Posted in Earth, Organic Garden, Permaculture, Sustainable Living, Thoughts

The First Stage of Collapse is Underway…

ban frackingThere appear to be about five stages in the collapse of any society…the first one being human impacts on the environment.

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This, simply put, are humans destroying the resource base upon which they depend.

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In the case of Ireland, this happens to be the soil.

In the case of almost every society on the Earth, it happens to be the soil.

PosterThe fertility of the soil is diminishing…so much so, that even here in Ireland, farmers rely on chemical fertilizers to grow sufficient grass to feed livestock.

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The same happens to be the case worldwide.

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Our present course is a non-sustainable course, which by definition means it cannot be maintained.

Think about that…”cannot be maintained!”

potager bedHowever, we should realize that none of this is beyond our control, even though our political and economic systems seem frozen in time!

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Each one of us is part of the problem, so therefore can be part of the solution.

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The main problem is denial and “Ostrich Syndrome!”

Let’s keep talking the economy up!

This is the only message we get from the mainstream media, politicians and economists.

harvesting blackcurrantsHowever, which ever way one looks at it, our present course is headed for the precipice.

We had a massive party.

It lasted for several decades.

We told our children lies.

harvesting garlicWe told them that they could have whatever they wanted…big houses, big cars, foreign holidays in increasingly exotic places and all the consumer goods they desired.

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Just go to college, we said…just get a good education, we said…then a career that will earn you lots of money.

veranda at Bealtaine CottageAnd all the while we knew that the world had finite resources.

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Well, the party’s over.

This is the morning after the night before.

We have to begin the clean-up and face into the days ahead.
posterAs we, individually and collectively, attempt to make sense of what is happening, just keep this in mind…

Not one politician has stated the simple fact, that: unlimited growth cannot happen on a finite planet…

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Apparently, not one of their over-paid advisers has yet told them this simple statement of economic fact!

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We, as communities, will have to fight our governments, to try to protect what it is, they want to destroy!

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The first stage of collapse is underway…but…it is during these times of extremity that the best within us can rise to the surface…hold onto that!

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Posted in Abundance, Autumn, Celtic Mythology, Celts, Ecology, Gaia, Ireland, Permaculture, polytunnel gardening, Smallholding, Spirituality

Celtic Mysticism, the Goddess and Permaculture…

Autumn permaculture at bealtainecottage.com 017Perlagonium continues to flower.

The nights are drawing in.

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Autumn begins to harvest the land of leaves and green, as Winter waits in the wings…

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The culture of the West, and its reliance on centralized government, has lost its way regarding Nature, seeing her only as a resource!

Woodland at bealtainecottage.com 005Politically, governments have aligned themselves and us with the world of big business.

The madness of the policy of continued economic growth amid finite energy sources…and all to create more and more wealth for a very few, including themselves.

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This smallholding of 3 acres continues to give up her harvest.

It is incredible to think that gardening and growing food, as we know it today, has only been operative since World War One and the use of chemicals on the land.

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Rarely is Nature now regarded as sacred, valuable in itself and in any way seriously considered.

This has happened in less than three generations.

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The heart of the Celtic understanding of Nature is to regard the female, the Goddess and the Divine in all living things.

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The king, or ruler, is assumed to marry the land in the persona of the sovereign Goddess.

Thus they become partners.

Marriage was regarded in this culture as a joining of equals…

What would Earth look like today if we regarded the environment as our partner instead of our servant?

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For many, this brings a remarkable sense of the Divine and the sacred nature of Gaia.

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Posted in 2011, Culture, Current Affairs, Earth, Ecology, Gaia, Permaculture, Sustainable Living, Thoughts

The New Age

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We are living in a time of flux…All is change.

Many of us are seeing the potential in this continuous change and regard it as an awakening to The Age of Ecology.

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The Age of Corporatism continues in its most ugly form, sucking in souls to its relentless mantra of buy/consume, buy/consume…

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Economic growth in a finite world?

What was has almost destroyed our world, as more and more of humanity come to realise.

As many move away from the corporate model we once embraced, the world appears different to our eyes…we are living, alive, sensory deprived human beings.

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How much does one person need in order to feel happy?

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We used to inherit items we treasured thereafter…

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Economic growth?

MORE pollution, consumerism, ill-health, war, alienation, depression…

We need a new model for life, something better to aspire to…

To live a better life, with fewer products.

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To leave some of the raw materials in the Earth.

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To stop taking and grabbing and wanting…

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To consider the people yet to live.

Realising our present path is leading our precious Earth to TOTAL Ecological Collapse.

There has never been this amount of consumer goods on our planet.

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There has never been this amount of sickness, despair, depression and anxiety.

Conscious living.

