Who’s up for nudging?, an address for everyone, and U.S. becoming third-world

Hello everyone, this is Geoff,

We now have just 10 days left working on the ‘Greening the Desert – Sequel’ project. The autumn temperatures have started to drop a little so we’ve been pruning all the trees. And soon we’ll start our film reports to keep everyone updated on our progress.

So…welcome to another week’s Friday Five!

No hunger in cities?: The UN wants sustainable cities with food waste recycling and local food production. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva, speaking to mayors and representatives of more than 150 cities from around the world said, “Fortunately cities are taking action and rising up to the challenge…High levels of creativity can be achieved if partnerships are forged with local actors, civil society, private sector and academic and producer organizations.” Urban and perimeter urban agriculture is the obvious next step – they just need a nudge to realise what’s possible. Who’s up for nudging? [Note the subtitles and translation capability on that page.]

Addressing the unaddressed: In permaculture design, maps are one of our most important tools and they just keep improving. And this innovation lifts it up to a whole new level. Chris Sheldrick of what3words succinctly explains how, for billions of people, giving every three meter square area in the world “… a unique three-word identifier…a three-word address…” is proving to greatly enhance people’s health and wellbeing, and their local business efficiency and infrastructure growth.

Sinking not shedding: While policy makers in Ojai Valley, Ventura County, California search for solutions to possible future water shortages, Permaculture Research Institute (PRI) trained intern Connor Jones has installed a groundwater recharge demonstration project on his property. Jones says, “If all the orchards were used for sinking water instead of shedding, then the landowners can…[be]…replenishing the source they draw from.”

U.S. ticks boxes of third-world nation: This is not a model for any country to aspire to. In his new book, The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy, Peter Temin, Professor Emeritus of Economics at MIT, uses West Indian Nobel Prize winner W. Arthur Lewis’s economic model to document how inequality has grown in America, finding many similarities with developing nations.

And check this out!: You’ve gotta to love this level of innovative recycling. At the Permaculture Research Institutes we have shipping containers designed for all climates, and most are already installed.

Some of this week’s new posts: See our sister site, the non-profit Permaculture Research Institute:

These articles are just some of thousands, starting from 2002! Several new ones go up every week.

With all the things coming at us to read, glad you’ve checked in to this week’s Friday Five! I’ll be back in Australia by the second week of November, in time for some of the coming events at Zaytuna Farm.

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May your weekend be good!

2017-10-28T13:42:38+00:00 Blog|11 Comments
  • rooibos

    Good stuff! Thanks, Geoff. BTW, I’m sure you’ve seen this, but just in case. I like the first part about sauerkraut juice… I think it is variation on ‘bokashi pickling’… good for the homesteader. And the compost for dairy cows may be the to counterpart to Savory’s mob grazing for cattle. The bovines will save us!! 🙂

    • Kim Dowell

      Very interesting. Thank you for posting this.

  • bri

    I’m becoming a bit worried why Mr Lawton is pushing United Nations ideas. The global mayors and this one is all about Agenda21 and the New World Order. Which wants to move people out of the countryside and into cities. (he said. “We have to adopt a territorial approach based on the integration of the rural with the urban.)

    Permaculture is surely not a supported of the New World Order? I would have thought Permaculture is almost the opposite of the NWO. Permaculture is all about communities and helping one another. The NWO is all about everyone dependent on the state.

    The UN is second failed attempt by the Zionists to obtain their NWO. It was called the League of Nations after WW1, but it didn’t work then either. The UN is the same people who are creating the wars and the fake terrorism to create more wars that creates the hunger. Create the problem, then make a profit from the solution. When one really finds out what is going on one finds that the goal of the NWO is pretty damn evil. (Read the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion)

    Nudging is a favourite of these globalists. Nudging to accept more armed police on the streets, nudging towards paying more taxes, nudging towards accepting a tyranny of goverment etc etc.

    So, no thanks. I ain’t gonna be doing any nudging on behalf of Satan.

    I hope Geoff hasn’t been recruited by the Zionists.

    • Geoff Lawton

      Hi Bri considering I am typing a reply to you from a Jordan refugee camp village settlement that I have been involved with for 18 years and where my Greening the Desert projects are based, you have nothing to worry about. In fact the main point of my reference was to reverse the polarity so people realise what is actually going on. Thank you for bringing it to everyones attention.

