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lindawoodrow

@lindawoodrow@mastodon.social

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Permaculture, retrosuburbia, food gardening.
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lindawoodrow, to ilaughed
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Hi Mastodon, I need some tech advice please about alternatives to Youtube. Our community garden has produced a series of short videos about all aspects of food gardening. We want to embed them on out Wordpress site, and we don't want to monetise. We have a small amount of funding available. Alternatives to uploading to Youtube? (Please share if you can think of anyone who might be able to help?

Gargron, to random
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Oh, today is my 8th anniversary of working on Mastodon. I was 23 when I started, finishing my last year of university, still living at my parent's place. I had no idea what I was getting myself into or that it would consume the next 8 years of my life almost completely.

lindawoodrow,
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@Gargron Thank you. So much achieved.

cakeisnotalie, to random

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  • lindawoodrow,
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    @cakeisnotalie Not computers so much, but bitcoin definitely

    hannu_ikonen, to novid
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    I've been doing this shit about as long as U.S.' declared involvement in World War 2,

    But I met my first real life* patient today.

    One whose definition of is actually in sync with my own and the data.

    Only took 20million+ dead, also like World War 2.

    *virtual appointment

    lindawoodrow,
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    @hannu_ikonen I'm a . Bit easier in Australia, I think, and in a regional city. Vaxxed, KN95 mask in all indoor public places, (but I don't do a lot of indoors other than at home anyway - Australia is lucky like that), avoid crowds (but I always have anyhow), walk rather than public transport, friends and family who are also non-dismissive and who test if they or a close contact show symptoms. I haven't found it burdensome. Bit of luck involved too.

    lindawoodrow, to permaculture
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    My front garden this morning.

    compost, to random
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    I was able to make a 21-day hot compost in a simple bucket 🪣

    I may write an article on the blog in a little while. I wish to make more buckets to make sure this was not an accident and allow you to do it at home.

    lindawoodrow,
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    @compost I've done this is a hot humid climate (Cuba, on a rooftop). Are you somewhere hot and humid?

    lindawoodrow, to climate
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    lindawoodrow,
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    @simon_brooke Yes. The 3rd or 4th para is "How do we prepare for when those ships stop, or, if we are smarter than I think we collectively are, when they start using sails or fuel that is clean and green and oh so expensive? What are the skills, the resources, the attitudes, the infrastructure that will be valuable, that will make our grandkids wander through the ruins of shopping malls with wide eyes, that will set us up for no pain all gain when prices in Harvey Norman go through the roof?

    lindawoodrow,
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    @simon_brooke ok, so I said pretty well exactly that in the article. What's a good headline?

    lindawoodrow,
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    @simon_brooke @wall0159 The article is about the need to adapt to a world in which huge quantities of cheap consumer goods with designed in obsolescence won't be being shipped around the world - because of greenhouse emissions, threats to planetary boundaries of the goods, the way our growth-dependent economy works. Not none - there were sailing ships trading round the world centuries ago. But the vast amount in the image will stop, and that's going to need some big changes to live well.

    lindawoodrow,
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    @simon_brooke @wall0159 I'm a big advocate for sailing cargo ships. Modern ones would be much sleeker and faster than last century. And sailing as a way for young people to backpack round the world. But, that transition will totally change world economies, or rather, can't happen until we have totally changed world economies (by choice or by collapse). It is the totally changed economies that interest me. What would that look like?

    lindawoodrow,
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    @simon_brooke @wall0159 In the scale of rich Westerners, I'm very low maintenance. I've only ever bought one dress new in my whole life. I garden, make, repair. But I can see the changes I'd have to make directly, and the knock on from living in a very different socio-economic environment. Australia makes no cars any more, for example, nor bulldozers. All our solar panels come from China. Wind powered bulldozer importing isn't going to be a thing.

    lindawoodrow,
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    @simon_brooke @wall0159 I think it's important to add, I don't feel like I'm fearmongering. To me, that transition looks like it could result in a wonderful, life-filled life. But unless we appreciate the scale of the change, we cannot start to make it, and it will happen anyway but through collapse, with all the grief that entails.

