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Children and the Environment: How gardening lessons impact positively on school kids

Camilla Scaramanga

2nd September 2013

Pending reforms to the UK's school curriculum mean that from September 2014, pupils aged 7-14 can expect to learn gardening skills. Camilla Scaramanga takes a look at some of the initiatives that are already taking the lead...... more...

Green fingers grow green minds

Camilla Scaramanga

Camilla Scaramanga takes a look at how growing food in schools is having a positive impact on children, teachers, parents and wider society....... more...
NUS Green Hero

NUS granted £5,000,000 to invest in higher education sustainability

by Dannie Grufferty

The National Union of Students has a rich history of ethical and environmental work, but our £5 million Students’ Green Fund is undoubtedly our biggest achievement for the sustainability agenda yet, says Dannie Grufferty. more...

Environmental education is not a choice – it is an explicit priority

by Emily Buchanan

Emily Buchanan argues that there are certain lessons in life so significant that if we fail to teach them in the classroom we will leave future generations in perilous ignorance. more...
A Kathmandu shanty town

Can the Kathmandu Valley be Saved?

by Joseph Mayton

September 26th, 2012

The once bustling Bagmati river has become the focal point of Nepal’s struggle to bring modernity to this once isolated region. And the environment is struggling to survive, writes Joseph Mayton. more...
Rochdale Pioneer Performance

The rise and rise of co-op schools

Mervyn Wilson

6th August, 2012

Do co-operative schools (trust schools and academies) provide a democratic community based alternative? Mervyn Wilson, Principal of the Co-operative College – which has been at the heart of the development of co-operative schools - explains why co-operatives are proving so popular more...
Cinderella's gloves

The Cinderella economy: an answer to unsustainable growth?

Tim Jackson

27th July, 2012

As worldwide Governments blindly attempt to support unlimited growth using limited resources, Tim Jackson believes the answer to true sustainability may lie on the economy's fringes more...
A child plays in an empty box.

Child's Play: How Children Learn

Phoebe Doyle

17th July, 2012

They need to play; we buy them toys. But education writer Phoebe Doyle thinks you might just be wasting your money, and your children’s time more...
Raising Resistance

Paraguay's small farmers defend livelihoods against industrial soya production

Grace Philip

8th May, 2012

A new film, Raising Resistance, gives a telling account of how Paraguay's small farmers are suffering social and environmental ills from the country's meteoric rise in soya farming more...
green roof

Lofty ambitions: why green roofs are the future of urban gardening

Ben Martin

28th February, 2012

Run out of space in your garden? Look to higher ground and you’ll find an eco-friendly solution more...
Biodynamic Agricultural College

Advertorial: Biodynamic Agricultural College

Biodynamic Agricultural College – Specialist courses in Biodynamics: Principles and Practices. Now available on line with our new Distance Learning course in January 2012 more...

Advertorial: Ashridge Business School


Ashridge Business School is a place where tradition meets innovation – in one of the most beautiful locations in England more...

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Schumacher College

Advertorial: Schumacher College

We are looking for agents of change and leaders of the future, who will use the unique learning experience we can provide at Schumacher College, to make a more sustainable and equitable world more...
Five of the best… natural quick fixes

Five of the best… natural beauty quick fixes

Ruth Styles

1st February, 2012

Whether it’s tiredness, stress or winter skin, Green Living Editor Ruth Styles has some super speedy suggestions – and no chemicals involved more...
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Schumacher College

We believe that a more sustainable and equitable world is possible. Join us and the leading international thinkers, activists and practitioners, for pioneering short course, postgraduate and vocational education that delivers personal and global transformation.

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Jolly Pilgrim by Peter Baker

Talk of a ‘new climate deal' at COP17 is a distraction from inaction

Murray Worthy

7th December, 2011

Talk of a long-term climate deal to cut carbon emissions is allowing industrialised countries to delay taking action, says Murray Worthy from the World Development Movement more...

Food security has jumped up the agenda at Durban climate conference

Olivier De Schutter

7th December, 2011

The impact of climate change on food insecurity is creating growing interest in agro-ecological methods of farming at the COP17 climate negotiations in Durban, says UN advisor Olivier De Schutter more...

Starved to death: are high protein diets killing the planet?

Hannah Corr

22nd November, 2011

From the Atkins to the Dukan, protein-based diets are big news in the celebrity world. But what effect is our love affair with meat, fish and cheese having on the environment? more...
Carbon dioxide emissions

Durban climate change conference: why we should stick with the UN talks

Craig Bennett

10th November, 2011

Despite a growing consensus in favour of alternatives such as 'carbon clubs' and bilateral agreements, Friends of the Earth's Craig Bennett says the UN is our best hope for tackling climate change more...

Monsanto, Bayer and Dow face trial for 'systematic human rights abuses'

Matilda Lee

16th November, 2011

Permanent Peoples' Tribunal accuses biotech giants Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, Syngenta, DuPont and BASF of promoting dangerous pesticides including endosulfan, paraquat and neonicotinoids more...

Revealed: the secret horror of the world's 'mega' factory farms

Matilda Lee

9th November, 2011

As the UK grapples with the arrival of 'mega' farms like Nocton and Foston, a shocking new book, CAFO, reveals the cruelty and vast scale of the global meat and dairy industry more...

Durban climate change conference: is it time to forget about 2C of warming?

Tom Levitt

8th November, 2011

Ahead of the latest UN climate conference, Tom Levitt asks if its time we let go of the holy grail of targets and looked at alternatives such as 'carbon clubs'? more...
Lord Anthony Giddens

Durban climate change conference: 'Sideline the UN' says leading academic

Matilda Lee

7th November, 2011

Ahead of the latest UN climate conference, leading academic Anthony Giddens explains why it's time to switch to smaller agreements between major world powers more...
Agriculture in Africa

Durban climate change conference: why farming is the biggest issue for Africa

Rosie Spinks

4th November, 2011

With little hope of a binding deal on climate change at the latest UN summit, campaigners are hoping that Africa's COP will tackle the issue that plagues the continent most: agriculture more...

Beyond climategate: can we keep the politics and science of climate forecasting separate?

Eifion Rees

3rd November, 2011

The pressure is on climate forecasters to give us more accurate predictions of impacts, such as rising sea levels, but ahead of the Durban climate summit scientists say we still have much to learn more...


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