How Natural England became the servant of the landed classes. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. Listening to the National Farmers’ Union, the Countryside Alliance and the Country Land and Business Association, you could be forgiven for believing that the only people who live in the countryside are… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Biodiversity
Rural policy is once again the preserve of the elite, and wildlife and people suffer as a result. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. I might have solved a minor mystery. Last week, after a public outcry(1,2), the government dropped its proposal to spend our money on capturing… Read more »
Editor’s Note: To follow, I think, is a very important look at Ted Trainer’s work — one that broaches an oft-avoided but critically essential conversation. I must confess to only having read a single article from Ted Trainer previously, which I posted here, but from that article, and the document below, I sense that similar… Read more »
Paradise Dam, April 2012, from the now-climaxing food forest Photos © Craig Mackintosh (unless otherwise indicated) Zaytuna Farm Video Tour, duration 41 minutes Note: Switch YouTube player to HD if your internet connection allows Having spent the last few years seeking to establish and assist projects worldwide, and hearing some readers requesting more info on… Read more »
The UK’s marine reserves offer no meaningful protection to the life of the sea. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. What do the terms “marine reserve” and “marine protected area” conjure up for you? Places in which, perhaps, wildlife is protected? In which the damaging activities permitted in… Read more »
In our travels to Tom’s old stomping grounds, we were shocked to find WA’s breadbasket degraded, eroded and overtaxed. by Zaia Kendall, Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Bare Paddock in WA, with some rocks and Pademelons visible We recently went to Western Australia to see Tom’s family. Tom hasn’t lived in WA for 10 years… Read more »
In this short animated clip, USC Canada shares the sad realities behind the food industry. Another alarming call for the urgency to radically change the way we perceive food consumption. Further reading/watching: Supermarket Secrets Chemical Based Farming Systems Robbing Us of Nutrients The Rise and Predictable Fall of Globalized Industrial Agriculture The Story of Soil
Twice a year, over the school holidays in the Australian states of South Australia and Victoria, the Flinders Ranges comes alive, with a series of activities aimed to provide an insight into this majestic, yet environmentally sensitive area.
Back in 2009, Wikileaks released some diplomatic cables from the U.S. which revealed a list of priority countries for ‘GMO outreach’. Peru was amongst those on the hit list. Well, now it seems Peru has opted out….
Involving our children in hands-on explorations of the natural world is essential if we are to create a generation who are able to undertake the vital tasks of re-establishing a resilient life on this planet. What better place to start nurturing this than in our gardens!
A report on deer in the Scottish Highlands is a sycophantic paean to Balmorality and landed power. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. A remnant of the ancient Caledonian Forest, Scotland I’ve read too many daft reports in the course of this job, but I don’t remember any… Read more »
Trees are one of our most powerful tools to pull carbon from the atmosphere and sequester it in the soil for long-term storage. This is why reforestation and protecting intact forests are such important parts of plans to address climate change. Conventional climate change science tells us that the planet’s capacity for reforestation is limited,… Read more »