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Film

The Fox Condems The Trap, Not Himself, S-8 on DV, b/w, w/sound, 4:50 min, 2002
‘The fox…‘ is a poetic and intimate exploration on choice and commitment. The film is inspired by Gudrun Ensslin, co-founder of the german terrorist organisation RAF (Rote Armee Fraktion, 1968). – Collaboration with Stefa Roth

Exercises in Seeing
These are three movies of a series of visual poems I called ‘Exercises in Seeing’.
All films of this series have been cut in the camera and shot in one continuous process.

North 6th , S-8, b/w, sound, 3:34min, 1998
visual poem


Journey
, S-8, b/w, silent, 3:28min, 1999
visual poem


Laurent
, S-8, b/w, silent, 3:32min, 1999
visual poem

Filmography

In The Moment, DV, color, silent, 2:12, 2006
visual poem
‘In The Moment’ is a film I did during the ‘Hamburger Kinokabaret 2006’, where you are supposed to shoot, edit and screen (in this case a silent) movie within 24h.

Drinking Water, DV, color, w/sound, 16:00min, 2005
‚Drinking Water’ is a poetic short about an encounter of two women who explore their sexuality and try to realize the impact of their upbringing. The film stays a fragment.
Collaboration with Stefa Roth

The Fox Condemns The Trap, Not Himself, S-8 on DV, b/w, w/sound, 4:50 min, 2002
Collaboration with Stefa Roth

Fire, S-8, color, silent, 2:56min, 2000
visual poem

Journey, S-8, b/w, silent, 3:28min, 1999
visual poem

Laurent, S-8, b/w, silent, 3:32min, 1999
visual poem

The Tree, S-8, b/w, silent, 2:54min, 1999
visual poem

North 6th, S-8, b/w, silent, 3:34min, 1998
visual poem

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Integral Ecoawareness – Training and Practice

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Sustainability from the inside out

A transformative learning process

We offer:

_The Training (one year program)
_Introduction Workshops
_Integration in educational programs
_Coaching

www.integralecoawareness.org

Artwork and Actions

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Through various forms of creative expression, AEE supports the paradigm shift towards an integrated/systemic understanding of the world and calls attention to already existing knowledge and know-how that enables the creation of sustainable and living cultures.

Cultural Revolutionaries 2009 / www.culturalrevolutionaries.org – An open experiment
Something unknown is doing something I don’t know what
– Photography/Travel/Activism Project (ongoing)
Natural Circus / www.naturalcircus.org – International group of artists/performers
Artwork by Lars Schmidt

Natural Gardens and Landscapes

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One action to ease the destruction of diversity and habitats is to create new natural habitats.
AEE designs, plants and supports gardens and landscapes in rural and urban contexts.
Our concern is to create preferably edible, mostly self-sustaining and resilient natural environments, which will support diversity as well as human needs, and give space to nature to regenerate herself.

Gallery

AEE Events

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The diverse events of AEE always circle around the question:
‚What is needed to create lively, life-sustaining cultures?‘
Here people from a variety of contexts can find each other, discuss, share and celebrate.

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List of Events

Exchange and Inspiration / Trips

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We believe in information as a crucial resource for the ability of a system to adapt and change.
Thus AEE strives to inspire and share international, intercultural exchange and flow of information, and communicate a global understanding of the diversity and beauty of life on earth.

Gallery

Sound Of Sirens / Blog

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Sound Of Sirens deals with topics from the areas of sustainable living and management, Corporate Social Responsibility, De-Branding, the environment and culture – one of the main questions being if, and if yes: how, modern lifestyle and consumerism can be linked to holistic principles.

Sound Of Sirens is a collaborative project of Max Gemeinhardt, Lars Schmidt and Stefa Roth. Yet, sometimes you will find guest authors writing here, as well.

www.soundofsirens.net

The Art, Ecology & Education Project

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Share your talents, share your resources!

The Art, Ecology & Education Project is an online platform Inspiring exchange, cooperation and research on integrated living.
It encourages unconventional cooperation between people of the creative fields, science and green-practical areas who feel a concern for a sustainable/ecologically conscious way of life.

Feel invited!

The AEE Project is integrated in the Wiser Earth network. (www.wiserearth.org)

www.aeeproject.org

Integral Ecoawareness* – Training and Practice

iea lab

Sustainability from the inside out

Ein transformativer Lernprozess

Wir bieten:

_Das Training (Ein-Jahres-Programm)
_Einführungs-Workshops
_Integration in (Weiter-)Bildungsprogramme und Unterricht
_Coaching

*Integral Ecoawareness = Integriertes Ökologisches Bewusstsein

www.integralecoawareness.org

Artwork and Actions

pathways

AEE bedient sich verschiedener kreativer Ausdrucksformen, um den Paradigmenwechsel hin zu einem integrierten, ganzheitlichen Verständnis der Welt zu unterstützen, und um auf bereits existierendes Wissen und Know-How für das Schaffen lebens-erhaltender, lebendiger Kulturen aufmerksam zu machen.

Cultural Revolutionaries 2009 / www.culturalrevolutionaries.org – Ein offenes Experiment Something unknown is doing something I don’t know what – Fotografie/Reise/Aktivismus Projekt
Natural Circus / www.naturalcircus.org – Internationale Gruppe von Artisten/Künstlern/Performern
Artwork von Lars Schmidt

Natürliche Gärten und Landschaften

watercollect

Eine Maßnahme, der Zerstörung von Vielfalt und Lebensräumen entgegen zu wirken, ist, neue Lebensräume zu schaffen.
AEE entwirft, pflanzt und unterstützt Gärten und Landschaften in ländlichen und urbanen Kontexten.
Unser Anliegen ist, möglichst essbare, selbsterhaltende und widerstands- bzw anpassungsfähige natürliche Umgebungen zu schaffen, die vielfältiges Leben, ebenso wie menschliche Bedürfnisse unterstützen, und die der Natur Raum geben, sich zu regenerieren.

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AEE Events

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Die vielfältigen Events von AEE drehen sich immer um die Frage:
‚Was braucht es, um lebendige, leben-erhaltende Kulturen zu schaffen?‘
Hier finden sich Menschen aus unterschiedlichsten Bereichen zum diskutieren, teilen und feiern.

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Kalender der Events

Austausch und Inspiration / Reisen

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Wir sehen Information als ausschlaggebend für die Fähigkeit eines Systems sich anzupassen und zu verändern.
Daher ist AEE immer wieder bemüht, internationalen, interkulturellen Austausch und Informationsfluss zu inspirieren und zu teilen, sowie ein umfassendes Verständnis der Vielfalt und Schönheit von Leben auf diesem Planeten zu kommunizieren.

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Sound Of Sirens / Blog

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Sound Of Sirens beschäftigt sich mit Themen aus den Bereichen des nachhaltigen Lebens und Wirtschaftens, Corporate Social Responsibility, De-Branding, Umwelt und Kultur – sowie vor allem mit der Frage, ob, und wenn ja: wie, man modernen Lifestyle und Konsum mit ganzheitlichen Prinzipien verknüpfen kann.

Sound Of Sirens ist ein Gemeinschaftsprojekt von Max Gemeinhardt, Lars Schmidt and Stefa Roth. Hin und wieder schreiben hier aber auch Gastautoren.

www.soundofsirens.net

The Art, Ecology & Education Project

aeeproject

Teilt eure Talente, teilt eure Resourcen!

Das Art, Ecology & Education Project ist eine Online-Plattform, die Austausch, Kooperation und Forschung um integriertes Leben inspirieren möchte. Es unterstützt unkonventionelle Zusammenarbeit und richtet sich an Menschen im kreativen, wissenschaftlichen und im grün-praktischen Bereich, denen eine nachhaltige/ökologisch bewusste Lebensweise ein Anliegen ist.

Fühlt euch eingeladen!

Das AEE Project ist in das Wiser Earth Netzwerk integriert. (www.wiserearth.org)

www.aeeproject.org

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_Sat/Sun, 23th/24th may 2009, 11-18h
PERMACULTURE – The Basics
Workshop in Berlin
The permaculture concept offers a path to a simpler, more sustainable and better-quality life.
The idea of permaculture integrates a great variety of knowledge and provides very practical tools that are useful for/can be applied by everyone and in everyday life.
It integrates a way of (systems)thinking and the use of design principles in order to create sustainable systems in a wide range of fields, be it in nature or society.
Bring material for documentation, Memorystick
Cost: 120 €, reduction possible
Organisation: Art, Ecology & Education

Please contact us for more information and registration.

_Sat/Sun, 16th/17th may 2009, 10-18h
Workshop Exchange Weekend / Connecting Art, Life and Nature
The Art Laboratory, Amsterdam

An intensive weekend of short workshops and lectures by diverse artists sharing and relating their work to the environment/sustainability, nature and conscious living
Registration required.
For more information please contact: MARCELAGIESCHE @ yahoo.com

_Sat, 18th april 2009
Art, Ecology & Education meets Community Garden Project ‚Hort Comunitari de Gracia‘ in Barcelona
www.horteres.org

_Sun, 8th march 2009, 8.30pm
Art, Ecology & Music
Since we see music and dance as an integral and vital part of life-sustaining communities…:
Enjoy Bruma (Federico Ottavianelli) and Diego Rial from Argentina on a cozy sunday evening at Gartenstudio, Berlin.
Bruma is a tango singer who will enchant you with his voice and stories…
There will be a little food (you can bring more, if you want) and some basic drinks (dito…).
Bring friends, invite people you like…

Location: Gartenstudio, Naunynstrasse 53, B-Kreuzberg
Time: 20.30h
Fee: Donation based

Have a look at/listen to Bruma (Frederico Ottavianelli) con Duo Encuentro on youtube
www.gartenstudio.org

_Thu 29th of Jan 09, 4-8pm
Art, Ecology & Education at the Club Transmediale 09 in Berlin:
Free Knowledge Market by Bank of Common Knowledge / www.bancocomun.org
Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2

_Thu 22nd of Jan 09, 7.30pm
Art, Ecology and Food
Feel invited to a cozy gathering preparing and sharing great food and enjoying beautiful music at the Gartenstudio.
Of course the food is local and seasonal…
Let us know in time, max up to one day in advance (wed 21 jan) if you would like to eat with us (or if you in the end won’t make it…), since there is only limited space.
The donation would be 4€.
We will start cooking at 7.30pm and look forward to see you there.
Of course you can stop by spontaneously as well, might just be a bit tighter then…:-)

Location: Gartenstudio, Naunynstrasse 53, B-Kreuzberg
www.gartenstudio.org

_12-14 Dec 08 Integral Ecoawareness Laboratory in Berlin

_Wed 10 Dec 08, 19.00h
AEE at Pitch for Inspiration
Location: selfHUB, Erkelenzdamm 59-61, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg

_Thu 27 Nov 08, 20.00h
Personal experiences with the Pehuenche in Chile and their struggle to preserve their culture
An evening with Dario Jana-Castro
(Kolleg for Management and Design of Sustainable Development, (www.kmgne.de) and one of the directors of the International Summeruniversity (www.uinternacional.org) in Chile)

Together with a group of comrades Dario Jana-Castro founded the „Grupo de Acción por el Biobío“ (GABB) in order to inhibit an ecologically questionable embankment dam project at the Biobío. This project would have led to the displacement of the indigenous Penhuenche people. The initiative became the fundament of humanrights and environmental movements in the young democracy after military dictatorship, and it sparked a nationwide discussion on alternative development.
In 1998 the initiative received the Alternative Nobelprice.
On this evening Dario Jana-Castro will talk about his life with the Penhuenche and provide access to the culture and ways of thinking of the indigenous people of Chile.

