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Albert Bates
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Standing Like A Sioux
"“There is a bottleneck right here … and today I am directing my
administration to cut through the red tape, break through the
bureaucratic hurdles, and make this project a priority.” — Barack Obama, March 22, 2012."   On April 1, in the last phase of ist...
"“There is a bottleneck right here … and today I am directing my administration to cut through the red tape, break through the bureaucratic hurdles, and make this project a priority.”— Barack Obama, March 22, 2012." On ...
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Zombie Apocalypse
"The scary thing about multiple expansions is that they are reliably
mean-reverting — if they run too far, the market always takes it back,
sometimes with a vengeance."    Every time we catch a malodorous whiff of this year’s US Presidential elections, we...
"The scary thing about multiple expansions is that they are reliably mean-reverting — if they run too far, the market always takes it back, sometimes with a vengeance." Every time we catch a malodorous whiff of this year’s...
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Pyramids of the Power Rangers
"The critical path for waste-to-energy
manure-to-biochar systems runs through aquaculture." @mr_pineapple_eyes   Last month we were invited
to a psychedelic soiree and a chance encounter with Daniel Pinchbeck who wrote, among other treatises that delve into...
"The critical path for waste-to-energy manure-to-biochar systems runs through aquaculture." @mr_pineapple_eyes Last month we were invited to a psychedelic soiree and a chance encounter with Daniel Pinchbeck who wrote, am...
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Making the Grade in Population
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saints who receive C’s on the population quiz: Ralph Borsodi, George Monbiot,
Wendell Berry, David Attenborough and Jane Goodall. " --> Fourteen percent of all humans who have
ever lived are alive today. Recent projections  of fertility momentum ...
"Activist saints who receive C’s on the population quiz: Ralph Borsodi, George Monbiot, Wendell Berry, David Attenborough and Jane Goodall." --> Fourteen percent of all humans who have ever lived are alive today. Recent pro...
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Jupiter’s Moons, Juno?
"The aliens of Europa could pack their whole sordid history onto the NASA transmitters aboard Juno and we would tell each other, oh yeah, that was an episode of Star Trek in 1964." NASA’s Jupiter mission, having achieved orbit around the gas giant that is l...
"The aliens of Europa could pack their whole sordid history onto the NASA transmitters aboard Juno and we would tell each other, oh yeah, that was an episode of Star Trek in 1964." NASA’s Jupiter mission, having achieved or...
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Tales We Tell Our Children
"It is difficult to imagine how anyone who encounters these stories as a youth could grow up to have anything other than profound respect for the latent power of the natural world." On the comments page for a popular environmental radio show a listener aske...
"It is difficult to imagine how anyone who encounters these stories as a youth could grow up to have anything other than profound respect for the latent power of the natural world." On the comments page for a popular environm...
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Standing Like A Sioux
"“There is a bottleneck right here … and today I am directing my
administration to cut through the red tape, break through the
bureaucratic hurdles, and make this project a priority.” — Barack Obama, March 22, 2012."   On April 1, in the last phase of ist...
"“There is a bottleneck right here … and today I am directing my administration to cut through the red tape, break through the bureaucratic hurdles, and make this project a priority.”— Barack Obama, March 22, 2012." On ...
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Retrofuturists and Technocornucopians
" Just outside the back door of the brewery, retrofuturists are fashioning
leather and cowhorn beer mugs to use after the collapse." At Burning Man #30 the nuevoriche had to watch their wallets. Also their food, water, camping gear and Teslas. Many lamente...
"Just outside the back door of the brewery, retrofuturists are fashioning leather and cowhorn beer mugs to use after the collapse." At Burning Man #30 the nuevoriche had to watch their wallets. Also their food, water, camping...
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The Vegan Paradox Part II: Climate
"The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man. — Malthus " Aerodynamics of Bos Taurus In his now viral TED talk, Zimbabwean ecologist Allan Savory says that after studying the question, no ration...
"The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man. — Malthus" Aerodynamics of Bos Taurus In his now viral TED talk, Zimbabwean ecologist Allan Savory says that after s...
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Cuba's Second Special Period - 2016
"Cuba’s economy minister told the Cuban Parliament last week, in a closed session, (drum roll) that the country would have to cut fuel consumption nearly a third in the second half of this year." Foodlines in Soviet Union 1991 (photo by A. Bates) The story ...
"Cuba’s economy minister told the Cuban Parliament last week, in a closed session, (drum roll) that the country would have to cut fuel consumption nearly a third in the second half of this year." Foodlines in Soviet Union 19...
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Three Amigos!
"Wherever there is injustice, you will find us." The Press Scorps are calling the three-way between Obama, Trudeau and Peña Nieto this past week a meeting of the “Three Amigos.” Whether or not it is a reference to the campy 1986 John Landis film of the same...
"Wherever there is injustice, you will find us." The Press Scorps are calling the three-way between Obama, Trudeau and Peña Nieto this past week a meeting of the “Three Amigos.” Whether or not it is a reference to the campy...
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The Battle of the Holocene
"The end results are definite and dire, that much is known." 7,827 PEOPLE DIED TODAY.  Men, women, children, and all religions alike.  It was avoidable, it was unnecessary, and the same thing will happen again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, a...
"The end results are definite and dire, that much is known." 7,827 PEOPLE DIED TODAY. Men, women, children, and all religions alike. It was avoidable, it was unnecessary, and the same thing will happen again tomorrow, and...
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+Ernest Of Gaia I'm pretty sure you're wrong about rain water over the ocean.

