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The Trussell Trusts Foodbank 8 in Vauxhall, South London. Photo: Newfrontiers via Flickr.com.

Food banks - a radical plan

Rupert Read

5th May 2014

The growth of food banks reflects a simple truth: the government does not care about hungry families, writes Rupert Read. To tackle hunger, work must pay a living wage, social security must do its job, and communities must rebuild local food networks. more...
Children of Swaziland. Poor for sure - but to all appearances, very happy. Photo:  Crawford Learmonth via Flickr.

Riches won't make you happy, but a greener economy might

Jules Pretty

30th May 2014

In the industrial era, economic growth has become equated with human progress, writes Jules Pretty, with a fundamental assumption that material growth and consumption inevitably leads to improvements in our well-being. Now think again ... more...
Used clothes from wealthy countries on sale at Nanyuki Market, Kenya. Photo: Konrad Glogowski via Flickr.

Anti-consumerism is not enough

Oliver Williams

25th May 2014

Our economies and our jobs depend on mass consumption, argues Oliver Williams. If we all consume less to save the planet, the economy will tank and millions will lose their jobs. The answer is not frugality, but reductions in population. more...
Well-being is far too important to be set aside in the 'nice fluffy things' category. Photo: Alison Curtis via Flickr.com.

Well-being, not growth, must be our economic purpose

Christine Berry

30th April 2014

Well-being is not just a luxury for good economic times, writes Christine Berry. Reducing poverty and promoting equality are more important economic goals than the pursuit of endless growth. more...
Port Pirie, South Australia: the lights at the city's vast smelting plant are pretty, but not the lead contamination. Photo: Imre Hillenbrand www.universalfocus.com.au, CC BY-ND.

Australia's dirty secret: who's breathing toxic air?

Donna Green, Jayajit Chakraborty & Mark Patrick Taylor

16th April 2014

Australia's poorer communities, with lower employment and education levels, and those with a high proportion of Indigenous people, are significantly more likely to suffer high levels of toxic air pollution. Children are at particular risk from rising levels of lead. more...
Synthetic biology for everybody? What a wonderful world that would be ... at a lecture by Dr. Manuel Selg, Photo: Martin Hieslmair / Ars Electronica via Flickr.com.

It's time to get a grip on technology!

David King

12th April 2014

The issues surrounding powerful new technologies from GMOs to nuclear power appear disparate, writes David King - but look harder and most are linked by common threads. Key among them are issues of profit, control and socialisation of cost ... more...
Beyond Flying front cover: edited by Chris Watson, published by Green Books.

Beyond Flying: Rethinking air travel in a globally connected world

Rose Bridger

23rd April 2014

For today's tourists and travellers the elephant in the room is the jumbo jet which whisks us to our destinations - but pollutes the air, promotes destructive development, and isolates us from the the real world. Rose Bridger reviews 'Beyond Flying'. more...
Green growth in lower Manhattan - but is it enough? Photo: Alyson Hurt via Flickr.com.

Green growth cannot make a sustainable world

André Reichel

14th April 2014

Green growth is a myth, writes André Reichel, because it ignores the social, political and personal dimensions of sustainability. Instead we must plan for economic 'de-growth' - and go for growth only in the areas that really matter, like culture, learning and joy. more...
Jumanda Gakelebone outside Clarence House in London today to deliver his letter to Prince Charles. Photo: Survival International.

Bushman to Prince Charles - 'Save our People'

Oliver Tickell

8th April 2014

A Bushman from the Central Kalahari travelled 5,000 miles from his home in Botswana today to tell the Prince of Wales, ‘We're not poachers - we hunt to survive. Persuade Botswana to change its policies, or the Bushmen will soon be finished.' more...
In the Chernobyl / Pripyat Exclusion Zone, February 2008. Photo: Pedro Moura Pinheiro via Flickr.com.

When life becomes a shadow - after nuclear catastrophe

Robert Jacobs

8th April 2014

Those caught up in nuclear disasters suffer many times over, writes Robert Jacobs. Ill-health and early death aside, they are also cut off from their former communities, identities and family life, and the victims of social and medical discrimination. more...
Chris O'Donnell after being attacked by police.

Barton Moss: who is policing Greater Manchester Police?

David Cullen

9th April 2014

Police violence has been a running theme in the anti-fracking protests at Barton Moss. Individual officers are acting with impunity. Is this a deliberate strategy to disrupt the protests on behalf of vested interests? David Cullen investigates ... more...
A regular sight in rural areas - pesticides being applied to crops. Photo: Billy Ridgers.

Pesticides can cause cancer - so why does CRUK ignore them?

Georgina Downs

3rd April 2014

Cancer Research UK's slogan is 'Let's beat cancer sooner'. But Georgina Downs wonders why it ignores the role of pesticides sprayed on crop fields - which is a recognised cause of cancer - and why it has spent over £750 million since 2007 on paying its employees. more...