We are looking forward to inspiring input, slides and open exchange.
The selfHUB is located at: Erkelenzdamm 59-61, Portal 1, 3. OG, 10999 Berlin – Kreuzberg

_Thu 30 October, 20.00h
Reading with Jörg Petzold, Actor
‚Indigenous Teachings – Knowledge and Inspiration for Sustainable Living‘
Texts and excerpts from different sources

‚Wealth means: a deep understanding of the natural world‘.
Inuit definition of wealth

‚The great sea
Has sent me adrift
It moves me
As the weed in a great river
Earth and great weather
Move me
Have carried me away
And move my inward parts with joy.‘
Inuit song

Afterwards open exchange, music, ‚AEE lounge’…
Come by and bring friends!
Location: Cafe Graefchen, Graefestrasse 82, Berlin-Kreuzberg

_Thu 9 Oct 2008, 20:30h
Screening of ‚Zeitgeist – Addendum‘
The movie is the sequel the of ‚Zeitgeist‘, produced by Peter Joseph, which was created as a nonprofit expression to inspire people to start looking at the world from a more critical perspective and to understand that very often things are not what the population at large think they are / how politicians and the media present them.
‚Zeitgeist‘ was awarded Best Feature Film at the 2007 Artivist Awards.
‚Zeitgeist – Addendum‘ has its world-premiere on October 2nd at the Artivist’s Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Location: Das Hotel, Mariannenstrasse 26a, B-Xberg

April – July 08 AEE at the selfHUB Berlin:

The selfHUB is located at Erkelenzdamm 59-61, Portal 1, 3. OG, 10999 Berlin – Kreuzberg

Program:

Wednesday, 02.04.08, 20:30
‚A Crude Awakening / The Oilcrash‘, documentary by Basil Gelpke & Ray McCormack
Screening and Discussion

Wednesday, 16.04.08, 20:00, 3€
Paradigm Shift – The Basis for Sustainability
“A paradigm can be seen as an entire constellation of beliefs, values and techniques, and so on, shared by the members of a given community” (Kuhn) Thus a paradigm shift will change the way the individual perceives reality.
Startingpoint for this open discussion to this topic are two short video-excerpts:
‚The Web of Life‘ – Fritjof Capra, Physicist, Systems Theorist and Author, Co-Founder of the Center for Ecoliteracy in California
‚Beyond Deep Ecology‘ – Satish Kumar, NGO Director, Peace Activist, Editor of Resurgence Magazine and Programm Director at Schumacher College, U.K.

Wednesday, 30.04.08, 20:00
Basic Knowledge for Sustainable Living: Peak Oil – The impacts for our society and lifestyle
Screening of Crude Impact (OV), documentation by James Jandak Wood
For those of you, who did not see our first screening on peak oil: Crude Impact is a documentary that Chris Vernon from www.theoildrum.com has described as ‚the best documentary on the subject’. Afterwards is again space for discussion and exchange.

Wednesday, 14.05.08, 20:00
Creative Answers to Peak Oil and Climate Change:
Transition Towns, England and Navdanya, India

Presentation and Discussion

Wednesday, 28.05.08, 20:00
Amandla! – A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony (OV)
An inspiring documentary on the history and the power of song in South Africa and on what role it played in the revolution.
„The apartheid government took everything away from people, but it couldn’t stop them from singing.“ (Lee Hirsch, Director)
This film makes clear what importance music has in sustaining communities. Thus if we are interested in creating sustainable communities, this is an issue we might want to look at and learn about…
Stop by, bring friends and interested people, pass on the info.
Afterwards there will be space for discussion and exchange.

Wednesday, 25.06.08, 19:00
The Maya and the time of change – an insight into an indigenous culture
An evening with Dr. Omar Miranda Novales

Wednesday, 9.07.08, 20:00
CSA / Community Supported Agriculture – Conscious consumption one step ahead
For this evening we invited the CSA Project Staudenmüller, which is located close to Berlin. You will have the possibility to learn about the CSA concept and meet people working with it directly.
Basic thought of a CSA is that a farm provides food for people within its surroundings , while the people provide the necessary (financial) means for production. Both sides take responsibility for the other.
This is one way how you can support organic farming and local farms in a direct way. The farms will be less dependend on ‚the market‘ and corporations and you get fresh, seasonal, regional food…

Art, Ecology & Education supports the first german Transition Town Initiative in Berlin:

Energiewende/Transition Town Initiative Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg

We are looking forward to exchange, workshops and celebrations throughout 2009!

More info at http://transitiontowns.org/Berlin-Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg and http://energiewende.wordpress.com/

Browse through our playlists, enjoy and spread the word:

Art, Ecology & Education Video Channel

Declare Interdependence @

www.culturalrevolutionaries.org

An open experiment by Art, Ecology & Education

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The Prime Directive of Permaculture:
The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children’s.
Make it now.

Principle of Cooperation: Cooperation, not competition, is the very basis of future survival and of existing life systems.

The Ethical Basis of Permaculture:
1.CARE OF THE EARTH: Provision for all life systems to continue and increase.
2.CARE OF PEOPLE: Provision for people to access those resources necessary to their existence.
3.SETTING LIMITS TO POPULATION AND CONSUMPTION: By governing our needs, we can set resources aside to further the above principles.

Rules of Use of Natural Resources:
– Reduce waste, hence pollution
– Thoroughly replace lost minerals
– Do a careful energy accounting; and
– Make a biosocial impact assessment for long term effects on society, and act to buffer or eliminate any negative impacts.

Life Intervention Principle:
In chaos lies unparalleled opportunity for imposing creative order.

Law of Return:
Whatever we take, we must return, or
Nature demands a return for every gift received, or
The user must pay.

Directive of Return
: Every object must responsibly provide for its replacement. Society must, as a condition of use, replace an equal or greater resource than that used.

Set of Ethics on Natural Systems:
– Implacable and uncompromising opposition to further disturbance of any remaining natural forests;
– Vigorous rehabilitation of degraded and damaged natural systems to a stable state;
– Establishment of plant systems for our own use on the least amount of land we can use for our existence; and
– Establishment of plant and animal refuges for rare or threatened species.

The Basic Law of Thermodynamics (as restated by Watt):
„All energy entering an organism, population or ecosystem can be accounted for as energy which is stored or leaves. Energy can be transferred from one form to another, but it cannot disappear or be destroyed or be created. No energy conversion system is ever completely efficient.“

Principle of Disorder:
Order and harmony produce energy for other uses. Disorder consumes energy to no useful end.
Neatness, tidiness, uniformity, and straightness signify an energy-maintained disorder in natural systems.

Principle of Stress and Harmony:
Stress may be defined as either prevention of natural function, or of forced function; and (conversely) harmony as the permission of chosen and natural functions and the supply of essential needs.

Principle of Stability:
It is not the number of diverse things in a design that leads to stability, it is the number of beneficial connections between these components.

The Problem is the Solution:
Everything works both ways.
It is only how we see things that makes them advantageous or not.

Information as a Resource:
Information is the critical potential resource. It becomes a resource only when obtained and acted upon.

Excerpt from ‘Permaculture, A Designer’s Manual’ by Bill Mollison, Tagari Publications,1988

permaculture links
more texts & excerpts on permaculture
‚essence of permaculture‘ / download it here

Permaculture is a dynamic interplay between two phases: on the one hand, sustaining life within the cycle of the seasons, and on the other, conceptual abstraction and emotional intensity of creativity and design. I see the relationship between these two as like the pulsing relationship between stability and change.

It is the steady, cyclical and humble engagement with nature that provides the sustenance for the spark of insight and integration (integrity), which, in turn, informs and transforms the practice. The first is harmonious and enduring; the second is episodic and powerful. The joyful asymmetric balance between the two expresses our humanity.
out of ‘Permaculture, Principles & Pathways beyond Sustainability’ by David Holmgren, Holmgren Design Services, 2002

permaculture links
more texts & excerpts on permaculture
‚essence of permaculture‘ / download it here

The Dance

by Donella Meadows

1. Get the beat.
2. Listen to the wisdom of the system.
3. Expose your mental models to the open air.
4. Stay humble, stay a learner.
5. Honor and protect information.
6. Locate responsibility in the system.
7. Make feedback policies for feedback systems.
8. Pay attention to what is important, not just to what is quantifiable.
9. Go for the good of the whole.
10. Expand time horizons.
11 .Expand thought horizons.
12. Celebrate complexity.
13. Hold fast to the goal of goodness.

…Let’s face it, the universe is messy. It is nonlinear, turbulent, and chaotic. It is dynamic. It spends its time in transient behaviour on its way to somewhere else, not in mathematically neat equilibria. It self-organizes and evolves. It creates diversity, not uniformity. That’s what makes the world interesting, that’s what makes it beautiful, and that’s what makes it work.

version of the whole text
found in: ‚Ecological Literacy, Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World‘, Michael K. Stone, Zenobia Barlow, Fritjof Capra

also: Versions of this piece have been published in Whole Earth, winter 2001 and The Systems Thinker, Vol. 13, No. 2 (March 2002).

For me Masanobu Fukuoka was a poet. He is known as one of the pioneers of natural farming and was an inspiration for the originators of the permaculture concept.

“If a single new bud is snipped off a fruit tree with a pair of scissors, that may bring about a disorder which cannot be undone…. Human beings with their tampering do something wrong, leave the damage unrepaired, and when the adverse results accumulate, work with all their might to correct them.”

“To become one with nature — agriculture is an occupation in which a farmer adapts himself to nature. To do that, you have to gaze at a rice plant and listen to the words from the plant. If you understand what the rice says, you just adjust your heart to that of the rice plants and raise them. In reality, we do not have to raise them. They will grow. We just serve nature. A piece of advice I need to give you here. When I say gaze at a rice plant or stare at its true form, it does not mean to make an observation or to contemplate the rice plant, which makes it an object different from yourself. It is very difficult to explain in words. In a sense, it is important that you become the rice plant. Just as you, as the subject of gazing, have to disappear. If you do not understand what you should do or what I am talking about, you should be absorbed in taking care of the rice without looking aside. If you could work wholeheartedly without yourself, that is enough. Giving up your ego is the shortest way to unification with nature.”

One Straw Revolution is maybe one of his best known books and even if you are not particularily interested in gardening, I recommend to read it, and if it’s just for a few paragraphs.