If this was true, every time a cloud comes in from over the ocean, it would cover everything in salt. I live near the ocean and our rain is not salty. If it was, our grass, plants and trees would all be dead.
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"He knows everything, urinates in the forest, and can build a wind-powered generator out of found materials. In the event of an apocalypse, Bates is president." — Vanity Fair Green Issue, April 2007
Introduction
is founder and CEO of Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology. He is a former environmental and civil rights lawyer, author, film documentarian and teacher who has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and written a number of legislative acts. He served on the steering committee of Plenty International for 18 years, during which time it, and The Farm community received the Right Livelihood Award. He is a co-founder and former president of the Ecovillage Network of the Americas and Global Ecovillage Network and now serves as a United Nations representative for the ecovillage movement. Albert has taught courses in village design, permaculture and natural building to students from more than 50 nations and annually teaches permaculture courses in Central America and Europe. His prescient book, Climate in Crisis (foreword by Al Gore), was one of the first to make the complex science of climate change accessible to the general public, correctly predicting trends that have emerged in the past decades. That work earned The Futurist magazine's award for top book of 1990. His 13th book was The Financial Collapse Survival Guide and Cookbook (2009), for Kindle, now in its 2d edition, and his 15th was a seminal book about carbon farming and reversing the climate crisis, The Biochar Solution (New Society Publishers, 2010, with a foreword by Vandana Shiva). In December 2015 he published his 18th book, The Paris Agreement: the best chance we have to save the one planet we've got (Amazon). See also his page at albertbates.cool, the bio at Wikipedia and resumé at The Farm. His current project is a solution to the 100&change challenge.
Bragging rights
Gaia Award 2012; Right Livelihood Award (shared, 1980); Award of Special Recognition, Main Prison at Nashville, for restoring the voting rights of 200,000 disenfranchised felons in Tennessee; awards by US Department of Energy for research in long-distance electric vehicles, concentrating solar collectors, and low-cost heat engines; Recognition by Hiroshima and Nagasaki hibakusha (被爆者) for lifetime service to radiation victims, past and future.
Education
  • Gaia University
    present
  • Syracuse University, New York Law School, Silvermine School of Horsemastership, WIlton Senior High School
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Other names
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Occupation
Emergency Planetary Technician
Skills
artist (oils & acrylics, plaster, mixed media); writer & editor; non-profit manager & strategist; permaculture instructor; bamboo carpenter; natural/bio building architect; international lecturer
Employment
  • Global Village Institute
    Emergency Planetary Technician, 1977 - present
    Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology accepts that not all human advances are ethically neutral but that some discrimination is required in choosing the paths to our collective future. Climate change, net energy economics and natural resource constraints are leading to a crisis in civilization, right now. There are still some ways forward that will spare us the worst effects of legacy errors, but the windows of opportunity are closing quickly. My role is to impregnate conditions for change. We can do much better.
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Currently
The Farm
Previously
Wilton CT - New York CIty, Syracuse, Kibbutz Gezer, Boston, New Orleans, London, Tallinn, Copenhagen, Palestine, Bogota, Medellin, Rio de Janiero, Iquitos, Buenos Aires, San Cristobal, Havana, Stockholm, Oslo, Amsterdam, Ventimiglia, Steyerberg, Hong Kong, Brisbane, Auckland, Colombo, Punta Gorda, Isla Holbox, Dublin, Cloughjordan, Findhorn, Macynlleth, Rustenberg, Cairo, Jerusalem, Amman, Mykonos, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Chicago, Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, Lisbon, Cork, Seoul, Istanbul
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Against Techno-Optimism and the Future of Work
hipcrime.blogspot.com

A photo of New York from 1900. Source. Martin Wolf has written a great essay for Foreign Affairs basically arguing that “the techno-optimist

Fact-Free Zone
cluborlov.blogspot.com

The fog of war that has been hovering over eastern Ukraine has now spread to the shores of the Potomac, and from there has inundated ever po

The Thrifty Homesteader
www.homegrownandhandmadethebook.com

One of the biggest myths surrounding goat ownership is that you have own a lot of land for them to graze on, and that they need a way to go

Paolo Soleri dies at 93; architect of innovative city Arcosanti
www.latimes.com

Paolo Soleri, an Italian-born architect who created a visionary prototype for a new kind of ecologically sensitive city in the remote Arizon

Closing the Ambition Gap | The Great Change
peaksurfer.blogspot.com

Closing the Ambition Gap. "The heavy rainstorms that blocked view of the full moon over Durban gave way to sunrise as the delegates wen