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Connecting the Dots: the Big Permaculture Picture

April 24th, 2013

by Jeremy Wickremer

Jeremy Wickremer explains why he believes permaculture offers multiple answers to societal and environmental problems in a beautifully simple and effective way. more...

Ecologist Partners: Triodos Bank

by Lisa Stanley

The UK is at a crossroads at which choices need to be made that will decide where our energy comes from in the future. Recent events are prompting an energy revolution, and many people are now more convinced than ever that a significant part of the UK’s future energy supply has to derive from our own renewable sources. more...
Get wise to water: how to use less in the garden

How to handle the hosepipe ban: everything you ever wanted to know

Michael Littlewood

20th April, 2012

Despite the spring downpours, a hosepipe ban is already in force thanks to drought. It’s time to rethink how we use water in the garden, says author Michael Littlewood more...
Rio Rocket Stars in A Frisbee to Fly

Rio Rocket Stars in A Frisbee to Fly

Ruth Styles

29th March, 2012

Wonderful illustrations, an entertaining story and a free packet of rocket seeds make Rio Rocket’s adventures an enjoyable way to introduce kids to green issues more...
How to…build a raised flowerbed

How to… build a raised flowerbed

Priyanka Mogul and Bethany Hubbard

2nd March, 2012

Whether it’s poor soil or limited space, a raised bed could be the solution to your gardening woes. And with National gardening week approaching there's no better time than now more...
veg boxes

Five of the best…organic veg box schemes

Ruth Styles

16th January, 2012

Whether you’re looking for seasonal veg or slaughter-free milk, Britain’s box schemes make avoiding the supermarket a cinch more...
home brew

How to make your own booze

Hannah Corr

1st November, 2011

With no food miles, no additives and no duty involved, making your own alcohol saves both money and the planet. Hannah Corr explains how to get started more...
URBAN GARDENING

Ten of the best…ways to get stuck into urban gardening

Hannah Corr

28th October, 2011

Growing your own fruit and vegetables doesn’t have to involve huge amounts of space. As Hannah Corr explains, there are plenty of short cuts for city dwellers who want to get stuck in more...
Contagion

Viral storm: why factory farming is bad for your health

Matilda Lee

28th October, 2011

As the new 'outbreak' film Contagion, starring Kate Winslet and Gwyneth Paltrow is released, The Ecologist reports on the book linking the threat of global disease pandemics and industrial animal farming

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smallholder

Smallholding: the basics

Gervase Poulden

18th October, 2011

From sheep to spinach, Gervase Poulden has the skinny on how to make your smallholding dreams a reality more...
Tom Youngman

How to inspire the next generation of eco-activists

Tom Youngman

6th July, 2011

Constructive engagement, optimism and campaigns that benefit local residents are the best tactics to move eco-activism forward more...
Organic label

Alan Schofield: 'You don't have be certified to be organic'

Jemima Roberts

7th June, 2011

Alan Schofield has run a vegetable box scheme for almost 30 years and is a veteran of the Soil Association. He talks to the Ecologist about why he set up the Organic Growers Alliance - and how it now complements the work of the larger certification body more...

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Goldenberries

Strange fruit: 8 tempting ideas from the orchard to brighten your week

Emma Cooper

14th September, 2010

Oranges, grapes and Granny Smiths are so last year, says Emma Cooper. This autumn, tuck into goji berries, strawberry spinach and wonderberries instead... more...
An empty wallet

Cash-free living: how to survive and thrive without money

Christine Ottery

31st August, 2010

Pounds and pence are important to some but not vital for anyone. From skinny dipping to dustbin dining, there are many ways to live without paying for it. Here are some top tips more...
Community garden

Life without supermarkets: community action is the best way to beat them

Laura Laker

10th August, 2010

A hypermarket victory in Hackney demonstrates how local groups can help protect community shops... more...
Sustainable

Do environmentalists and governments hold back sustainable lifestyles?

Tom Levitt and Kara Moses

4th August, 2010

Misguided images of sacrifice may be putting people off living more sustainable lifestyles. But reversing that may require policymakers to start encouraging wider metrics of success and happiness more...
Medway Court

How to start growing food on social housing estates

Christine Ottery

30th July, 2010

Estate community gardens are springing up in our cities - here's how to transform a derelict urban space into a food growing hub more...
Sustainable lifestyles video

What is a sustainable lifestyle?

Ecologist

28th July, 2010

Does GDP really correspond to happiness? Is our happiness tied up with ''stuff''? And what is a sustainable lifestyle? A UNEP video helps explain

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Molly Scott Cato

We scare people off by talking about 'degrowth'

Molly Scott Cato

14th July, 2010

The French have a much better word for it: 'decroissance'. Using ugly and frightening terms like 'degrowth' won't help pave the way for a new and exciting economics more...
Oven dried tomatoes

Five ways to preserve tomatoes

Lynda Brown

6th July, 2010

If you're lucky enough to have gluts of tomatoes, this extract from The Preserving Book shows you how to use them in mouth-watering recipes more...

How to campaign for better food

Zofia Walczak & Matilda Lee

29th June, 2010

Concerned about the state of your food? Here are some ways to tackle the problem at root - from community gardens to animal welfare more...
Babies

UK population growth needs to be reversed

Ecologist

9th June, 2010

Sustainability watchdog argues for an end to larger family tax benefits and a bigger political debate on reducing population growth and its impact more...
Seedbomb making

How and why to make seedbombs

Jan Goodey

18th May, 2010

Fun and easy to make, seedbombs can be used to green up hard-to-access urban wasteland or in your garden at home more...
The Alternative Kitchen Garden

Kitchen gardening: an A to Z

Review by Alex McDonald; book extract by Emma Cooper

15th April, 2010

A is for allotments; B is for brocolli; C is for climate change... and U is for urine. 'The Alternative Kitchen Garden: an A-Z' is a companion for both inexperienced and expert gardeners more...

Lab grown meat: a low-fat, low-carbon, cruelty-free future?

Matilda Lee

6th April, 2010

The technology isn't fully developed yet, but when meat really can be grown in a lab it's going to turn all our arguments about carnivorous diets on their heads... more...

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