Too much!

The following list of data* highlights the fact that people in modern economies, like America, have too much stuff. Not only is it more stuff than is needed for a life of well-being, it is weighing […]

Contraception, Human Nature, and Sustainability

The evolutionist Richard Dawkins has explained that humans’ are innately selfish, greedy and interested in short-term gains over long-term benefits. He points out that because of its short-term, opportunistic characteristic Darwinism is not […]

10 reasons we have stuff we don’t use

The 80:20 principle says that you will use 80% of your things 20% of the time – and 20% of your things 80% of the time. The fact is that most of us have […]

The benefits of round houses

In the past, round houses were much more common. Traditional circular shelters include igloos, tipis, African mud brick huts, yurts and British and European roundhouses. They were the shape of choice because they were strong, […]

Eating wisely

It was the author of The Omnivores Dilemma, Michael Pollan, who summed up the wisest diet with the epigram: Eat food, mostly plants, not too much.

He expanded on this pithy advice in an article for […]

Christmas on the run

For many people Christmas is the most stressful time of the year. It shouldn’t be.

Yes, Christmas is a traditional time of giving, there’s nothing wrong with that at all. But what are we giving? Ourselves […]

Soft landing or brutal crash?

Energy will never be as cheap as it is now. The question is do we act now and transition to a low-energy society while energy is still cheap, or do we paint ourselves into a corner?

Global […]

8 good reasons to take your kids camping

There are many good reasons why you should get your kids out camping. It might be easier to stay at home where everything is convenient, where there are wall-sockets, appliances and gadgets, but then you and […]

Wabi-sabi

Wabi-sabi is the Japanese way of finding beauty in imperfection, richness in natural things and reverence of the simple and authentic. It is an acceptance of the transience of nature and the natural cycle of […]

Small is beautiful

E.F. (Fritz) Schumacher (1911-1977) was a German-born British economist, writer and social commentator. He is best known for his critique of Western economies and his proposals for human-scale technologies, decentralisation of production, cooperative ownership and […]