We live in an oil-dependent world, and have got to this level of dependency in a very short space of time, using vast reserves of oil in the process – without planning for when the supply is not so plentiful. Most of us avoid thinking about what happens when oil runs out (or becomes prohibitively expensive), but The Transition Handbook shows how the inevitable and profound changes ahead can have a positive outcome. These changes can lead to the rebirth of local communities, which will grow more of their own food, generate their own power, and build their own houses using local materials. They can also encourage the development of local currencies, to keep money in the local area.
The book has three sections, the Head, the Heart and the Hands. The Head explores the issues of peak oil and climate change, and how when looked at together, we need to be focusing on the rebuilding of resilience as well as cutting carbon emissions. It argues that the focus of our lives will become increasingly local and small scale as we come to terms with the real implications of the energy crisis we are heading into. The Heart looks at where we find the personal tools for responding to what can feel like overwhelming challenges. It argues that key to our success will be our ability to generate positive visions of future, to harness the power of engaged optimism, and overcome powerlessness. The Hands offers a detailed exploration of the Transition model, setting out its principles, its origins, the 12 Steps of Transition, how they were applied in the first year of Transition Town Totnes, as well as offering a taste of how the model has been applied in a range of other settings. The book also contains lots of ‘Tools for Transition’, exercises and activities that can help to deepen this work in your community.
Permaculture Design: A Step-by-Step Guide is a unique, full colour guide that takes the budding practitioner through the full permaculture design process. Let Aranya guide you through from beginning to end, using clear explanations, flowcharts and diagrams combined into this easy to follow (and carry) must have book.
Permaculture Design: A Step-by-Step Guide has been designed, refined and tested on students over time. Linking theory to practice, Aranya places the ethics, principles, philosophies, tools and techniques directly into the context of the process itself. While written for anyone with a basic grasp of permaculture, this book also has plenty to offer the more experienced designer. This book covers; systems and patterns, land and non-land based design, site surveying and map making, project management, placement and integration, amongst many other topics.
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Megan is a 14-year-old girl who lives in Manchester with her mum and stepdad. Like most teenagers she is entirely reliant upon technology, until a family trip to the Scottish highlands reconnects her with nature and helps her to find solace during a turbulent time in her home life.
Gill Hatcher (Team Girl Comic, Go Wildlife) has created a wonderful story of a young girl coming to terms with life, her family and herself, set amidst the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands. Gill's own love of the outdoors and the animals that call the highlands home radiates from the beautifully drawn pages and will enchant and inspire even the most cynical, city shut-in.
40 pages, printed in full colour, perfect bound 239x168mm landscape format, with a stunning wraparound cover.
In response to planetary challenges artists must reclaim their traditional role in communities as truth-tellers and agents of change. This ground-breaking handbook is a resource for artists, community activists and anyone wishing to reach beyond the facts and figures of science and technology to harness their creativity to make change in the world.
Sixty experienced artists and activists give voice to a new narrative shifting society's rules and values away from consumerism and commodity towards community and collaboration with imagination, humour, ingenuity, empathy and skill. Inspired by the grass-roots Transition movement, modelling change in communities worldwide, Playing for Time joins the dots between key drivers of change in energy, finance, climate change, food and community resilience and recipes for action for readers to take and try.
Sacred Earth Celebrations is revised and updated version of Glennie Kindred's best selling classic book, Sacred Celebrations. It is an uplifting and inspiring source book for everyone seeking to celebrate and honour the changing rhythms and seasons of the Earth and her cycles. It explores the eight Celtic festivals, how they were celebrated and understood in the past, the underlying changing energy of the Earth, and the ways we may use this energy to create meaningful celebrations for today to deepen our connection to the Earth and our fellow human beings.
Jack and Boo’s Wild Wood is a children’s picture book story, for ages 3-7 years, about two children exploring an ancient wood, smelling, tasting, collecting, exploring nature, poetically written and illustrated in full colour with real photos. Includes a woodland spotter guide, scavenger hunt and family activities.
The book includes a woodland spotter guide covering spring to autumn, a simple woodland scavenger hunt and ideas for activities to do in a wood.
Jack and Boo books are a fabulous mix of fact and fiction for children aged 3 to 7 that will inspire your children to get out and play, learn and imagine in nature. Perfect for bedtime stories, inspiration for outdoor play, and also challenging reading and information for children in Foundation and Key Stage 1 of Primary School.
What do people think of when they hear the word Druidry? The real questions, not questions about the old men in white robes stereotypes. What makes a Druid? What do they do? Having been a practising Druid for over ten years, Cat Treadwell wondered too. Asked to present a talk at a national Pagan Festival, and unsure exactly what the audience would want to hear, she started a blog, asking friends and colleagues (Muggle and Pagan) what they would like to know about the Druid Path. Two years later they are still asking. This book answers some of those questions. Cat has compiled and expanded on the common queries (So, do you worship the sun?) as well as the day-to-day aspects of Druidry as a lived path. She reveals how Druidry is constantly evolving to be relevant and accessible in the modern world.
Science Revealed considers the apocalypse in science as discovery. Biographies of scientists including Tesla and Einstein reveal how our most groundbreaking ideas result not from rational thinking and tapping on calculators, but from visions, dreams, feverish delirium and other non-rational revelations. The controversies that blow up when such insights clash with received wisdom are often resolved in a manner most unscientific, and this is just one of the ways in which what is simplistically called 'rationalism' often obscures truth in a fundamentally complex world.
Home brewing and wine-making is fun, easy and hugely satisfying. If you garden or forage, can follow a recipe or make jam, and you enjoy a drink, this is the book for you.
Discover the secret language of home-brewing and drinks-making
Make over 100 wholesome, delicious drinks, to your preferred taste and strength, quickly, cheaply and with minimum fuss
Turn your garden into a drinkers' paradise
Learn where and how to forage with success
Impress your friends with the weird, wonderful and just plain tasty
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