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Sixteen Building Blocks of a Green, Entrepreneurial, Cooperative Economy

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The transition from a capitalist to a cooperative economy could be one of the defining achievements of the 21st century. In history, everything changes.

Happy Birthday to the bicycle; 200 yeas old

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The old girl has reached the ripe old age of 200 and is looking as good as ever. Actually, let's face it, over the years the old girl has changed and improved, and thus looking even better.

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Nestlé is draining Pakistan to sell us bottled water

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Nestlé is draining developing countries to produce its bottled water, destroying countries’ natural resources before forcing its people to buy their own water back. Now it is happening in Pakistan.

Which world are we trying to sustain?

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Which world are we trying to sustain: a resource to fulfill our desires of material prosperity, or an Earth of wonder, beauty, and sacred meaning?

Free Webinar on Climate Change Solutions

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Gaia Education are holding a free webinar on climate change solutions. Gaia Education are an international NGO who are helping people to understand how we can design much lower impact communities, in the city and in rural situations.

Nonprofit Creates Roofs From Plastic Bottles, Reducing Waste And Creating Jobs At Same Time

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Not all roofs are created equal.

VAPESTICK MAX E-Cigarette – Product Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The VAPESTICK® MAX has, by far, been the biggest E-Cigarette that I have so far tested and this has given me the best experience of vaping (e-smoking) as yet. The VAPESTICK® MAX must be the ultimate VAPESTICK® e-cigarette in every way.

Arts and crafts activities are good for you

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Arts and crafts activities may be able to ward off dementia by Michael Smith (Veshengro) If you have ever wanted to try your hand at pottery, woodcarving, basketry or knitting, a new study suggests that doing so might be good for your health, especially your mental health.

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US Administration seems to have lost control

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It would appear that the US Administration has lost control of the intelligence services as well as the military.

Older people teach young ones traditional skills at GrandFest

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Older people led masterclasses in skills such as dressmaking and bread-making at GrandFest, a one-day festival in east London.

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UK government to force Internet content blocking

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The reuse economy or reuse sector

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) New York City Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia thinks, as does the department, that the reuse sector, both the nonprofit and the for-profit sector, are key to moving forward with regards to a New York City's “zero-waste” drive.

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200 years on the bicycle is more needed than ever

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Does it have to be a brand-spanking-new bicycle? The old one that you may still have standing around in your shed given a little TLC or some other secondhand one would be much better and ideally without the fancy gearing of today.

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Parks Alliance statement on House of Lords National Policy for the Built Environment Committee report

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UK, 02/19/2016: Mark Camley, Chair of The Parks Alliance, the national voice of UK parks, said: “The Parks Alliance welcomes the report and its’ recognition of the value of Green Infrastructure and the part that parks play in the making of a quality place and improving social cohesion. “We

Bin it, don't block it

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) If there's one kitchen waste product that nobody likes dealing with, it's the fat and oil left over from cooking.

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UK government plans for ancient woodlands get the axe

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It is a great relief to learn from the Independent that Ex-Environment Secretary Owen Paterson''s proposed biodiversity offsetting scheme has been dropped by the Government.

Bring Your Own Cutlery needs to become a new trend

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Bring Your Own Cutlery (BYOC) needs to become a new trend, no ifs or buts by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Bring your own chopsticks has become a trend in Japan and Taiwan and this must extend to cutlery elsewhere.

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Pen and pencil: for texting the old-fashioned way

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) About 500 years ago or thereabouts a graphite deposit was discovered in England and sliced into the first pencils some time after that. Initially it was used in a holder.

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You could soon go to jail for wearing body armor

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) You could soon go to jail for protecting yourself from bullets: Congress proposes a ban on body armor which will make it illegal to own and use full ballistic armor. A new piece of legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives, H.

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Industrial agriculture and forestry

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) We are dealing with Nature as if she were a factory floor and we even call agriculture and forestry nowadays industries.

