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How to reclaim the empty shops on your local high street

Adam Oxford

17th September, 2010

A pioneering network has a toolkit for turning the nation's decrepit private spaces into public places more...

Greenhorns: the network that's breathing new life into US farming

David Hawkins

14th September, 2010

It's helping attract youthful talent into sustainable agriculture across the US, but can the Greenhorns movement survive in the land of Big Ag, or cross the Atlantic to the UK? more...

Securing a future for Amazonian rubber-tappers

Giovana Zilli

8th September, 2010

A pioneering initiative is helping to rebuild the traditional local economy and livelihoods of the Amazonian rubber-tappers more...

What has biodiversity ever done for us?

Jonathan Silvertown

2nd September, 2010

A new book, Fragile Web, reveals why the biodiversity crisis may be humanity's biggest challenge more...

Otarian: the fast-food chain with the low-carbon menu

Matilda Lee

26th August, 2010

Otarian aims to show you how eating out can help you save the planet, one kilo of carbon at a time more...

Urban birdlife: encouraging peregrine falcons in London

Helen Babbs

24th August, 2010

Forget bats in the belfry, there are peregrines on the Houses of Parliament - not to mention a growing number of other high-profile places around the capital more...

Five steps to developing a community-based energy project

Mary Walsh

17th August, 2010

A practical guide to help would-be community developers turn renewable energy projects into climate change-busting reality more...

'Street champions' inspire communities to adopt low-carbon lifestyles

Laura Laker

13th August, 2010

A pioneering social marketing project in Richmond and Ham is using neighbourhood networks to improve energy efficiency in the borough more...

Reusing bike parts to power water pumps, corn crushers and more

Mira Olson

15th July, 2010

A tiny workshop in rural Guatemala is pioneering cheap, eco-friendly, pedal-powered machines made from discarded bicycle parts more...

How indigenous cultures can save themselves...and us

Matilda Lee

9th July, 2010

Many cultures have lived in harmony with their ecosystems for centuries. The Gaia Foundation have made it their mission to listen and learn from them. It's time we did too 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...

Small scale Bolivian farmers take up community reforestation

Theodora Tsentas & Matilda Lee

2nd July, 2010

A unique community based forestry project in Bolivia aims to give farmers long-term financial incentives to keep trees standing more...

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The People's Ferry: reducing emissions by buying a ship

Paul Miles

24th June, 2010

How a discontinued ferry service between Swansea and Cork was reborn when locals pooled money and resources...and bought their own ship more...

The Thin Green Line: park rangers risking their lives

Luke Wright

15th June, 2010

After 10 years as a park ranger, Sean Willmore packed up his life and took to the road to record the experiences of his fellow rangers around the globe. The result is a revealing and inspiring documentary more...

Giving young people real experience of green jobs

Andrew Hickman

3rd June, 2010

The Eden Project has launched a website for young job-seekers aimed at helping them land the green jobs of the future more...
Community shops

Saving and rebuilding community shops

Eifion Rees

1st June, 2010

Mourning the loss of your beloved local shop? With a little help from the Community Shops Network, you can set up and run your own shop and post office...
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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...

Why hand-weaving is a technology for the 21st century

Katherine Joseph

12th May, 2010

Far from being drudgery, weaving without a machine is, for many Indians, a route to emancipation and financial independence more...

How to make a solar water heater from plastic bottles

Giovana Zilli

6th May, 2010

Retired mechanic Jose Alano invented a simple, cheap, energy saving rooftop solar water heater which is benefiting thousands of people. Here's how it's done... more...

Is social marketing our last chance to change people?

Jonah Sachs and Susan Finkelpearl

13th April, 2010

Worldwatch's influential State of the World 2010 report tells us why we need more stories addressing climate change and fewer shocking facts
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Deborah Doane

Deborah Doane: a Conservative government could inspire activism

Tom Levitt

20th April, 2010

The pioneering World Development Movement (WDM), celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Its director Deborah Doane, says it now is considering more direct forms of protest more...
The Commons office in Kilburn

Can direct democracy win a seat in Kilburn?

Jeremy Smith

1st April, 2010

Environmental activist Tamsin Omond is running for a Westminster seat on a platform of more collaborative democracy, and resurrecting the idea of the Commons as a shared public good more...

How to green your school

Ecologist

10th February, 2010

School buildings, food, waste - even the curriculum itself should all support a connection to, and appreciation for, the environment. Here are some resources to get you started more...
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Scrapstores: turning waste into arts and crafts

Giovana Zilli

9th February, 2010

The Watford Scrapstore is a treasure trove for children, teachers and eco-conscious artists on a budget. Here, scrap materials are transformed into community art more...

Don't buy seeds; swap them

Jan Goodey

4th February, 2010

You can't buy a seed unless its strain has been expensively registered. But you can swap them with fellow gardeners, helping food growing and biodiversity to thrive more...

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