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As green as gold?

Phil Moore

25th September, 2008

Environmental group Global Response has challenged Wal-Mart’s claim that their Love, Earth jewelery is ‘committed to protecting the environment’. more...
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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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The eco-shoes with soles of coconut

Laura Sevier

1st June, 2008

What do you get if you cross a shoe with a coconut? A bounty for the feet. Laura Sevier meets Sven Segal, eco shoe designer and founder of the Po-Zu range, who has found a novel use for waste coconut husks. . .
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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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The plastic party syndrome

Matilda Lee

27th November, 2007

Frustrated by the disposable hangovers from her kids’ parties, Hina Patel made it her business to make goodie bags green more...
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Community Wedge

John Bird

6th September, 2007

How can we stop the juggernauts of so-called progress from sweeping away every bit of individualism and community that well-run high streets bring us? John Bird wants to give you his card more...
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Competition Commission - what is it good for?

News

12th April, 2007

Unless the Competition Commission fails to act to curb the power of supermarket chain Tesco, 'people will be justified in questioning exactly what the Commission is for', says Andrew Simms, Director of the think-tank the New Economics Foundation (NEF). 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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Britain's Children: Unhealthy and Unloved

News

14th February, 2007

In a damning indictment of our current way of life the UK and US have been ranked the worst of 21 'Advanced Nations' for children to grow up in by UNICEF. The UK came last. 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...

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