    lindawoodrow,
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    @simon_brooke I think you can, no doubt, but wind powered bulldozer importing isn't going to be a thing. We import bulldozers because it is cheaper than making or repairing them or digging roads and dams by hand or any other way. It isn't a matter of swapping out heavy fuel oil powered ships for wind powered ones. A global economy that supports a massive amount of international trade and a fleet of cargo ships that can do it are co-dependent, both directions, on burning fossile fuel.

    lindawoodrow,
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    @wall0159 @simon_brooke I grow coffee, and most of the spices I use, and I'm gearing up for cocoa, just in case ;). But yes, I think international trade will be reserved for high-value goods - probably rare metals more than foods.

    Caiotekit, to random
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    When I was out to coffee with my friend, I didn't finish my roll, so I wrapped it up in some napkins and stuck it in my pocket. All of a sudden I felt like my mom. Cuz, she totally would have done that.

    lindawoodrow,
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    @levampyre @Seedling @Caiotekit They're omnivores. They'll happily eat anything humans eat. We don't buy feed for ours at all. We have a laneway next to our place and the chicken run has a gate to it. Five neighbours throw their kitchen scraps over the gate (and two of those households have school age kids, so lots of half eaten sandwiches and fruit with one bite taken out of it). On Sundays we collect the green waste from the Farmer's Market (and I swear our chickens know when it's Sunday).

    lindawoodrow,
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    @levampyre @Seedling @Caiotekit We also collect coffee grounds from the cafe down the road, and wood chips from an arborist, and lawn clippings. So any left over food waste is buried in it. The chickens scratch through it all finding worms and turn it all into compost for me.

    lindawoodrow, to random
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    My friend is travelling Australia to Europe in October. Her last Covid vaccination was Pfizer bivalent late February and current Australian recommendation is not to have another unless you are over 65. People who are knowledgeable about Covid, what would you do?

    lindawoodrow, to random
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    "A loss would be devastating for Indigenous people, even accepting that not all of them support the “yes” case. It would invite despondency, unleash anger, strengthen the radical activists in the Indigenous community, and deeply harm reconciliation...On the other hand, a “yes” result would start another long journey...[to] activity on treaty and truth telling, to which the government is committed under its pledge of support for the Uluru Statement from the Hear." https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-australians-go-into-the-referendum-divided-can-the-country-emerge-united-212448

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    lindawoodrow,
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    @AnnaFeatherstone @bookstodon For Australians, can I recommend my own novel? Amazon and Goodreads readers recommend it. Pulbished by Melliodora and blurb by Starhawk. Solarpunk musings at https://climate-fiction.org/2021/10/19/solastalgia-climate-change-nostalgia-by-linda-woodrow/.
    https://www.lindawoodrow.com/

    lzvolk, to food

    The increasing belief that all modern humans should convert from omnivorous to herbivorous has reached the point of religiosity, accompanied by associated moral superiority and discrimination. Most on both sides (except for associated industry agents) agree that industrial farming needs to be corrected, in many cases, eliminated. But demanding that every person become a herbivore is impractical, a moral purity, & may be unhealthy.

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-023-01977-z

    lindawoodrow,
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    @Pece @Brendanjones @lzvolk My comment comes from a perspective of having farmed. Industrial ag uses lots of of fossil fuel (fertilizers, machinery, supply chain) + biocides water, soil erosion etc that threaten other planetary boundaries. True in affluent western countries, esp temperate ones, much of that goes to feeding animals. But eliminate the feeding animals, process it into human food (soy milk, tofu, corn syrup, bread etc) and you still have a problem, only very slightly diminished.1/2

    lindawoodrow,
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    @Pece @Brendanjones @lzvolk To my mind, we need to think much more radically about food than just going vegan. Closed loop, organic, very local, non-processed. I've found it very difficult to maintain production levels, and protein levels, esp in small scale urban ag, without including small animals in the system. I taught permaculture in Cuba during the Special Period, and the risk of starving and malnutrition from long supply chain food was very stark.

