Greening the Desert – Another Update de Geoff Lawton


Hi, this is Geoff.

Last Sunday we had International Permaculture Day, and this Sunday (the 13th), Mother’s Day is being observed in almost 100 countries around the world. Back-to-back weeks to honor “Mother” Earth, yes? :)

So in honor of Mother Earth, here is this week’s Friday Five…

Greening the Desert – Another Update: As many of you know, we were in Jordan in late 2017, shot lots of footage of the GTD site, and recently completed editing that footage into an update for you, freshly posted inside The Permaculture Circle (TPC). As always, if you’re already enrolled in our free TPC learning community, you can view the full presentation here. And if you are not enrolled in TPC, you can do so quickly and for free here), and immediately gain access to the GTD update as well as 100+ other video / media resources. Enjoy!

Pioneer: Maddy Harland is a peer who continuously inspires me through the sheer range, volume, and depth of her work. Where do I possibly begin? How about with her two magazines (Permaculture Magazine UK AND Permaculture Magazine US) and her publishing company (Permanent Publications)? If that isn’t enough, how about her social enterprise project, The Sustainability Center, an award-winning UK charity? Anyone serious about permaculture can learn a great deal by studying Maddy’s prolific contributions.

Underground Insurgency: An insightful 26-minute audio interview with Charles Massey about the transformative practices of regenerative farmers and permaculture. I had previously mentioned Charles Massey’s book, Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture, A New Earth. The interview helps extend many of the ideas he covered in the book.

Wow: Is there an environmental cost for a simple Google search? Artist Joana Moll launched cleverly-named “CO2GLE”, a program that displays the amount of CO2 emitted with each search performed on Google. If you want to see search-related CO2 emissions in real-time, get ready for a small surprise by clicking here.

A (Different) Greening the Desert: This is a fascinating article whose headline asks, “Can sludge from dams turn deserts into farmland?” Here is the seed of one answer explored in the piece: “…reservoirs […] can fill up with sediment over time. That muddy sludge takes up space needed to store water, and if the process goes on long enough, the dam can no longer be used. But if the sediment is scraped out of a dam, treated, and then spread over sand, it can help turn a previously barren area into a farm interspersed with trees.Full article about this project, as well as other attempts of dealing with desertification, here.

That’s it for the Friday Five. As always, if you have any comment / reactions / or a different point of view, please share on the blog-version of this Friday Five (and all past + future Friday Fives), all housed here.

Cheers, and have a great week,

Your friend,



PS: Again, you can see the Greening the Desert – 2017 Update presentation here if you’re already a member of TPC (or sign up free here and see it immediately).

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