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A regular Sunday shopping in Chennai, India. Photo: McKay Savage via Flickr.com.

Gandhi's nightmare has come true

Subhankar Banerjee

18th March 2014

The era of mass consumption has reached India, bringing about a frenzy of over-consumption, pollution and ecological havoc. But so long as there's money to be made, asks Subhankar Banerjee, why worry about climate change? more...
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...

#OCCUPY and Buy Nothing Day move into phase two: #OCCUPYXMAS

Ben Hudson

25th November, 2011

On its twentieth anniversary, Ad Busters plan to take it up a gear, marrying Buy Nothing Day with Occupy in order to #OCCUPYXMAS more...
Joey Tabone

CAMPAIGN HERO: Joey Tabone, Chief Executive of the Prince of Wales's charity Start

Matilda Lee

12th August, 2011

The new head of the Prince's green living charity speaks to the Ecologist about ways of engaging individuals and the benefits of corporate partnerships more...
Action Aid

Subvertising: billboard ads for the public interest

Christine Ottery

10th May, 2011

As public spaces become blighted by the £18 billion global outdoors advertising industry, community groups are fighting back to reclaim both ad-free areas or use billboards in a socially beneficial way more...

Greenland, at the National Theatre

Matilda Lee

10th February, 2011

‘When you see smoke coming from under the door, but nobody does anything about it, you start to believe the majority. Even if the house is on fire, we do nothing.' more...
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CAMPAIGN HERO: Tom Crompton, Change Strategist at WWF-UK

Matilda Lee

8th February, 2011

What motivates people to act? Tom Crompton, WWF's point man on behaviour change, believes he has the answers. And they go against the grain of conventional campaigning... more...
What's the most sustainable fabric?

Cotton is a cash crop, but buy organic and help farmers escape poverty

Eliza Anyangwe

7th December,2010

Buying organic cotton doesn't mean you are depriving a farmer in the developing world of food crops, says Eliza Anyangwe of Pesticide Action Network. Rather, it's one action every ethical consumer should take more...
Annie Leonard

Annie Leonard: 'computers are great, but do they have to have neurotoxins in them?'

Laura Sevier

15th June, 2010

The waste warrior behind the You Tube hit and now book 'The Story of Stuff', on banning children's advertising, making manufacturers responsible for waste and shifting our values more...
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Life without supermarkets: escaping choice overload

Laura Laker

14th June, 2010

Laura Laker discovers the joys of farmers' markets, the convenience of vegboxes, and the horror of plans for a nearby Tesco Metro that will threaten her local corner shop more...
A Prius

Seeking status: embracing our selfish motives for buying green

Tom Levitt

4th May, 2010

The bulk of our motives for buying green are selfish, say psychologists. So would appealing to social positioning help shift behaviours better than moralising? more...
Landfill

The Landfill Prize Top Ten

John Naish

16th February, 2010

Golf club shaped urinal anyone? Digital fridge magnet? Nominate your contenders for Britain's most useless consumer product before 22nd February...
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Local hero- Karen

CASE STUDY: independent media

Laura Sevier

1st January, 2009

It’s the polar opposite of the glossy celebrity and lifestyle magazine, celebrating the personal and the everyday. Laura Sevier meets the creative force behind Karen more...
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Buy nothing day

Conrad Schmidt

27th November, 2008

Buy Nothing Day is an annual event to protest our consumerist culture. Consumers are encouraged across the world to stay out of malls and put their wallets back in their pockets for just one day. Started back in 1992 in Vancouver, Canada by Ted Dave, it was popularized by the Adbusters media foundation and it has spread to become an international day of action. more...

Can we trust the FSC?

Matilda Lee

22nd September, 2009

It's the logo we all look for when buying furniture and wood products. But the Forest Stewardship Council has come in for some serious criticism. Matilda Lee looks at both sides of the argument more...
Cut flowers

Behind the Label: cut flowers

Pat Thomas

18th August, 2009

What's the real price of your bouquet? Pat Thomas dishes the dirt on cut flower production in less-industrialised countries more...
Ecologist Visionaries

The Visionaries

Ecologist

20th March, 2009

Mark Anslow, Laura Sevier, Dan Box and Matilda Lee profile 10 visionaries with 10 big ideas for a better world.
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What is downshifting?

Laura Sevier

28th March, 2008

Are you living the dream? Or walking zombie-like through the nightmare of modern consumerism? Laura Sevier explores the sanity of downshifting more...
Ecologist Archive

Corporate greenwash

John Naish

16th May, 2008

From cars to petrochemical giants, every man and his dog has green credentials to show off to the world, but just how genuine are they? John Naish takes a closer look more...
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Visionaries: Duane Elgin

Ecologist

1st April 2009

Duane Elgin is a self-described ‘evolutionary activist’ who, since the 1960s, has explored the practical and philosophical meaning of simplicity. more...
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Drugs on tap

John Naish

30th April, 2009

Britain has a serious and unnecessary drug habit, but the implications of our pill-forevery-ill culture go far beyond the adverse effects on human health. The complex chemicals in modern pharmaceuticals, as well as the manufacturing processes involved, leave a massive industrial footprint on the natural world that is largely ignored by both science and government. more...
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Back to basics

Andrew Simms

22nd April, 2009

Uncontrolled growth of financial debt is currently laying waste to large parts of the global economy. An explosion of ecological debt looks set to do the same, but worse, to a biosphere friendly to human civilisation. more...
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The end of consumerism

Jules Peck

16th April, 2009

Last month my friend Satish Kumar said in Sustained magazine that the happiest people are those who live close to the land and use their hands – craftspeople and farmers. As a naturalist, keen gardener and soon-to-be vegetable-plot devotee, this resonates with me. more...
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Better than real- culture of the fake

Mark White

1st April, 2009

Who needs nature when you can manufacture a superior, ersatz substitute? more...
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US Department of Agriculture worried about GM food imports

News

6th March, 2009

Having exported largely untested GM crops around the world for decades, the US is suddenly starting to worry about what genetically modified organisms other countries might send their way. more...

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