Tagged ‘education’

Occupy Warsaw! Polish Farmers Create Clandestine City Camp

Something rather remarkable is happening in the middle of Poland’s capital, Warsaw, and it’s not exactly a capital city spectacle. In fact, rather the opposite.
Tucked-away under a line of trees, opposite the Prime Minister’s Palace in Central Warsaw, is a small ramshackle camp, comprising two tents, a Second World War wood fired mobile cooking apparatus, some chairs and benches, a pile of logs and a number of banners, posters and logos.
This is ‘Green City’ a symbolic and actual site of occupation by farmers fighting to save their livelihood and way of life. At the time of writing, it is in its 28th day of existence – and it isn’t planning on going anywhere, in spite of the fact that it is illegal and suffering under a daily fine imposed by the Polish government. A fine which is, in many ways, a small replication of what is happening on a much bigger scale to farming communities throughout the European Economic Community and beyond. (more…)

Sedation by Sound-Bite

Millions upon millions of educated – and even aware people, all over the world, are succumbing to a new virus ‘SBS’, or ‘Sound-Bite Syndrome’. Its symptoms are best described as an inability to concentrate on anything meaningful for anything other than a very short passage of time.
To concentrate the mind so as to read something that requires a certain depth of thought or fuller cognisance, is becoming an endangered skill.
Now that is a truly shocking fact. One that should register high on the shocking fact ratio. It should jolt us all into recalling the vital role that genuine communication plays in the passing of essential knowledge and inspiration – including lyrical poetry and vivid prose.
For these great tools of consciousness raising to be corrupted into a thousand broken pieces of easily assimilated sound-bites, must constitute one of the most masterful silent weapons of destruction of the Illuminati war chest. (more…)

Reviewed by Louise Tait for New Renaissance

This book is for all those who recognise a degree of discontent at the current world in which we live. A world which, through our daily lives and actions many of us continue to unwittingly propagate. It is for those awakening to the realisation that things cannot continue as they are and a change is required.

In Changing Course for Life, Julian Rose spells out the truth of our current socio-economic context in a blatant and transparent acknowledgement of the ills of our society. It is easy to hide behind our ignorance of the finer and less savoury details of corporate greed, of modern industrialised agriculture, of the wide ranging effects of our unmitigated obsession with technological advancement. He explores just how and when our economies and societies departed from the objective of servicing our needs for a happy and harmonious state of existence with the natural world, to the point at which we now find ourselves: disconnected. A condition Rose aptly summarises as a state of being ‘subjugated to a sense of impotence by our own inventions’. (more…)

Taking Contol of Our Lives

Is a forum of lectures/debates encouraging individuals to ‘take control’ rather than ‘be controlled’. So far eight workshops have taken place at the ICPPC Eco-Centre in Stryszow, Poland. Under discussion are issues such as:  establishing an eco-village; practicing the ‘new resistance’; renewable energy and clay-straw houses; understanding corporate globalisation; ‘building community’; the battle for a GMO Free World; ‘the New Education’. (more…)

Integrated Ecological Land Management

Is essentially what has been going on at Hardwick since 1975, when I (Julian) first started converting my farm to organic methods of agriculture. Now there are a number of self autonomous components to this: mixed organic farming, organic vegetable production and sustainable forestry. How can they interact for more integrated shared benefits? We explore this on an ongoing basis – and have already experimented with running pigs in the woods as well as holding educational events that explore the interrelationship between these different disciplines.