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Albert Bates
Works at Global Village Institute
Attends Gaia University
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A Wendell Berry Year
"This is how we are celebrating the end of the world as we know it." That you carry yourself forward and experience the myriad things is delusion. That the myriad things come forward and experience themselves is awakening. — Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253) Fencin...
"This is how we are celebrating the end of the world as we know it." That you carry yourself forward and experience the myriad things is delusion. That the myriad things come forward and experience themselves is awakening. — ...
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J. River Martin - I devote chapters to these various strategies  in my book, and yes I think they could reverse climate change and desertification as long as we are willing to arrest population and tame our addiction to economic growth at all costs. Restoring soil fertility is one of the most exciting areas of modern science and it holds the prospect of returning to a garden planet with a steady-state climate, but we must overcome our social evolutionary heritage to accomplish that. The invisible architecture of ecovillages is how we are presently advancing that methodology.
"There was a lot of prepared material Hansen did not get to, for which we all should be grateful, because the majority of that would have sounded like it was written by a Madison Avenue firm handling the Fukushima account." ...
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Climate Activists / Nuclear Deniers
"There was a lot of prepared material Hansen did not get to, for which we all should be grateful, because the majority of that would have sounded like it was written by a Madison Avenue firm handling the Fukushima account."   James Hansen is not the best pu...
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As a child, I sat watching "Our Mr. Sun" in the school auditorium in the early 1960s. We can say we didn't act. We can't say we didn't know.
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Sunblock
"We continue to be amazed at how many commentators, otherwise very thoughtful and well-informed, seem to think that humans will find technological solutions, such as super-efficient appliances and mag-lev light rail, to cure the impending energy shortfall. ...
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Guy McPherson and Thom Hartmann. Better viewing than what's on network.
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3 people up on one kite board! We equaled the World Record, can we go even further and break it? Check back tomorrow... http://virg.in/3ik
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Springs Eternal
"The thing is, we actually know what must be done to save our planet, and it is not propping up consumer society. " All the armies of the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come. —Victor Hugo   These past weeks we have been immersed in the ...
"The thing is, we actually know what must be done to save our planet, and it is not propping up consumer society. " All the armies of the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come. —Victor Hugo   These past w...
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This film will be shooting on location at the ETC in June. Please donate!
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The Ukrainian Iceberg
" President Obama made a
sudden appearance in the White House press room, rattled his sabre, and warned
Putin that the US would not stand for interference in Ukraine’s internal
affairs. The irony appeared to go unnoticed. " Ethnic Division in Ukraine - Red ...
"President Obama made a sudden appearance in the White House press room, rattled his sabre, and warned Putin that the US would not stand for interference in Ukraine’s internal affairs. The irony appeared to go unnoticed." ...
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All what humans want is peace, love and happiness. The same is true for our world's leaders. Let us all drop our masks of evil, laugh out load, and archive warfare strategies, sabre rattling and wars as histories of the ancient and primitive times of the barbarian!
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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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"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
Albert Bates 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.  See, e.g.: http://www.thefarm.org/nuke/nuke.html. He served on the steering committee of Plenty International for 18 years, during which time it 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, and his 15th is a book about carbon farming and reversing the climate crisis, The Biochar Solution (New Society Publishers, 2010, with a foreword by Vandana Shiva). See also the bio at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Bates and resumé at HTTP://www.thefarm.org/lifestyle/albertbates/akb.html. His current project is an Indiegogo Campaign. Please share that!
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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The Thrifty Homesteader
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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
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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
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Closing the Ambition Gap. "The heavy rainstorms that blocked view of the full moon over Durban gave way to sunrise as the delegates wen