      • bri

        Thank you Sir for the reply to my question. We talk about the ‘tipping point’ and I think the analogy of a playground see-saw is spot on. I have the feeling this tipping point may happen sooner than expected and could coincide with other big events. When it does happen, folks will need to choose which side of the see-saw they are on. There are no grey areas to choose, either it’s our side or their side. Hence my need to clear any doubt. If ‘they’ go down, how many supporters will be trying to hold them up? Are any of our supporters going to suddenly switch sides if they see the other going down? If they go down with a bang and hurt their bottom and jump off in a huff, our side could come crashing down too if we are not paying attention. And they will won’t they? They are going to lose, as the truth will win, and they are going to be sore losers for sure and act just like a kid in the playgournd. So now I understand your reasoning to highlight what the other side is doing. We can’t just be content with our own works on our own little plot of land when we know that much time, love and labour can be undone in a few seconds, by them. I reckon the Permaculture movement are going to be the only ones to land on their feet after the tipping point event

        I’m on your side Geoff 100%. And I also have the Greening the Desert videos to look forward to see how things have progressed. 😉

        I’m sure you saw the latest UN report about the rise in carbon dioxide. The BBC reported the same using the line, a paragraph all to itselt in fact, “Last year’s increase was 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years.” So, us non-experts know an increase from 400ppm to 403ppm is an increase of 0.0003 %. -Three ten-thousanths of a per cent- more carbon dioxide this year than last. Yet, ‘they’ want the public to believe it’s raised 50% by carefully choosing their words.

        It’s becoming increasingly easier to spot which side of the see-saw most people are supporting.

        Keep up the good work and have a safe trip home!

        • Hi Bri

          yes I understand what you are saying and we need to always be ready to jump off their supply lines, or at know how and consequences of jumping off the see-saw. We this is going to happen sooner or later, slower, faster or very rapid with big bump. This way of design thinking our way around problems and turning them into solutions we need to be constantly refining.

    • Tariq Dajani

      Hi Bri, thanks for your post. I was worried that I might be the only person here who is concerned about Agenda21 (now Agenda 20230) and the way the world is going. I note that most permies seem to shy from many geopolitical things, perhaps healthily so, and concentrate their efforts on making the world a greener place, but… there is no escaping politics and the havoc wreaked on the planet and its creatures by ‘big brother’ through its wars, geoengineering (not CO2 climate change), agri business, pharma business, economic and social programmes, etc. For instance there is a fantastic documentary by the very reliable James Corbett on how and why the environmental movements were set up and how they are fooling people into believing some wrong things, . These are topics that we mustn’t ignore in any way!

      Geoff, I hear where you are (literally), as I grew up in Jordan the son of a Palestinian refugee and know the area and situation well. Hats off to you as always for your brilliant work. I’m sure you haven’t been recruited by the Zionists 🙂 !
      (Personally, I shy away from using such terminology as ‘zionist’ that can scare some people away – not necessarily because it is wrong but because there are different understandings of it for whatever reason.)

      Question to Geoff: how can we incorporate learning and knowledge of what is happening to the world on a larger scale which have direct impacts on our efforts, things that most people don’t want to know about? And, then how to go about ‘saving’ ourselves – and I mean that quite literally.

      Lastly, thanks for this wonderful platform!

      • Geoff Lawton

        Hi Tariq, we need to work with people who are coming in our direction and stop knocking on doors that will never open because that just bloodies our knuckles. We have never been able to keep up with the people coming in our direction wanting help to get started. Even as the movements gets bigger, the enquiry continues gets exponentially larger so we never seem to get in front, the internet does seem to be helping gain some ground on the enquiry. The only way we know that we are doing the right thing is if resources keep gather around us and many of those will be really good people. When teach others we can only assess our teaching by, if we produces active students who good into action and many of those become good teachers themselves. On the ground the easiest way to assess our action is by keeping our eye on the soil and if it increases in quality and quantity we must be doing the right thing : )

      • bri

        Hi Tariq, You are not the only one. Most people don’t want to talk about the big issues of our time and still most people have never heard the word Permaculture. People are learning/

  • bri