The Fukuoka Farming Website:
www.fukuokafarmingol.info

The Plowboy Interview: Masanobu Fukuoka

Deep Ecology is philosophical movement that considers humankind as an integral part of its environment. The term was introduced by the norwegian philospher Arne Naess.

‚Yet, in deep ecology we ask if a society meets the basic needs of mankind, like love, security and access to nature. We ask what kind of society, what kind of education is beneficial for life on this planet as a whole, and then we ask what we have to do to impose the necessary changes.‘ (Arne Naess)


Seven Points

These are seven basic points of Deep Ecology. They are derived from many sources, and are general enough to be interpreted in a variety of ways. They are meant to serve as a set of core values, a platform to guide discussion and action.

•  All life has intrinsic value.

•  Nature, in all its complexity and diversity, results from symbiosis. Diversity means the many different kinds of individuals, species, and ecosystems which the whole of nature contains and in itself implies the idea of ‘many‘. But in nature, instead of a multiplicity of detached entities, organisms are bound to each other through threads of symbiosis and depend upon interaction with each other for survival.
Symbiosis with diversity together form the complexity of nature – a vast world of relationships, connections, and possibilities. There is intrinsic value in this crystal web of complexity. Our species is but one strand in the web.

•  People are part of nature, but our potential power means that our responsibility toward nature is greater than that of any other species. Individuals of all species have a natural tendency to explore their environment and simultaneously create and fill an ecological niche. In defining our niche we have altered nature more than any other species has done. This imposed change, carried out on a massive scale, detaches us from the earth, and neither furthers our own survival nor the well-being of the planet.

•  We have become estranged from the earth because we have interfered with the complexity of nature. Yet our species has more than the ability to destroy: it also has a potential for understanding.

•  We should change the basic structure of our society and the policies which uphold it. The idea of growth should be redefined so that it refers to the increase of our understanding and experience of nature. Comprehending should form the basic of our actions. We therefore need to rethink our policies on:

Economics. Economic needs are the factual needs of survival. But only individuals can have such needs, not organizations nor corporations. Present economic ideology tends to value material goods and the flow of goods and services, and industries try to create or increase the needs for products. We should instead identify the needs of people and those of other species, and develop ways of realizing them.
Society and Politics. Our world is largely controlled by massive organizations and it is unrealistic to assume that we could function without them. But to promote growth we must encourage local, participatory structures, based on the principles of self-reliance. Local autonomy does not imply isolation and decentralization does not suggest a lack of cooperation and meeting. The movement towards smaller, more egalitarian and less hierarchical organizations cannot be done in opposition to the dominant system: it must come from within its depths.
Cultures. Different cultures have different needs – cultures must be seen as dynamic patterns, flows of change based on enduring values identified through history. For cultural diversity to survive demands that the basic aims of each culture should be sustained. No culture should impose upon another.

•  We must seek quality of personal life rather than higher standards of living, self-realization rather than mere monetary gain. Measuring quantities in our lives is easy, but measuring quality is not. Statistics alone can never be the basic for decisions – underlying values must be considered. It is essential to establish principles of life quality before criticisms and paths for change are mapped out.
Ecological consciousness connects the individual to the larger world. It allows the full realization of the possibilities open to any person in society and nature. No one’s self-realization can come about in isolation, however: compassion and altruism must be the foundations of a life that is truly one of quality.

•  We need to identify more with nature. Only then will we see our part in it again. Science can help us do this, as the search for basic laws brings us closer to natural values.
The more we learn of nature, the more we see that we cannot accept as inevitable our present dangerously imperfect world. We can direct whatever abilities we possess towards change, both immediate action and the achievement of long-term goals.
Four broad ways of involving oneself in change can be identified:

I Living according to ecological ideals of self-reliance, as an individual or in a small group. To do this at present requires some detachment from the dominant system.
II Encouraging compromise between the present and the ideal: a mix of centralized and local technologies and institutions, providing a realistic path of transition.
III Trying to change the system directly. This means talking to people, including ‘experts‘ and decision-makers.
IV Artistic and philosophical reflection on the closeness of man and nature for its own sake.

out of ‘The Green Alternative‘ by Peter Bunyard and Fern Morgan-Grenville, published by Methuen London Ltd in 1987 and by Mandarin Paperbacks in 1990

Deep Ecology / wikipedia

Notable advocates of deep ecology are amongst others Stephan Harding, Dolores Lachapelle and Joanna Macy .

“The Lakota was a true naturist – a lover of nature. He loved the earth and all things of the earth, the attachment growing with age. The old people came literally to love the soil and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power. It was good for the skin to touch the earth and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with bare feet on the sacred earth. Their tipis were built upon the earth and their altars were made of earth. The birds that flew in the air came to rest upon the earth and it was the final abiding place of all things that lived and grew. The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing.
That is why the old Indian still sits upon the earth instead of propping himself up and away from its life-giving forces. For him, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply and to feel more keenly; he can see more clearly into the mysteries of life and come closer in kinship to other lives about him. …
Kinship with all creatures of the earth, sky and water was a real and active principle. For the animal and bird world there existed a brotherly feeling that kept the Lakota safe among them and so close did some of the Lakotas come to their feathered friends that in true brotherhood they spoke a common tongue.
The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man’s heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans, too. So he kept his youth close to its softening influence.”

Chief Luther Standing Bear

Excerpt from ‘Touch the Earth, A Self-Portrait of Indian Existence’, compiled by T.C. McLuhan, published 1971 by Promontory Press (reprinted by arrangement with Outerbrigde&Lazard)

“You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round. In the old days when we were a strong and happy people, all our power came to us from the sacred hoop of the nation as so long as the hoop was unbroken the people flourished. The flowering tree was the living center of the hoop, and the circle of the four quarters nourished it. The east gave peace and light, the south gave warmth, the west gave rain, and the north with its cold and mighty winds gave strength and endurance. This knowledge came to us from the outer world with our religion. Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same and both are round.
Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of man is a circle from childhood to childhood and so it is in everything where power moves. Our tipis were round like the nests of birds and these were always set in a circle, the nations hoop, the nest of many nests where the Great Spirit meant for us to hatch our children.”

Black Elk

Excerpt from ‘Touch the Earth, A Self-Portrait of Indian Existence’, compiled by T.C. McLuhan, published 1971 by Promontory Press (reprinted by arrangement with Outerbrigde&Lazard)

“Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves. This we know – the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web he does to himself.”

Chief Seattle

Excerpt from ‘The Gaia Atlas of Planet Management’ by Norman Myers and Joss Pearson, 1985, Gaia Books

Patterns tell us that all is streams, all particles, all waves. Each defines the other…
Finally pattern understanding can only contribute to the current and continuing evolution of new world views based on the essential one-ness of all phenomena. Lovelock (1979) has perhaps best expressed that combination of scientific insights and older tribal beliefs which assert the interdependence of animate and inanimate events. The universe, and this earth, behave as self-regulating and self-generated constructs, very much akin to a single organism or a thought process.
Excerpt from ‘Permaculture, A Designer’s Manual’ by Bill Mollison, Tagari Publications,1988

In the complex of time-concepts evolved by Australian Aboriginies, only one (and the least important) is the linear concept that we use to govern our life and time. Of far greater everyday use was the phenomenological (or phenological) time; the time as given not by clocks, but by the life phenomena of flowers, birds, and weather. An example of real life is that of an old Pitjatjantjara woman who pointed out a small desert flower coming into bloom. She told me that the dingoes, in the ranges of hills far to the north, were now rearing pups, and that it was time for their group to leave fort the hills to collect these pups. Thousands of such relationships are known to tribal peoples. Some such signals may not occur in 100 or 500 years (like the flowering of a bamboo), but when it does occur, special actions and ceremonies are indicated, and linked phenomena are known.
Finally, in tribal society, one is not wise by years, but by degree of revelation. Those who understand and embody advanced knowledge are the most intuitive, and therefore most entitled to special veneration. Such knowledge is almost invariably based on pattern understanding, and is independent of sex or even age, so that one is ‚aged’ by degree of revelation, not time spent in living.
Excerpt from ‘Permaculture, A Designer’s Manual’ by Bill Mollison, Tagari Publications,1988

DEFENSES:
LIFE SAVING THEN, LIFE THREATENING NOW

…Past Reality Integration (PRI) therapy is based on the idea that we all have a divided consciousness: one part of our consciousness sees the world through the eyes of the child we once were, and feels accordingly. The other part of our consciousness sees the world through the eyes of the adult we are now. Because of this division, we perceive and experience things quite differently, depending on which part of our consciousness we are accessing. For example one moment we can feel secure, ‘on top of things’ and competent, and the next moment we might feel depressed, angry, insecure, guilty, etc.
Maybe you recognize this, often sudden, change in the way you feel about yourself and your life. Normally nothing extraordinary occurs to cause such a shift, so we can’t make sense out of the change in the way we feel.
On an unconscious level, however, something does happen. What happens is, that we are confronted with something, usually a person or a situation, that reminds us, without us being aware of it, of something in our past. Actually it reminds us of something in our past that we had to repress when we were children. This unconscious remembering is what causes a shift from Adult Consciousness to Child Consciousness.

Past Reality Integration therapy is based on the idea that children do not receive what they need. Children need more than food, clothing and shelter, they also need physical and emotional safety, respect for their own identity, loving physical and emotional attention, support, encouragement and warmth. A child needs all these things to become a healthy functioning adult. However, children often grow up with caregivers who are not able to meet all these needs. Facing the truth that some or many of these needs will never be met is too threatening for the child, because her survival depends on her needs being met. In order to survive childhood, most of us had to repress the truth that some of our survival needs would never be met. We could not feel the emotional impact this had on us, and we had to deny the truth of the situation.

(Repression) happens without conscious awareness. We are not aware that we use Repression, nor are we aware of what we have repressed.

