Other worlds are possible but only through struggle

Other worlds are possible but only through struggle

I have certainty about one thing: it will be better to collectively struggle for freedom against this brutal, life-destroying system than to struggle alone. The most amazing moments of exhilarating joy will be collective.

Permaculture on the edge: building an anti/despite/post-capitalist movement

Permaculture on the edge: building an  anti/despite/post-capitalist movement

by Rebecca Ellis This article was originally published on my blog on November 2017. It begins to lay out my thoughts for re-visioning permaculture as part of larger anti/despite/post-capitalist movements. It serves as a quasi-manifesto of my podcast and blog.  Permaculture is a philosophy and set of practices aimed at creating regenerative human spaces that [...]

Permaculture for Post-Capitalism with Becky Ellis

Permaculture for Post-Capitalism with Becky Ellis

I am so honoured to be a repeat guest on the fantastic podcast Vegan Vanguard. You can listen to our interview about post-capitalist futures and permaculture here. I also did an interview about bees with Mexie a few months ago, which you can listen to here. I recommend listening to ALL their podcasts, as they are truly [...]

Episode 1: What is post-capitalist permaculture and why does it matter?

Episode 1: What is post-capitalist permaculture and why does it matter?

In this episode, I introduce myself as the host of the podcast and I outline why I want to see the development of an anti-capitalist permaculture movement. I begin to explore how permaculture can help us imagine post-capitalist futures. Some relevant resources from this episode: The Permaculture on the Edge article where I began to [...]

Permies of the world unite!

Permies of the world unite!

A manifesto for an internationalist permaculture movement Migration, the movement of people over landscapes, is, arguably, one of the defining characteristics of our species. Humans have moved over landscapes in search of food and other resources since before we were a species. And yet in our deeply capitalist society, the movement of most humans is [...]

Book Review # 1: Growing a Sustainable City?

Book Review # 1: Growing a Sustainable City?

Remember this blog post 50 books in 2018? I still have this ambitious plan to read 50 books (front to back cover) in 2018 and I have decided to do a video review of each book. Here is my first video review of Growing a Sustainable City? The question of urban agriculture by Christina D. Rosan [...]

Why vegans should support backyard hens

Why vegans should support backyard hens

First: a disclaimer: I would love to have hens in my backyard (currently prohibited in my city) but if I had hens, I would not eat their eggs. Not because they will become "baby chicks" - they won't be fertilized without a rooster so there would be no likelihood of that - but because I [...]

Urban Agriculture and the radical imagination of the possible

Urban Agriculture and the radical imagination of the possible

Urban Agriculture and the radical imagination of the possible As I explored in an earlier blog post, the lawn remains a powerful symbol of class domination, racism, and colonialism. Understanding the socioeconomic role of the lawn means that solutions to the problems it causes cannot be found in private backyards. As a classed and moralized [...]

Lawns, class, and colonialism

Lawns, class, and colonialism

Lawns – highly managed monocultures of turf grasses – seem to most people but the most ardent environmentalist to be a relatively benign phenomenon. However lawns are highly political landscapes, tied to the emergence of capitalism and settler colonialism. Lawns, as opposed to biodiverse meadows, prairies, and pastures, emerged only about 500 years ago as [...]

Permaculture for the People!

Permaculture for the People!

The Earth and her people are in crisis. Devastating wars continue to tear apart cities, neighbourhoods, and families; a worldwide and vicious policy of neo-liberalism destroys pensions, fair wages, public institutions, and social programs; and systems of oppression including racism, sexism, and colonialism operate in deep and insidious ways. People are suffering. The Earth is suffering as well: the oceans grow more acidic and plastic-filled each day; a predicted 30% of species will disappear by 2050; and climate change is not only here but is happening faster than predicted. Continue Reading