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Albert Bates
Works at Global Village Institute
Attends Gaia University
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Without a bucket to RCP in
" The only thing holding
this global tsunami back is the cold depth of the deep blue sea. "   We are in a crisis of civilization but most people, by and large, have not realized it yet. It is as if we are a prizefighter in the ring with a stronger opponent ...
"The only thing holding this global tsunami back is the cold depth of the deep blue sea." We are in a crisis of civilization but most people, by and large, have not realized it yet. It is as if we are a prizefighter in the ...
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A Journey to Standing Rock
"This story was sent to us on the day before Christmas by Eric Lewis. It
seemed like the best way to end one year and start another, or to end
one era and begin a new one." For a couple of months prior to my trip I had been working on my Facebook Page, Fr...
"This story was sent to us on the day before Christmas by Eric Lewis. It seemed like the best way to end one year and start another, or to end one era and begin a new one." For a couple of months prior to my trip I had been...
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Ku
" Most everyone in the class is starting to really “get” quantum entanglement and the ties between holistic management, the three permaculture directives, and How Wolves Change Rivers." Even here in Xu Ling, where the air is relatively fresh, one needs to s...
"Most everyone in the class is starting to really “get” quantum entanglement and the ties between holistic management, the three permaculture directives, and How Wolves Change Rivers." Even here in Xu Ling, where the air is r...
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A Mountain of Gold
"The Chinese ecovillage movement is mostly retrofuturist, showing deference, if not nostalgia, for lost culture."   It is Wednesday September 28 and we are sitting on the plane in Nashville waiting to take off for Hangzhou via Detroit and Beijing. This Chin...
"The Chinese ecovillage movement is mostly retrofuturist, showing deference, if not nostalgia, for lost culture." It is Wednesday September 28 and we are sitting on the plane in Nashville waiting to take off for Hangzhou vi...
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Trumproofing
"There is absolutely no way any clown show is going to hijack this now." “Ideally, in a democracy, everybody would agree that climate change is the consequence of man-made behavior, because that’s what ninety-nine per cent of scientists tell us. And then we...
"There is absolutely no way any clown show is going to hijack this now." “Ideally, in a democracy, everybody would agree that climate change is the consequence of man-made behavior, because that’s what ninety-nine per cent o...
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Inside the House Where the Sun Does Not Set
" The important goal that needs to be set in Marrakech is drawdown. We need to get back below 350 ppm carbon in the atmosphere, and we need to do it quickly. "   Perhaps it is just an active imagination fueled by the ghouls and zombies roaming London’s stre...
"The important goal that needs to be set in Marrakech is drawdown. We need to get back below 350 ppm carbon in the atmosphere, and we need to do it quickly." Perhaps it is just an active imagination fueled by the ghouls and...
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A Power Zone Manifesto
" The physical requirements are not negotiable. They
cannot be bargained down, discounted, or put on a layaway plan. " Fire in the New Valley, Egypt - PlanetLab 2016 was a year for revolutions. Really it was only a
continuation of the Tunisian Spring that b...
" The physical requirements are not negotiable. They cannot be bargained down, discounted, or put on a layaway plan." Fire in the New Valley, Egypt - PlanetLab 2016 was a year for revolutions. Really it was only a continuat...
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The Haft of his Axe
"Why are we behaving as if we actually deserve to go extinct?" In Nanjing they have banned gas and diesel powered motorbikes, scooters, and trike-cabs or trike-trucks and replaced them with electrics. While most vehicles are retrofits, new electric bikes an...
"Why are we behaving as if we actually deserve to go extinct?" In Nanjing they have banned gas and diesel powered motorbikes, scooters, and trike-cabs or trike-trucks and replaced them with electrics. While most vehicles are ...
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Trophic Cascades
" Chinese youth are starting to wish they had not been lured into where they find themselves. It is best for all our sakes to encourage that impulse. "   We were expecting 25 students but got 40, and on some days it even goes up to 50. Initially our hosts w...
"Chinese youth are starting to wish they had not been lured into where they find themselves. It is best for all our sakes to encourage that impulse." We were expecting 25 students but got 40, and on some days it even goes u...
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Giving Thanks is a Revolutionary Act
" We think there’s an
outside chance that humans may possess the collective will and presence of mind
to do what must be done, and to do it quickly, even if it means radically
altering, even abolishing, industrial civilization. "   At The Farm we celebrate ...
"We think there’s an outside chance that humans may possess the collective will and presence of mind to do what must be done, and to do it quickly, even if it means radically altering, even abolishing, industrial civilization...
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Cool Livin', Mon
" We are selling timeshares to help build residences
for our trainees. " We are on our way across the Atlantic as we post this. It is
our third crossing in ten days. When our Bates family ancestors made the
passage in 1630 it took nine and a half weeks. To ...
" We are selling timeshares to help build residences for our trainees. " We are on our way across the Atlantic as we post this. It is our third crossing in ten days. When our Bates family ancestors made the passage in 163...
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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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Gender
Male
Other names
AK
Work
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
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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
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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