Global Permaculture Solutions
a graceful end to cheap oil

local bioregional global solutions

local, bioregional,
global solutions

permaculture for nine billion

Permatopia dictionary:
permanent place [topia]
permaculture utopia

Hirsch report
Pentagon climate change study

environmental patterns
dominant paradigm
limited hang out / greenwash
ideal direction
philosophy - groups - toxics - food safety - energy - global warming - forest

carbon neutral isn't

hierarchy of needs

urban gardening
vegan diets
buy local
solar drying
solar cooking
Peak Grain
food irradiation
genetic phood
mad cow disease
toxic fertilizers

rainwater harvesting
filters, solar distillation
drip irrigation
boycott bottled water
blue gold: clean water

green building
natural building
urban planning

97 quads
conservation for renters
renewable energy
solar power
wind energy
free energy?

car culture
highway expansions
100 mpg cars
car sharing
transit & trains
internet not jets

spiritual resources

community currency
precious metals?

single payer


environmental education

a terrible thing to mind
reuse, not recycle
waste prevention

clearcuts & climate change
selective forestry
non-timber products



the end of growth


primitive technology



related websites:


this page is under construction

for more information about transportation policies, see


City Repair Portland effort to restore "public spaces" - one of the most important efforts in North America toward sustainability references for car-free zones in urban areas publication and action network in Czech Republic

the World Carfree Network, the hub of the global carfree movement, promoting alternatives to car dependence and automobile-based planning at the international level and working to reduce the human impact on the natural environment while improving the quality of life for all. is a clearinghouse of information from around the world on how to revitalise our towns and cities and create a sustainable future. In addition to serving the carfree movement, offers resources for architects, planners, teachers/professors, students, decision-makers and engaged citizens.


Car Sharing

Car Sharing Network
a list of car sharing organizations and businesses around North America - start one in your community if one is not nearby
Ride-Share: A Modest Proposal

Ride Share Alliance

Craig's List has ride sharing sections at each of its regional pages -

Some local governments also have bulletin boards for car pools and ride sharing. There are even a few locations in the country where commuters wait to be picked up by drivers with space in their cars (this happens on a small scale in northern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.). Higher gas prices and/or rationing will certainly increase these efforts - perhaps the fastest way to reduce oil consumption.


Alternative Cars




biodiesel sites


SVO & WVO (Straight/Waste Vegetable Oil)
Craig Reese in Berkeley has installed two of the three kits available in the US

General Diesel Info A handy diesel engine trouble shooting chart.



"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race."
- H. G. Wells
How to Not Get Hit by Cars
important lessons on Bicycle Safety
by Michael Bluejay | Versions in: French - Spanish - Catalan - Hungarian
Versions for: Brits / Aussies (riding on opp. side of road)

In both biological and mechanical terms, the bicycle is extraordinarily efficient. In terms of the amount of energy a person must expend to travel a given distance, investigators have calculated it to be the most efficient self-powered means of transportation.1 From a mechanical viewpoint, engineers studying the efficiency of the chain drive mechanism have also determined that more than 98% of the energy delivered by the rider into the pedals is transmitted to the wheels, with less than 2% sacrificed to friction.2 In terms of the ratio of cargo weight a bicycle can carry to total weight, it is also a most efficient means of cargo transportation. Racing bicycles have dropped handlebars, a narrow seat, and minimal accessories.
An average cyclist at 30 km/h (a good road pace) requires about 1890 kJ (450 calories) per hour, or about 63 kJ (15 calories) per kilometer. In contrast, walking at 5 km/h requires about 1195 kJ (285 calories) per hour (for a 73 kg male), or 239 kJ (57 calories) per kilometer, about four times as much. Generally used figures are 1.62 kJ/km/kg (0.28 calories/mile/pound) for cycling, 3.78 kJ/km/kg (0.653 calories/mile/pound) for walking/running, and 16.96 kJ/km/kg (2.93 calories/mile/pound) for swimming. Compared to running, cycling requires a longer time to consume the same amount of energy. On the other hand, cycling is a "no-impact" sport that is easier on the body, as long as the bike is properly "fit". For many people whose running might be limited by muscle and knee pain, cycling offers a similar outdoor exercise that can be enjoyed by people of a wide range of fitness levels. ...
The average "in-shape" adult human male can produce about 250 watts (1/3rd horsepower) continuously, with elite athletes increasing this significantly. More notable is the burst power of athletes, who can deliver over 700 watts for extended periods while climbing. Some are able to deliver up to 2,000 watts of power to the rear wheel for short-duration sprints. Women of the same level of training produce slighly less power. In terms of power-to-weight ratio women are noticeably better than men. Cycling energy is dominated almost entirely by drag, which requires power to overcome. This is the reason competitive cycling is dominated by men, as overcoming drag requires raw power. Women do comparatively better in climbing events, where body mass becomes an important consideration.

Critical Mass - an international effort that proclaims "We are not blocking traffic, we are traffic"
Links to local Critical Masses all over the world.

One of the more impressive uses of bicycles around the world - the delivery system of Mumbai, India.

A guide to electric assisted bicycles and other electric vehicles


Trains - excellent review of high speed train systems around the world - National Association of Railroad Passengers (Washington DC lobbying group for better train service)


Freeways - the patron saint of freeways



Freeway Fighters and Dead Highways - dead highways of Toronto