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Oct
21
2020
Sarah Young

Great ways to reduce plastic use in your home: Part 1 – what and why

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Great ways to reduce your plastic use at home: image by Jasmin Sessler

Are you struggling to reduce plastic use in your home? In this first instalment from Ethical.net, we learn why we should be aiming to reduce our plastic use, why recycling isn’t enough and how to get started reducing food-related plastic waste. Read more …

Oct
18
2020
Dave Darby

Do energy-saving measures actually increase overall energy use?

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Do energy-saving measures actually increase overall energy use?

Having worked in the environmental field for 30 years, I’ve watched the situation get worse every year, to the point that it might already be irreversible, and we don’t know what damage it’s going to do to us, exactly. That’s pretty insane, and so Read more …

Oct
14
2020
Chris Lesley

What to know about choosing your backyard chicken

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Choosing a backyard chicken

Thinking about getting some chickens but not sure which breed to start with? Chris Lesley of Chickens And More shares her top tips for what to consider when choosing your backyard chicken. Read more …

Oct
11
2020
Graham Mitchell

Creating a national network of social care co-ops: Graham Mitchell of Co-operative Care Colne Valley

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Colne Valley Co-operative Care: building a toolkit to help develop a national network of social care co-ops

Today I’m talking with Graham Mitchell, of Co-operative Care Colne Valley. He’s part of a group starting a social care co-op in the Colne Valley, West Yorkshire, and they’re also building a toolkit / step-by-step guide for people to start a social care coop in their own community. I’m interested in how this toolkit can help grow the cooperative social care sector. Could there be a national network of social care co-ops? Read more …

Oct
7
2020
Sarah Young

Sustainable alternatives to garden lawns: Part 2

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Edible alternatives to garden lawns

In this second look at sustainable alternatives to garden lawns, we hear from our friends at Ethical.net about growing your own food, keeping the kids happy and more. Read more …

Oct
4
2020
Graham Mitchell

Why we need social care co-ops: Graham Mitchell of Co-operative Care Colne Valley

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Why we need social care co-ops

Today I’m talking with Graham Mitchell, of Co-operative Care Colne Valley. He’s part of a group starting a social care co-op in the Colne Valley, West Yorkshire, and they’re also building a toolkit / step-by-step guide for people to start social care co-ops in their own community. I’m interested in how this toolkit can help grow the cooperative social care sector. Read more …

Sep
30
2020
Sarah Young

Sustainable alternatives to garden lawns: Part 1

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Sustainable alternatives to garden lawns

From herbs to moss and more, we share a first instalment from our friends at Ethical.net about sustainable alternatives to garden lawns. Read more …

Sep
27
2020
Sophie Paterson

Mentoring and more: support for new entrant farmers

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Support for new entrant farmers

Know someone taking their first steps into farming? We take a look at a growing wealth of schemes and resources providing support for new entrant farmers. Read more …

Sep
23
2020
Sean Fagan

Beyond navigation: three great uses of maps

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Uses of maps: an Ordnance Survey map of Ireland

From archaeology to folklore and more, Sean Fagan of Pioneer Bushcraft sets out three great uses of maps beyond the obvious. Read more …

Sep
20
2020
Brian Czech

WWF shocking report on wildlife, and why the response will be inadequate

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WWF report on wildlife

It’s been a while since wildlife—not just a species here or there but wildlife at large—has been front and center in the news. Usually the biggest environmental news pertains to climate change at the global level, or local pollution problems such as lead in the water pipes. “Biodiversity” gained traction as an issue in the 1990s, but seems to have slipped off the public’s radar. (When’s the last time you saw it in a prominent newspaper headline?) Read more …

Sep
16
2020
Sophie Paterson

Reflections on ‘Extinction: The Facts’ by Sir David Attenborough

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Reflections on Extinction: The Facts by Sir David Attenborough

Hailed as ‘essential viewing’, ‘painful’ and ‘terrifying’ by viewers, Sophie Paterson shares her reflections on the hard-hitting BBC documentary Extinction: The Facts. Read more …

Sep
13
2020
Mercedes Bidart

Mutual credit in Colombia: Mercedes Bidart of Quipu Markets

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Mercedes Bidart of Quipu Markets: mutual credit in Colombia

Today I’m talking with Mercedes Bidart, of Quipu Markets. Mercedes, you’re from Argentina, the project was born at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where you did a Masters; and the project is being launched in Colombia. So it’s a very pan-American project. Read more …

Sep
9
2020
Sophie Paterson

A woeful year for wool in 2020 – and how you can support your local producers

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Woeful year for wool in 2020

Already suffering a downturn as an industry in recent years, the Covid-19 crisis has resulted in a particularly woeful year for wool in 2020. How have producers been faring and what can we do to support them as best as possible? Read more …

Sep
6
2020
Dave Darby

My tribute to David Graeber: please read his words

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David Graeber: a tribute

Maybe David Graeber’s death can challenge us to take a few minutes to think about the demonisation of the word anarchism. I believe that the two fundamental assumptions of anarchism are correct – that: Read more …

Aug
30
2020
Julia Steinberger

Can we avoid ecological collapse? Prof. Julia Steinberger

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Professor Julia Steinberger: can we avoid ecological collapse?

Can we avoid ecological collapse? This is part 2 of a conversation with Julia Steinberger, professor of ecological economics at the University of Leeds and a member of the intergovernmental panel on climate change – the IPCC. Part 1 is here. Read more …

Aug
26
2020
Ruby Taylor

September forage of the month: elderberry elixir

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Elderberries for an elderberry elixir

With autumn approaching, Ruby Taylor of Native Hands shares one of her all-time favourite recipes for an elderberry elixir. Read more …

Aug
23
2020
Julia Steinberger

Biodiversity loss is driven by economic growth: Prof. Julia Steinberger

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Julia Steinberger: biodiversity loss and economic growth

Dave Darby talks with Julia Steinberger, professor of ecological economics at the University of Leeds and a member of the IPCC, about her work and the links between biodiversity loss and economic growth. Read more …

Aug
19
2020
Sean Fagan

How to make a walking staff in three easy steps

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How to make a walking staff - rounded edge top

Sean Fagan of Pioneer Bushcraft sets out how to make a walking staff, and why they’re the best friend to have with you in the great outdoors. Read more …

Aug
16
2020
Dave Darby

We need to completely close down industrial animal agriculture

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Intensive pig farming - an example of industrial animal agriculture

Industrial agriculture is cruel to animals, cruel to people who work in it, it damages the environment and concentrates wealth in very few hands. I guess if you’re reading this, you know that already, and I don’t have to explain it. The problem is, it’s still there, doing its vile stuff every day. What do we do about it? Read more …

Aug
12
2020
Sophie Paterson

Zero food miles, zero packaging and plenty more: in praise of allotments

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Allotments in Melton Mowbray

Monday marked the beginning of National Allotments Week 2020, at a time when the number of prospective allotmenteers far exceeds the number of available allotments. So what do allotments have to offer that means so many of us are itching to get our hands dirty? Read more …

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