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The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change - front cover. Image: Island Press.

Laughing all the way to the greenhouse - 'The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change'

Edgar Vaid

28th September 2014

A new book on climate change brings a refreshing, visual, gag-filled view of a complex topic, writes Edgar Vaid - while including some surprisingly advanced science. The relentless jokiness may be a bit much for adult readers, but will be a hit with the young ones. And that is, after all, what it's all about. more...
Spring Feast, with Julia Ponsonby (right). Photo: Joanna Brown.

Green meals for 85? No problem for Schumacher College's Head Cook

Julia Ponsonby

30th August 2014

Good food is an essential ingredient at Schumacher College, writes Julia Ponsonby, made with love using fresh, wholesome ingredients many of which have traveled no further than the vegetable garden. No less important, the sense of companionship, learning, fun and frequent hilarity that permeates the building - and the kitchen in particular. more...
The fire is burning merrily in the cob oven. Photo: Smallholder Training.

Green cooking in a cob oven - and how to build your own

Debbie Kingsley & Andrew Hubbard

7th June 2014

Ever thought of building a cob oven? Maybe you should, write Debbie Kingsley & Andrew Hubbard, for fossil fuel-free cooking that warms up every party, perfect for everything from pizza to roast vegetables or your (organic) Christmas turkey ... more...
A young demonstrator in Oxford yesterday calling on the University to divest from fossil fuels. Photo: Zoe Broughton.

Oxford University 'must divest from fossil fuels'

The Ecologist

1st June 2014

59 University of Oxford academics have signed an open letter urging the University to 'take action on climate change' by ridding its £3.8bn endowment of investments in fossil fuel companies, as hundreds march to demand change. more...
A class of 33 school children reclaiming a street near their school. The same number of child cyclists and pedestrians were killed on the roads in 2012. Photo: Bob Collier/PA Wire.

We must make our streets fit for children

Melissa Henry

13th May 2014

Children are an indicator species for the health of our communities, writes Melissa Henry - and they are being forced off our streets by traffic. This adds further to traffic and pollution as children are driven everywhere, depriving them of exercise. It's time to break the vicious circle! more...
The huge caldera of Mount Tambora, Indonesia - still active today. Photo: Jialiang Gao, CC BY-SA.

The Tambora eruption and human history

Gillen D'Arcy Wood

18th June 2014

The greatest volcanic eruption in human history changed the 19th century as much as Napoleon, if not more, writes Gillen D'Arcy Wood. Yet how many of us know of Tambora, the climate havoc it unleashed, or the global cholera pandemic it spawned? more...
Howsham Mill - love at first sight in 2003.

The 'green' watermill restoration that's powering 30 homes

Helen Leavey

3rd May 2014

Ten years ago, Mo and Dave fell in love, writes Helen Leavey - with a ruinous but romantic water mill in Yorkshire. It was the beginning of a fabulous restoration adventure, and the mill is now an exemplar of renewable energy generation and a thriving education centre. more...

Communications Challenge Award 2014


Laura Williams

28th January 2014

Student Unions from across the UK have been performing and filming eco-stunts to spread sustainability ideas, in a quest to win this year Green Impact Communications Challenge Award. more...

UKIP to ban 'all teaching of global warming'

The Ecologist

17th January 2014

The United Kingdom Independence Party will ban the teaching of climate change in schools, if it wins the 2015 elections, says UKIP education spokesman Derek Clark MEP. more...
Seeing green?

Reconnecting children with our wonderful world

Sandra Thompson

8th January 2014

Our children are spending 20 hours a week staring at screens, writes Sandra Thompson. High time to get them outside with the mud, bugs, flowers and slime ... more...
energy

The Story of Energy

Paul Allen

20th December 2013

Our relationship with energy presents big challenges, not only for our technology, but also for our culture, society and democracy. Paul Allen explores where it all went wrong. more...

Ocean acidity rising at 'unprecedented rate'

The Ecologist

19th November 2013

The unprecedented rate of ocean acidification is one of the most alarming phenomena generated by climate change and the only way to mitigate the dangers is to reduce CO2 emissions significantly. more...

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The Amazing Places Project

October 9th, 2013

Barry Bennett

While recovering from illness, qualified teacher Barry Bennett took the time to ponder on how he could share his love of nature with young people, and encourage them to engage with their environment. The result was The Amazing Places Project ... more...

Children and the Environment: How gardening lessons impact positively on school kids

Camilla Scaramanga

2nd September 2013

Pending reforms to the UK's school curriculum mean that from September 2014, pupils aged 7-14 can expect to learn gardening skills. Camilla Scaramanga takes a look at some of the initiatives that are already taking the lead...... more...

Green fingers grow green minds

Camilla Scaramanga

Camilla Scaramanga takes a look at how growing food in schools is having a positive impact on children, teachers, parents and wider society....... more...
NUS Green Hero

NUS granted £5,000,000 to invest in higher education sustainability

by Dannie Grufferty

The National Union of Students has a rich history of ethical and environmental work, but our £5 million Students’ Green Fund is undoubtedly our biggest achievement for the sustainability agenda yet, says Dannie Grufferty. more...

Environmental education is not a choice – it is an explicit priority

by Emily Buchanan

Emily Buchanan argues that there are certain lessons in life so significant that if we fail to teach them in the classroom we will leave future generations in perilous ignorance. more...
Zero Carbon Britain 2030

Creating the future: How 'Zero Carbon Britain' is inspiring positivity in today's artists

Paul Allen

16th August, 2012

The Centre for Alternative Technology's Emergence Summit must develop positive versions of the future, as if we can't imagine it - there won't be one, says Paul Allen more...
Rochdale Pioneer Performance

The rise and rise of co-op schools

Mervyn Wilson

6th August, 2012

Do co-operative schools (trust schools and academies) provide a democratic community based alternative? Mervyn Wilson, Principal of the Co-operative College – which has been at the heart of the development of co-operative schools - explains why co-operatives are proving so popular more...
A child plays in an empty box.

Child's Play: How Children Learn

Phoebe Doyle

17th July, 2012

They need to play; we buy them toys. But education writer Phoebe Doyle thinks you might just be wasting your money, and your children’s time more...
Little White Alice

Review: Little White Alice

Lisa Stephens

31st May, 2012

The perfect country escape, Cornwall's Little White Alice is a green retreat that combines style and sustainability, says Lisa Stephens more...
Shrimp sifting

In season now: what to eat during May

Amy Halls

30th April, 2012

Slow Food UK CEO, Cat Gazzoli, dips into the UK's forgotten flavours to bring us her gastronomic pick for May more...
ORGANIC BEAUTY

Organic beauty decoded: the truth about your favourite natural products

Bethany Hubbard

7th March, 2012

Baffled by the growing number of claims made by organic and natural beauty companies? The Ecologist reveals the truth behind the myths more...
Biodynamic Agricultural College

Advertorial: Biodynamic Agricultural College

Biodynamic Agricultural College – Specialist courses in Biodynamics: Principles and Practices. Now available on line with our new Distance Learning course in January 2012 more...

Advertorial: Ashridge Business School

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Ashridge Business School is a place where tradition meets innovation – in one of the most beautiful locations in England more...

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