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Campaigning

Deep Green Resistance in the UK

Adam Herriott

16th April 2014

Didcot A power station - a 2,000 MW coal burner, closed since this 2007 photo by  Joe Dunckley via Flickr.com. Had enough of being a 'good environmental liberal' - trying to do the right thing while the world gets ever worse? Adam Herriott argues for a Deep Green Resistance that attacks the power structures that perpetrate environmental destruction. more...

Fighting the Big Biomass Baddies

Sophie Bastable

7th April 2014

Invitation to the Biomess Awards 2014. Image by BioFuelWatch. It's your chance to choose who's the worst of the six Big Biomass Baddies - the companies making a killing from burning forests in power stations. And please join us at the 'Biomess' Awards ceremony on Weds 9th April in London. more...

Spain - an end to Mountain Top Removal coal in Laciana Valley

Amaranta Herrero Cabrejas

4th April 2014

The Feixolen coal mine in the Laciana Valley. Photo: Filon Verde. The regional government of Castilla y León cancelled the plan for further coal mining by Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining in Spain's Laciana Valley. It's a huge victory for campaigners, but now a new kind of economy is needed for the already depressed area. more...

Vermont stands against the tar sands pipeline

Meg Berlin

31st March 2014

Enbridge's ruptured pipeline near the River Kalamazoo, Michigan, July 2010. Photo: NRDC. A 62-year old pipeline across New England could be used to carry hazardous tar sand crude oil from Canada to the Atlantic, writes Meg Berlin. But communities across Vermont are campaigning to block the project that imperils waters, people and wildlife ... more...

The badger cull - something is rotten in the state of England

Lesley Docksey

24th March 2014

An English badger. Photo: Fred Dawson via Flickr.com. Pending the publication of the long-delayed Independent Panel report on the badger cull, Lesley Docksey finds that the fight for England's badgers is part of an even bigger campaign for scientific and political integrity. more...

President Obama - pardon the 'Oak Ridge Three' anti-nuclear activists!

Kevin Alexander Gray

19th March 2014

Anti-nuclear protesters at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA, 16 April 2011. Photo: Brian Stansberry / Wikimedia Commons. After a peaceful protest against nuclear weapons showed up shoddy security at a $19 billion nuclear bomb factory site, writes Kevin Alexander Gray, Uncle Sam got mad - against the protestors, now jailed for up to five years. Will Peace Prize winner Obama set them free? more...

Enough is enough - protect Britain's ancient woods!

Sian Atkinson

13th March 2014

Hermitage Quarry - eating into ancient woodland at Oaken Wood, Kent. Photo: Woodland Trust. In principle ancient woodland enjoys strong protection, but that's not how it works out on the ground, reports Sian Atkinson. HS2 alone threatens 82 ancient woods, and 440 are at risk nationwide. Hence the Woodland Trust's 'Enough is Enough' campaign ... more...

God's plan for climate change

J P Sottile

5th March 2014

The 'Seven Wonders' Creation Museum near Mount St. Helens, Oregon. Photo: hansen.berlin via Flickr.com. How, and why, does the US Right and its evangelical 'Christian' wing campaign for mal-education, ignorance, corporate dominance, and the profligate consumption of fossil fuels? J P Sottile explores an alien planet ... more...

Democracy or Corporatocracy? The choice is ours.

Ronnie Cummins

25th February 2014

Some major US food brands. Photo:  watchingfrogsboil via Flickr.com. Newly assertive citizens and consumers are putting the world's most feared and powerful corporations on the defensive, writes Ronnie Cummins. Now is the time to press home our advantage! more...

Fighting King Coal in Indian Ocean paradise

Zaheer Allam in Mauritius

13th February 2014

'No to coal' banner over bridge on the way to the power plant site. Photo: Naresh Roodur. A $395 million coal fired power station is planned for Mauritius - bulldozed aver the wishes of the population, official advice and the environment ministry. But as Zaheer Allam reports, there's still everything to fight for. more...

Save our Barn owls!

David Ramsden

6th February 2014

A British barn owl in the wild. Photo: Barn Owl Trust. Britain's barn owls are in trouble, their number 70% down on historic levels. A big reason for the dramatic decline is the growing use of toxic rodenticides to kill farm rats, writes David Ramsden, who urges us to join the campaign to limit their use. more...

Fighting Big Oil's cynical arts sponsorship

Chris Garrard

27th January 2014

‘All the oil wells of Arabia will not sweeten this deal’. Lady Macbeth in front of painting. Photo: Hugh Warwick. A growing movement is opposing fossil fuel industry sponsorship of the arts. Pop-up protests and performances denouncing Shell, BP and others are winning the popular vote, writes Chris Garrard. more...

General Mills - get GMOs out of Honey Nut Cheerios!

The Ecologist

22nd January 2014

Graphic inspired by Honey Nut Cheerios by Andres Musta via Flickr.com. No letup in pressure: new consumer campaign builds off recent victory in getting General Mills to remove GMOs from Original Cheerios. more...

