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Omega Institute The Triple Threat Facing Our Oceans: Overfishing, Acidification & Pollution
What You Can Do About Overfishing, Acidification & Pollution
Overfishing An area or species is overfished when the fish are caught more quickly than they can reproduce. According to Save Our Seas, roughly three quarters of the world’s fish stocks are currently being overfished and 80 percent are either fully exploited or are declining. A full 90 percent of large predatory fish—including tuna, cod, swordfish, sharks, and other species—are gone. More
Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level
Speak Out for Small Island States on World Environment Day
This year's World Environment Day is focused on small island nations who are at high risk as sea levels rise. More
Omega Institute Leading the Relational Inversion: From Ego to Eco by Otto Scharmer
From Ego to Eco
One of the biggest challenges we face in moving toward an ecosystem economy is to act collectively in ways that are intentional, effective, and cocreative. Over the past several years, I (Otto) have watched executives participate in a climate change simulation game at MIT, designed and led by MIT Professor John Sterman. He splits the group into small teams, with each team representing a key country group in the ongoing United Nations-sponsored negotiations over carbon emissions. The negotiators’ agreements are fed into a simulation model using actual climate data. More
Omega Institute Gardening in Plain Sight by Eric Toensmeier
An Interview With Eric Toensmeier
Omega: Permaculture has so many interleaving aspects to it. How do you define it to someone who is totally new to the subject? More
lyme disease rash photo
Climate change is having an effect on where the ticks that spread Lyme disease live, making more areas suitable for the ticks that carry the disease. Between the 1970s and 2010, deer ticks spread northward as temperatures rose, researchers from the Public Health Agency of Canada say. More
Omega Institute Roasted New Potatoes With Ramps & Morels by Robert Turner
A Spring Foraging Recipe
While some wait around for summer to experience the vibrancy of farm fresh foods, experienced foragers know that by venturing into the forest you can uncover a rarified sampling of all the vitality that spring has to offer. More
Omega Institute What Is Permaculture, Anyway?
As a term "permaculture" was coined in the late 1970s by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, originally as a combination of the words "permanent" and "agriculture." The meaning has since expanded to encompass more conceptually, incorporating social aspects of sustainability, so that today permaculture is generally accepted to be the melding of "permanent" and "culture."  Permanent doesn’t mean unchanging or static, rather it means permanent in the sense of those principles and natural patterns that are resilient, persevering over time. More
Omega Institute OWLC Passive Housing
In the spring of 2011, Omega Institute completed construction on a passive house addition to the main office building to house the Omega Women's Leadership Center (OWLC).  More
Omega Institute Grow Your Own Food by Eric Toensmeier
Omega: For someone who is new to growing their own food, even if it’s on a fire escape in a city apartment, how do you suggest they get started, in the best, easiest way? More