The process of Repression, dividing our consciousness in order not to feel the truth of our childhood, seems adequate in and of itself to do the life-saving work for the child (we were). However, as Jenson explains in Reclaiming your Life, Repression has a ‘helper’ called Denial. This helper denies the truth that has been repressed by substituting another ‘reality’ for the one that has been repressed.
For example: The emotional distress a child experiences when physically abandoned is too threatening to her emotional well-being to fully contain in consciousness. If she would fully realize not only that she was left by her mother, but also the meaning behind this behavior (the lack of love which made it possible for her mother to abandon her), the pain would be so enormous that life would no longer be worth living for her. These life-threatening feelings are repressed into the compartment that holds all truths that are too painful to feel. Then something extra happens to really make sure the Repression holds. The truth of the emotional neglect and physical abandonment is replaced by a lie, a lie that denies the existence of the truth. In this example it could be: “My mother and I are very close, she loves me so much, she wants to be with me, but she just can’t.”
When this child grows up to be an adult she most likely will still believe this lie – that she and her mother are very close. She might marry a man who emotionally neglects her and even leaves her. She would feel enormous pain about that, she probably would feel that she could not face living anymore.
The Denial, which saved her life as a child, threatens her life as an adult. No matter how much she still had going for her in her life, she would probably feel life has lost its meaning for her. She would feel this because that is what was true for her as a child. She had to repress the truth that it was life threatening to be left by her mother when she was too young to take care of herself and she had to repress the pain that would result from facing that truth. As an adult when a Symbolic situation presents itself (her husband leaves her), the old childhood feelings surface mercilessly. At the same time though she will still be absolutely convinced that she and her mother were close, and she will have no conscious knowledge of the depth of those terrible feelings she would have felt as a child when her mother left her. But she didn’t feel those feelings because the child she was could not survive feeling them, so she repressed those feelings and then used Denial to create a more palatable ‘truth’.. Her mother might very well remain the most important person in her life.
-The three types of denial
There are several ways to deny the truth. We define three. All of them serve to substitute another reality for what is the truth: False Hope (FH), False Power (FP) and the Primary Defense (PD). All three defense mechanisms helped the child we were to survive childhood, and all three continue to operate when we are adults. However, when we are adults we don’t need them anymore. The past is over and knowing the truth isn’t life threatening anymore, although it was when we were children.
Unfortunately our mind doesn’t recognize this. Every time we come across a Symbol (anything that reminds us unconsciously of the past) our consciousness shifts from the adult state (Adult Consciousness-AC) to the childhood state (Childhood Consciousness-CC).

Le Doux’s brain research explains how this mechanism works on a neurological level. A part of our brain, the amygdala, has a special function concerning threatening events. When something threatening happens the memory of that event is stored in the amygdala. The amygdala is able to operate independently from the part of our brain that is more rational and so memories of threatening events are stored in the amygdala without our rational brain necessarily being aware of it. The amygdala functions as a storage place for strongly loaded emotional memories. This storage process has an explicit survival function. Every time another potentially threatening situation is encountered, the amygdala compares the situation with the memories it has stored, in order to determine if the present situation represents a threat. If, after comparison, a threat is perceived, the amygdala will send out signals to alarm us.
However the amygdala’s method of comparison is not very accurate. It works through association, so only a small number of elements from the present situation need to resemble the past situation that was dangerous before the amygdala will sound the alarm. The responses that are developed in reaction to the amygdala’s alarms will therefore often be as outdated as the memories that triggered them. The storage and comparison ability of the amygdala is still vital to our survival: if we are confronted with real danger, we need an alarm to go off. But many events the amygdala still has ‘on file’ have become outdated, since they were threatening to us when we were children, but are no longer to us as adults.

LeDoux’s findings quite intricately show the brain mechanisms involved in the emotional mechanisms outlined by PRI theory. The words used are different, however the process described is identical. Every time the amygdala sounds alarm it is because something is working as a Symbol (it reminds us/our amygdala of something threatening in the past), and as a result we go into Childhood Consciousness: reacting to the present as if it were the past.
After being triggered by a Symbol into our Childhood Consciousness (CC), old pain is brought up and we start to feel terrible or at least uncomfortable. Since most of us don’t enjoy feeling pain, we then quickly move out of the CC and into the “Wall of Denial” – our defenses.
Many of us have learned to move so quickly from our CC to the Wall of Denial that we don’t even feel the old pain before we employ a defense mechanism. In that way we can completely avoid consciously feeling any pain. But pain is touched upon when we are confronted with a Symbol: And since our mind is convinced that the pain is present day pain brought on by present day events and we can’t tolerate the pain, our mind will use the defenses as if our life depended on them (because when we were children our lives did depend on them).
When we were children the defenses saved our life. As adults the defenses threaten our lives, or at least they make our lives a lot more painful then it needs to be. The childhood pain is not the problem when we are adults. It isn’t the old pain that has such destructive consequences on individuals, societies and our world. Our defenses are the course of the harm. Because of our defenses we engage in big or little wars (False Power), because of defenses we feel we are no good for anything (Primary Defense), because of defenses we persist in behavior that doesn’t lead anywhere and might even cause harm (False Hope).

Le Doux confirms that the interaction during the first few years of life will lead to the imprinting of emotional lessons based on the harmony or disruption of the contact between parent and child. These emotional lessons have so much influence and yet are so difficult to understand from an adult perspective because they, according to LeDoux, have been saved in the amygdala as undefined, worldless blueprints of emotional life. These earliest emotional memories are imprinted at a time when a child does not yet have words for her experience. One reason why we can be so surprised by our emotional outbursts is because often they date from a time early in our life when things were still confusing and we had no words to understand what was happening. We do have the chaotic feelings but we lack the words for the memories that formed them.

For the child we were the pain was life-threatening, for the adults we are now our defenses are the ones that can destroy our life. The mentioned inaccuracy of the amygdala can have disastrous effects on our life because we might e.g. fight with or flee from the wrong person or situation. Before the cortex, the seat of rational thinking knows what is going on, the amygdalaa can react with an outburst of raw anger or acute fear. Reactions which would have been accurate a long time ago.
In order to heal it is of great importance to realize how destructive it is to defend ourselves against our old pain. It is a difficult job, but relinquishing our defenses is the most important aspect of the healing process outlined in this book, a process aimed at improving the quality of our lives and the lives of those around us.

It is my personal conviction that the state of being that the great spiritual teachers have described as enlightenment, is “nothing more” than that: a state in which we are no longer employing any defense mechanisms. Most spiritual teachers seem to say that enlightenment is nothing out of the ordinary, that it is not something we can work towards, because it is already here. It is our natural state of being. However we don’t realize this because we are not living in the present, in the moment that is now. Instead most of us are living mainly in the past, trapped in the illusion that that is what is happening now, making it impossible to see the present for what it truly is.
This description of what prevents us from living in our natural state of enlightenment much resembles what happens when we see the past reality and act upon those perceptions, while convinced that we are perceiving and acting upon the present. This is the nature of our defense mechanisms. An undivided consciousness – lacking defenses – would be able to fully perceive the moment that is now every time, as described by these teachers. And isn’t an undivided consciousness our natural state? The state in which we were created and born?
out of ‘Rediscovering The True Self’ by Drs. Ingeborg Bosch, Ingeborg Bosch PRI b.v., 2002
(www.pastrealityintegration.com )
„How does one breathe during meditation?“

„Naturally. Slowly. Through the nose if your thoughts are peaceful, through the mouth if they are agitated. By letting the belly out completely while inhaling, and retracting it without force while exhaling. The diaphragm supple as a jellyfish; the anus relaxed; the throat relaxed; the brain relaxed; the cranial bones like another diaphragm; the shoulders, the arms, and the hands relaxed. The point of the tongue on the palate, against the upper teeth. The spinal column very straight, the vertebrae stacked up like little round cushions full of sand. The eyes slightly opened, fixed before you on the ground, or completely opened and fixed on infinity, right in front of you. Then, without forcing it you extend the breath, you let it become subtle, and then you notice a pause between the exhalation and the inhalation, and then you realize that the divine is in this interstitial void. Then you practice circular respiration born of hamsa.“

„At the beginning, when one first starts to meditate, isn’t it easier to have an object to concentrate on?“

„You can concentrate on a little pebble or some other object, but you have to be careful not to do this for too long or it will become fossilized in your mind. When you meditate with some sort of crutch, you must alternate your concentration with mind relaxation like a series of waves. You must let the concentration breathe, or you wear yourself out for nothing.“

„How should one consider the intrusions of thought that come to interfere with one’s absorbtion?“

„You have to stop believing that these distracted states are at odds with profound absorbtion. They are a kind of energy to be grounded in the absorbtion. As soon as you stop considering them as obstacle, you witness a wonderful transformation in which the agitation begins to nourish the calm. There is no antagonism in non-duality. All efforts to reduce turbulence or make it disappear only reinforce it. The clouds are part of the beauty of the sky. The shooting stars are an integral part of the night. The night doesn’t say to itself, ‚Here comes a shooting star to interrupt my peace!’ So be like the sky, and your mind will integrate all states.“

„And when one leaves meditation, how does one move in the outside world?“

„It is necessary to really grasp that you don’t sit down to avoid or achieve some exterior thing. You don’t meditate to experiment with altered states of consciousness or whatever else. You meditate only to perceive by yourself that everything is within us, every atom of the universe, and that we already possess everything we would wish to find outside ourselves. To meditate is to be one hundred percent in reality. And if you are in reality what would you be leaving by entering the outside world?
To meditate in solitude or to walk amid the hustle-bustle of a polluted city is fundamentally the same thing. Only when we have realized that do we really begin to meditate. In meditating we run after nothing; we aren’t looking for any state, any ecstasy other than being totally within reality. Those who pretend to reach higher states of consciousness through meditation are only taking bhang.*
Beginning from the moment when we are the entire universe, how could we be lifted toward anything? It’s enough to open your eyes. It’s all there. When we meditate in this way, seated, standing, or lying down, we overflow with the divine and the divine overflows into us.“

*Indian cannabis-based hallucinatory drink.
out of ‚Tantric Quest’ by Daniel Odier (Inner Traditions, 1997),  who left to India in 1968 and was initiated into the teachings of Shivaic Tantrism by Devi, a great female Yogi.

Improvisation in Jazz
By Bill Evans

There is a Japanese visual art in which the artist is forced to be spontaneous. He must paint on a thin stretched parchment with a special brush and black water paint in such a way that an unnatural or interrupted stroke will destroy the line or break through the parchment. Erasures or changes are impossible. These artists must practice a particular discipline, that of allowing the idea to express itself in communication with their hands in such a direct way that deliberation cannot interfere.
The resulting pictures lack the complex composition and textures of ordinary painting, but it is said that those who will see will find something captured that escapes explanation.
This conviction that direct deed is the most meaningful reflection, I believe, has prompted the evolution of the extremely severe and unique disciplines of the jazz or improvising musician. …
Excerpt from liner notes from ‘Kind of Blue’ by Miles Davis, Columbia Records, 1959

Every shaman, an Indian holy man, has his own particular song which he sings when calling up his helping spirits. This was the song of Uvavnuk, an Eskimo woman shaman, celebrating the joy of being moved by nature. “To the Indian,” writes Natalie Curtis in The Indian’s Book, “song is the breath of the spirit that consecrates the act of life.”

The great sea
Has sent me adrift
It moves me
As the weed in a great river
Earth and great weather
Move me
Have carried me away
And move my inward parts with joy.
out of ‘Touch the Earth, A Self-Portrait of Indian Existence’, compiled by T.C. McLuhan, published 1971 by Promontory Press (reprinted by arrangement with Outerbrigde&Lazard)

Music has a very special significance in the value system of Indian culture. The whole universe is music. The music of the spheres is not audible; it is anhata which means ’not struck’ or ‘not beaten’. Nada on the other hand, the audible sound, is ahata, i.e. ‘beaten, struck’. This audible sound creates harmony between Man and the world of the inaudible sound. Even the very earliest treaties on music, which date back some two and a half thousand years, focus on the belief that the musician – this means the singer in 20th century India – is able to evoke feelings and thoughts that lie beyond our rational ability to think and speak.

