Issue 243 • July/August 2007
The Point of Return
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It is 'cool' to be an optimist.
Low-Carbon Lifestyles • Jonathan Dawson & Jenny Pickerill
Reduce your carbon footprint by living in an ecovillage.
A Frugal Philosophy • Robert Colville
The philosophy of freegans who buy nothing and simply utilise the waste from our excessive consumerism.
Pass It On • Helen Banks
How Freecycle can help us to save the world from landfill by giving away things we don't need.
Buy a Bale • Paul Kingsnorth
Bristol's Knowle West Media Centre is building a £3 million straw-bale community headquarters.
Hope under Fire • Paul Kingsnorth
Rasha Zidan founded the Knowledge for Iraqi Women Society to raise awareness of the suffering of women under occupation.
Worlds Converging • Nick Hart-Williams
The Converging World is forging partnerships to create social justice whilst developing renewable energy projects.
God is a field of consciousness that pervades the universe.
Freedom from Fear • James Sainsbury
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
The Human Impact • Sir Crispin Tickell
Humans are more than mere producers or consumers.
Rainforest Renaissance • Gunter Pauli
Re-establishing the rainforests of the Amazon: how Gaviotas moved from a pilot to a mega-project.
Local wisdom networks of farmers provide an improved understanding of ecology.
A member of the Yankunytjatjarea people describes the four dimensions of aboriginal life.
Life is Art • Haku Shah
Celebrating the culture and lives of the Adivasis, the original people of India.
The Coal Pushers • Philip Carter
The plight of Adivasis in Jharkhand State, India who have been driven out of their homes by coal mining.
The Longitudinal Installation • Xavier Cortada
A stark and moving installation in Antarctica, representing those affected by climate change.
Divine Beauty • Anne Price-Owen
The art of Welsh painter and poet David Jones.
The rich, visionary, figurative drawings and woodcuts of Paul Bloomer.
Art in Action • Ross Ashcroft
Thirty years on, the annual Art in Action festival at Reperry Manor, Oxfordshire, England, continues to nourish the soul.
Andy Goldsworthy's 2007-08 residency at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park includes seminal works such as Clay Rooms and Rainshadows.
Seeing the good in the gloom. A short story.
The Crochet Reef • Lorna Howarth
Margaret and Christine Wetheim use the art of crochet to manifest hyperbolic space.
Voice From The South - DEMOCRATIC & DIVERSE • Vandana Shiva
Manifesto on the Future of Food: good food is a citizens' right.
A nostalgic return to the overland trail to India, where the journey was valued as much as the destination.
Gardening - ON PRUNING • Brigitte Norland
A careful look at the art of pruning.
Deep Spirit - THE BURNE-JONES EFFECT • Thomas Moore
The Burne-Jones Effect: how a small piece of art can trump a mammoth machine.
Visionaries - LAURENS VAN DER POST • William Atkinson
Laurens van der Post was a master storyteller who championed the survival of the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert.
Poetry - MEREDITH ANDREA • Helen Moore
Meredith Andrea's poems speak with a heartfelt directness of our interdependence with all beings.
Letters to the Editors
Review of Unbowed by Wangari Maathai. The persistence and seriousness of one woman's vision.
Review of Of Myself: Atmaparichay by Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore's quiet genius.
Review of The Science of Oneness by Malcolm Hollick. Science must extend beyond one particular way of knowing.
Review of After Eden by Kirkpatrick Sale. A controversial take on the origins of modern human behaviour.
Review of The Poem and the Journey: And Sixty Poems to Read Along the Way by Ruth Padel. Discovering the delights of poetry.
Review of Falling out of the Skin into the Soul: A Divan for Scheherazade by Noel Cobb. Celebrating the importance of 'soul', which so much in our culture seems intent on denying.
Review of At Five in the Afternoon directed by Samira Makhmalbaf and Stray Dogs directed by Marziyeh Meshkini. Two Iranian films portraying the impact of war on women.
Review of Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace by Maxine Hong Kingston. A lie does not become the truth when it is wrapped in a national flag.
Review of A View to the Future: JT Group - A Radical Approach to Building and Development by Roland Adburgham. An extraordinary building company.
Review of Make Poverty Business: Increase Profits and Reduce Risks by Engaging with the Poor by Craig Wilson and Peter Wilson. How businesses can play their part in making better decisions in the fight against poverty.
Review of The End of the Wild by Stephen M. Meyer, Not Buying It by Judith Levine, Market Schmarket by Molly Scott Cato, Land Art by Ben Tufnell, Extreme Weather by Peter Bunyard.
Workshop is 21st century education.
Review - LOVE'S GOLD • Cherry Gilchrist
Review of The Crucible of Love by Jay Ramsay
Review - MAKING POVERTY'S HISTORY • Ed Hamer
Review of How Rich Countries Got Rich… and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor by Erik S. Reinert
Review - PURSUIT OF PEACE • Swati Chopra
Review of Battle for Peace by Krishna Kumar
Review - WHOLE PLANET • Horatio Morpurgo
Review of Earthy Realism by Mary Midgley