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What has happened to the UK’s eco-towns?

Bethany Hubbard

2nd April, 2012

Although currently out-of-favour with the UK government, eco-towns may still offer the best hope for creating sustainable communities more...
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Tesco and Starbucks feel the heat in battle against 'clone town Britain'

Eifion Rees

23rd August, 2011

David Cameron's appointment of a 'shops tsar', the controversial Localism Bill, and increasing opposition to supermarkets and other chain stores could mark a turning point in the struggle to save Britain's high streets more...

Dr. David Fleming: a tribute

Shaun Chamberlin

21st December, 2010

Colleague and friend Shaun Chamberlin pays tribute to the life and work of Dr David Fleming, founder of the idea of personal carbon trading more...

After the spending cuts: our step-by-step guide to greening your local council

Phil England

19th October, 2010

If you already have a low-impact lifestyle and want to step it up a level, turn your attention to your local council. Here's how to get the authorities in your area to act 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...

How to campaign for less waste and more recycling

George Wigmore & Matilda Lee

6th July, 2010

From plastic bag-free towns to refashioned clothes and bus fleets run on chip fat, here's a guide to what you can do to tackle waste in your community more...
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DIY: why women should pick up a hammer

Christine Ottery

29th June, 2010

Getting practical can save you money, make you more self-sufficient and gives you the potential to have a broader green impact too. So get that tool box out...


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10 steps to creating your own local currency

Phil England

8th June, 2010

Local currencies ensure that money spent at local shops gets reinvested in the community and fosters community spirit and involvement. Learn all you need to know to get one started in your area... more...
Didcot power station

How to campaign: climate change and energy

Zofia Walczak & Matilda Lee

25th May, 2010

From direct action campaigns to eco-village renewable energy systems, there are many ways to learn about and get involved in actions to prevent climate change more...
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Can the green, 'hairy' city work with our existing, 'mineral' cities?

Susannah Hagan

19th April, 2010

Cities are at a crossroads - 'eco urbanists' want efficiency and artificial ecosystems; conventional designers want to maintain the best bits of our current urban spaces. Can they co-exist? more...

A beginner's guide to permaculture gardening

Laura Laker

30th March, 2010

Don't get stumped by the name: permaculture is a simple, vital tool for food growers and gardeners alike more...

The London Orchard Project: bringing fruit to car parks

Jason Gleeson

17th March, 2010

Fruit consumption levels in London are woeful, and as a nation we import huge amounts from abroad. Why not grow more, closer to home, amongst the communities that will most benefit? more...

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Beyond white middle class environmentalism

Jan Goodey

11th March, 2010

Akashi is a grassroots campaign that gives a bigger voice to black and minority ethnic groups on climate change issues
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Fruit tree

Persuading your local station to plant fruit trees

Laura Laker

2nd March, 2010

Armed with just a good idea and big dose of enthusiasm you can transform a bleak area into a mini orchard. Plus, the best way to approach a station manager... more...
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10 groups pushing for cultural change

Ecologist

19th June, 2009

Inspiration for change comes in many guises – from downshifting your personal life to celebrating a community Apple Day to joining a movement for social justice. more...
Transition Town Timeline

A year-by-year vision of a sustainable future

Shaun Chamberlin

7th July, 2009

The Transition Town movement has produced a year-by-year timeline to lead us to a happier, healthier society. Shaun Chamberlin outlines this vision - beginning with a landmark 2010 climate change accord more...
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What's next for Transition Towns?

Leo Hickman

8th June, 2009

It has grown from a local to a global phenomenon, but how does the Transition Movement keep itself relevant in the current political and economic climate? more...

Local Food: How to Make it Happen in Your Community

Andy McKee

13th October, 2009

Tamzin Pinkerton and Rob Hopkins have created a one-stop guide packed with ideas, tips and examples of how to source food closer to home more...

10 steps to creating a local food group

Tamzin Pinkerton and Rob Hopkins

24th September, 2009

Tamzin Pinkerton & Rob Hopkins's new book, Local Food, is an indispensable guide for anyone interested in creating a local food group. Here's an extract to whet your appetite... more...
Eco towns

Eco-Towns: without local involvement, forget it

Dr Gareth Potts

17th July, 2009

Too much political grandstanding has been done with Eco-Towns - the basic idea is sound, but poor planning and a lack of local involvement will doom them to failure, says Dr Gareth Potts more...
Transition Culture

Five amazing things you never knew about potatoes

Transition Culture

6th July, 2009

Inspired by digging up some home grown new potatoes on a July afternoon Rob Hopkins is running a special competition - to win one of his potatoes... more...
Transition Culture

Transition meets local government

Transition Culture

24th June, 2009

What can happen when a Transition Initiative and its local authority work together: the Stroud story more...
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Visionaries: Peter Lipman

Ecologist

1st April 2009

Peter Lipman thought small to go large. more...
Sustainable city

Sustainable cities: the future of the human habitat

Hank Dittmar

1st June 2009

Guest editor Hank Dittmar presents a series of articles on the green cities of tomorrow, and explains why they hold hope for us all more...
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Government's ecotowns shortlist announced

News

3rd April, 2008

The governments ‘ecotowns’ shortlist was released today amidst controversy about their suitability and sustainability. more...

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