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Man's Industrial Progress

Phil Moore

25th September, 2008

One of Canada’s most well known photographers, Edward Burtynsky, has travelled the world documenting the link between nature and industry through his large-format photos of nature transformed through industry; the ‘manufactured landscapes’ of mines, dams, and factories. 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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How to be free: Stepping into the ring

Tom Hodgkinson

1st July, 2008

At the end of May, I went to give a talk at the Hay-on-Wye literary festival. John Bird, of The Big Issue, and I, sang songs to my ukulele accompaniment and enthused about the pleasures of thrift. more...
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A systems view of corporate culture change

John Renesch

22nd June, 2008

We have the ability to think our way out of the seemingly unchangeable ways in which we conduct business, says John Renesch more...
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How to be free: Supermarket suffocation

Tom Hodgkinson

1st June, 2008

I have to confess I've been feeling thoroughly gloomy about the state of the nation lately, and I blame a certain supermarket chain that I shall call 'Blank' more...
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Think before you fly

Mark Anslow

11th April, 2008

No one believed Big Tobacco could ever be snuffed out - until health warning stickers were made law. If the same principle of science, information and activism were applied to the aviation industry, argues Mark Anslow, the air we breathe could get cleaner yet more...
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How modern economics causes both inner and outer climate change

Jonathan Rowe

1st April, 2008

It’s the battle of the century. In one corner, the Economy – big, bloated, greedy and growing. In the other, the planet Earth – fragile, finite and fighting back. more...
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A steady-state economy

Herman Daly

1st April, 2008

Economist Herman E Daly argues that our future depends on a new economic model, one that needs to be defined by the dynamic balance – the steady state – of the natural world upon which it depends. more...
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The commons: an antidote to globalisation

Jonathon Rowe

1st April, 2008

The corporate market has become the institutional equivalent of a compulsive eater. It has a built-in hunger that cannot be filled, and it is hard to stop the damage within the framework of its own game.
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How to be free: The last untapped resource

Tom Hodgkinson

1st April, 2008

Sometimes it’s good to take a peep at what the enemy is up to. I spent last weekend reading the New York Herald Tribune, and I’ll sometimes look at The Economist. Both these publications are excellent in their way – the Tribune is far superior in writing and information to The Times, for example – but essentially feed the greed of a business-minded readership anxious to figure out what is going on in the world, the better to profit from it. 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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Creative ways to downshift

Laura Sevier

28th March, 2008

What does quality of life mean to you? Is it the stuff you buy, keeping up with the Joneses? Or is fresh, clean air, the company you keep, and a less stressful living environment more important? more...

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Spinning Wheels

Dan McDougall

13th March, 2008

‘This is the Indian dream!’ shouts Mohit, clutching a tattered plastic bag as he joins the impatient throng gathering at Hall A of the Auto Expo in New Delhi. Around us more than 100,000 Indians are aggressively jostling for space and a precious glimpse of the £1,200 Tata Nano, the world’s cheapest car. It is a vehicle that, put simply, costs less than the optional DVD player on the new Lexus LX470 SUV. more...
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The end of an affair

Robert Llewellyn

14th February, 2008

I’ve just been shopping. I went to London, walked into shops and bought things. New things. Not many – in fact my little pile of shopping bags is tragically small. I rapidly got bored and tired, and came back home. more...
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Isle of Mull Weavers

Matilda Lee

1st January, 2008

‘I’ve been to a fair number this – this is a fantastic place to be based,’ says the Soil Association’s Lee Holdstock, fresh from a trip to the remote south west corner of the Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides. more...
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How to be free: going off your trolley

Tom Hodgkkinson

1st January, 2008

Now here is an ecological pub quiz question: who wrote the following phrase and when? 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...
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Climate change - a rare opportunity?

Bill McKibben

1st February, 2007

Happiness is... Climate change isn’t just a threat. It’s an opportunity for us to live happier, more fulfilling lives. more...

Electric Cabaret

Michael Bugeja

1st January, 2007

Most of us have a party in our pockets – those digital devices that promised a global village. We found that village, all right, and it is peopled with idiots. Plugged into iPods, chatting into palms, we are lost in techno-torpor enveloping us 24/7 from any locale. more...
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Love: batteries not included

Pat Thomas

1st November, 2006

Relationships, like so many other aspects of modern life, are increasingly subject to the pressures of commercialisation. ‘Buy this and you’ll be happy’, suggests the marketing. And one recent product, both intimate and as impersonal as can be imagined, boasts particular success… more...
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We Are All Addicts

Edward Goldsmith

1st September, 2006

A 1971 editorial from the ecologist founding editor Edward Goldsmith on how our society is becoming ever more addicted to gimmicks intended to ensure our survival in ever less favourable conditions more...
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Everyday Green

City Hippy

28th August, 2006

Follow my efforts to create a green lifestyle roadmap for the mainstream. more...
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Economic growth - the elephant in the room?

Aidan Rankin

1st December, 2005

‘Religion is the opium of the people’ is one of Marx’s best-known aphorisms. It is memorable because it tells us so much about the manipulation of faith in the industrial era more...

How Loud Does The Earth Have To Cry?

Billy Talen

10th October, 2005

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

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