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Money is much funnier stuff than you ever imagined. Photo: Doug Wheller via Flickr.

Making money - the state must reclaim its sovereign rights

Charlotte Jackson

22nd May 2014

Where does money comes from? In the 97% of the money we use is created by commercial banks out of thin air, as they advance credit. Charlotte Jackson argues that this system costs us all dear - as citizens, debtors, taxpayers, and as victims of economic instability more...
A detail from 'Paradise':

Let's build a post-growth economy that works for the 99%

Rupert Read

16th May 2014

Most of Europe is in a state of low economic growth, and it's likely to go on for a long time yet. So let's get good at it, writes Rupert Read, and build 'post-growth' economic systems that work for people and the environment - not just plutocrats. 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...
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...
Talis Kalnars in 1999, in the Dinam Estate woodlands in mid-Wales. Photos: Oliver Tickell.

An inspirational forester

Phil Morgan

14th May 2014

Talis Kalnars was a pioneer of 'continuous cover' forestry in Britain, writes Phil Morgan. His woodlands were not only beautiful but profitable, as he nurtured the 'natural capital' of the forest ecosystem, and only harvested the dividend of high value timber. more...
Hinkley Point nuclear plant, viewed across the reedbeds from Steart. Quantock Hills in the background. Photo: Mark Robinson via Flickr.com.

Hinkley C - a nuclear subsidy too far

Paul Dorfman

8th April 2014

As the European Commission considers the £100 billion subsidy package the UK has offered EDF to build and operate Hinkley C nuclear power station, Paul Dorfman explains why the 'deal' is illegal, anti-renewables, and ruinous to energy users and tax payers. more...
Poundland jubilee flag maker by Banksy. Photo: Duncan Hull via Flickr.com.

Fracking is the death spasm of a defunct economic order

Paul Mobbs

5th March 2014

Political support for fracking is not just about energy, writes Paul Mobbs. It reflects the greater ecological and resource crisis at the root of our current economic woes - and only postpones the essential shift to a new kind of economy. more...
Saffron, a 15 year old schoolgirl from Cadishead, arrested by Greater Manchester Police at the Barton Moss drilling site last weekend. Photo: SalfordStar.com.

Planners' pension funds set to win from fracking permissions

Jan Goodey, Will Cottrell & Ed Jones

24th February 2014

Two Councils at the front line of fracking protests - Greater Manchester and West Sussex - have pension funds investing in the major fracking operators - while decisions on planning applications to frack are pending. more...
An African yam market. Photo: terriem via Flickr.com.

What if ... economics became a science?

David Boyle and Andrew Simms

3rd February 2014

Economics claims to be a science - yet it fails to engage with the world's only real economic actors - people, not theorems. It's time to rethink economics, write David Boyle and Andrew Simms, and ask the revolutionary question: 'What if ... ?' more...
Winston Churchill. Photo: Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons.

Climate change is about survival - not economics

Tom Burke

11 December 2013

Climate change is an existential threat to humans and our civilisation. A rapid transition to a renewable energy system must take place if we are to survive, argues Tom Burke - never mind the economics. more...

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Patrick Holden / Sustainable Food Trust.

True-cost accounting in food and farming

Patrick Holden

29th November 2013

Unsustainable farming systems that damage the environment and public health thrive at the expense of sustainable producers. Patrick Holden makes the case for "true cost accounting" ... more...
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The revolution is already happening

Michael Townsend

28th November 2013

We do not have to be constrained by our current dysfunctional system of capitalism, argues Michael Townsend. People are already finding and implementing more attractive alternatives. A quiet revolution is under way ... more...
Caroline Lucas

Where next for the Greens?

Bibi van der Zee

28th May, 2012

After some of the biggest breakthroughs in their history, the Green Party now faces a leadership election so what happens now? Are the Greens ready to take the next big leap forward, asks Bibi van der Zee more...
RSPB

TAKE ACTION: tell George Osborne to promote economic recovery through green growth

Rebecca Campbell

16th March, 2012

Ahead of next week's budget, the RSPB is calling on you to remind the Chancellor not to forsake the environment on the road to economic recovery more...
A green bulb

Getting a good deal from the Green Deal

Hannah Kyrke-Smith

25th January, 2012

The Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) have the potential to reduce emissions from the UK’s ageing housing stock, create warmer homes and new jobs, says Hannah Kyrke-Smith. But will there be enough uptake? more...
Sustainable refurbishment

Is Chris Huhne's 'Green Deal' just a marketing strategy?

Sam Arie

25th november,2011

The 2011 Energy Act provides for a ‘Green Deal’ in which households will be encouraged to borrow money on easy terms to finance energy saving home improvements. But will it work? more...
Say no to Tesco

'Underhand tactics and smear campaign' alleged over controversial Tesco store

Robin Whitlock

19th May, 2011

Following the clashes in Bristol outside a newly opened Tesco store, Robin Whitlock investigates how a long-running campaign against the supermarket giant was tarnished by images of violence and destruction more...
Action Aid

Subvertising: billboard ads for the public interest

Christine Ottery

10th May, 2011

As public spaces become blighted by the £18 billion global outdoors advertising industry, community groups are fighting back to reclaim both ad-free areas or use billboards in a socially beneficial way more...
Deforestation

Asia Pulp and Paper: why activists are wrong over destructive logging allegations

Aida Greenbury

January 31st, 2011

The paper giant has been accused by Greenpeace of destructive logging and green-washing. But campaigners are mistaken, says APP boss Aida Greenbury - the company is supporting REDD projects and putting sustainability at the centre of operations more...
Cars

UK economic recovery 'poses threat to environment'

James Meikle

1st December, 2010

Any emergence from recession may erode shift towards more sustainable lifestyles, warns EU report
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Ecologist guide to ethical investments

Eifion Rees and Matilda Lee

5th November, 2010

All you need to know to start putting your money where your mouth is more...

How a new generation of eco-filmmakers are challenging broadcasting convention

Laura Sevier

26th October, 2010

From the Age of Stupid to the End of the Line, and next year's Just Do It, independent filmmakers are innovating with radical film subjects and creating whole new funding streams, reports Laura Sevier more...
Cash

Authors call for a greener, smaller banking sector

Dearbhla Crosse

October 19th, 2010

In an exclusive Ecologist interview, David Boyle and Andrew Simms of the New Economics Foundation advocate a more sustainable banking sector for Britain more...

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