Dhrupad is first and foremost religious music. The performance of a raga is not intended to entertain the audience: on the contrary, it represents a kind of prayer, an expression of religious feelings, and endeavors awaken the awareness of God in the listener. Originally, dhrupad or its forerunners was only sung in temples: the singer stood facing the deity, and anyone wishing to listen sat behind him….
Various aspects of yogic discipline such as Asana, Pranayama and Dhyana, thus form an integral part of the performing technique.

Text of Raga ‘Miyan Ki Todi’
‘Clever as you are, O mind of mine, knowing all about Ragas and words and meanings and nuance of speech; yet delude not yourself!
For this – the Primal Sound – is too deep for us, inscrutable and beyond knowledge. To grasp it, you need not learning but Grace.’
Text from cd-inlet of ‘Dagar Brothers, Raga Miyan Ki Todi’, jecklin disco

The Mnemonics*Of Meaning
(*a word or string which is intended to be easier to remember than the thing it stands for)

Buddhists remind themselves of the pattern of events with their oft-repeated chant “Om mani padme hum”; pronounced “Aum ma-ni pay-may hung” by Tibetans and Nepalese, and meaning:

Om: the jewel in the lotus : hum

As Peter Matthiessen explains it (The Snow Leopard, Picador, 1980):
Aum (signing on) is the awakening or beginning harmonic, the sound of all stillness and the sounds of all time; it is the fundamental harmonic that recalls to us the universe itself.
Ma-ni: The unchanging essence or diamantine core of all phenomena; the truth, represented as a diamond, jewel, or thunderbolt. It is sometimes represented in paintings as a blue orb or a radiant jewel, and sometimes as a source of lighting or fire.
Pay-may: “Enfolded in the heart of the lotus” (mani enfolded). The visible and everyday unfolding of events, petals or patterns thus revealing the essential core (mani) to our understanding. The core itself, or the realization of it, is nirvana (the ideal state of Buddhism). The lotus represents the implicate order of tessellated and annidated events, and the process of unfolding the passage of time to successive revelations.
At the core is the unchanging understanding.
Hung (signing off): “It is here, now.” A declamation of belief of the enchanter in the words. It also prefaces the “Om” or beginning of the new chant cycle, although in a long sequence of such short chants, all words follow their predecessors. This is the reminder mnemonic of implicate time; all events are present now, and forever repeated in their form.

We can choose from tribal chants, arts, and folk decoration many such mnemonic patterns, which in their evolution over the ages express very much the same world concept as does modern physics and biology. Such thoughtful and vivid beliefs come close to realizing the actual nature of the observed events around us, and are derived from a contemplation of such events, indicating a way of life and a philosophy rather than a dogma or set of measures.
Beliefs so evolved precede, and transcend, the emphasis on the individual, or the division of life into disciplines and categories. When we search for the roots of belief, or more specifically meaning, we come again and again to the one-ness underlying science, word, song, art, and pattern: “The jewel in the heart of the lotus”.
Thus we see that many world beliefs share an essential core, but we also see the drift from such nature-based and essentially universal systems towards personalized or humanoid gods, dogma, and fanaticism, and to symbols without meaning or use in our lives, or to our understanding of life. Many other world-concepts based on the analogies of rainbows, serpents, and songs cycles relate to aspects of the integrated world view, and are found in Amerindian and Australian tribal cultures.
Excerpt from ‘Permaculture, A Designer’s Manual’ by Bill Mollison, Tagari Publications, 1988

Transformative learning involves experiencing a deep, structural shift in the basic premises of thought, feelings, and actions. It is a shift of consciousness that dramatically and irreversibly alters our way of being in the world. Such a shift involves our understanding of ourselves and our self-locations; our relationships with other humans and with the natural world; our understanding of relations of power in interlocking structures of class, race and gender; our body awarenesses, our visions of alternative approaches to living; and our sense of possibilities for social justice and peace and personal joy.

Definition by Edmund O’Sullivan, Professor for Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto

… In 1887, the Scottish surgeon J.B. Dunlop hit upon the idea of equipping his small son’s bicycle with an inflatable rubber tube. The bicyle tire was patented in 1888. During the years to follow, the demand for rubber multiplied. That was the explanation for the increasing brutilazation of the regime in the Congo which is reflected in the diaries of Sjoeblom and Glave.
Belgium’s king, Leopold II, issued a decree on September 29, 1891, which gave his representatives in the Congo a monopoly on “trade” in rubber and ivory. By the same decree, natives were obliged to supply both rubber and labor, which in practice meant no trading was necessary.
Leopold’s representatives simply requisitioned labor, rubber, and ivory from natives, without payment. Those who refused had their villages burned down, their children murdered, and their hands cut off.
These methods at first led to a dramatic increase in profitability. Profits were used, among other things, to build some of the hideous monuments still disfiguring Brussels: the Arcades du Cinquantenaire, The palais de Laeken, the Chateau d’Ardennes. Few people today remember how many amputated hands these monuments cost. …

…The forest was cleared, the flora and fauna Europeanized, the Guanches lost their land and thus their living. The modorra returned several times, and dysentery, pneumonia, and veneral disease ravaged.
Those who survived the diseases instead died of actual subjugation – loss of relatives, friends, language and lifestyle. When Girolamo Benzoni visited Las Palmas (Canary Islands) in 1541, there was one single Guanche left, eighty-one years old and permanently drunk. The Guanches had gone under. ….
This group of islands in the eastern Atlantic was the kindergarten for European imperialism. Beginners learned there that European people, plants, and animals manage very well even in areas where they did not exist by nature. They also learned that although the indigenous inhabitants are superior in numbers and put up bitter resistance, they are conquered, yes, exterminated – without anyone really knowing how it happened. …

…About five million of the indigenous American population lived in what is now the United States. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, half a million still remained. In 1892, at the time of Wounded Knee – the last great massacre of Indians in the United States – the native population reached rock bottom: a quarter of a million, or 5 percent of the original number of Indians.

…In the medieval hierarchy, the human being had been one and indivisible, created by God in His image and by Him placed on the top rung of the ladder of Creation.
The first person to divide the abstract human being of medieval theology into several species, of which some were considered closer to animals, was William Petty. “There seem to be several species, even of human beings”, he wrote in The Scale of Creation (1676). “I say that the Europeans do not only differ from the aforementioned Africans in colour…but also…in natural manners and in the internal qualities of their minds.” Here human beings are divided up not only into nations and people, but also biologically separate species. This occurred in passing and aroused no particular attention.

…It is not knowledge that is lacking. The educated general public has always largely known what outrages have been committed and are being committed in the name of Progress, Civilization, Socialism, Democracy, and the Market….

…You already know that. So do I. It is not knowledge we lack. What is missing is the courage to understand what we know and draw conclusions.

Excerpts of ‘Exterminate All the Brutes’ by Sven Lindqvist, Granta Books, London, 1997, translated from Swedish; (www.svenlindqvist.net )

If we continue to operate in terms of a Cartesian dualism* of mind versus matter, we shall probably also come to see the world in terms of God versus man; élite versus people; chosen race versus others; nation versus nation and man versus environment. It is doubtful whether a species having both an advanced technology and this strange way of looking at the world can endure…

‚The whole of our thinking about what we are and what other people are has got to be restructured. This is not funny, and I do not know how long we have to do it in. If we continue to operate on the premises that were fashionable during the Pre-Cybernetic era, and which were especially underlined during the Industrial Revolution, which seemed to validate the Darwinian unit of survival, we may have twenty or thirty years before the logical reductio ad absurdum  of our old positions destroys us. Nobody knows how long we have, under the present system, before some disaster strikes us, more serious than the destruction of any group of nations. The most important task today is, perhaps, to learn to think in a new way.‘

Gregory Bateson (1904-1980), anthropologist, scientist and biological philosopher

*In the seventeenth century, Rene Descartes based his view of nature on the fundamental division between two independent and separate realms – that of mind, the ‚thinking thing’ (res cogitans), and that of matter, the ‚extended thing’ (res extensa). This conceptual split between mind and matter has haunted Western science and philosophy for more than 300 years.

Concerns of ecologically conscious consumerism / of an ecologically conscious way of shaping one’s life

  • Protection of nature and its resources
  • Protection of the biodiversity
  • Preservation of the very basis of our existence
  • Healthy food, clothing and environment
  • Sustainability (We fulfill our needs and aspirations without limiting the chances and possibilities of future generations.)
  • Man sees himself not as ruler or owner of nature, but as part of it
  • Higher quality of life

The Possibilities

General Behaviour

  • Identification of suggested needs
  • Identification of dependency on corporations and consumer goods
  • Identification of own consumption behaviour (food, clothing, media, news, …)
  • Self-Responsibility
  • Discussion of the own definition of ‚quality of life’ and the question: ‚How much is enough?’
  • refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle / refusal of consumption, diminution of consumption, reusing, reparation, recycling

Immediate Effects of Ecologically Conscious Behaviour of Consumerism

  • support of concerns mentioned above
  • thus support of prosperity of the vicinity and greater diversity
  • money is kept in the vicinity, flowing off of capital towards corporations (supermarkets etc) is not being supported
  • no support of exploitative conditions of work and use of resources by corporations
  • no support of appropriation / management of vital goods (water, seeds etc) by corporations
  • no support of environment destroying work- and cultivation methods
  • no support of the production of food or clothing with genetically manipulated organisms, which create a dependeny on corporations and present hazard to nature and man
  • no support of high energy consumption and environmental pollution by importing goods

Practical Possibilities of Application and Implemenation

Food (Vegetables, Fruit, Meat, Diary Products, Cereal Products, Water etc)

  • avoidance / reduction of meat consumption
  • buy at organic market, at organic food shop, pay attention on local and seasonal goods
  • buy by retail
  • buy at fairtrade stores
  • cultivate your own food on balcony, in garden, community-garden etc
  • use fallow ground in cities

Clothing

  • buy from selected clothing producers
  • buy Second Hand
  • fleamarkets
  • clothing exchange
  • revaluate, recycle used pieces of clothing, eventuall by seamstress

Cosmetics

  • pay attention on selected products (organic shops, organic cosmetic shops…)

Household Products

  • pay attention on selected products (organic shops etc)

Household

  • pay attention to electricity consumption
  • use green electricity
  • pay attention to consumption of heat energy
  • isolate
  • use house / apartment and its exposure in an energy-efficient way
  • pay attention to water consumption
  • check out alternative possibilities of energy supply

Waste

  • avoid waste
  • separate waste
  • if possible create compost or organic waste bin

Transport

  • bicycle
  • public transport
  • train
  • carsharing
  • do not buy a new car
  • pay attention on pollutant output and consumption of your car
  • if flying is necessary: www.atmosfair.de etc

Financial Investment / Banks

  • no investments with major banks or financial institutions which are not transparent in terms of how the money is being used
  • ecological banks, green / ethical investments

Building (Interior Work, Construction/Building of a House etc)

