Bates, Albert

Eco-Village Response to Climate Change

Be Inspired.  Watch. Learn, and Then Act.
Albert Bates, Director of Global Village Institute  for Appropriate Technology, gave this keynote address at Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago’s 2nd annual event on November 2, 2013.


COOL! – Ecovillage Responses to Climate Change

Overpopulation, climate change, peak net energy, limits to growth, and economic malaise – are creating crises in human civilization never before experienced.  But they also are causing an ongoing search for alternatives that not only meet human needs, but also protect and restore the environment upon which we all depend.

In this fun-to-watch presentation given at Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago’s November 2013 conference, Bates suggests that ecovillages have been making strategic investments in adaptive responses to the climate change that also mitigate the damage by marginally reducing, or even reversing, the transfer of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, through appropriate technology, such as:

  • Carbon farming
  • Biochar
  • Holistic management
  • Integrated aquaponics and waste remediation
  • Organic no-till
  • Keyline management
  • Remineralization
  • Soil-food-web microbiology
  • Agroforestry; and
  • “ Permafuels” for transportation and district heating

Imagine creating and implementing a holistic re-inhabitation approach to today’s challenges that re-balance human ecosystems with in-fashioned patterns of “cool” living!

Bates, AlbertWho is Albert Bates?
Albert Bates is author of many books including The Biochar Solution, The Post Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook, and Climate in Crisis. He is the cofounder of Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology (which he has headed for 35 years) and the Global Ecovillage Network.

Current projects include a peace-through-permaculture project in Palestine and the Sail Transport Network, moving fair trade goods along coastal routes.

In 1980 Albert shared the Right Livelihood Award (considered an “Alternative Nobel”) for work in preserving indigenous culture.

His first book (Honicker v Hendrie, 1977) is considered by many environmentalists to mark the turning point in nuclear power’s ascent. Of his latest book, Huffington Post, said, “Bates has woven together a highly engaging interdisciplinary answer to climate change … a lively page-turner that blends clear-headed analysis with nuts-and-bolts advice … enough danger to wake us up, but enough opportunity to emerge feeling hopeful.”

To learn more about Albert Bates and his work, visit:  Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology.

Lifestyles for a Sustainable Future

Lifestyles for a Sustainable Future

Six-week Series
February 6, 2011 through April 24, 2011
(Sunday evenings, beginning February 6)

Cost:  $50

As we face growing concerns over a warming planet, diminishing natural resources, food security and the end of the fossil fuel age, we must ask ourselves: How does our faith guide us? How can our actions reflect the justice and affimation of life in which we believe?

Join this interactive educational series that blends information, biblical reflection and personal covenant in a small group setting.

During our time together we’ll explore a variety of key issues of eco-justice, such as exponential growth and sustainability; food; water; and energy,   We’ll determine our ecological footprint, discuss its social and environmental implications, and learn ways in which we can bring our lives more in harmony with what we believe.

If you are ready to make changes that lessen your impact on our world and support life-giving, rather than life-destroying global systems, then contact us at 773-556-3418 or email ejc@ecojusticecollaborative.org

Our Changing Planet – In Real Time

Our Changing Planet – In Real Time

It’s hard to understand how quickly our earth is changing.  This World Clock by poodwaddle.com provides an amazing look at the intersection of our energy use, world population trends, food production and the impact of these activities on our environment.

These are uncertain times, for sure.  Our future depends on creating and living into systems that nurture and restore life.  This means living differently, changing more than our light bulbs.  It means changing our economies that depend on growth, consumption and exploitation of resources and people.  It means living with less.  It means taking care of and restoring ecological systems that are life-giving. It means taking care of all people.

All across the globe, people everywhere are beginning to respond to today’s ecological and social crises. Bioneers and the Transition Towns movement are a few examples where people are working to bring about positive change. And that is hopeful!  Change doesn’t come easily, but it can happen quickly when there is perceived need.  So please share this world clock as a means for communicating the ecological and social impacts our global population and global economies are placing on our planet.  But also talk about solutions.  Real solutions that lessen our ecological footprints in our households, our communities and throughout the United States.  Real solutions that work for people – all people – not just generate profit corporations. It can make a difference.

Discuss…