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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...
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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...
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Japanese turn to farming to find fulfilment

Hiroyo Hasegawa

23rd July, 2009

Growing in popularity in Japan, a new environmental lifestyle choice is helping people grow their own food, reconnect with the land and pursue more fulfilling vocations more...
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EU approves 'stepping stone' legislation for cloned meat

Ecologist

24th June, 2009

European Union ministers have given an initial thumbs-up to the Novel Foods Regulation, a draft proposal that could lead to meat from cloned animals entering the human food chain more...
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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...
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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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Oops, wrong brain

John Naish

28th January, 2009

What on earth are we thinking when we go into shops and buy lots of pointless stuff we just don’t need? John Naish says it’s not so much what’s on our minds, but which brain we use when we spend more...
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Let's call a truce on billboards

James Page

7th January, 2009

Knowing something of the energy consumed by flat screen displays I couldn't help noticing the appearance of an enormous (6 x 3 metres) digital advertising hoarding outside Richmond Fire Station in London. more...

What Was The Life That We Were Living?

Billy Talen

6th January, 2009

We interrupt our regular programming for a moral advisory... more...
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The Gift and the Word

Bil Talen

5th January, 2009

We interrupt our regular programming for a moral advisory... more...
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Help fashion go organic

Ecologist magazine

1st January, 2009

The fashion industry listens to shoppers, even if governments don't. Use your power as a consumer to make safer, organic cotton more widely available:
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The Shadows of Consumption by Peter Dauvergne

Danielle Lawson

17th December, 2008

The Shadows of Consumption: Consequences for the Global Environment is the latest offering from Canadian academic and former chess champion, Peter Dauvergne. more...

The Desire and the Doom

Bill Talen

7th November, 2008

We interrupt our regular programming for a moral advisory more...

The Time Has Come... Are You Ready To Die?

Billy Talen

30th October, 2008

We interrupt our regular programming for a moral advisory... more...
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How to be free: non-action in action

Tom Hodgkinson

1st October, 2008

From all sides, the cry is the same: something must be done. More must be done. more...
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How to be free: Endogenous growth theory

Tom Hodgkinson

1st October, 2008

The more I think about it, the more sense it makes: gardening will save the world. For in a garden is truth, beauty and lots of good food... more...

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