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The Wandle Trust: restoring London's 'hidden gem' river

Eifion Rees

3rd January, 2011

The transformation of the Wandle from polluted waterway to one of the capital's most loved rivers shows what communities and rivers trusts can achieve together more...

Ecomodo: the lending website that's sharing the wealth

Laura Laker

27th December, 2010

Why buy when you can borrow? From tools to skills, new social enterprise Ecomodo allows community members to borrow what they need from each other more...

The Ecologist guide to video activism

Eifion Rees

23rd November, 2010

The video camera is the weapon of choice for activists and campaigners around the world, with campaign films an effective way to get a message across and fight back against mainstream media bias. Here's our guide to taking your stand... more...

CAMPAIGN HERO: Simon Birkett of the Campaign for Clean Air in London

Matilda Lee

15th November, 2010

Simon Birkett founded the cross-party Campaign for Clean Air in London (CCAL) in 2006 which aims to achieve World Health Organisation standards of air quality. He believes that if we comply with relevant laws Britain can show the world in 2012 how to successfully tackle air quality, climate change and sustainability issues... more...

Whisky and waves: the future of Scottish isle's power?

Ffion Llwyd-Jones

12th November, 2010

Communities on the Isle of Islay are moving forward with plans for tidal energy and renewable fuels while maintaining age old methods of agriculture and whisky distilling more...

One-minute guide to a greener Guy Fawkes night

Dearbhla Crosse

3rd November, 2010

Tips on maximising the enjoyment and minimising the disturbance of Guy Fawkes Night... more...

PHOTO GALLERY: Breeding bees resistant to the varroa mite

Louis Rummer-Downing

22nd October, 2010

British honeybee populations have been decimated by the varroa mite, but hidden inside hives in deepest Cornwall, something very special is happening... 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...

School travel plans: how to successfully get your kids walking and cycling to school

Laura Laker

13th October, 2010

Cutting the car out of the school run has health, social and environmental benefits for pupils, parents and teachers. Here's our guide to making it happen... more...
Helen Iles

Undercurrents: the campaign film pioneers still setting the agenda

Eifion Rees

5th October, 2010

Eifion Rees reports on the video journalists producing environmental and social justice films that influence public opinion - and consistently get closer to the issues than the mainstream media more...

How to grow food in strange places - by the experts

Helen Babbs

29th September 2010

You don't need a garden to grow your own fruit and veg. If you're a budding horticulturalist with no space to swing a trowel, here are some creative - and sometimes bizarre - ideas from around the world more...
New York

Greening the Big Apple: how building got sustainable in the Bronx

Gwen Schantz

24th September, 2010

Things are looking up in one of New York's least affluent boroughs, with the construction of the latest cutting-edge green development designed for low-income families more...

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Ecotherapy: Go wild, stay well

Laura Sevier

21st September, 2010

An average one in four people in the UK will suffer a mental health problem at some point. New research, and a pioneering therapy project, are proving that nature and the wild outdoors have the power to heal and should be included within a mix of treatments more...

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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