The Re-enchantment

Episode 17: Permaculture Pandemic 3 – Mutual Aid for Collective Futures

Episode 17: Permaculture Pandemic 3 – Mutual Aid for Collective Futures

In the third instalment of the Permaculture Pandemic Podcast series I discuss the concept and practice of mutual aid, including it's history (my version), how it relates to permaculture and why people are finding it so helpful and, dare I say, hopeful in this crisis. Let's use mutual aid, solidarity, and cooperativism to build collective [...]

Planning your garden in the face of climate breakdown

Planning your garden in the face of climate breakdown

In the face of climate breakdown, the task of cheerfully planning one's garden may be filled with sadness, anxiety, or confusion. The snowy picture of my backyard looks lovely and wintry but until yesterday, it was freakishly mild. I know other parts of the world are experiencing much more serious climate chaos. However, the creation of spaces in which people and non-human nature can flourish is more important now than perhaps ever before.

Small-scale farmers – not lab foods – can help save the planet

Small-scale farmers – not lab foods – can help save the planet

George Monbiot’s recent article in which he celebrates the rise of lab-based foods and the end of the agrarian age is highly problematic. It ignores social scientific and scientific research about agricultural systems and minimizes the practices and struggles of small-scale, organic farmers.

Radical change & radical patience: lessons from my garden

Radical change & radical patience: lessons from my garden

Sometimes we have to spend time nurturing things even though we don't know when and if they will flourish. This is true for gardens and it's also true for social change and social movements. Maybe there are movements that, like my native wildflowers, seem to have died but will grow back stronger and more beautiful than ever. Maybe there are forms of social change that I will nurture for years like my Paw Paws, possibly never getting to eat the fruit myself but creating the conditions so that others can.

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 for the People update

Permaculture for the People update

After announcing the new direction of the podcast, I have been quiet online. This is partly because I did some amazing work on my PhD dissertation (I wrote the full crappy first draft in six weeks- it was intense!). It is also because I am getting ready to relaunch and reformulate the whole blog and [...]

Episode 12: The Re-enchantment: in-against-and-beyond capitalism

Episode 12: The Re-enchantment: in-against-and-beyond capitalism

In this episode, I announce the new podcast name, which I will be rolling out over the next month, and I discuss the climate strike and Canadian elections! Resources from this episode Check out Silvia Federici's book Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the CommonsCheck out Crack Capitalism by John HollowayConfused when I [...]

Urban bee keepers can help save wild bees

Urban bee keepers can help save wild bees

Check out my recent article in The Conversation Urban bee keepers can help save wild bees. If you find it interesting please share! When will the podcast be back? Mid-May. I have started a new job and am doing other amazing things that have kept my energy from the podcast for longer than expected!! But it [...]

Episode 11: The Global Insect Decline

Episode 11: The Global Insect Decline

In this episode I explore the implications the global insect decline. Why are insects in decline and, more importantly why should you care? What actions can we take in cities and in rural areas to support insect flourishing? Resources Study 1: More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in [...]

Create a garden in which pollinators flourish

Create a garden in which pollinators flourish

Pollinators - the special group of animals that assist plants in reproduction by moving pollen from the male part of the plant to the female part of the plant, are in decline around the world. Non-insect pollinators, such as some birds and fruit-eating bats, are declining alarmingly. Many species of insect pollinators, including bees, butterflies, [...]

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 [...]

Planning for Spring, Part 2 Best Plants for a Pollinator Sanctuary

Planning for Spring, Part 2 Best Plants for a Pollinator Sanctuary

Re-posting my 4-part Planning for Spring series. Part 2: Best Plants for a Pollinator Sanctuary #permaculture #organicgardening #pollinators #savethebees #bees

Episode 10: Interview with Starhawk on the promise of regeneration

Episode 10: Interview with Starhawk on the promise of regeneration

In this episode I interview Starhawk, author, activist, and permaculture teacher, about the crisis of climate change and the promise of regeneration.

Episode 9: People powered transportation!

