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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...
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...
An observation post on Drigg beach. It was used by observers from the Eskmeals gunnery range a short distance down the coast, but looks to have been abandoned years ago. Photo: tim_d via Flickr.com.

Still dangerous after 30 years - Uranium particles from DU weapons

Doug Weir & Oliver Tickell

1st February 2014

Uranium particles formed from exploding DU munitions are highly persistent in the environment, scientists have found. They are still hazardous after 30 years in soils or dumps and even their corrosion products are durable minerals. 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...

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...

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A Kathmandu shanty town

Can the Kathmandu Valley be Saved?

by Joseph Mayton

September 26th, 2012

The once bustling Bagmati river has become the focal point of Nepal’s struggle to bring modernity to this once isolated region. And the environment is struggling to survive, writes Joseph Mayton. 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...
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...
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...
Raising Resistance

Paraguay's small farmers defend livelihoods against industrial soya production

Grace Philip

8th May, 2012

A new film, Raising Resistance, gives a telling account of how Paraguay's small farmers are suffering social and environmental ills from the country's meteoric rise in soya farming more...
green roof

Lofty ambitions: why green roofs are the future of urban gardening

Ben Martin

28th February, 2012

Run out of space in your garden? Look to higher ground and you’ll find an eco-friendly solution 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...

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Schumacher College

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We are looking for agents of change and leaders of the future, who will use the unique learning experience we can provide at Schumacher College, to make a more sustainable and equitable world more...
Five of the best… natural quick fixes

Five of the best… natural beauty quick fixes

Ruth Styles

1st February, 2012

Whether it’s tiredness, stress or winter skin, Green Living Editor Ruth Styles has some super speedy suggestions – and no chemicals involved more...
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Jolly Pilgrim by Peter Baker

Talk of a ‘new climate deal' at COP17 is a distraction from inaction

Murray Worthy

7th December, 2011

Talk of a long-term climate deal to cut carbon emissions is allowing industrialised countries to delay taking action, says Murray Worthy from the World Development Movement more...

Food security has jumped up the agenda at Durban climate conference

Olivier De Schutter

7th December, 2011

The impact of climate change on food insecurity is creating growing interest in agro-ecological methods of farming at the COP17 climate negotiations in Durban, says UN advisor Olivier De Schutter more...

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