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Natalie Bennett talking about political activism and the Green Party at the Resurgence Summer Camp 2013. Photo: Teena Gould.

The small camp with the big message

Susan Clark

29 June 2015

Resurgence-in-Action brings together an eclectic mix of people who care about the same things - and throws in a great dollop of fun, laughter, world class music, provocative discussions and fantastic vegetarian foods. Susan Clark looks forward to this summer's festival. more...
Green and Away

Resurgence Summer Camp

Resurgence in Action at Green and Away

A weekend of inspiration, ideas, wellbeing and networking at Europe's foremost sustainable conference centre. more...
Sustainable living does not mean choosing a more efficient tumble drier - but washing clothes less often, and hanging them out to dry! Photo:  JW Capture via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND).

Crossing a chasm slowly, in ten small steps? Sustainable living demands big changes

Kirstie O'Neill, Adrian Friday & Adrian K. Clear

29th March 2015

A new government website to promote more sustainable lifestyles is hopelessly lacking in ambition, write Kirstie O'Neill, Adrian Friday & Adrian K. Clear. We need to be re-engineering our infrastructure, re-imagining society and re-thinking the ways we live for disruptive, transformative change - not tinkering ineffectually at the margins of 'normality'. more...
In Shanghai much food used to be grown within the city. In recent years peri-urban agriculture has taken over from intra-urban cropping. Whilst some land has been paved over as the city expanded, large areas of peri-urban land are still being set aside fo

Making cities sustainable with urban agriculture

Herbert Girardet

3rd December 2014

To reduce the pressure on the world's productive land and to help assure long-term food security, writes Herbert Girardet, city people are well advised to revive urban or peri-urban agriculture. While large cities will always have to import some food, local food growing is a key component of sustainable urban living. more...
A Nobel Prize for the Penan people of Sarawak, famous for defying the loggers to protect the rainforest on which they,a nd the world, depend? Photo: Friends of the Earth.

Alfred Nobel would have wanted an environment prize

James Dyke

8th October 2014

Nobel's choice of prizes addressed the key disciplines of his time that conferred greatest benefit on mankind, writes James Dyke. To his initial selection an economics prize was later added - so what's to stop us adding a new one for sustainability - how mankind can live in harmony with planet Earth and all who sail on her? more...
Unionists protest at RT's labour practices in Cape Town, South Africa, February 2014. Photo: IndustriALL.

Rio Tinto's 'sustainable mining' claims exposed

Kemal Özkan

30th July 2014

Global mining giant Rio Tinto markets itself as a 'sustainable company', writes Kemal Özkan. But serious failures in its reporting, and its attempt to hold an Australian indigenous group to ransom, reveal a very different truth: the company is driven by a reckless pursuit of profit at any cost. more...
Cover of 'Extracted - how the quest for mineral wealth is plundering the planet', by Ugo Bardi.

Minerals are finite. We had better start conserving them

Ugo Bardi

19th May 2014

Are we going to run out of minerals? That's the central question of a debate that has been raging for a couple of centuries, writes Ugo Bardi, when it first became clear that minerals are not life forms - and do not reproduce as we extract them from the Earth's crust. more...
Curitiba's train-length buses simplify sustainable transit for the masses. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Curitiba: the Greenest city on Earth

Brian Barth

15th March 2014

Football fans around the globe have their eyes set on Curitiba, Brasil this year, the site of the 2014 World Cup. But as Brian Barth reports, eco-savvy urban planners have been studying Brasil's seventh largest city for decades ... more...
Bastion of democracy - or of neo-liberalism? The European Parliament building, Brussels. Photo: via

Want sustainability? Start by leaving the EU

David Acunzo

31st January 2014

To achieve true sustainability, ecological movements across Europe must push for independence from an EU ideologically locked into a neoliberal 'free trade' agenda wedded to endless economic growth, writes David Acunzo. 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...

Saved by Technology?

Tony Juniper

3rd January 2014

The World We Made by Jonathon Porritt takes us on an optimistic journey to 2050 via some unexpected routes more...

Rotting fish to green gas

The Ecologist

10th December 2013

The 'green' carpet maker Interface has signed up for a sustainable gas supply made from rotting fish. more...

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Turtle in 'ghost net'. Photo: NOAA News.

Killer 'ghost nets' to carpet tiles

Roisin Woolnough

24th November 2013

Ghost nets - nylon fishing nets abandoned in the ocean - are the sea life killers that keep on killing. Roisin Woolnough reports on the Healthy Seas initiative to transform the ghost nets into useful products from socks and swimwear to carpet tiles. more...
The Peace Community of San José de Apartadó

Colombia: a community resists land-grabbing and conflict

Gwen Burnyeat

11th November 2013

Gwen Burnyeat tells of her encounter with a unique peace community in Colombia, who are promoting systems of local sustainability and guardianship that protect both people and the environment. more...

Glowing path trialled in Cambridge

25th October 2013

The surface requires no external power supply. Instead it soaks up the energy from visible and UV light during the day, and releases it at night. more...

Burn the regulations, not the rainforest!

Oliver Tickell

23rd October 2013

There are 14.6 million hectares of already deforested land in Indonesian Borneo alone that are suitable for palm cultivation. more...

Five dangers the internet poses to a sustainable world

October 10th, 2013

By Chandran Nair

It's time to slay the sacred cow that the internet is a force only for good, writes Chandran Nair more...

How do you feed a city of 117,000 people sustainably?

August 30th, 2013

Charlie Taverner

Exeter might be affluent and hungry for locally produced, sustainable food, but in common with other towns and cities across the UK, independent retailers, producers and food entrepreneurs face an uphill challenge, reports Charlie Taverner more...

Green Medal for Olympian Ecologist

Jane Bevan

13th August 2013

The Ecologist meets David Stubbs - the man who holds the 2013 Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management Medal. It is the first time the Medal has been awarded to a professional ecologist working outside what might be considered the traditional boundaries of the discipline...... more...

Greening of our cities

by Jonathon Porritt

Jonathon Porritt introduces Bristol BIG Green Week and reflects on how it is our cities that now lead the way in sustainability. more...

Connecting the Dots: the Big Permaculture Picture

April 24th, 2013

by Jeremy Wickremer

Jeremy Wickremer explains why he believes permaculture offers multiple answers to societal and environmental problems in a beautifully simple and effective way. more...

Get a grip! Population growth impacts biodiversity

Jonathon Porritt

17th September, 2012

Tackling the population explosion is critical to avoiding environmental disaster more...
Fish on a fishing boat

New EU fish reforms anger artisan fishermen

Victor Paul Borg

31 July, 2012

More than seven out of ten edible marine species in the EU are over-fished and coastal communities are dying. So you might think new draft reforms would help reverse this trend. Not so, says Victor Paul Borg, who investigates the impact of changes that the community fishermen themselves do not want more...
Cinderella's gloves

The Cinderella economy: an answer to unsustainable growth?

Tim Jackson

27th July, 2012

As worldwide Governments blindly attempt to support unlimited growth using limited resources, Tim Jackson believes the answer to true sustainability may lie on the economy's fringes more...
London 2012

Olympic organisers LOCOG critiscised over sustainability choices

Mark Gee

25th July, 2012

How did BP and EDF ever become the London 2012 Olympics sustainability partners? Mark Gee says he is at a loss to understand more...


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