Stop Killing Cyclists - the birth of a movement

Donnachadh McCarthy

15th January 2014

In late 2013 this mass die-in took place outside the TFL headquarters to protest the spate of deaths and injuries to London cyclists. Photo: Stop Killing Cyclists. Following the death of 44 cyclists on London's 'killing roads' since 2011, the city has a new cyclists' movement with a radical edge and a focus on direct action. Donnachadh McCarthy is a co-founder of Stop Killing Cyclists. more...

GMO and 'natural' food - let the fight begin

Ronnie Cummins

9th January 2014

Right 2 Know March in Washington DC for mandatory GMO Labeling. Photo: Daniel Lobo. In the red corner, the increasingly successful citizens' campaign to label foods containing GMO ingredients. In the blue, a supine government and powerful GMO and grocery industry that will fight it all the way. Welcome to 2014 ... more...

Re-nationalise our railways!

Rupert Read

3rd January 2014

They do it with mirrors - the Tardis. Photo: Timothy Wells via Flickr.com. The Green Party was demonstrating yesterday against above-inflation price-hikes imposed by fat-cat rail companies. Green transport spokesman Rupert Read joined the demos ... and somehow ended his day in the Tardis. more...

A resolution for 2014 - go 100% renewable!

Kelly Rigg

27th December 2013

Let's get this party started! Time for your 2014 resolution to go 100% renewable ... Deep down inside, do the people of the world want what's best for them, asks Kelly Rigg. Or what's best for everyone? more...

Oil threat to Virunga's mountain gorillas

Raymond Lumbuenamo

13th December 2013

Elephant and buffalo in Virunga National Park. Photo: Radio Okapi via Flickr. Soco International PLC, a British oil company, plans to explore for oil in Virunga - Africa's oldest national park, in DRC-Congo. Local WWF campaigner Raymond Lumbuenamo reports on the threats to Mountain gorillas and other precious wildlife. more...

London's Bike Grid taking shape after four years

London Cycling Campaign

16th December 2013

GARDEN SQUARES: the BikeGrid would link many of London's historic garden square to make them cycle-friendly and pleasant public spaces. Image: LCC. In 2009 the London Cycling Campaign published plans for a Zone 1 BikeGrid, a badly needed cycle network for central London. This week the Mayor is to announce the BikeGrid's final form. Here's the LCC's original inspiring plan ... more...

Looking Shell in the eye: Ken Saro-Wiwa's last writings

Laurence Cox

6th December 2013

Ogoni villagers survey destroyed canoes at Kaa, 5th January 1994. Photo: Sr. Majella McCarron, NUI Maynooth Ken Saro-Wiwa archive. Author Ken Saro-Wiwa spear-headed the resistance of the Ogoni people of the Niger Delta against environmental devastation from oil drilling and ruptured oil pipelines. He was executed in 1995. Dr Laurence Cox introduces his last letters. more...

Forest-friendly fashion

Nicole Rycroft

3rd December 2013

Fashion can be forest friendly. Image: Canopy Style. Could your fashion style be destroying forests and driving orang-utans towards extinction? Nicole Rycroft shows how cellulose fibres used in textiles are a major cause of biodiversity loss worldwide. But your choices can make all the difference ... more...

Glass buildings kill birds - architects must act!

James Fischer

1st December 2013

Glass offices, Canary Wharf, London. Photo:  Cristian Teichner / Shutterstock.com. Horrified at the giga-scale death of birds caused by collisions with trendy expanses of plate glass in modern buildings, James Fischer calls on architects to bring an end to the needless slaughter - and "save a billion birds"! more...

'UBS Eight' still in jail for fighting mountain-top removal

The Ecologist

27th November 2013

Protestors hang a giant banner to protest UBS's financing of mountain-top removal coal mining. Photo: Hands off Appalachia. The battle against coal mining by Mountain Top Removal has been fought by the people of Appalachia over generations. The campaigners' target is now Swiss bank UBS, the main financier of the destruction. more...

Killer 'ghost nets' to carpet tiles

Roisin Woolnough

24th November 2013

Turtle in 'ghost net'. Photo: NOAA News. Ghost nets - nylon fishing nets abandoned in the ocean - are the sea life killers that keep on killing. Roisin Woolnough reports on the Healthy Seas initiative to transform the ghost nets into useful products from socks and swimwear to carpet tiles. more...

Dongria Kondh tribe of India resist powerful mining company

Joanna Eede

20th November 2013

India’s Dongria Kondh tribe have rejected plans by mining giant Vedanta Resources for an open-pit bauxite mine in their sacred Niyamgiri Hills. Although the decision is not yet final, the case has been hailed as an unprecedented triumph for tribal rights ... more...