Episode 9: People powered transportation!

In this episode I talk about struggles for excellent and free public transit and for the creation of walkable, bikeable neighbourhoods. I argue that we simply cannot create socially just, ecologically regenerative cities without both of those things. Resources from this episode My editorial about why working people need bus rapid transit Free Transit Toronto [...]

Episode 8: Re-enchanting the world through commoning: the work of Silvia Federici

Episode 8: Re-enchanting the world through commoning: the work of Silvia Federici

In this episode I discuss the radical potential of re-commoning social reproduction, or the work of everyday life that is necessary for human existence, by exploring the newest book by feminist Silvia Federici. Is this the realm in which we might collectively dream and create a new world? Resources from this episode: Re-enchanting the World: [...]

Episode 7: Building an environmental movement that can win!

Episode 7: Building an environmental movement that can win!

Welcome to 2019. I invite you to step out of despair and get ready to create a movement to transform the world. In this interview I talk to Steve D'Arcy, philosophy professor, author, and climate justice activist, about strategies and tactics for building climate justice movements that can win. We touch on a lot of [...]

Bonus episode. RetroSuburbia: a review

Bonus episode. RetroSuburbia: a review

As a special end-of-2018 treat, I decided to do a bonus episode of Permaculture for the People in which I review David Holmgren's new book RetroSuburbia: the downshifters guide to a resilient future. Enjoy and Happy New Year! Resources from this episode: Check out the extensive website companion to this book Don't forget to check out the film Kiki's Delivery Service [...]

Episode 6: Food Crises and Food Riots with Naomi Hossain

Episode 6: Food Crises and Food Riots with Naomi Hossain

In this episode I interview Naomi Hossain, a political sociologist and researcher, about food crises and food riots. Understanding that food scarcity is not what causes famines or even rising food prices is so crucial for anyone interested in growing or eating food (so, yes, all of us!). Our interview touches on lots of important [...]

Episode 5: Workers of the World Unite: we have a world to win!!

Episode 5: Workers of the World Unite: we have a world to win!!

In this episode I discuss two important struggles of working class people going on RIGHT NOW: the struggle of postal workers in Canada to strike and the spontaneous riots in France of the "yellow vests". I attempt to define the working class and to inspire you to reclaim your working class identity and join in [...]

Episode 4: Permaculture and the Refugee Crisis with Rosemary Morrow

Episode 4: Permaculture and the Refugee Crisis with Rosemary Morrow

In this episode I give some background about the global refugee crisis and provide the framework with which I believe permaculture people should view this crisis. I then interview the amazing permaculture teacher and writer Rosemary Morrow about her work with refugees. Resources for episode 4: Check out Rosemary's website Permaculture for Refugees In the [...]

Episode 3: Living with the urban wild!

Episode 3: Living with the urban wild!

In this episode I touch on the insect crisis and then dig deep into how we can learn to co-create with the wild - with a focus on bees and wasps - leading to a discussion of multi species commons. I also give three tips for helping wild pollinators to successfully overwinter. Resources I mention [...]

Episode 2: How to have HOPE in spite of climate chaos

Episode 2: How to have HOPE in spite of climate chaos

In this episode, I tackle the climate chaos and try to leave you with a feeling of hope that we can collectively change the world for the better! This episode is a bit longer than usual. I think the topic of hope and climate change deserves the extra time and energy. If you like my [...]

Don’t show your cleavage: A rant

Don’t show your cleavage: A rant

“Don’t show your cleavage.” I have heard this advice from: A professor leading a required grad course on professionalism in academia (she also told the women when the appropriate time to get pregnant and have children)A blog post for grad students attending their first conferenceAn editor of a leading journal in my discipline giving advice [...]

Podcast update!

Podcast update!

The Permaculture for the People podcast is on a very short hiatus as I write an article, revise an academic paper, and present at two international conferences. The next episodes will be on March 18 and April 15, before resuming the regular bi-weekly schedule. I know this is not ideal for a podcast but I [...]