  • pay attention on origin and certification of materials (prefer locally and sustainably produced and/or sustainable materials)

Health and Medecine

  • engage in preventative actions (physical exercise and activities, Yoga, Tai Chi etc)
  • pay attention to approach of your doctor (wholistic or treating the symptoms)
  • become acquainted with and integrate wholistic and alternative cures or healing methods
  • choose your doctor carefully
  • if possible, get an alternative diagnosis
  • if possible, choose an insurance that supports alternative cures

Life and Job

  • integration of above mentioned concerns / engaging in ecological principles and integrated / systemic thinking
  • create communities and networks

to all points mentioned above you will find links here



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Despite new environmental regulations, the increasing availability of ecofriendly products and many other encouraging developments championed by the environmental movement, the massive loss of forests and the greatest extinction of species in millions of years has not been reversed. By depleting our natural resources and reducing the planet’s biodiversity we damage the very fabric of life on which our well-being depends, including the priceless ‘ecosystem services’ that nature provides for free – processing waste, regulating the climate, regenerating the atmosphere and so on. These vital processes are emergent properties of nonlinear living systems that we are only beginning to understand, and they are now seriously endangered by our linear pursuit of economic growth and material consumption.
out of ‘Hidden Connections, a Science for Sustainable Living’ by Fritjof Capra, Harper Collins Publishers 2002

The following text is the conclusion of the Oilreport done by Energy Watch Group in October 2007:

The major result from this analysis is that world oil production has peaked in 2006. Production will start to decline at a rate of several percent per year. By 2020, and even more by 2030, global oil supply will be dramatically lower. This will create a supply gap which can hardly be closed by growing contributions from other fossil, nuclear or alternative energy sources in this time frame.
The world is at the beginning of a structural change of its economic system. This change will be triggered by declining fossil fuel supplies and will influence almost all aspects of our daily life.
Climate change will also force humankind to change energy consumption patterns by reducing significantly the burning of fossil fuels. Global warming is a very serious problem. However, the focus of this paper is on the aspects of resource depletion as these are much less transparent to the public.
The now beginning transition period probably has its own rules which are valid only during this phase. Things might happen which we never experienced before and which we may never experience again once this transition period has ended. Our way of dealing with energy issues probably will have to change fundamentally.
The International Energy Agency, anyway until recently, denies that such a fundamental change of our energy supply is likely to happen in the near or medium term future. The message by the IEA, namely that business as usual will also be possible in future, sends a false signal to politicians, industry and consumers – not to forget the media.

Here you will find the complete report as download.

What is Peak Oil? – very accessible and useful article by Graham Strouts on  www.transitionculture.org

Find more Information on Peak Oil and Energy & Resources Supply here .

Constructive Design Concepts, integrating this knowledge, are:
Permaculture and the Transition Towns Model

Anthropocentrism is a very crucial term / way of perception to examine for yourself.

“Anthropocentrism (greek:anthropos, human being / kentron, center) is the idea that, for humans, humans must be the central concern, and that humanity must judge all things accordingly: Human beings must be considered, looked after and cared for, above all other real or imaginary beings.” (via Wikipedia)

One alternative to this way of perceiving offers the Gaia Theory, which understands the earth as one living organism, thus the human being as an integral part of the whole system, being embedded in it and dependent on it.

You find this understanding also in many indigeneous cultures and you could say that it is part of our original, intuitive way of perceiving.

The anthropocentric way of perceiving must ultimately lead to self-destruction, since it results in separation and isolation from nature / the earth, and the earth forms the very basis of our existence.

“A paradigm can be seen as an entire constellation of beliefs, values and techniques, and so on, shared by the members of a given community” (Kuhn)

Thus a paradigm shift will change the way the individual perceives reality.

The term originates and was bound to science, but you will hear and read it more and more often referring to the shift from a reductionist, linear way of perceiving towards a holistic, systemic way.

The key to an operational definition of ecological sustainability is the realization that we do not need to invent sustainable human communities from scratch but can model them after nature’s ecosystems, which are sustainable communities of plants, animals and micro-organisms. Since the outstanding characteristic of the Earth household is its inherent ability to sustain life, a sustainable human community is one designed in such a manner that its ways of life, businesses, economy, physical structures and technologies do not interfere with nature’s inherent ability to sustain life. Sustainable communities evolve their patterns of living over time in continual interaction with other living systems, both human and nonhuman. Sustainability does not mean that things do not change: it is a dynamic process of coevolution rather than a static state.
out of ‘Hidden Connections, a Science for Sustainable Living’ by Fritjof Capra, Harper Collins Publishers 2002

One core point and foundation of a discussion about sustainable communities is that life is regarded as a property of the planet rather than the property of single organisms – thus that organisms may not be looked at separately, since they are only viable within a community.

Networks
At all scales of nature, we find living systems nesting within other living systems – networks within networks. Their boundaries are not boundaries of separation but boundaries of identity. All living systems communicate with one another and share resources across their boundaries.

Cycles
All living organisms must feed on continual flows of matter and energy fromtheir environment to stay alive, and all living organisms continually produce waste.However, an ecosystem generates no net waste, one species’ waste being another species’ food. Thus matter cycles continually through the web of life.

Solar Energy
Solare energy, transformed into chemical energy by photosynthesis of green plants, drives the ecological cycles.

Partnership
The exchanges of energy and resources in an ecosystem are sustained by pervasive co-operation. Life did not take over the planet by combat but by co-operation, partnership, and networking.

Diversity
Ecosystems achive stability and resilience through the richness and complexity of their ecological webs. The greater their biodiversity, the more resilient they will be.

Dynamic Balance
An ecosystem is a flexible, ever-fluctuating network. Its flexibility is a consequence of multiple feedback loops that keep the system in a state of dynamic balance. No single variable is maximized; all variables fluctuate around their optimal values.


These principles are directly relevant to our health and well-being. Because of our vital need to breathe, eat and drink, we are always embedded in the cyclical processes of nature. Our health depends upon the purity of the air we breathe and the water we drink, and it depends on the health of the soil from which our food is produced. In the coming decades the survival of humanity will depend upon our ecological literacy – our ability to understand the basic principles of ecology and to live accordingly. Thus, ecological literacy, or ‘ecoliteracy’, must become a critical skill for politicians, business leaders and professionals in all spheres, and should be the most important part of education at all levels – from primary and secondary schools to colleges, universities and the continuing education and training of professionals.

out of ‘Hidden Connections, a Science for Sustainable Living’ by Fritjof Capra, Harper Collins Publishers 2002

The first principle of ecodesign is that ‚waste equals food’. Today a major clash between economics and ecology derives from the fact that nature’s ecosystems are cyclical, whereas our industrial systems are linear. In nature, matter cycles, continually, and thus ecosystems generate no overall waste. Human businesses, by contrast, take natural resources, transform them into products plus waste, and sell the products to consumers, who discard more waste when they have used the products.
The principle ‚waste equals food’ means that all products and materials manufactured by industry, as well as the waste generated in the manufacturing processes, must eventually provide nourishment for something new. A sustainable business organization would be embedded in an ‚ecology of organizations’, in which the waste of any one organization would be the resource for another. In such a sustainable industrial system, the total outflow of each organization – its products and wastes – would be perceived and treated as resources cycling through the system.

As this new century unfolds, there are two developments that will have major impacts on the well-being and ways of life of humanity. Both have to do with networks, and both involve radically new technologies. One is the rise of global capitalism; the other is the creation of sustainable communities based on ecological literacy and the practice of ecodesign. Whereas global capitalism is concerned with electronic networks of financial and informational flows, ecodesign is concerned with ecological networks of energy and material flows. The goal of the global economy is to maximize the wealth and power of its elites; the goal of ecodesign to maximize the sustainablitity of the web of life.

These two scenarios – each involving complex networks and special advanced technologies – are currently on a collision course. We have seen that the current form of global capitalism is ecologically and socially unsustainable. The so-called ‘global market’ is really a network of machines programmed according to the fundamental principle that money-making should take precedence over human rights, democracy, environmental protection or any other value.
However human values can change; they are not natural laws. The same electronic networks of financial and informational flows could have other values built into them. The critical issue is not technology, but politics. The great challenge of the twenty-first century will be to change the value system underlying the global economy, so as to make it compatible with the demands of human dignity and ecological sustainability. …
out of ‘Hidden Connections, a Science for Sustainable Living’ by Fritjof Capra, Harper Collins Publishers 2002
The permaculture flower shows the key domains that require transformation to create a sustainable culture.

Starting with ethics and principles focused in the critical domain of land and nature stewardship, permaculture is evolving by progressive application of principles to the integration of all seven domains.

Please click on the picture.

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out of ‘Permaculture, Principles & Pathways beyond Sustainability’ by David Holmgren, Holmgren Design Services, 2002

permaculture links
more texts & excerpts on permaculture
‚essence of permaculture‘ / download it here

Here are two sketches that demonstrate how permaculture can be a useful tool to explain and design human systems:
industrial teacup
This upper one is depicting the current human process for creating a cup of tea.
The result under the current system is: waste, pollution, energy loss, and destruction of nature.

Next is a drawing showing the creation of one cup of tea using permaculture principles.
Much less energy is used and outputs can be recycled directly back into the earth.

permaculture cup of tea

Through understanding and proper design we can mitigate the effects of current infrastructure and create healthy systems to fill our needs.
(scetches are borrowed from  ‚Permaculture: A Beginners Guide‚ by Graham Burnett)

permaculture links
more texts & excerpts on permaculture
‚essence of permaculture‘ / download it here

Please click on the principle

1.     Observe and Interact

2.     Catch & Store Energy

3.     Obtain a Yield

4.     Apply Self-Regualtion and Accept Feedback

5.     Use and Value Renewable Resources & Services

6.     Produce no Waste

7.     Design from Patterns to Details

8.     Integrate rather than Segregate

9.     Use Small and Slow Solutions

10.    Use and Value Diversity

11.    Use Edges and Value the Marginal

12.    Creatively Use and respond to Change
Conclusion
Sustainable development to provide for human needs, within ecological limits, requires a cultural revolution greater than any of the tumultuous changes of the last century. Permaculture design and action over the last quarter century, has shown that revolution to be complex and multi-facited. While we continue to grapple with the lessons of past successes and failures, the emerging energy descent world will adopt many permaculture strategies and techniques as natural and obvious ways to live within ecological limits, once real wealth declines.

On the other hand, energy descent will demand real-time response to novel situations and incremental adaption of existing inappropriate systems, as well as the best of creative innovation applied to the most ordinary and small design problems. All this needs to be done without the big budgets and cudos associated with current industrial design innovation.

Permaculture design principles can never be a substitute for relevant practical experience and technical knowledge. However, they may provide a framework for continuous generation and evaluation of the site and situation specific solutions necessary to move beyond the limited successes of sustainable development to a reunion of culture and nature.

