Hi, this is Geoff.

Welcome to the Tuesday edition of the Friday Five 🙂 Lots to share, so let’s jump right in.

New documentary-style film: There is talk everywhere of a “Green New Deal.” But what this looks like and how we get there needs to be hammered out. Our just-released documentary-style film called Green is the New Silver: Crisis, Hope, and Permaculture, is our permaculture-inspired contribution to this discussion.

This 40-minute film covers a great deal of ground: a brief introduction to permaculture, personal stories about how I got started, an overview of the Greening the Desert project and Zaytuna Farm, and more. It is the first video in a 4-part “Permaculture Masterclass” in which I try to share the what, how, and why of permaculture, along with why it is so critical that we learn and apply this nature-inspired design science immediately, whether in our backyards, farms, communities…or even windowsills. A great deal of time and energy went into producing the film; I hope you enjoy it 🙂

More about the film: After we finish publishing all 4 mini-films over the next week or so, I will be opening general enrollment to the Online PDC 2.0 course. As a way of helping to jump-start a much-needed dialogue around these issues, we will be awarding partial scholarships for the course to the 3 most insightful comments/questions in each of the 4 videos (i.e. top 3 comments x 4 videos =12 partial scholarships).

So if you are considering enrolling in the PDC when we open general enrollment early next week, all you have to do is go to each of the 4 videos (right now, film # 1 is live and film # 2 will go live within the next 48 hours), watch it, then leave a comment/question below. After all 4 films have been released, we will go back and select the top 12 comments and then extend partial scholarships to the authors of those comments.

And if you have ALREADY enrolled via Early Bird enrollment, you are also invited to participate in this: If your comment/question is selected, we will award you the partial scholarship via a partial tuition refund.

Please keep in mind that your question/comment doesn’t need to be profound, scholarly, or long, just straightforward, honest and insightful. I’m looking forward to reading ALL of your comments and questions, and will be actively responding to as many as I can. Again, you can check out the first film here and leave your comments or questions below.

Shipping containers: Switching gears: What you can do with 9 shipping containers and a little imagination? Firefighter Regan Foster has an answer, and you have to see it to believe it.

Twilight zone: Who doesn’t love Rod Serling’s breakthrough show that premiered in the early 1960s and has become part of our collective cultural heritage? In keeping with Serling’s vision and fascination with things that often go unnoticed, here is an incredible piece that appeared late last year in the New York Times about a layer of the ocean that few have ever seen. Appropriately enough, it’s titled Visitors from the Ocean’s Twilight’s Zone. Even if you don’t have time to read the piece, check out the pictures.  Absolutely unreal.   

Words matter: How something is framed can make all the difference between acceptance (and action) or persistent denial. Here is a fascinating article from Politico that (ironically) features an effort to take politics OUT of the discussion on climate change: “Leading climate scientists and meteorologists are banking on a new strategy for talking about climate change: Take the politics out of it. That means avoiding the phrase “climate change,” so loaded with partisan connotations as it is. Stop talking about who or what is most responsible. And focus instead on what is happening and how unusual it is—and what it is costing communities.” You can read the full piece here.

That’s it for the Friday Five.

Cheers, and have a great week,

Your friend,


PS: If you are a new member of our Friday Five / Permaculture Circle community, welcome! I’m honored and delighted to have you join us! Buckle up for what’s going to be an informative (and I hope interesting) ride. Each month, I aim to send out 2-3 of these emails. My objective is to get them to your inbox on Friday, and occasionally will choose to deliver it over the weekend (or like today, mid-week due to the release of the new film). I try to keep these short-and-sweet, but sometimes my love of all things permaculture gets me carried away a bit 🙂

PSS: Go check out the new film, and don’t forget to leave a comment/question. Here is the quick link: Green is the New Silver: Crisis, Hope, and Permaculture.