91-years-old…and still fighting

Hi, this is Geoff,

Time for this week’s Friday Five, let’s jump right in…

Favorite clip of the week: Caoba Farms in Antigua, Guatemala shows what’s possible: “Saturdays bring out local food producers and vendors to Caoba Farms. In a small farmer’s market setting, local chefs prepare organic food dishes, from the naturally raised food from the farm, in a casual covered outdoor setting.” The cinematography, music, and content in the full 5-minute clip is worth watching. I’m so happy to see this being done, and believe that every community should aspire to have something like this.

91…and still fighting: Sir David Attenborough is someone for whom I have tremendous respect. A gifted scientist, storyteller, broadcaster, and environmental activist, we could all benefit from listening more closely to Attenborough’s insights. You can enjoy a recent profile on him and his work, and watch a 20-minute clip of him discussing a number of topics, including his efforts on the groundbreaking Blue Planet 2.

Is the sky really falling? What would your initial reaction be if you came across a statement like this: “In this two hour special discover how a future civilisation might be baffled as to why the population of these once-great cities would suddenly abandon their technology and architecture, and turn their homes into ghost towns. Some experts believe that there is a very real risk this could happen, and the collapse of the world as we know it is closer than we think.” Fake news? I wish it was, but when you consider that the source of this quote is none other than National Geographic, we might want to take it a bit more seriously. Full details on the project here – judge for yourself.

Worth listening to: Fantastic interview with award-winning author, Yale lecturer, and my good mate Eric Toensmeier. If you have 30 minutes to spare, you’ll be amply rewarded by benefitting from what Eric has to share.  

In case you missed it: A few pieces of interest this week from our sister site, the non-profit Permaculture Research Institute, ably curated by PRI’s editor, Jason Freibergs (thank you, Jason!):

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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 week,

Your friend,


2017-11-20T13:35:23+00:00 Blog|3 Comments
  • Linda Morrison

    I would like to be sure that everyone knows that the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine, once so well known for its scientifically accurate reporting and spectacular photography, has been bought out by Rupert Murdoch, head of the Fox News, Times of London & Wall Street Journal media conglomerate in the US. I am not surprised to see an article like this one coming out after such a take over. Fearmongering and business/politics as usual are the specialties of this magnate of the media. He is definitely NOT taking a look at any solutions to the real problems we are facing. Take a look at his credentials and judge for yourselves. https://www.forbes.com/profile/rupert-murdoch/ Personally, I will keep this information in mind whenever I see a National Geographic publication posted anywhere.

  • Joshua Myrvaagnes

    A good news from my week I can share–a Harvard divinity professor has published a book on the contributions of the anthroposophical movement to ecological and human well-being–Eco-Alchemy by Dan MacKannan. What do _Silent Spring_, organic farming, and Community Supported Agriculture have in common? It’s good to see someone in academia taking environmental issues seriously and looking at what work is happening in the world outside academia. Thanks for keeping the good news coming, Geoff!

  • Oliver Goshey

    Awesome to see Caoba farms get recognition. Alex Kronick, the owner, is a good friend of mine and I recently interviewed him for an episode of The Abundant Edge podcast. Check out the link bellow. When are you going to come on for an interview Geoff?