” is a plan in secret, almost all government and large business is carried out in a sort of network of conspiracies. We are mostly all downstream of that in some way, and information in which we all have a stake is withheld, so it makes some sense to have theories. More–if a theory about government does not at least allow for conspiracy, it surely fails to describe the matter at hand.

      However, there is a lot to do with keeping up with what we do know, with information that has not been withheld and distorted. It help to look at the ongoing tragedies in order to have some perspective about the damage that is being caused and to recall the importance of the work, but we tend to concentrate on solutions because we know about these in depth and in detail, and it seems that not everyone does.

      • bri

        Errrr….yeah…ok Bill! 😉

        Well I always wondered why the world seemed work so badly. Then I started reading he Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and suddenly it all becomes so obvious. It has been a conspiracy for a long time, and it is a long term plan to control the world. Unfortunately, the Protocols did not envisage the internet and the phenomenon of someone communicating with a complete stranger on the other side of the world. Knowledge is power. There is so much knowledge that we are just ignorant of. But thanks to the internet we can share this knowledge. And people are sharing, which is why the conspiracy of the new world order has not materialized as yet.
        I did my online PDC in 2015. I was brought up on a farm in the UK. How come I could be brought up on a farm in the UK and not know about Permaculture? The knowledge has been around at least 30 years before I found it. Kind of pisses me off this conspiracy of keeping the knowledge secret. Geoff mentions ‘the tipping point’ many times. Like a see-saw it will tip and good will rise and evil will fall down.

        • Bill Crandall-TA

          Well, here’s to the tipping point, Bri. May it arrive without our each seeing it all identically.

          I’m open to hearing about it all, and I do suspect that we shall have our confrontations with power-interested groups, whatever forms these may take.

          We might wisely look to how we might further develop solidarity before that happens in a critical way. The history of power is stark.