Principles and Text by David Holmgren, Co-Originator of the Permaculture Concept, www.holmgren.com.au

The permaculture concept offers a path to a simpler, more sustainable and better-quality life.
The idea of permaculture integrates a great variety of knowledge and provides very practical tools that are useful for/can be applied by everyone and in everyday life.
It integrates a way of (systems)thinking and the use of design principles in order to create sustainable systems in a wide range of fields, be it in nature or society.

The Original Definition of Permaculture
‘Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. …
The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their functions, rather than asking only one yield of them; and of allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions.’
(Bill Mollison, Originator of the Permaculture Concept)

permaculture links
more texts & excerpts on permaculture
‚essence of permaculture‘ / download it here

interviews-e

these are interviews somewhat connected to the eskimo/inuit definition of
wealth as ‘a deep understanding of the natural world’…

Fritjof Capra (physicist, systems theorist and author)
David Holmgren (co-founder of the permaculture movement)
Masanobu Fukuoka (one of the pioneers of organic farming)
Bill Mollison (founder of the permaculture movement)
John Todd (visionary ecological designer)
Thom Yorke (radiohead)

as well as two more personal interviews i did together with Stefa Roth.
the original idea was to interview people who we find contribute vision to the world.
the two people we picked up to now turned out to be a very beautiful choice. not only are they great people, but they are also very different from each other.

Robb Moss (director, teacher at Harvard University, former president of the aivf/us)
Susan Batson (artistic director of black nexxus inc. nyc/la, acting teacher/coach, author)

Lars Schmidt
_various articles and posts (e+d) on Sound of Sirens

Stefa Roth
_various articles and posts (e+d) on Sound of Sirens

This symbol stems from Easter Island.

To me Ester Island and its colonization has become a metaphor for a civilization destroying the very basis for its own existence and thus finally itself by using up all the resources of its environment.

At the same time I love the beauty of this drawing which to me represents values like simplicity, connectedness with nature and a metaphysical perception of the world.

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The information is out there…

‘The Essence of Permaculture‘
by permaculture’s co-originator David Holmgren.
It is also available in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.
Find and download it here.

‚Education for Sustainability‘
Writings provided by the Center for Ecoliteracy. Authors are Fritjof Capra, David W. Orr…
A beautiful and inspiring text collection: Ecology and Community, Ecoliteracy – The Challenge for Education in the Next Century, A Sense of Wonder…
Find and download it here.

‚Sustainable World SourceBook‘
by Sustainable World Coalition
A great, clear and comprehensible SourceBook
Find and download it here.

‚Transition Initiatives Primer‘
by the Transition Towns Network.
Comprehensive information and support for initiating a Transition Town.
Find and download it here.

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note: english and german booklists differ, since some of the titles (english and german ones) unfortunately haven’t been translated

Peak Oil
The Party’s over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies, Richard Heinberg
Peak Oil Survival, Preparation for Life after Gridcrash, Aric McBay
The End of Oil, Paul Roberts
Peak Oil – A Users Guide, no copyright

Climate Change
The Weathermakers: The History and Future Impact of Climate Change, Tim Flannery
The Rough Guide to Climate Change, Robert Henson
The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook – 77 Skills to Stop Climate Change – or live through it, David de Rothschild
Heat – How we can stop the planet burning, George Monbiot
The Atlas of Climate Change, Kristin Dow & Thomas E. Powning
Beating the Heat, Why and how we must combat Global Warming, John J. Berger
The Carbon Buster’s Home Energy Handbook, Godo Stoyke
How to live a low-carbon life – the individual’s guide to stopping climate change, Chris Goodall
Carbon Detox – Your Step to Step guide to getting real about climate change, George Marshall

Society
Collapse
: How Societies choose to fail or survive, Jared Diamond
Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability and Peace, Vandana Shiva
Soil not Oil – Climate Change, Peak Oil and Food Insecurity, Vandana Shiva
Soil and Soul, People versus Corporate Power, Alistair McIntosh
Exterminate all the Brutes, Sven Lindqvist
The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott & Joel Bakan
The World Without Us, Alan Weisman
Endgame – The Problem of Civilization, Derrick Jensen
Endgame II – Resistance, Derrick Jensen
A Simpler Way, Margaret J. Wheatley, Myron Kellner-Rogers
The Ethical Slut – A Roadmap for Relationship Pioneer, Dossie Easton, Catherine A. Liszt

Transition Towns
The Transition Handbook, Rob Hopkins

Permaculture / Do it yourself
Permaculture in a Nutshell, Patrick Whitefield
The Earthcare Manual – A Permaculture Handbook for Britain and other temperate Climates, Patrick Whitefield
Permaculture – Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability , David Holmgren
Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual , Bill Mollison & David Holmgren
The Permaculture Garden , Graham Bell
The Permaculture Way: Practical Steps to Create a Self-Sustainable World , Graham Bell
Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture, 2nd edition, Rosemary Morrow
The Woodland Way, A Permaculture Approach to Sustainable Woodland Management, Ben Law
Forest Gardening, Robert Hart
How to make a Forest Garden, Patrick Whitefield

The Self-Sufficiency Handbook, Alan & Gill Bridgewater
The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency , John Seymour
The Forgotten Household Crafts, John Seymour
A Guide to Whole-Grain Breadmaking , Laurel Robertson
The Bread  Builders, Hearth Loves and Masonry Ovens, Alan Scott, Daniel Wind, Daniel Wing
Plants for a Future: Edible & Useful Plants for a Healthier World, Ken Fern
The New Holistic Herbal, David Hoffman
Guide to Bees and Honey, Ted Hooper
Living Wood, Mike Abbott

Building
A Timeless Way of Building , Christopher Alexander
The New Independent Home, Michael Potts
Building Green, Clarke Snell & Tim Callahan
Building a Strawbale House, The Redfeather Construction Handbook, Nathaniel Corum
Shelter, Lloyd Kahn

Design
A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander
The Nature Of Design: Ecology, Culture and Human Intention, David W. Orr
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the way we make things, Michael Braungart, William McDonough

Economy
Small is beautiful, A study of economics as if people mattered, E.F. Schumacher
Interest And Inflation Free Money: An Exchange Medium That Works For Everybodybody, Margrit Kennedy

Ecopsychology/Ecosophy/Holistic Science and Education
Animate Earth – Science, Intuition and Gaia, Stephan Harding
Pagan Visions for a Sustainable Future, Collection of Essays
Soulcraft, Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche, Bill Plotkin
The Voice of the Earth: An Exploration of Ecopsychology, Theodore Roszak
Hidden Connections: A Science for Sustainable Living, Fritjof Capra
The Web Of Life: A New Synthesis of Mind and Matter , Fritjof Capra
One Straw Revolution, Masanobu Fukuoka
Hidden Nature, The startling insights of Victor Schauberger, Alick Bartholomew
Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World, Michael K. Stone, Zenobia Barlow, Fritjof Capra
Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment and the Human Prospect, David W. Orr
The Rebirth of Nature, The Greening of Science and God, Rupert Sheldrake
The Phenomenon of Life: The Nature Of Order, Christopher Alexander
The Way, An Ecological World-View, Edward Goldsmith
Gaia: A New Look At Life On Earth, James Lovelock,
Ages of Gaia, James Lovelock
Homage to Gaia, James Lovelock
Revenge of Gaia, James Lovelock
Sacred Earth, Sacred Sex – Rapture of the Deep: Concerning Deep Ecology and Celebrating Life, Dolores Lachapelle
Coming Back To Live
: Practices To Reconnect Our Lives, Our World, Joanna Macy
The Spell of the Sensuous, David Abram
You are, therefore I am, Satish Kumar
Visionaries of the 20th Century, A Resurgence Anthology, Satish Kumar, Freddy Whitefield
Future Scenarios – Mapping the Cultural Implications of Peak Oil and Climate Change, David Holmgren
The Vanishing Face of Gaia – A Final Warning, James Lovelock

Art & Ecology
Art, Nature Dialogues – Interviews with environmental artists, John K. Grande
Balance: Art and Nature, John K. Grande
A widening field, Miranda Tufnell, Chris Crickmay

Biographical Essays
The Good Life, Helen and Scott Nearing
Self-Sufficiency, Sally and John Seymour
Walden, Henry Thoreau
The Snow Leopard, Peter Mathiessen

Psychology
Rediscovering the True Self, Ingeborg Bosch Bonomo

Indigenous Culture
Touch the Earth, T.C. McLuhan
Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings for a sustainable future, Melissa K. Nelson

Taoism
Taoism. The Way of the Mystic, J.C. Cooper
Tao, The Pathless Path, Osho
Tao: The Watercourse Way, Alan Watts

Spiritual Path
The Power of Now, Eckardt Tolle
A New Earth, Eckhardt Tolle

Ecovillages
Ecovillage Living, Restoring the Earth and Her People, Hildur Jackson & Karen Svensson
Ecovillages, A practical guide to sustainable communities, Jan Martin Bang
Eurotopia, Directory for ecovillages and intenional communities in Europe, eurotopia.de

User’s Guides/Compilations
Worldchanging – A User’s Guide for the 21st Century, Alex Steffen

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Online

Art, Ecology & Education VideoChannel on youtube

Integrated world view
Andy Goldsworthy, land artist
Excerpt of ‚Rivers and Tides‘ by Thomas Riedelsheimer
The Systems View of Life
Lecture by Fritjof Capra, Physicist, Systems Theorist and Author
Beyond Deep Ecology
Interview with Satish Kumar, NGO Director, Peace Activist, Editor of Resurgence magazine and Programme Director at Schumacher College, U.K.

Energy Descent and Permaculture
Crude Impact
– explores the interconnection between the human domination of the planet, and the discovery and use of oil – documentary by James Jandak Wood
Permaculture & Peak Oil: Beyond Sustainability
Interview with David Holmgren, Co-Originator of the Permaculture Concept
The Permaculture Concept (the film is splitted into ‚The Permaculture Concept, Part 1-6‘)
Documentary with Bill Mollison, originator of the permaculture concept

links concerning permaculture / texts & excerpts concerning permaculture

Biodiversity, Relocalization and Earth Democracy
Seeding Deep Democracy
Statement by Vandana Shiva, Physicist, Ecologist, Activist, Author and Founder of Navdanya: Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology

Interviews and Statements
Big Picture TV

Big Picture TV streams free video clips of world-renowned thinkers and experts in fields relating to environmental and social sustainability.

