Aug
29
2021
Laura Basu

Six reasons the EU isn’t as green as it claims

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Posted Aug 29 2021 by Laura Basu of ourEconomy
Six reasons the EU isn't as green as it claims

Every year in June, the EU celebrates its annual ‘Green Week’, in which Europe’s environmental elite gather to congratulate each other on how green they are.

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Aug
26
2021
Michelle Smith

Composting toilets and city flats: do they match?

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Posted Aug 26 2021 by Michelle Smith of Kildwick.com

Composting toilets are a great choice for low-impact living — for remote or off-grid homes, for self-contained homes, for boats, for camper vans. That much is certain. But is the ‘revolootion’ possible if you’re renting out a flat? With no garden, no plot of land to call your own, does a composting toilet make any sense?

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Aug
22
2021
Dave Darby

Where’s the problem – politics, economy or population?

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Posted Aug 22 2021 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
economy or population

Below are some things that I believe, some that I don’t believe and some that I know. Do you believe similar things? If so, stay in touch. Alternatives are being built – change is coming. Nothing stays the same forever.

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Aug
18
2021
Ruby Taylor

August forage of the month with Ruby Taylor

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Posted Aug 18 2021 by Ruby Taylor of Native Hands

Nettles are a truly amazing plant. I recently found out about the ‘super food’ that is nettle seeds, and have been making the most of the nettle patch at the end of the garden ever since.

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Aug
15
2021
Simon Fairlie

Can burning biomass be sustainable?

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Posted Aug 15 2021 by Simon Fairlie of The Land Magazine

“Burning biomass is just another path to environmental destruction,” claims a recent article in The Ecologist. Really? Simon Fairlie, who has blithely been burning biomass for the last 50 years, investigates.
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Aug
11
2021
Tim Padmore

£3.3 trillion fossil fuels subsidies by G20 countries since Paris Climate Agreement

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Posted Aug 11 2021 by Tim Padmore of Shift Our Subsidies
£3.3 trillion fossil fuel subsidies

All governments, including the UK, are telling us that they’re laser-focused on reducing carbon emissions. How are they doing? The chart above shows how they’re doing (source: Our World in Data). There’s a tiny flatline around 2020, but that’s because of the Covid lockdowns. Read more …

Aug
8
2021
Dave Darby

Our response to: “why don’t you start a political party?”

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Posted Aug 8 2021 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
“why don’t you start a political party?”

There’s a question we often hear: “why don’t you start a political party?” Sometimes this is genuine, and enthusiastic, but often it’s snarky, as in: “why don’t you stop sniping on the sidelines and put your ideas to the masses, who can vote for you if they like them? Then you can implement your proposals. We live in a democracy, after all.” Read more …

Aug
4
2021
Alice Brown

Want to work for a great veg box scheme in the south of England?

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Posted Aug 4 2021 by Alice Brown of Sutton Community Farm

Want to work for a great veg box scheme in the south of England? Actually it’s our veg box scheme. And it’s a bag not a a box. Each week we get a bag full of organic fruit and veg from Sutton Community Farm. If you live in south London, I really recommend them. Lovely delivery people, and the quality of the food is really noticeable. Plus we’re helping support a community-based business, swimming against the corporate tide. Read more …

Aug
1
2021
Lin Scrannage

Help Bridport Cohousing group build a community hub building

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Posted Aug 1 2021 by Lin Scrannage of Bridport Cohousing
Bridport cohousing

We’ve been following the progress of the Bridport Cohousing project for a few years. They’re interesting because they’re a community land trust, partnering with a housing association to ensure that their 53 properties remain affordable. Bridport is a nice place to live, and house prices have risen by around 15% in the last couple of years. Many incomers are buying properties as second homes – and a high number of second homes is guaranteed to kill any community. Read more …

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