Category «Life Skills for Sustainability»

Going Off-Grid

This article was originally published in Off-Grid.net under the title ‘The Road to Self Reliance’ by Sam L. James   American families have been going off-grid for more than forty years, but for most it’s a gradual process, involving a lot of learning by trial and error. In a recent article published in Reason, J.D …

Dog Food Recipes

by Trent Grassian and Jordan Collins ‘Wet’ Food This recipe is adapted from one provided by PETA, based on Rigby’s preferences. Ingredients 6 cups water 1 cup brown rice (or other grains, such as quinoa) 1 cup mixed lentils or other beans (e.g. garbanzo, red lentils, ) 1 cup mixed vegetables (Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, mushrooms, …

Wild Food – Summer Fruits

by Sarah Valentim   “What will come from the briar but the berry?” says the old Irish proverb. Berry picking once played an important role in Ireland, back in the days when you couldn’t find pretty berries packed in a hygienic plastic box in Tesco. The tiny bilberry, or fraughan (from the Irish fraochán) played …

Voluntary Simplicity by Duane Elgin (book review)

by Bronwyn Slater To quote Gandhi: “Civilization, in the real sense of the term, consists not in the multiplication, but in the deliberate and voluntary reduction of wants.  This alone promotes real happiness and contentment.”  This statement pretty much summarises what Duane Elgin’s book ‘Voluntary Simplicity’ is all about.  It essentially shows us how we …

Ethical Investments

by John McDonnell   Do you have some money to spare? Hoping to start some long term savings? You may be wondering if there’s any where better than a bank to place your hard-earned cash – especially if you want it to be invested ethically. In fact, you may even be wondering if any bank …

Green Gyms

Get fit and lose weight for free – no gym fees! Plus you get to go out in nature and help your local community as well.   by Bronwyn Slater Green Gyms are an initiative set up by a group called The Conservation Volunteers (a community volunteering charity) in the UK. There are now over …

Edible and Medicinal Herbs

Discover the wide range of edible & medicinal herbs growing all around you.   by Vivienne Campbell The fields, woods, hedgerows and gardens are bursting with plants that are edible and medicinal. Starting to notice these wild herbs growing around you can really enrich your life, and if you’re confident at correctly identifying these plants …