Power to the People

Issue 288 • January/February 2015

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Small Ideas Big Future

Social justice, environment and peace are more important than ever


Apple Tops Greenpeace Gadget Survey

The environmental impact of hi-tech gadgets

Building Blocks from Bags

Making building blocks from plastics in India

The House that Waste Built

Strategies for building low-energy, permanent buildings from waste material

Action From the Grass Roots

Grass roots initiatives around the globe

Festival of Wellbeing

Soil, soul and making connections


Trust the People

The Scottish independence campaign has reawakened the thirst for localism and democracy

Devolution: The Cities Are Ready and Waiting

The mayor of Bristol argues for greater urban autonomy

A Handful of Hope

A poetic project that gives voice to a people's constitution

Time for a Constitutional Convention &

A citizen-led constitution is needed to give real power to the people

The News Where You Are

Reflecting on media alienation

A Crisis This Big Changes Everything

Naomi Klein outlines the need for radical change

Fossil Fuels: The Toxic Relationship

Calling for an end to pollution subsidies

We Are Soil

The need for organic stewardship

It's Anything But Dirt

A holistic approach to the science of soil

My Green Life

An interview with Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation


The Tree

Extract from a William Blake poem


Lost For Words

A plea for the appreciation of language, literature and the use of well-crafted words


The Market is the New Religion

Apologists for unbridled capitalism overlook it's ancestry and its limitations

Every Little Helps

Lifestyle changes can all add up

Ethical Living

The Buddha and the Sacred Earth

Examining Buddhist attitudes to Nature

On Trial: A Way of Life

A community fighting against climate change in Alaska

Words of Power

Poetry inspired by renewable energy

When the Grass is Not Greener

Planting an alternative to the traditional lawn

Sourdough - but oh, so sweet

A recipe for making sourdough bread

A Tribute to David Nicholson-Lord

Reflecting on the work of regular contributor and author of Up the Elephant Round the Castle


Letters to the Editors

A selection of letters to our editors


A brain teaser full of ecological clues

Poetry - One Spade of Earth

New translations by Martyn Crucefix

The Arts

Music Is My Religion

An interview with Amjad Ali Khan, India's master of the sarod

Nature Through the Lens

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition

Art - By the People, For the People

A new exhibition on the visionary William Morris

A Treasure Cave of Sacred Geometry

Understanding Nature's patterns through the teaching of geometry


The Prophet of Gaia

Review of A Rough Ride to the Future

Hawk on the Wild Side

Review of H is for Hawk

Shared Wealth Need Not Be Lost

Review of Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons

The Answer Lies in the Soil

Review of The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet

Speaking Up For Fish and Bees

Review of Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat

Feet First

Review of A Philosophy of Walking

Wise Old Codgers

Review of Proteus and the Magician: The Letters of Henry Miller and John Cowper Powys

Web Exclusives

Article - A Guardian Landscape

Exploring a new sculpture garden in Cornwall

Article - Remembering Bhopal

Bhopal marks a political, economic and legal watershed for India and the planet.

Review - Doing - with consciousness

Review of The Unselfish Spirit: Human Evolution in a Time of Global Crisis

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