Activism
Greenpeace Video
Activism in action. You can browse through the videos, inform yourself, share them…
The Story of Stuff
affectionately produced, animated, interactive movie about our production and consumption patterns. Hosted by Annie Leonard.
Documentaries

Effects of Globalization and a man-centered consciousness / a materialistic/mechanistic worldview
_Black Gold , Marc Francis & Nick Francis
_The Corporation , Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott & Joel Bakan
_Manufacturing Consent , Noam Chomsky and the Media, Mark Achbar, Peter Wintonick
_Rebel Without A Pause – Noam Chomsky, Will Pascoe
_Crude Impact , James Jandak Wood
_A Crude Awakening , Basil Gelpke, Ray McCormack
_Darwin’s Nightmare , Hubert Sauper
_An Inconvenient Truth , Davis Guggenheim
_How Cuba survived Peak Oil , Faith Morgan
_Koyaanisqatsi , Godfrey Reggio
_Life Running out of Control , Bertram Verhaag & Gabriele Kröber
_Life and Debt , Stephanie Black
_Manufactured Landscapes , Jennifer Baichwal
_The Take , Avi Lewis & Naomi Klein
_We feed the World , Erwin Wagenhofer
_Working Man’s Death , Michael Glawogger
_Zeitgeist Movie , Peter Joseph

Instrumentalization and abuse of children
_Jesus Camp , Rachel Grady & Heidi Ewing
_Lost Children , Ali Samadi Ahadi & Oliver Stoltz

Examination of our Consciousness
_Lucky People Center International, Erik Pauser & Johan Söderberg
_Shamanic Healing, Clemens Kuby

Other
_Amandla , Lee Hirsch
_Rivers and Tides , Thomas Riedelsheimer
_Touch the Sound , Thomas Riedelsheimer

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Climate Print E-mail

ipcc.ch
the intergovernmental panel on climate change.
theweathermakers.com
site of tim flannery, writer-scientist and thinker in environmental science. great educational and devoted site!
a lot of very important stuff here. (check out the diskussion around james lovelock’s statement…)
climatecrisis.org
site connected to the documentary ‘an inconvenient truth’ by davis guggenheim. check out and learn from al gore’s powerpoint presentation. very important facts!
the site provides info and constructive possibilities for action to stop co2 emission
big ask
a friends of the earth campaign concerning climate change (w/ thom yorke/radiohead)
atmosfair.com
if you really have to fly, this is a possibility how you can pay an amount of money for the emissions caused through you, which will be used to save emissions and protect the climate at another place. the amount will be calculated individually, according to height and length of flight with the appropriate emissions.

declaration of human rights
reading it through makes you think…
amnesty.org
‘working to protect human rights worldwide’
amnesty.de
amnesty international germany. they have a magazine out, as well!
tibet.org
supports the non-violent struggle for independence and freedom for tibet which has been colonized and abused by china for nearly 60 years now, so that its culture and ecosystems are close to being extinct. tibets culture is based on a spiritual and not a materialistic perception of the world. inform yourself…
oxfam.org

confederation of organizations working to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice. they are working, amongst other issues, for fair trade
oxfam.de
oxfam germany
fian.org
international human rights organization focusing on the right for food.
since the world agriculture produces more than necessary to feed all of humanity, hunger and starvation is man made!..you can inform yourself about how to participate as little as possible
fian.de
the german section of fian international

please check these sites and learn a bit about the money system you are living in. it’s outrageous! broken down it is very simple and clear and with devastating effects (for those who do not belong to the rich ones). one effect of the ‘interests’ is that in germany around 10% of the population own 90% of  the capital. worldwide (and with the ongoing undamped globalization) it is getting worse/more extreme.
you will also find support and possibilities how to take an influence on what’s going on

inwo.de
german site where you can get acces to basic info/education on the money system and a lot more. very committed site. contains international language texts, as well
margritkennedy.de
website from prof.dr.margrit kennedy. gives you insight into our current money system, on complementary currencies and more. she is really exploring new ways of dealing with and thinking ‘money’. site is in german and english
geldreform.de
hughe library dealing with money, interest and debt issues. they do also have international language texts
gemeinschaftsbank.de
with this german bank you still participate in the conventional system with interests and all, but at least you have a bit control over what your money is being used for. (because, you know, the bank makes money with your money…it doesn’t just stay there and wait for you… -and with what and how they make business, I guess, pretty often you wouldn’t be ok with …)
ethical, ecological banks
internationally you’ll find acces to these banks for example via friends of the earth
archiv-grundeinkommen.de
german archive-website (providing access to some sites in english) dealing with questions and problems of work and employment within society. they are proposing an unconditional basic income for all citizens.
confrontation with this topic might just cause the one or the other revelation…

corporatewatch.org.uk
is exposing the environmental and social impacts of global corporations
globalwitness.org
their objective is to highlight the link between the exploitation of natural resources and human rights abuses
attac.org
attac international. movement for alternatives to globalization. they mainly work for a democratic control over finance markets and its institutions. very important and committed network. you’ll find access easily
attac.de
attac germany. there are many local groups, as well.
germanwatch.org
german non-governmental organization (ngo) active on issues like trade, environment and north-south relations
the corporation / links
great and informative links concerning the world/system we are living in and possibilities to participate in change
lifeanddebt.org
this documentary by stefanie black will help you to become a more responsible consumer and to understand the term globalization…it deals with the effects of globalization on jamaica
darwinsnightmare.com
a documentary by hubert sauper. ‘darwin’s nightmare is a tale about humans between the north and the south, about globalization, and about fish.’ – very alarming reality check…
we-feed-the-world.at
a documentary by erwin wagenhofer. ‘a film about food and globalization. …it provides insights into the production of our food and answers the question what world hunger has to do with us.’ – same here…
thetake.org
devoted site for action against effects of globalization. ‘the take’ is avi lewis and naomi klein’s documentary on argentinian auto-parts workers who occupy their closed factory until production starts again. the workers struggle is set against the backdrop of a crucial presidential election in argentina, 2001.
sven lindqvist.net
important swedish author and historian (for example: ‚extermiate the brutes’ … great book/novel examining colonialism in africa. …very contemporary!…check the eclectic input for more info)

these sites will provide you with news gathered from different independent sources, thus: a lot of the stuff you find here you won’t find in the regular news…

hintergrund.de
independent news and information portal (german)
democracynow.org
independent news program, radio and TV, airing in North America and online
indymedia.org
international network of media and activists for independent and non-commercial news
germany.indymedia.org
german indymedia version
noam chomsky
a lot of material by a brilliant thinker and activist. get an insight into the political and social system we are living in. interviews, essays etc.
noam chomsky / wiki
zmag.org
a community of people committed to social change
archive.org
‚universal access to human knowledge.‘ – incredible online archive of all sorts of media
schnews.org.uk
very lively party, protest and news site coming from brighton, uk

digital civil rights / data protection
edri.org
european digital rights was founded in june 2002. currently 28 privacy and civil rights organisations have edri membership. they are based or have offices in 17 different countries in europe. members of european digital rights have joined forces to defend civil rights in the information society.
ccc.de
chaos computer club. europe’s largest hacker group

note: english and german wikipedia pages differ in content

Fritjof Capra
a physicist, systems theorist and author (‘the tao of physics’, ‘hidden connections: a science for sustainable living’ amongst others), cofounder of the center for ecoliteracy in california.
Find online publications of Fritjof Capra here.
About Fritjof Capra / wiki
James Lovelock / wiki
scientist, environmentalist, author and researcher. author of the GAIA theory which puts forward the idea that the earth functions as if it were a living organism
Vandana Shiva / wiki
a physicist, ecologist, activist and author (‚earth democracy‘, ‚biodiversity: social and ecological perspectives‘, ‚water wars: privatization, pollution and profit‘ amongst others) and founder of Navdanya: Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology
find her Znet homepage with many publications here.
Noam Chomsky
a lot of material by a brilliant thinker and activist. get an insight into the political and social system we are living in. interviews, essays etc.
About Noam Chomsky / wiki
Joanna Macy
ph.d, scholar of buddhism, general systems theory and deep ecology. creator of a theoretical framework for personal and social change, and a workshop methodology for its application. author (‚coming back to live: practices to reconnect our lives, our world‘ amongst others)
About Joanna Macy / wiki
Edward Goldsmith
founder of ‘the ecologist’ magazine. environmentalist, philosopher and author. received the alternative nobelprize in 1991. on his site you will find a lot of articles, interviews, radioshows etc. if you want to learn about an ecological worldview, goldsmith’s site is a great source. english, francais, italiano
Christopher Alexander / wiki
architect, architecture theorist and author (‚a pattern language‘, ‚the nature of order‘ amongst others). his work is very inspirational to many different fields
Scott Nearing / wiki
a professor for economy and author (‘living the good life…’ amongst others) who put his thoughts and ideals into action

Deep Ecology / wiki
philosophical movement that considers humankind as an integral part of its environment. the term was introduced by norwegian philospher arne naess. notable advocates of deep ecology are amongst others Stephan Harding, Dolores Lachapelle and Joanna Macy.
wildethics.org
– David Abram, Stephan Harding, Per Espen Stoknes, Per Ingvar Haukeland –
the alliance for wild ethics (awe) is a consortium of individuals and organizations working to ease the spreading devastation of the animate earth through a rapid transformation of culture.
zmag.org
‘critical thinking on political, cultural, social and economic life’; online mag and more.
please browse through it! – it’s more than an alternative to current news magazines
zmag.de
german version/translations

global ecovillage network
you will find directories, information, links…
ic.org
network of/for intentional communities
eurotopia.de
a great directory (book) for ecovillages and intentional communities in europe

builders without borders
international network of ecological builders who advocate the use of straw, earth and other local, affordable materials in construction. great links!

asbn österreichisches strohballen netzwerk
biggest site in german language concerning strawbale and ecological building

transitionculture/rob hopkins: links on natural building
great links from a pro

i think it is an enriching experience for everybody to have the possibility to participate directly in natural organic processes und to establish a more immediate relationship with nature. – even if this happens through some flowerpots or something. a next step would be to plant something you can eat later on…
all this is pretty easy and possible nearly anywhere (you’ll be surprised!).
it is also a possibility for kids to establish a connection to nature and her cycles, who usually don’t have many opportunities for this within their urban environment.
the following links might give you inspiration, support, practical help and suggestions…dig it!

naturewise.org.uk
permaculture in london
greenguerillas.org
from nyc: ‚green guerillas uses a unique mix of education, organizing, and advocacy to help people cultivate community gardens, sustain grassroots groups and coalitions, engage youth, paint colorful murals, and address issues critical to the future of their  gardens.’ they are around for quite a while…
guerillagardening.org
a blog from london ‚for anyone who is interested in the war against the neglect of public space’
urbangardeninghelp.com
urban gardening help provides – urban gardening help…
arts4all.com/elca/
great site. ‚the city dwellers guide to fresh and healthy home-grown food’
gruenewelle.org
german website around guerilla gardening. you will find support, infos, input…
eine-andere-welt-ist-pflanzbar.de
also in english: website and documentary films on community gardening all over the world.
wurmkisten.de
bring life into your kitchen! guy from germany who builds boxes for composting indoors. he provides the earthworms, as well. great idea!
gruentmit.de
initiative of a guy in berlin to encourage people to use public spaces around city trees and green them
bio-gaertner.de
incredibly extensive site about gardening
bienenschade.de
site of a german beekeeper. although he lives in the countryside: beekeeping is possible in cities, too! on this site you’ll get an introduction to beekeeping (in german, though…) and links to investigate further…i suggest you find out about beekeepers in your area