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Didcot A power station - a 2,000 MW coal burner, closed since this 2007 photo by  Joe Dunckley via Flickr.com.

Deep Green Resistance in the UK

Adam Herriott

16th April 2014

Had enough of being a 'good environmental liberal' - trying to do the right thing while the world gets ever worse? Adam Herriott argues for a Deep Green Resistance that attacks the power structures that perpetrate environmental destruction. more...
Galiwin'ku children - Gawirrin, Lakarriny and Dharrangguralil, Elcho Island August 1971. Photo: Boobook48 via Flickr.com.

Once again, Australia is stealing Its indigenous children

John Pilger

6th April 2014

Australia is still stealing Aboriginal children from their families, reports John Pilger. The 'lost generation' policies were meant to have ended in 1969, but a new wave of child thefts is under way - 2013 figures show that 13,914 Aboriginal children were in 'out of home care'. more...
Nigel Farage has a lot to smile about - but do we? Photo: Derek Bennett via Flickr.com.

UKIP and the ideal of 'media neutrality'

Matt Hawkins & Clare Phipps

27th March 2013

Nigel Farage's media triumph last night highlights Ofcom's decision that UKIP is a 'major political party' in the Euro-Elections. But Ofcom's view, argue Matt Hawkins & Clare Phipps, rests on the myth that the media reflect, rather than influence, public opinion. more...

Genuine Leisure

Edward Skidelsky

17 March 2014

To be without leisure and do everything for the sake of something else, is to be only half alive, writes Edward Skidelsky. more...
The Feixolen coal mine in the Laciana Valley. Photo: Filon Verde.

Spain - an end to Mountain Top Removal coal in Laciana Valley

Amaranta Herrero Cabrejas

4th April 2014

The regional government of Castilla y León cancelled the plan for further coal mining by Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining in Spain's Laciana Valley. It's a huge victory for campaigners, but now a new kind of economy is needed for the already depressed area. more...
A rainy day in Berezniki. Photo: Andrew Giba via Flickr.com/

Chemfest and collapse in the heart of Russia

Ola Cichowlas

2nd March 2014

As Russia looks like extending its dominion into Crimea and East Ukraine, Ola Cichowlas finds that Vladimir Putin cares rather less about the the heart of Russia itself - places like Berezniki, the country's very own chemical alley. more...
Rediscovering our place in the Universe: a couple at Burning Man 2012, Washoe County, Nevada, USA. Photo: Duncan Rawlinson via Flickr.com.

Human rights and the environment

Gabriel Moran

27th February 2014

Are human rights separable from the wider rights of other living beings, the environment and the Universe? Gabriel Moran finds that humans need to re-assert their central position in the world and build an encompassing moral responsibility. more...
Giant waves on the seafront at Seaham, County Durham. Photo: Ian Britton via Flickr.com.

Storm surges to cost $100 trillion a year as sea levels rise

The Ecologist

5th February 2014

New research predicts that coastal regions face massive increases in damages from storm surge flooding over the 21st century - to $100 trillion annually, more than the world's entire economic product today. more...
Volunteers Bethany Whisman and Blake Kenney hand out bottled water on Jan. 11, 2014, at Poca High School, W.Va. Photo: Staff Sgt. De-Juan Haley / National Guard via Flickr.com.

They poisoned the river for a 'clean coal' lie

Trish Kahle

16th January 2014

On January 9 thousands of gallons of a toxic chemical used to produce “clean coal”, spilled into Elk River, leaving 300,000 with no water supply. Trish Kahle asks - how could this happen? more...
Food to share! Photo: Incredible Edible.

Incredible Edible Todmorden

Julian Dobson

1st January 2014

Todmorden in Yorkshire's Calder Valley has been transformed by free food growing on its streets, parks and even its rooftops. Julian Dobson tells the inspiring story of Incredible Edible and how the transformational project is going global .... more...
Photo: Stockcube / Shutterstock.com

Government condemns the poor to cold homes

Paul Ekins

10th December 2013

Low income families in the UK are cold mainly because they live in badly insulated buildings. The Chancellor has missed the opportunity to address this key issue, writes Paul Ekins, in the name of cutting 'green taxes'. The poor will suffer. more...
Ogoni villagers survey destroyed canoes at Kaa, 5th January 1994. Photo: Sr. Majella McCarron, NUI Maynooth Ken Saro-Wiwa archive.

Looking Shell in the eye: Ken Saro-Wiwa's last writings

Laurence Cox

6th December 2013

Author Ken Saro-Wiwa spear-headed the resistance of the Ogoni people of the Niger Delta against environmental devastation from oil drilling and ruptured oil pipelines. He was executed in 1995. Dr Laurence Cox introduces his last letters. more...
Rowan Williams speaking at St Pauls.

How to change the world?

Sharon Garfinkel

28th November 2013

An inspirational series of talks has taken place this autumn at St Pauls Cathedral in London. Sharon Garfinkel will be back for more when the next series begins in 2014. more...

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