In this first episode of the series, Ben Habib introduces the ‘Social Permaculture Online Bootcamp’. With an emphasis on transmutation, this series will explore issues, problems and anxieties associated with the COVID-19 crisis, and draw from insights from social permaculture and beyond to think about how we might respond.
Earlier this month the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a sobering special report arguing that globally we a decade to complete greenhouse mitigation measures, to limit the global temperature […]
As part of my session on The Economy and Economic Regeneration Strategies in the permaculture design course at CERES Community Environment Park, we spend some time teasing out what an […]
China operates on a scale that outclasses every other country, and are taking climate change seriously. As the world’s biggest polluter many would say that this is the way it […]
From 26th June – 9th July 2017 I co-facilitated an environment and sustainability-themed study tour to South Korea with undergraduate students from La Trobe University. This is the third iteration […]
On 29th November 2017 Dr Benjamin Habib conducted a workshop on his research into permaculture as a transnational social movement at the 2017 International Permaculture Convergence, hosted at Polam Farm […]
China is poised to step into the leadership void left by the Trump administration’s likely withdrawal from international climate politics, write Nicholas Procter and Benjamin Habib in Asian Currents. The […]
In this final lecture in the “Global Environmental Politics in the 21st Century” series, Dr Benjamin Habib explores possibilities for a regenerative environmental politics based on the archetype of the […]
Over the weekend Australia lost one of its great pioneers in sustainable development with the passing of Bill Mollison, co-creator of permaculture with David Holmgren. Author, educator, academic, researcher and […]
On Friday 12th February 2016 I had the pleasure of returning to the Albury-Wodonga chapter of the University of the Third Age to speak about the 2015 Environment and Sustainability […]
Beijing, Tianjin and Chongqing, 10 – 24 July 2016 La Trobe University 3rd year students and professionals with an interest in the field are warmly invited to take part in our Environment […]
The realities of our historic moment present a window of opportunity to lay the foundation for a new set of social and ecological relations rooted not just in sustainability, but in regeneration.
On Friday 20th March I was invited with Dr Kumuda Simpson and Dr Tim Thornton to speak on a panel at the VCE Teachers Conference in Melbourne, hosted by Social […]
What might a holistic environmental politics look like in the Age of Consequences? This semester I have been exploring this question with students in my undergraduate class Global Environmental Politics. […]
On Saturday 4th October 2014 I had the pleasure of making a presentation as part of the OASES Graduate College Saturday Breakfast Series. During this workshop, I led participants through […]
As Professor Ross Garnaut suggested in his authoritative 2011 Climate Change Review for the Australian Government, climate change is a “diabolical public policy problem” because it impacts on every aspect […]
This is a piece I published in December 2011, but the sentiment bears repeating… — Christmas can be a magical time. I like the sense of expectation in the lead-up […]
When my son grows up, I will have to look him in the eye and tell him I tried my best to limit the damage to his future. I want […]
BY BEN HABIB. One of the exiting aspects of living lightly is the opportunity it provides for community building and connecting with other people. Strong social networks will become increasingly important as we grapple with environmental problems, energy insecurity and financial turmoil at the end of the age of growth. As a specialist in international relations, I look to Chinese culture for ideas on building social cohesion during tough times.
BY BEN HABIB. The sustainability movement has for many years been preparing to confront converging environmental, energy and financial crises. That moment is now here. To adapt with as little disruption as possible, it has never been more important to embrace living lightly.