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Nannalution Gathers Pace: Australia's Knitting Nannas Activists and the Anti-Fracking Movement

Maxine Newlands

9th September, 2016

Knitting Nannas Against Gas (KNAG), an anti-fracking group held their national gathering in the heart of Australia's Coal Seam Gas (CSG) industry where the ‘Nannas' workshopped ways of evading arrest, media strategies, avoiding defaming energy companies, lawful protest, successful campaigns, protest songs and nanna naps. MAXINE NEWLANDS joined them for the gathering more...

The Ecologist Arts Interview: Photographer Deon Reynolds

Gary Cook

2nd September, 2016

Marmite. Barry Manilow, Nigel Farage and wind turbines. People either love them or hate them with rarely anyone on the fence. But Deon Reynolds' atmospheric turbine photographs might just buck that trend and persuade even rabid climate deniers to acknowledge their beauty, writes

Big Problems Need Small Solutions

Charles Eisenstein

29th July 2016

Do we need big solutions to big problems? Charles Eisenstein challenges the logic of 'bigness' and looks for answers in the principles of 'interbeing'. more...

Europe's Rotten Wood

Horatio Morpurgo

15 July 2016

Illegal logging accounts for between 30 and 50 percent of wood harvested in Romania. Horatio Morpurgo reports on the destruction of Romanian forests, post communism, and looks at what we can learn. more...

Ecologist New Voices: Cara Augustenborg

Cara is one of the Ecologist's New Voices contributors. An Irish-American environmental scientist and climate communicator living in Ireland, she lectures in climate change at University College Dublin and blogs and vlogs as ‘The Verdant Yank'. Here she challenges all environmental scientists to demand action on Climate Change from the politicians still turning a blind eye more...
Ven Vorn enjoyed dinner with his family and friends in Koh Kong City shortly after his release from prison. Photo: Rod Harbinson.

Cambodia: indigenous eco-defender released after five months jail on false charges

Rod Harbinson / Mongabay

22nd March 2016

After five months of wrongful imprisonment, an environmental activist has finally been set free and reunited with his family, writes Rod Harbinson. His case highlights the way Cambodia's Government subjects eco-defenders to harsh, unjust and arbitrary detention, while illegal logging barons and large-scale timber smugglers lead charmed lives, always above the law. more...

Tasman Sea: small ships sail to confront oil giant

November 8th, 2013

A 'People's Flotilla' of small boats is launched today from ports around New Zealand to confront a ship set to begin deep sea oil drilling off the west cost of New Zealand's North Island. more...

New Brunswick fracking protests are the frontline of a democratic fight

October 23rd, 2013

Martin Lukacs for the Guardian

Images of burning cars and narratives about Canadian natives breaking the law obscure the real story about the Mi'kmaq people's opposition to shale gas exploration writes Martin Lukacs.... more...

Badger Cull has brought out the best of British compassion

September 16th, 2013

By Dominic Dyer

The Badger cull debate has become a much wider discussion about our relationship with wildlife and how we value and care for it says Dominic Dyer..... more...

The Ballad of Oaken Wood

Andy White

When Andy White realised that there would be no green knight coming to save an ancient woodland from 'death by quarry', he refused to join the ranks of people who had all but despaired and decided to take action......... more...

Class, poverty & climate change

Susan Clark

15th May 2013

It may be one of those New York Times best-sellers on sale at the airport but Susan Clark is not fooled; Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behaviour is a novel that sets out to tackle the biggest single issue we are facing ... more...

Fracking our future: the corrosive influence of extreme energy

28th February, 2013

Frack Off

Following in the wake of shale gas and coal-bed methane (CBM) extraction is the spectre of underground coal gasification (UCG). But if we adopt these wholesale we could close off any hope of stepping back from the climate change brink, says campaign group Frack Off more...

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Activist's Handbook

The Activist’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Participatory Democracy

Lorna Howarth

24 September 2012

The latest book by activist Aidan Ricketts presents a powerful guide to successful campaigning. more...

Update from Satish

Satish Kumar

Our Focus on Food, plus why we need to defend the rights of Nature more...
Beijing's polluted skies

Blue Skies or Little White Lies?

Olivia Boyd

11th July 2012

Fed up with fudged statistics, Beijing’s increasingly environmentally-aware population has forced its Government to come clean about air pollution in the city. more...
Beijing's polluted skies

Beijing's blue skies...or little white lies?

Olivia Boyd

6th July, 2012

Fed up with fudged statistics Beijing’s increasingly environmentally-aware population has forced it's Government to come clean about air pollution in the city. more...

Why the best world-changing ideas begin in your neighbourhood

John-Paul Flintoff

22nd May, 2012

Your ideas for changing the world may be desperately important. But if you can't find a way to engage the interests of the people around you they may never take off, argues John-Paul Flintoff more... in India

TAKE ACTION to connect the dots on climate change

Mark Briggs

27th April, 2012

Take action with campaign group to ‘connect the dots' of climate change and extreme weather more...

Climate Week's Kevin Steele: 'We must focus on solutions, not problems'

Matilda Lee

13th March, 2012

This week thousands of groups and communities will ACT on climate change as part of Climate Week. Founder Kevin Steele speaks to the Ecologist about what it takes to maximise momentum in the climate movement more...
10:10 Lighter Later campaign

TAKE ACTION: Urge your MP to vote for 10:10's climate-friendly Daylight Saving Bill

Priyanka Mogul

20th January, 2012

Adding an extra hour of daylight would decrease carbon emissions, promote outdoor activities and make travel safer. Make sure your MP supports the Daylight Saving Bill in today's vote more...
An Ecology of Mind by Nora Bateson

An Ecology of Mind: film interprets a life of unconventional thought

Rachel Fleming

11th January, 2012

A new documentary, An Ecology of Mind, directed by Nora Bateson, celebrates her father Gregory - anthropologist, philosopher, ecologist and systems theorist more...

Europe's empty houses drive new wave of squatting activism

Almudena Serpis

6th January, 2012

As the recession continues, squatting across Europe has enjoyed a renaissance. Although controversial, occupying vacant buildings has become a form of activism, promoting alternative lifestyles and challenging the mainstream more...
plant and soil

Greeks reclaim the land to ease the pain of economic austerity

Beatrice Yannacopoulou

10th January, 2012

A group of community-minded gardeners have turned a former Athens airport into a blooming vegetable plot, showing how Greece's eroded soil holds the keys to a revival in farming and a way to buck the jobless trend more...
Dave Hampton, the Carbon Coach

CAMPAIGN HERO: Dave Hampton, the Carbon Coach

Ben Hudson

28th December, 2011

Dave Hampton on watt's watt in carbon footprints and why he aims to launch a campaign for a million more carbon coaches more...
Rebecca Sweetman, the Paradigm Shift

Paradigm Shift: how one young activist uses documentary film to inspire change

Sophie Laggan

20th December, 2011

Rebecca is an ordinary woman with extraordinary ambitions, inspiring people all over the world and making 'Shift Happen' through her charity that creates free educational films more...


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