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Ukraine's use of unguided rockets in civilian areas of Donetsk 'may be war crimes'

The Ecologist

27th July 2014

An unguided Grad rocket hit the house of Valentina Fedorovna, 77, in the Kuibyshivskyi district in Donetsk on July 19, 2014. The rocket struck the second floor, penetrated the floor and went through her kitchen and bathroom. Photo: Human Rights Watch. Human Rights Watch has gathered evidence in the war zones of Eastern Ukraine which show that Ukrainian government forces have violated the laws of war by using 'notoriously imprecise' rockets in civilian areas, destroying homes, killing and injuring non-combatants. more...

Antibiotics saved me - now help me save them

Richard Young / Sustainable Food Trust

24th July 2014

As a boy, the author pulls a big's tail on the family farm - around the time that Parliament, in 1953, allowed farmers to add antibiotics to animal feed. As a youngster on a small farm, antibiotics saved Richard Young's life after a scratch on barbed wire led to septicemia. Now, he's campaigning to stop the routine, mass use of antibiotics on intensive farms, so that they can carry on saving human lives for many years to come ... more...

Fracking Britain: without debate, the Government imposes its 'right to rule'

Paul Mobbs

21st July 2014

Anti-fracking protest at Barton Moss - but as far as the Government is concerned, dissent is unimportant. Photo: Manchester Friends of the Earth via Flickr. The UK Government's policy is to frack at all costs, against public opinion and compelling evidence of environmental damage and poor returns, writes Paul Mobbs - a timely reminder that as far as the Government is concerned, it has a God-given right to rule over us, no matter what we think or want. more...

Building an International Seed Savers Exchange

Andrew Kimbrell / Center for Food Safety

19th July 2014

Colorful Heirloom Potatoes - 'Carola', 'All Red', 'All Blue', and 'Purple Viking' - collection  from Seed Savers. Photo: Susy Morris via Flickr. Recent decades have seen a hardening global clampdown on the rights of farmers to use, save, develop, share, swap and distribute the seeds that produce the food we all eat, writes Andrew Kimbrell - and which constitute an essential common heritage of mankind. Here's his plan to fight back against the seed monopolists ... more...

Synthetic biology - Ecover must come clean

Jim Thomas

16th July 2014

Synthetic biology in your cleaning products? Image: ETC Group. Following The Ecologist's revelation about Ecover's use of synthetic biology to make laundry detergent, the company has put its trials on hold, writes Jim Thomas. But to regain public trust, the company must re-engage honestly with its critics, and its customers. more...

A day in Luhansk: war's crimes, horrors, and uncertainties

Tanya Lokshina / HRW

11th July 2014

Family walking past a blast crater in Kandrashevka, where 9 civilians died during an aerial attack by alleged Ukranian forces on July 2, 2014. ©2014 Human Rights Watch. Amid the chaos and stench of war in East Ukraine, Tanya Lokshina investigates a litany of atrocities - including abductions of non-combatants and air strikes that have left entire villages in ruins and killed many civilians including children. It's all part of HRW's campaign to secure justice for the victims of war crimes. more...

Wild heart of the Yukon in gravest peril

Jill Pangman

3rd July 2014

View of the Peel Watershed. Photo: Jill Pangman. Next week the indigenous peoples of the Yukon challenge their Government in the Territory's Supreme Court, writes Jill Pangman. At issue, its plans to open the Peel watershed, a vast unspoilt ecosystem rich in wildlife and cultural meaning, for industrial development. more...

GMOs: the 'right to know' campaign is winning

Ralph Nader

30th June 2014

GMO - it's our right to know! Photo: David Goehring via Flickr. Campaigners for the labeling of GMOs in food are winning their battle against corporate America, writes Ralph Nader. No wonder the corporations are fighting back with lawsuits and scare stories ... they're on the back foot, and they know it. more...

The grouse shooting industry is out of control - it must be regulated

Martin Harper / RSPB

27th June 2014

Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus) in Russia's Altai Mountains. Photo: Sergey Yeliseev via Flickr. Intensive grouse shooting on England's uplands is doing huge damage to fragile ecosystems, writes Martin Harper - and to the 'protected' hen harrier. It's high time to bring this industry under control with a new licencing system. more...

We must rid the American West of 'welfare ranching'

George Wuerthner

22nd June 2014

Grand View Ranch, Utah. Photo: Don Graham via Flickr. The image of the rancher in the rugged West is one of self-sufficiency and a tough defiance of government, writes George Wuerthner. But the truth is that ranchers, especially those using federal land, depend on a host of generous subsidies, both economic and ecological. more...