Campaigning: The Basics

TAKE ACTION to end cosmetic testing on animals

Mark Briggs

24th April, 2012

TAKE ACTION to end animal testing on cosmetics Lush Cosmetics have teamed up with the Humane Society International to launch a campaign to ensure long-awaited proposals banning products tested on animals outside the EU are fully enforced more...

CAMPAIGN HERO: Martín von Hildebrand on indigenous rights in the Colombian Amazon

Mark Briggs

13th April. 2012

Martín von Hildebrand, founding Director of the Fundación Gaia Amazonzas The veteran campaigner talks to the Ecologist about the ongoing struggle to secure indigenous land rights and how he successfully took the Colombian government to court more...

Cleaner Air, Water, Land

CAMPAIGN HERO: Sharon Johnson, Trees for Cities

Ecologist

27th January, 2012

Sharon Johnson, Trees for Cities It is estimated that by 2030, 92 per cent of Britons will live in cities. The CEO of charity Trees for Cities on why its so important but difficult to plant trees in our streets more...

CAMPAIGN HERO: Bongani Mthembu of South Durban Community Environmental Alliance

Hannah Corr

26th October, 2011

Bongani Mthembu Bongani Mthembu talks to the Ecologist about the struggles and successes in achieving environmental justice in South Africa’s townships more...

Climate Change and Energy

TAKE ACTION to help end government subsidies for dirty energy

Grace Philip

25th May, 2012

350.org Global grassroots movement, 350.org is gathering support to persuade world leaders to stop subsidising fossil fuels at the Rio Earth Summit more...

TAKE ACTION to start a British clean energy revolution

Mark Briggs

11th May, 2012

Offshore wind turbines Friends of the Earth are calling on Prime Minister David Cameron, and Energy Secretary Ed Davey to wean the UK off fossil fuels and create a 'Clean British Energy Revolution' more...

Culture Change

Why the best world-changing ideas begin in your neighbourhood

John-Paul Flintoff

22nd May, 2012

Your ideas for changing the world may be desperately important. But if you can't find a way to engage the interests of the people around you they may never take off, argues John-Paul Flintoff more...

A midwife's manifesta on how to have a fearless birth

Laura Sevier

4th May, 2012

Birth Matters by Ina May Gaskin Birth Matters, a new book by pioneering midwife Ina May Gaskin aims to empower women to gain control over their bodies in order to have the kind of birth they want more...

Food and Gardening

TAKE ACTION to stop supermarkets abusing their buyer power!

Ecologist

30th May, 2012

Top Banana 2 If you have bought bananas or pineapples in a supermarket recently did you know that many of the workers that plant, pack and grow them live in poverty? more...

Ireland's 'Grow it Yourself' self-help food growing community coming to the UK

Rebecca Campbell

16th May, 2012

Garden Organic's 'I don't dig peat' campaign Grow It Yourself is a popular community organisation with a vision of bringing people together in a sustainable and healthier way through organic food growing. Now it has plans to launch further afield in the UK more...

Schools

Child's Play: How Children Learn

Phoebe Doyle

17th July, 2012

A child plays in an empty box. 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...

The Secret Garden nursery: a unique daycare where children spend all day outdoors

Phoebe Doyle

26th July, 2011

Outdoor nurseries When the classroom is the outdoors the possibilities are endless. Phoebe Doyle explores the practicalities, the realities and the huge potentials of the outdoor nursery concept more...

Transport

Campaign For Better Transport: how to reduce the need to travel

Richard Bourn

13th December, 2011

Exhaust pollution from a car The National Planning Policy Framework will sideline smart growth in favour of out-of-town sprawl - rolling back decades of town centred development. Now campaigners have launched a toolkit to reduce travel demand within local transport plans more...

CAMPAIGN HERO: Joss Garman of Plane Stupid

Matilda Lee

25th January, 2011

Joss Garman Veteran campaigner and former Ecologist contributor Joss Garman talks to us about past campaigning successes - and why a Green Investment Bank should be a top priority for the Coalition Government more...

Waste and Recycling

Collaborative Consumption: Tool Sharing

by Samir Jeraj

September 27th, 2012

Collaborative consumption is the next step on from Freecycle and swapshops more...

CAMPAIGN HERO: Shlomo Dowen, UK Without Incineration Network

Matilda Lee

5th April, 2011

Shlomo Dowen, UK Without Incineration Network The head of the UK's grassroots anti-incineration network on working towards a zero waste economy, encouraging community engagement and avoiding 'defeatist' language more...

Wildlife

Six reasons to become an urban beekeeper

Zion Lights

19th April, 2012

Bees Urban beekeeping will help boost the UK's declining bee population. Here are six reasons to get involved more...

TAKE ACTION: Support Friends of the Earth's National Bee Action Plan

Mark Briggs

11th April, 2012

Honey bees In China, pear trees have had to be pollinated by hand after bees were wiped out by industrial farming. Now FOE have launched a petition to get the UK government to help halt the decline in Britain's own bee population more...

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