Posts from — May 2012

Award for most sickening press release of the year
by NICK ROSEN on MAY 31, 2012 - 1 Comment in EVENTS

The Guardian, Ecover and National Grid – yuck. Lucy Siegle – yuck yuck. This sort of thing makes any sincere environmentalist want to go and cut down a tree:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The winners of the 2012 Observer Ethical Awards, in association with Ecover, were announced at a ceremony last night in London hosted by the Observer’s ethical living correspondent and TV presenter, Lucy Siegle, alongside the awards celebrity judges and sponsors.

The Observer Ethical Awards are now in their seventh year of celebrating the projects, businesses, ideas, campaigns and activists making sustainable change a reality.

The list of winners include:

Dartford Football Club
Dartford Football Club, an ethical stadium with water recycling, bike racks, grass roof and solar panels. The judges felt it was a great project that engaged with a hard to reach community.

Ecover Ethical Kids
Fact Fashion
Fact Fashion draws attention to issues, like the conservation of scarce resources to changing behaviours, by producing fashion items that display the powerful numbers associated with these problems. The judges felt it was different from any other awards entry they had seen before.

Local Hero sponsored by The Body Shop
Dr S Oliver Natelson
Dr S Oliver Natelson is a community campaigner that has worked for over 30 years supporting the local wood and nature reserve in Barnet. The judges felt that he is the definition of a hero, incredibly inspiring and informative.

Grassroots Projects sponsored by Timberland
Climate Change Schools Project
The Climate Change Schools Project (CCSP), based in Durham, is a not-for-profit-project that puts climate change at the heart of the national curriculum.

Business initiative sponsored by Jupiter Asset Management
Ecotricity is a green energy company and supplier and generator of eco electricity and gas and the judges felt that what it is doing will change the energy world.

Blog sponsored by
DfID – Hannah Ryder
A blog from a UK civil servant showing how economics, poverty and action to avoid climate change and to protect the environment in developing countries relates to real life. The judges felt that Hannah’s blog was well written, talked about important topics and was an effective way of sharing information.

Arts and Culture sponsored by Festival Republic
When China met Africa
A film highlighting the new problems associated with the Chinese expansion in Africa. The judges felt that the power of the film is that is does not make any judgments – it raises a lot of issues and questions but leaves it to viewer to make their own decisions.

Big Idea sponsored by National Grid
The SafetyNet is a new trawling system that cuts down on the catch and subsequent discarding of juvenile and endangered fish. The judges felt that although this project was still in the very early stage it was one of the most important ideas the world is going to see.

Fashion & Accessories sponsored by
Using organic cotton from agro-ecology initiatives in North Brazil, wild Amazonian rubber, and acacia tanned leather, Veja produces trainers and accessories. The judges felt Veja had strong ethical principles whilst creating beautiful products.

Campaigner sponsored by B&Q
Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall
Selected as Campaigner of the year for the second time, Hugh continues to campaign for fish conservation, energy saving and ethical chicken farming amongst other issues.

Warren Evans
Warren Evans produce ethical beds and wooden bedroom furniture, handmade in London.

The awards included a mix of reader-voted categories and judged categories. All were judged earlier this month by a panel of ethically-minded celebrities and experts including Colin Firth and Livia Firth; poet, Ben Okri; supermodel, Lily Cole; and TV presenter, Ben Fogle.

Hare Krishna UK Eco Farm
by VEG-HEAD on MAY 30, 2012 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY


A group of Hare Krishna monks in Scotland are pioneering a new sustainable community.

The project, called the Krishna Eco Farm, is based at an eight-acre farm in Lesmahagow, South Lanarkshire, and includes wind turbines, air source heat pumps, solar thermal panels and a biomass boiler. (more…)

Uruguay or Argentina, are you coming?
by DAN on MAY 30, 2012 - 2 Comments in I WANT TO GO OFF GRID

I am a 33 yr old & my fiancee is a 25. We recently decided to relocate to Argentina or Uruguay after researching the most cost effective locations in South America. We both have farming and gardening experience and looking to move within the year. If you would like helping us find a homestead and collaborate with us I would be happy to make arrangements with you. Please contact Dan to discuss

Nebraska, Omaha – land prices surge
by JULIETTE SMITH on MAY 23, 2012 - 0 Comments in LAND

Huge demand from new prepping movement

Thinking of going off the grid in Omaha or Nebraska? Think again. Despite the recession, prices paid for farmland in Middle America have gained more than 20 percent two years in a row, for the first time in more than 30 years,

And those rapid gains may intensify in 2012 even if farm income levels off as a new generation of Preppers secure their future against economic and social collapse. (more…)

No to daily convenience addictions / same-minded people
by STEF on MAY 22, 2012 - 4 Comments in I WANT TO GO OFF GRID

I am looking to go off the grid in Eastern Canada within the next year. I will be saying NO to all the things we are used to in daily life, instead gladly embracing the opportunity to grow my own food, care for my own heating/water and abode, and become as self sufficient as possible. More to come ….

Lisa Marie Presley wants to be a pot-head
by VEG-HEAD on MAY 22, 2012 - 2 Comments in EVENTS

Lisa Marie Prepper

Some people will say anything to get publicity and lets admit it: singer Lisa Marie Presley is peddling her latest album. But there was the ring of truth to her off-hand reply to a journalist who asked: “Is there something you haven’t done that you’d like to do?
Lisa Marie: “One day, I would like to become a hippie and go off the grid and never be seen or heard from again. Just become a big pothead, you know?”
The 44-year-old singer-songwriter, the only child of the late Elvis Presley, is notoriously flighty: “I went to England a couple of years ago to write,” she said over the phone. “It was going to be just a month or two but it ended up being eight or nine months. I fell in love with England, came back to Los Angeles, sold everything, then moved to England. Then I heard that (renowned producer) T-Bone Burnett wanted to produce it, so I came back (to LA) .” (more…)

Off-grid – gruen leben!
by ULRICH on MAY 21, 2012 - 3 Comments in I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE OFF-GRID

“Es ist nicht einfach gruen zu sein!” Dass wusste schon kermit von der Sesamstrasse. Ich bin Mitglied von dem Off-grid team und helfe die Webseite und die Off-grid community zu kultivieren.

U.S. marks 150th anniversary of Homestead Act offering free land
by SIYAH on MAY 20, 2012 - 1 Comment in SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Over ninety million Americans are descended from the “homesteaders” of the late 19th Century. The United States on Sunday marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln signing the Homestead Act, the law that gave away 270 million acres of land and transformed the vast American interior. The Act led to a rush of European settlement of Plains states. (more…)

Solar Kindle
by TECHSTAR on MAY 20, 2012 - 0 Comments in ENERGY, MOBILE

Keep reading on the move, when hiking, or a long sea journey.

This winner of a Consumer Electronics Show innovation award for 2012 is a first of its kind — a solar-powered e-reader cover. It’s not cheap but for Kindle devotees who want to be able to read late in the night while they’re on a camping trip or otherwise away from a charger, the SolarKindle promises to deliver three months of reading time under normal sunlight conditions without drawing on the Kindle’s battery.

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