Issue 244 • September/October 2007
The Green Imperative
Ecology and economy.
Life on an Island • Annabel Short
The struggle to keep Manor Garden Allotments alongside the 2012 Olympic Games site.
Big Green Taxi • Paul Kingsnorth
Fuel-efficient hybrid taxis in New York City.
Making a Difference • Sharon Teklu
Kiva: a micro-finance initiative that allows people in the global North to support those in the South.
Slow Money • Paul Kingsnorth
Using local money to fund local projects in the UK.
Earth Community • Thomas Berry
A vast new orientation to the universe and to the Earth will be needed to reorient the human community towards a viable future.
Sustainability calls for a deep transformation in all aspects of human activity including our worldview, our values, our technology and our governance.
A transition to a lower-energy path would improve the quality of life for most people in the industrialised world.
Carbon Descent • Cliona O. Conaill
The Transition Movement is a local solution to the twin threats of climate change and peak oil.
What is the Question? • Herman Daly
Asking the right questions about carbon emissions will enable us to make the changes we need without becoming mired in endless delays.
If the World Trade Organization were to put the environment above free trade we could begin to make the significant changes needed to live sustainably on the Earth.
Green Tax Switch • Chris Huhne
Addressing the current taxation regime in the UK could dramatically accelerate the process of reducing UK carbon emissions.
Widespread decentralisation of our energy production systems will enable us to participate in more efficient production and use of energy.
A Policy Package • Paul Ekins
An environmental policy package will help to avert multiple systems collapse and enable us to meet the targets in the Stern Review.
The Carbon Levy • Peter Ainsworth
We need to shift taxation away from personal earnings onto pollution and greenhouse gases.
From Compromise to Limits • Tony Juniper
Leaders need to work within legally binding frameworks, based on the latest climate science, that enforce annual carbon reduction targets.
True Security • Caroline Lucas MEP
The money wasted by the UK on replacing the Trident nuclear weapons system would be better spent tackling climate change - the real threat to our security.
Poetry • Peter Abbs
A tribute to the great Persian poet Rumi.
Subtle Vibrancy • Philip Vann
Shanti Panchal's multi-layered watercolour paintings evoke the paradox of the human heart.
Seed, Peter Randall-Page's massive granite sculpture at the Eden Project, is inspired by numerical relationships in Nature: the Fibonacci series.
Craft: Great Gig • Sandy Brown
Maurice Hunkin is a traditional craftsman whose pilot gigs are works of art.
One man's vow to spend a year in one locality in the Pacific Northwest of America.
Recipes - Lost Vegetable • Rose Prince
We could grow more vegetable varieties in the UK. Faro in a pan, with artichokes and leek sprouts.
The Occasional Didymus - Floored • John Moat
If you were looking for wise counsel, would you contact a politician?
Voice From The South - Village Victory • Vandana Shiva
The emergence of Earth Democracy in the village of Nandigram, Bengal.
Until we hold car manufacturers accountable for the pollution their products cause, we will not begin to address their impact on climate change and ecosystems.
Perspectives - Plastic Bags • Oliver Tickell
The environmental impact of our profligate lifestyles has far more to do with what we put into our shopping bags than with the bags themselves.
Visionaries - Thomas Berry: A New Moses? • Matthew Fox
Thomas Berry leads us into a land of renewed communication with other beings and other species.
Jeremy Gilley campaigned to make 21st September the United Nations International Day of Peace.
The Long View - The Whale Beach • Harry Eyres
The deep ecological meaning of a beach.
Letters to the Editors
Review of Future World by Geoffrey Haggis: zero-carbon life will be delightful!
Review of When we get down to basics, it's all about relationships.
Review of The Bloodless Revolution: Radical Vegetarians and the Discovery of India by Tristram Stuart
Review of Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth's Last Dinosaur by Carl Safina
Review of Carbon Trading by Larry Lohmann
Review of A Safe and Sustainable World: The Promise of Ecological Design by Nancy Jack Todd
Review of The Slapton Ley Project by Sarah Gillespie
Review of Viktor Schauberger: A Life of Learning from Nature by Jane Cobbald
Review of Dialogues in Diversity: Art from Marginal to Mainstream by John K. Grande
Review of Birds with a Broken Wing by Adam Thorpe
Peace and security issues are highlighted as tribal peoples attempt to adapt to a fast warming climate.
Andrew Wood sees himself as a “clayman” – which is a register of how, for more than thirty years, clay has been his medium and everything he has needed in order to exercise and find his way with his extraordinary skills as modeller, carver and painter.
The Life and Work of Sylvia von Hartmann
There is no point in innovation for its own sake – innovation must have a purpose. Innovation in the food industry is actually damaging the quality of food.