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Issue 237 • July/August 2006

Reflecting on India

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Welcome

IF WE LIVE WELL, ALL SHALL BE WELL

Compassion, not fear, should determine our actions.

Frontline

PRIZES FOR THE EARTH •

The Goldman Prize celebrates environmental heroes from across the globe.

A DUNG DEAL •

Elephant-dung paper: a unique way to protect elephants.

A MEXICAN CORNUCOPIA •

Preserving corn biodiversity in Mexico.

A PLACE OF HEALING •

On Watchtree Nature Reserve in the UK, new life is rising from the ashes of foot-and-mouth disease.

AN ECO-TOWN THRIVES •

Ivory Park EcoCity village, on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa.

SCOPE FOR CHANGE •

Landscope is a new project at Dartington Hall, Devon, UK that aims to bring more people closer to the land.

THE EARTHSHIP HAS LANDED •

Recycling 15,000 tyres to build autonomous dwellings.

OFFICE SPACE •

The Ethical Property Foundation is helping small charities to find office space.

Current Affairs

A NEW REFORMATION •

In the footsteps of Martin Luther: bringing Christianity alive in the 21st century.

COCALERO HERO •

Evo Morales, Bolivia's president, was a grower of coca. Coca and cocaine are not the same thing.

BLIND SPOT •

The reluctance to address human population growth.

A RADICAL PRAGMATIST •

An interview with Patrick Holden, Director of the Soil Association.

PART OF A SOLUTION

The business model at Riverford Organics poses an interesting question: can big be beautiful as well?

Keynotes

ALL THAT IS GOOD

It's time to celebrate the achievements of democracy.

THE TERRORIST IN THE MIRROR

The US and the UK perpetuate self-serving, hypocritical foreign policies which will continue to be rejected by the Muslim world.

India

CHALLENGING STEREOTYPES •

The mainstream media dupe us into thinking that most global problems originate from so-called developing countries. Environmentally, India has been a world leader - at least at the political level.

UNWANTED ADVICE

The US-India Knowledge Initiative is promoting ignorance in the name of knowledge. The techniques of traditional Indian agriculture cannot be 'improved'.

INVESTORS IN PEOPLE •

Change cannot be imposed on India from outside. For development to be self-sustaining it has to be self-organised.

LADY BUDDHA

People like Tenzin Palmo act as bridges between the old and the new.

Culture

MUSICAL MANIFESTOS •

Seize The Day: the musical wing of the ecology movement.

POWER OF LIGHT

The artist James Turrell creates wholeness out of perceptions, patterns, dreams and silence.

INTERPRETING THE WORLD •

How contemporary artists are developing new understandings of our connection and responsibilities to Nature.

ON FORM •

An exhibition of the work of stone-carvers at Asthall Manor in Oxfordshire, UK.

TWO NIGHTINGALES •

The deeper meaning in Hans Christian Andersen's stories.

THE NATURAL VISION •

A tribute to John Constable, written to coincide with an exhibition at Tate Britain.

Regulars

Letters to the Editors

Poetry - NIGEL McLOUGHLIN •

An Ulster poet with a compelling lyrical voice.

Recipes - A POOR PERFECTION •

Perfectly formed fruits and vegetables do not necessarily taste the best. Cauliflower remoulade and outer lettuce-leaf soup.

The Long View - HERE, IS ETERNAL SPRING

The special meaning of 'here'.

Small Steps - REV DOWN

Helpful hints to reduce your car's ecological footprint.

Touchstone - GO TO HEAVEN ON AN EGG •

How not to market Christianity.

Visionaries - GOETHE •

Goethe united art and science and created a holistic culture.

Reviews

THE BIG PICTURE

Review of Black Market: Inside the Endangered Species Trade in Asia by Ben Davies

A RETURN TO CIVILISED VALUES

Review of The Collapse of Globalism by John Ralston Saul

EARTH AS FAMILY

Review of Earth Democracy by Vandana Shiva

SAVING THE PLANET IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT

Review of Plan B 2.0 by Lester R. Brown

WAR IS FUTILE

Review of Making Terrorism History by Scilla Elworthy and Gabrielle Rifkind

A CENTURY IN THE GARDEN

Review of The Wild Braid by Stanley Kunitz

NO THANKS TO NUCLEAR POWER

Review of The Revenge of Gaia by James Lovelock

FAITH BASE

Review of A Brief Guide to Islam by Paul Grieve

A NEW TACK

Review of Beyond Conservation by Peter Taylor

LESS AND LOCAL •

Review of The Party's Over by Richard Heinberg and Power Down by Richard Heinberg

Web Exclusives

Review - A GANDHIAN INFLUENCE •

Review of Gandhi as Disciple and Mentor by Thomas Weber

Review - FROM EMPIRE TO EARTH COMMUNITY •

Review of The Great Turning by David Korten

Review - LIGHT AND SHADOW •

Review of The Integral Operating System by Ken Wilber

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