Being fully aware of what we do, buy, eat, share, give and…think.

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We are in transit from the Age of Pisces.

This began with the birth of Christianity and is represented by the fish.

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Much of what has been experienced over the past two thousand years, has been shadowed and darkened by patriarchy, in its most virulent form.

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This is a time to leave behind what we now see as futile!

We are entering a new age… An Age of great change

The Age of Aquarius…

Posted in Current Affairs, Earth, Ecology, Gaia, Ireland, Leitrim, Permaculture, Roscommon, Sligo, Trees, Uncategorized, Wildlife, Woodland

The Fear of Trees ~ Why Our Environment is Sick!

If we understood the need for trees on our planet, we would be out planting for our very lives!

This is a realisation being brought more and more to the fore of my thinking.

All that is wrong in our world today can be traced back to our reckless and insane treatment of the environment.

The cost of economic growth in our world has been paid for by Gaia herself.

And yes, I know I sound passionate and maybe even upset, but, then, I am!

The E.U. and Trees!

I once held out hope that Ireland’s participation in the European Union would create a sense of joined up thinking about the state of our sick environment and how we could start to create instead of continually destroy.

That somehow, policy and directives from Brussels would create enlightenment and lead to the wholesale planting of trees on our monocultured island…but recent discussions with someone in receipt of E.U. grants for tree-planting has led me to be very concerned indeed!

Grant to Plant!
In order to qualify for a specific grant to plant deciduous trees, my friend has to agree to plant 2,600 deciduous trees on 3 acres…and I’ve tweeked these figures…DOWN!
Now for those of you who don’t know what 3 acres looks like, have a closer scan of some of the 500 or so posts put up from Bealtaine Cottage.

Sitting on 3 acres, the cottage is surrounded by trees, planted over the course of the past 7 years.

Somewhere between 500-600 trees have been planted, with plans for a further 100-200 in the future.

Can you identify much room for a further 2,000 or so trees?

I conclude that the E.U. does not have a clue, not even an iota of one!

Monoculture Monsters

The state of tree planting here in Ireland can be summed up as inadequate, with the emphasis on monoculture plantations of Sitka Spruce, planted for harvesting, in long, tight rows, where only a huge machine could possibly access the nightmare of environmental sickness.

These trees are planted for money and regarded only in fiscal terms.

Monoculture is the order of the day because the environment is tied into the “Merchants of Greed,” as John Seymour called them…the institutions now viewed as the great destroyers of our country!

And, This Fear…?

Where does it come from?

What is it that makes so many people frightened of Nature?

Where does this desperation to control Gaia come from?

To see trees reduced to gangly, over-crowned sticks that need staking in order to stand up, is a sad reflection on our lack of understanding of our world and Mother Nature.

Trees don’t need stakes if the WHOLE environment in which they are planted is taken into consideration.

There are no staked trees at Bealtaine other than some of the smaller fruit trees that become heavy with fruit and need supporting during this time.

It is this continual need to dominate Nature and control her that causes humanity to fear the environment.

We must awaken to the possibilities of living with her, or, well, I don’t want to go there!

Posted in Abundance, Culture, Current Affairs, Earth, Eco-Living, Ecology, Gaia, Permaculture, Sustainable Living, Thoughts, Uncategorized

From Reproductive to Extractive Growing…What Lies Ahead…

The permaculture students have all left, making their way home filled with enthusiasm and plans for what lies ahead…and that is what a permaculture course does for one…giving hope for a future where the land is viewed as to be looked after and nurtured…

The word ‘ecology,’ comes from the word ‘oikos,’ which means house or habitat.

Ecology is something we have to understand fully before we can begin to implement the changes that are necessary to preserve our environment and nurse it back to health.

Our resource base is what forms our ecology, or home…energy and materials.

All primitive communities relied on renewable energy.

Industrialism reversed the pattern and way of life followed for millenia by our ancestors.

Since industrialisation, we have used non-renewable energy and have done so to our own peril!

The way in which we view the earth has moved from feudalism to capitalism and has marked the end of the collective view of our resource base and the start of a much more egotisitical and self-centred view  of the world around us.

Not for the better, I hasten to add!

So, what happens when humanity has spent over a 150 years or more living off the capital instead of the interest?

The advent of industrial capitalism has changed the way in which we regard and relate to our environment.

We speak of the earth’s resources as ‘raw material,’ with little respect for the land which produces it.

And as we hurtle down this path of eventual destruction, Gaia struggles to maintain a balance…all is fast becoming unbalance and anarchic.

Biodiversity is lost to the devastation that is ‘economic growth!’

 The very essence of our survival is biodiversity.

Permaculture is the only model that provides abundantly and increases biodiversity as it does!