Low-impact transport articles

Feb
17
2019
Alex Lawrie

Building a co-operative train line: Alex Lawrie of Go-op

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Today we’re talking with Alex Lawrie. Alex does a lot of things in the co-operative sector but we want to talk to him specifically about his attempts to launch a co-operative railway line, plus lightweight community transport. Let’s start with Go-op, which is a proposed co-operative train line.

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Dec
9
2018
Duncan McCann

Can we build a platform co-op to challenge Über? Interview with Duncan McCann of the New Economics Foundation

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Dave of Lowimpact.org / Noncorporate.org talks with Duncan McCann of the New Economics Foundation (see video below), about platform co-ops. Duncan is starting a taxi platform co-op called Faircab, to challenge Über. Read more …

Jun
12
2018
Roxy Piper

Off Grid Festival 2018: another world is possible

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Roxy Piper tells us all about this year’s Off Grid Festival, taking place from 9-12th August in the historic Tapeley Park and Gardens in North Devon, with the theme of Seven Generation Stewardship. Read more …

Jan
14
2018
Peter Hall

Debate: how sustainable can an eco-hotel and permaculture community be if it’s for Brits in Portugal?

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We were approached by Peter to ask if we would help promote a proposed eco-holiday complex and permaculture settlement in Portugal. I replied that I didn’t think we could, as I have strong reservations about this kind of eco-hotel development, and explained why. Peter came back with some counter-arguments, and I asked him whether he’d be happy to have this debate in public Read more …

Dec
12
2017
Sophie Paterson

In praise of the wheelbarrow: low-impact transportation at its best?

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Perhaps these days most commonly associated with the garden, there’s more to the humble wheelbarrow than you might think. Sophie Paterson explores its potential, past and present, as a low-impact form of transportation. Read more …

Nov
19
2017
Sophie Paterson

Join our new online community Living Low Impact

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We’re excited to introduce our new Facebook group Living Low Impact – and you’re invited! Read more …

Jul
20
2017
Geoff

One man’s journey from diesel to veg oil

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This week Lowimpact.org met Geoff, a.k.a the Veg Oil Guy, who runs two websites and a YouTube channel chronicling his exploration of diesel to vegetable oil conversion and proving veg oil motoring can be done! Read more …

Jul
18
2017
Dave Darby

What’s the most environmentally-damaging thing that a human can do?

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This question is really important for us at Lowimpact.org, because we’re all about providing information and other resources on ways that people can live in a less environmentally-damaging way. So I was very interested to see that researchers at Lund University in Sweden recently put the hours in Read more …

Mar
19
2017
Daniel Scharf

Will we reach ‘peak car’, after which we can begin to reduce the number of cars on the roads?

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As a baby-boomer I have lived through a 50 year period where life has become dominated by and dependent on the use of the private car. I wonder whether other people are sharing my expectation that there will be a very much shorter period, equivalent  to a revolution, where the car moves into the background? Read more …

Feb
9
2017
Paul Edwards

Is modern life a mistake?

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I was back recently in my old stomping ground of Bicester in Oxfordshire – it was not a happy visit. Read more …

Oct
20
2016
Dave Darby

Promoting public transport – how to travel by train more cheaply (without breaking the law)

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A way to reduce our impact on the environment is to increase the number of journeys made on public transport relative to the number made by car. So we’re doing this to encourage you to take the train rather than drive. Read more …

Mar
1
2016
Dave Darby

Is it a good idea to recruit (in N America and Europe) for sustainable living apprenticeships in Peru?

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We’ve just been approached by someone running ‘sustainable living apprenticeships’ in Peru, asking if there’s anywhere to promote them on our site. This sort of thing happens all the time, by the way – yoga retreats in India, conferences in Malaysia, meditation on Greek islands etc. Read more …

Feb
25
2016
Joe Tucker

Fly away: reflections on Westerners abroad

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Fly away, plug in to your chosen third world metropolis with the arrogant urgency that accompanies our civilisation, departure lounge to lounge, no sense of progression or gradual change necessary within this flying tube. Read more …

Dec
5
2015
Dave Darby

Hats off to Brandalism for exposing corporate greenwash

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Genius campaign by a group called Brandalism. They managed to get around 600 spoof but corporate-looking adverts all over Paris in time for the climate talks. The fake ads were the work of 82 artists from 19 countries, and they parody the companies involved in sponsoring the climate talks. Read more …

Nov
25
2015
Dave Darby

What do you think about about this video by Rob Newman, and what does that say about you?

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This is ‘the History of Oil’ by comedian Rob Newman. You might have seen it already, but if not, have a look – it’s very funny, as well as spot-on. He mentions the Radio 4 news item – that there was ‘an American plan to bring democracy to the Middle East’, and marvels at the level of naivety Read more …

Oct
6
2015
Dave Darby

Cycle lanes bring more revenue to local businesses than car parking spaces – so why do so many businesses think they don’t?

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Here’s the story – Enfield borough has received £30 million in funding from Transport for London to install dedicated cycle lanes on some of its main roads, removing on-street parking, adding zebra crossings and trees. Read more …

Jul
28
2015
Janet Renouf-Miller

Holidays without flying: how to cycle around Scotland on a folding bike

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Obviously this isn’t a ‘no-fly’ holiday if you live on the other side of the world to Scotland, but I’m sure you have somewhere beautiful closer to home for a holiday that doesn’t involve an environmentally-damaging flight. Read more …

Jun
24
2015
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 1: introduction – how possible is it to live in a sustainable, non-corporate way in a city?

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I lived at Redfield Community for 13 years – it’s where Lowimpact.org was born – but now I live in London, and so I’m assessing my options for living as low-impact a life as I can. Read more …

Mar
13
2015
Elisabeth Winkler

Protest to save food-growing land in Bristol

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Protestors are occupying trees in Bristol, UK, on food-growing land threatened by a controversial road-building scheme.

Evictions started yesterday, after Bristol City council won a High Court possession order. Read more …

Aug
27
2013
Sam

Invitation to visit or join Grow Heathrow

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One of Lowimpact.org’s staff recently visited Grow Heathrow and was really impressed with their organisation, their gardens and their opposition to the damaging growth in air travel, airports and the proposed new runway at Heathrow. Read more …

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