Earth's vitality and the power of happiness

Jigmi Y. Thinley

19th June 2014

These organic broad beans at Sandly Lane Farm, Oxfordshire, will soon be ready for harvest. Photo: Sandy Lane Farm. Farming should not only sustain people with healthy food, writes Jigmi Y. Thinley. If humans are to survive on Earth, it must also revitalise nature and sustain vital planetary systems, instead of poisoning and over-exploiting them. And to do that farming must be organic. more...

BP - beware the Viking 'flash-horde' coming your way!

Chris Garrard

11th June 2014

I'll be back ... and next time, no more Mr Nice Guy! Photo: Hugh Warwick. Visit the British Museum's hugely successful Vikings exhibition, and you can't miss the BP branding - a fair price for their sponsorship? No way, writes Chris Garrard, who will join a 'flash-horde' at the Museum next Sunday and give BP its last rites in a Viking longship. more...

Beware environmental wolves in sheep's clothing!

William Laurance

9th June 2014

Beware wolves in sheep's clothing! Photo: public domain. What do the Australian Environment Foundation, the Renewable Energy Foundation and the Global Warming Policy Foundation have in common? They are all fiercely anti-environment, writes William Laurance - and we must beware their 'eco-doublespeak'. more...

Thanks to EU laws and money, Coto Doñana rises from disaster

Laurence Rose

4th June 2014

White storks nesting at Coto Doñana, Spain. Photo: Ian Keith via Flickr. Spain's Coto Doñana shows the value of EU conservation law, writes Laurence Rose, as the UK tries to get rid of the Birds and Habitats Directives. Both have proved essential to the protection and restoration of one of Europe's greatest wetlands. more...

Campaign success - the Grand Canyon Method

George Wuerthner

28th May 2014

The Grand Canyon. Photo: Moyan Brenn via Flickr / earthincolors.wordpress.com/. Wilderness campaigners need to remember how great victories were won in the past - which was to aim high and hold steadfast, refusing easy compromises, writes George Wuerthner. Opposition must be overcome, never appeased. more...

Greening London's motorways

Marco Picardi

22nd May 2014

'The Phoenix Flowers' by 7N Architects and RankinFraser Landscape Architecture for the Glasgow Canal Regeneration Partnership. Photo: Dave Morris Source: Contemporist. Elevated urban highways epitomise the dark side of vehicular mobility - polluting, visually brutal, noisy, and contributing to local 'heat islands', writes Marco Picardi. So let's re-engineer them for people and create imaginative urban spaces we can all enjoy! more...

Let the forests burn - the ecology depends on it!

Monica L. Bond, Chad T. Hansen & Dominick A. Dellasala

12th May 2014

A Navajo Hotshot firefighter in Division A battles the West Mullan Fire in the Lolo National Forest, MT, July 2013. Photo: USDA via Flickr.com. Forest fires are invariably portrayed as fiercely destructive environmental calamities. But for the native forests of the American West, large fires are essential to ecological renewal. Contrary to the mantras of logging companies and forest service officials, we suppress them at our peril. more...

GMOs - Boycott the GMA 'traitor brands'

Ronnie Cummins

15th May 2014

GMOs - we will fight them in the grocery aisles! Photo: Jaro Larnos via Flickr. The mighty Grocery Manufacturers Association is to sue Vermont for making food companies label GMOs in their products. Ronnie Cummins calls on all concerned consumers to boycott GMA companies and products - starting with their 'traitor brands' ... more...

Celebrate 'National Nightingale Night' on May 18th

Chris Rose

13th May 2014

Common nightingale (luscinia megarhynchos). Photo: gynti_46 via Flickr.com. Britain's nightingales are in decline - not least because of intensive farming, and our insistence on building over their last refuges. But their song is as unforgettable as ever, writes Chris Rose, and that will surely be the key to valuing them more ... more...

Ecuador - upholding the Rights of Nature

David Dene

29th April 2014

The Mirador mine in the Ecuadorian Amazon would be comparable in scale to the Kennecott open pit copper mine in Utah. Deep in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest, a gigantic open pit copper and gold mine is planned in the heart of the Shuar peoples' territory. David Dene tells the story of a growing international campaign to uphold and defend the 'Rights of Nature', in Ecuador and beyond. more...

Being Nature - extending civil rights to the natural world

Mumta Ito

24th April 2014

Does nature have rights, too? A mountain valley in Kurdistan. Photo: Jan Sefti via Flickr.com. As the destruction of the biosphere continues, we need to establish new legal systems to protect what remains. Mumta Ito proposes a new beginning for environmental law based on extending 'civil rights' to the natural world. more...

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...

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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