    lindawoodrow,
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    @Pece @Brendanjones @lzvolk My discomfort with veganism proposed as a solution is not that it goes too far, it is that it doesn't go far enough. It envisages very little change to our food systems - industrial ag, globalism, long supply chains, processed (even hyper processed food), supermarkets, refrigeration & freezing, concentration of varieties of crops into small number of hybrids controlled by multinational seed companies, small number of multinational retailers, farm labour poverty.

    lindawoodrow,
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    @Helengraham @Pece @Brendanjones @lzvolk Yes, this is my style of eating too. I live on a small (for Australia) suburban block in a regional city. We produce all our own fruit, veg, herbs, eggs, beans, lentils etc & plenty to share. Our Myanmar neighbours take our roosters and we get a share back in congee or curry. Without the chickens I would need to buy pesticides and fertilizers.

    breadandcircuses, to environment

    Before anyone claims that by posting criticisms of green growth, I am in effect supporting the fossil fuel industry’s agenda of Business As Usual, let me say out loud and very plain, I am against ALL new growth in the privileged world.

    I’m against “green growth” and I’m certainly against additional fossil fuel growth. We’ve had more than enough already. We’ve done enough. We’ve taken too much and destroyed too much.

    Those of us in the privileged Western world must be prepared to take a big step back, to lower our expectations and accept a standard of living closer to the way our grandparents lived. That wasn’t so bad, really, and it did FAR less damage to the environment.

    See -- https://climatejustice.social/@breadandcircuses/110186056297913620

    Now, one more excerpt from TruthDig's excellent piece on "The Green Growth Delusion," this time focusing on the direction our society must take if we have any hope of providing a somewhat livable world to our children and grandchildren.


    Jason Hickel, professor at the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology in Barcelona and author of “Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World,” says that empirical evidence “does not support the theory of green growth,” because staying within planetary boundaries is likely to require something completely different: a massive reduction of less-necessary forms of economic activity in high-income countries; a “de-growth” of industries that are organized mostly around capital accumulation and elite consumption and have little or nothing to do with human well-being.

    Hickel and other degrowthists point out that the only way we can feasibly decarbonize fast enough to meet the Paris Agreement goals and reduce other ecological pressures is to scale down industries and activities that we obviously do not need: SUVs, private jets, yachts, fast fashion, industrial beef, commercial air travel, arms, advertising, etc. We should not be devoting energy and materials to producing these things in the middle of a climate and ecological emergency.

    Instead, we should focus the economy on what is really necessary to support good lives for all, within planetary boundaries. This requires dramatically reducing the purchasing power of the rich, and ensuring universal access to livelihoods, affordable housing and necessary public services.

    Degrowthists entertain the heretical idea that a more hopeful future requires more than the hyper-development of green technology to displace fossil fuels. This alternative hopeful future does not maintain GDP growth or strive to constantly increase economic complexity.

    If we are to avoid ecological collapse, we must take the opposite path, one of contraction and simplification, a downsizing of the economy and population, so that Homo sapiens can prosper within the regenerative and assimilative capacity of the biosphere. In other words, we must live within our planet’s biophysical limits.

    Green New Dealers who promote a growthist future, meanwhile, appear to have little understanding of basic ecological and biophysical reality. For these true believers the only approaches to sustainability — the approaches that happily align with the objectives of governments in bed with corporations — are those that attempt to arrest carbon emissions with technological innovation and economic expansion, both persisting forever, mutually reinforcing.


    That's the battle we're engaged in now, facing the formidable alliance of Big Oil, Big Green, and Big Government, with both Democrats and Republicans adamantly opposing what is so desperately needed.

    Can the fight for degrowth and a healthy planetary ecosystem succeed? Probably not, but the only hope is to give it all we've got.

    FULL ARTICLE -- https://www.truthdig.com/dig/green-tinted-glasses/

    lindawoodrow,
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    @Brendanjones @northernlights @areimanios @TobiWanKenobi @breadandcircuses I was trying for irony 😄 but yes, I agree the term means planned contraction and I meant something more like collapse. But those two can look quite similar to people on the ground. Planned poverty. Better than biosphere collapse, but... I don't know of any economic thinker who has really explored what it might look like to have a Keynsian, socialist, carbon rationed sort of economy, planned repointing rather than degrowth

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