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Activism for Busy People Part I: Ethical Consumption

Ruth Stokes

November 9th, 2013

Keen to save the world but don't want to end up in a Russian prison? In the first of a three part series Ruth Stokes suggests ethical consumption as one alternative approach to activism that won't turn your life upside down but will make a difference ... more...

It's not easy being green - unless that is, you live on a boat. Part II.

Clare Kendall

In the second of a series of four blogs Clare Kendall discovers that fuel consumption by boat-dwellers is comparatively low and that energy is often more accessible than it is for those of us who live in buildings....... more...
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Thich Nhat Hanh: happiness is possible without simply consuming all the time

Tom Levitt

22nd March, 2012

In the second part of his interview, Thich Nhat Hanh explains why you don't need to be a Buddhist monk to give up an addiction to a high-consumption lifestyle more...
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The Good Shopping Guide (10th Anniversary Edition)

Mark Newton

22nd December, 2011

Did you know that Green & Black's aren't quite as ethical as they'd like you to think? Nor did Mark Newton until the Good Shopping Guide came his way more...

Hen and Hammock: changing the world, one garden at a time

The Ecologist

11th March, 2011

From carbon offsetting to ethical sourcing, Oxfordshire’s Hen and Hammock is proof that retail can be green more...

The Secret Life of Stuff

Ruth Styles

20th January, 2011

Clear and well written, Julie Hill's opus sheds light on the issues of waste and consumption but provides solutions that are too simplistic to be of real use, argues Ruth Styles
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Joyce D'Silva: 'Meat should carry a health warning'

Eifion Rees

30th September, 2010

Eifion Rees talks to the Compassion in World Farming veteran and co-editor of The Meat Crisis - a shocking new book that exposes the range of environmental and health threats facing us if we don't kick our addiction to meat more...
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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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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...
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Don't buy it - hire it: the real green consumer

Ewan Kingston

30th March, 2010

It's an unfashionable idea, but would a return to hiring products and services rather than buying them help us reduce our ecological footprint and turn businesses green? more...
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Fred Pearce: overpopulation worries are a potentially racist distraction

Matilda Lee

2nd February, 2010

Environmental journalist Fred Pearce, author of the new book Peoplequake, on why overconsumption is the key issue, the need for relaxed immigration laws, and why men should look after children more...

Biotech industry fights back over reduced meat calls

Ecologist

11th December, 2009

BBSRC-funded website backlash against sustainable watchdog’s call to reduce meat consumption more...

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Tim Jackson: 'our economy is not fit-for-purpose'

Tim Jackson

12th November, 2009

Professor Tim Jackson tells an audience at Westminster Central Hall how our economy has failed us but, whilst growth is unsustainable, so is its alternative, 'de-growth'... 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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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...
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The scandal of planned technological obsolescence

Nick Kettles

6th August, 2008

Our economy demands that we make consumption our way of life, the that we seek our spiritual satisfaction in consumption… more...
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Less is more - the move to a saner happier economy

Andrew Simms

1st April, 2008

Don’t be afraid of the recession, says Andrew Simms , it may just be the lucky break we need to get our heads around a more sane economy and a better quality of life
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4x4s will pay more to park up

News

6th June, 2007

A North London council is proposing to double residential parking charges on high-emission 4x4 vehicles. more...
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Stop shopping, or the planet gets it

News

10th April, 2007

Jonathon Porritt, chairman of the government’s Sustainable Development Commission, has called for the UK citizens to shop less or ‘the planet will go pop.’ more...
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The IPCC report: the science is there, but are we willing to change?

Stephan Harding

8th February, 2007

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has delivered the final blow to climate-change sceptics. The word its report uses is 'unequivocal'. But is the world prepared to accept the results of this judgement? more...

The Wages of Denial

David Fleming

1st April, 2003

We are all about to pay the price of ignoring the coming energy famine. By David Fleming

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Grossly Distorting Perception

Jonathan Rowe

1st February, 2003

Measure for measure, GDP is the world’s hidden accounting scandal, the one that neither governments nor media will touch. Jonathan Rowe asks why we worship such a false idol
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Food: the scarcity myth

Frances Moore-Lappe

20th March, 2001

Today, while hunger stunts the lives of hundreds of millions of people, grassroots movements in Kenya and Brazil are winning the war on want. Frances Moore Lappé investigates more...

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