Why do we have people going hungry?

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) People are not going hungry or are starving because we cannot produce enough food, though that is what governments and the media are trying to make us believe.

Paper notebooks and adult coloring books are definitely “in”

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Paper notebooks are back in fashion – and that with a vengeance – and on top of that we now also have adult coloring books; yes, coloring books, but a little more grownup compared to the ones we may all have had as kids.

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Pizza boxes, fast food cardboard and similar

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) On those boxes we can see greenwash in action almost in the extreme.

Reusing and upcycling tin cans

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Many food products and produce still come in tin cans of various sizes and while they, the tins, are – mostly – completely recyclables, as they are – predominately – steel, they also lend themselves extremely well for reuse and for upcycling.

Fighting fire with fire or, in this case, plastic with plastic

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Forget bio-based bottles, one Dutch designer believes we should fight plastic with plastic. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Have you ever wondered what it takes to produce just one plastic bottle? It is the combination of one liter of water and one liter of oil. But how often are these recycled?

Make Do and Mend

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Make do and mend is a basically philosophy and mindset that I grew up with as a child, as much as I grew up in hand-me-downs whether this were clothes, bicycles, or what-have-you, and it is something that has stayed with me to this day.

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Some eco-friendly actions you can take to protect the Planet

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Taking steps to protect the environment is something everyone should do and can do. It is our Planet and our responsibility to do what we can to protect and preserve it.

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Traditional crafts deserve a revival

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In today's increasingly virtual world, there is something appealing about making things by hand, using centuries-old techniques and many traditional crafts definitely deserve a revival.

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Sp?n by Barn the Spoon – Book Review

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Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Spon : A Guide to Spoon Carving and the New Wood Culture by Barn the Spoon 224 pages, Hardcover, 16.5 x 2.2 x 23 cm Published by Virgin Books (25 May 2017) Language: English ISBN: 978-0753545973 Price: £20.00

Alexei Navalny & the Anti-Corruption Movement in Russia

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) If we remember that the Maidan “demonstrations”, which led to the problems, which is still expressing it mildly, in the Ukraine also started claiming to be an anti-corruption movement. Where it led to we have all seen.

The importance of storytelling for social change

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A new world requires new stories, but people will only listen to them when they themselves are included in the storyline.

The latest model is not the greenest

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Please note that I have not even inserted the word “always” in the headline as it is a fact that the latest model is not the greenest, period.

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US Navy to teach celestial navigation again

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) According to reports the US Navy is going to teach its seamen the use of celestial navigation again and it going to employs charts and the relevant instruments again.

Staycations up by a quarter this summer, research suggests

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The number of British people opting to take domestic holidays this summer is up by as much as quarter over last year, research reveals. The unfavorable exchange rate and unpredictable political landscape have attributed to the rise in staycations, it is suggested.

German media outlet Spiegel TV equates Vegans with Nazis

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) No, apparently, this is no joke and April 1st is still a little while off; at least last time I checked. According to their mindset vegetarianism and veganism is dangerous as we have to consider that Hitler, after all, was a vegetarian.

Reusing silica gel packets

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Do not throw those packets away which come in different sizes. While they are not edible – please don't try – they can be reused in several ways. We find those little – and sometimes not so very little – packets everywhere.

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Sources of wood for the treen worker

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Peatbogs are better carbon sinks

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Peatbogs are better carbon sinks than forests but are decimated at a rate of knots and that, predominately, for compost that contains peat used in horticulture.

The bane of the wooden disposable chopstick

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) I might just be able to live with it – but then more than like not even then – if the majority of those disposable chopsticks that are given out with sushi and other East Asian takeout dishes were made of bamboo but they are not.

English Heritage gifts Made in China

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Quango, for a charity it hardly is, whose supposed task it is to protect the English heritage does not do much for it itself, it would appear. The heritage of England is not just its old (and not so old) historic buildings but also its crafts.

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