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The Peace Community of San José de Apartadó

Colombia: a community resists land-grabbing and conflict

Gwen Burnyeat

11th November 2013

Gwen Burnyeat tells of her encounter with a unique peace community in Colombia, who are promoting systems of local sustainability and guardianship that protect both people and the environment. more...
Wild Ennerdale

Conservation sensation: how one small Cumbrian community brought their valley back to life

Matilda Lee

22nd March, 2012

Thanks to the efforts of local residents, Ennerdale has been restored to its natural glory. Matilda Lee takes up the villagers' inspiring tale more...
Container city

Shipping containers: could they tackle the housing crisis for a growing population?

Sophie Laggan

6th December, 2011

With bricks and mortar proving environmentally unsustainable, a dearth of affordable housing available, and charity Shelter maintaining that homelessness persists, could shipping containers be a solution? more...
URBAN GARDENING

Ten of the best…ways to get stuck into urban gardening

Hannah Corr

28th October, 2011

Growing your own fruit and vegetables doesn’t have to involve huge amounts of space. As Hannah Corr explains, there are plenty of short cuts for city dwellers who want to get stuck in more...
Mark Shearer and Nick Gardner

Project Dirt: the eco-web project that's much more than the Green Facebook...

Eifion Rees

5th October, 2010

Forget impersonal internet interactions, Project Dirt is connecting green initiatives in real life to make environmental change at a local level a reality more...
Organic vegetables

Organic food comes of age at Bristol's Organic Food Festival

Eifion Rees

26th August, 2010

Held at Bristol Harbourside and celebrating its 10th anniversary, Europe's largest organic festival is a feast of food, drink and fabric that doesn't cost the earth more...
Community garden

Life without supermarkets: community action is the best way to beat them

Laura Laker

10th August, 2010

A hypermarket victory in Hackney demonstrates how local groups can help protect community shops... more...
Money

Life without supermarkets: forget posh organic shops; check out food co-ops

Laura Laker

13th July, 2010

To keep prices down, Laura shops around and gives food co-ops a whirl... more...
Homemade Kids

Six ways to teach kids to value community life

Nicola Baird

8th July, 2010

This extract from the new book Homemade Kids offers some inspirational ways you and your kids can get stuck back into local life more...

Reclaiming a derelict site to create a community garden

Matilda Lee

23rd March, 2010

The story of how a group of dissatisfied residents pulled together, got funding, and created a blooming community garden where the work, and the rewards, are shared more...
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CASE STUDY: growing fruit and veg in the city

Ben Willis

3rd March, 2009

A host of communal vegetable gardens are springing up in the concrete heart of East London. Ben Willis meets the woman coaxing life from the urban jungle more...
Urban Walking

Will modern-day flaneurs help rebuild fragmented communities?

Nika Stella-Sawicka

1st September, 2009

In the age of high-speed travel, walking - alone or in groups - is the foremost way to reconnect to cities, our environment and one another more...

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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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Urban Composting

The Ecologist

1st February, 2005

Imagine you could turn 30 per cent of your household waste, at no cost, into high-quality compost for your plants, while also reducing toxic emissions from incinerator plants...
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How to live differently

Rachel Clode

13th March, 2008

Stressed out and living for the weekend? Breaking free may be easier than you thought... more...
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Tinker's Bubble: low-impact living

Shannon Carr-Shand

30th January, 2009

In 1993 a group of 10 friends, including former Ecologist editor Simon Fairlie, shared a vision of a place where people could live and work in harmony with the land. What resulted became Tinker’s Bubble more...
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Park life - reassessing the value of public spaces

News

18th March, 2009

Most councils value their public parks at a mere £1, says the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment more...
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Rural depopulation isn’t just a social problem: it affects wildlife too

News

23rd January, 2009

When communities are broken apart by migration towards towns and cities, rural life suffers. more...
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Guerrillas in our midst

Olly Zanetti

21st January, 2009

Under cover of darkness, a dedicated team of activists is slowly rescuing unloved pockets of land from botanical meltdown. Olly Zanetti meets the guerrilla gardeners lighting up London. more...
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Sustaining communities

Phil Moore

1st October, 2008

With the global credit crunch grabbing all the headlines, issues concerning economies on a lesser scale are easily sidelined. more...
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All hands to the plough

Ed Hamer

7th August, 2008

The community supports the farmer and the farmer supports the community. Why isn't everyone taking part in the latest agricultural revolution, wonders Ed Hamer more...
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City planning as if people mattered

Philip Parker

22nd June, 2008

Philip Parker flies the flag for a people-first approach to traffic management to regain control of the streets. more...
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A lot of fun - why allotments are good for the soul

Tony Baldry

19th June, 2008

Allotments are good for the soul and enjoying a resurgence in interest, says Tony Baldry, which is why local councils and developers should be required to grow their own
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Ecovillages: A model life?

Laura Sevier, Mike Henderson & Nritijuna Naidu

3rd June, 2008

More people are turning to eco communities as a viable alternative to urban life. Laura Sevier reports more...
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The problem of greenwash - green-fiddling while Rome burns…

Pat Thomas

1st June, 2008

It’s fair to say that we have our share of robust discussions in this office. Opinions get aired, fingers get pointed, occasionally voices get raised. It’s all in a good cause. Setting the world to rights isn’t always a civilised tea party. more...

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