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Issue 239 • November/December 2006

A Far Cry from Christmas

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Welcome

A FAR CRY FROM CHRISTMAS

We have to replace our quantitative consumerism with a qualitative lifestyle.

Frontline

COOKING UP A CHANGE

A small-scale village project in Mali combines environmental and human concerns by producing energy-efficient earthenware stoves.

THE FUTURE IS FORDHALL •

The community buy-out of an organic farm in Shropshire, UK could point the way for others.

SACRED SKILLS

The Biodiversity Lifeskills Foundation is encouraging temples and communities in Sri Lanka to work together to safeguard traditional knowledge and natural species.

MONKEYING AROUND •

Monkeybiz works with South African women to promote bead art which funds an HIV clinic.

Keynotes

WRITERS AND THE WAR AGAINST NATURE

How artists and writers can join in the defence of the planet and wild Nature.

WORLD IN A FEW WORDS •

Poetry can transport us to new ways of experiencing life.

WILL GOD EVER LEAVE US ALONE? •

God won't leave us alone as long as we feel afraid.

Undercurrents

FRIENDLY FIRE

Most of those advocating the new energy technologies are not suggesting any reduction in overall energy consumption.

FROM GLOBAL TO LOCAL •

Fair trade should be creating the conditions in which craftworkers across the world can meet the needs of their own communities.

WHITE POPPIES

Moving from a remembrance service to a peace service.

Regulars

Deep Spirit - EVERYWHERE AT HOME •

We need to bring the spirit of home into public places.

Perspectives

Global trade, plastic bags, banana profits, fuel use, carbon dioxide emissions, mobile phones.

The Long View - LESSONS FROM GREEK TRAGEDY •

Greek tragedy warns that Nemesis, goddess of retribution, stands in wait for excessive pride or hubris.

A Sense of Place - ARCTIC AWAKENING •

One small, thoughtless action can affect a whole ecosystem.

The Occasional Didymus - GOVERNESS

Men behaving badly require a governess.

Recipes - RAINBOW FEAST •

A colourful spread to celebrate the winter solstice: tomato chutney, roast tamari carrots, corn cakes, marinaded broccoli, blueberry rice, beetroot salad, parsnip purée.

Letters to the Editors

The Arts

Poetry: FOUR CONTEMPORARY ECO-POETS •

Poems by Grevel Lindop, Lynne Wycherley, Alice Oswald and Charles Tomlinson.

THE ROAD •

The paddock looked like it had fallen victim to a monstrous mole. A short story.

SPIRIT AND PLACE •

The paintings of Michael Cullimore show that there is always one more way of  looking at something.

MYTHICAL SCULPTURES •

Jacob Lane's granite and wood sculptures explore our relationship to an eternal source.

Reviews

The Big Picture: ELEPHANT!

Review of "Rajan, liberated from his enormous bulk, explored his own free spirit." From Elephant! by Steve Bloom.

In My Own Words: BREAD MATTERS

Review of Bread Matters by Andrew Whitley

In My Own Words: FROM EMPIRE TO EARTH COMMUNITY

Review of The Great Turning by David Korten

PUTTING LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE

Review of Bedrock (eds) Lauret E. Savoy, Eldridge M. Moores and Judith E. Moores

THE NATION'S VARIETY

Review of England in Particular by Sue Clifford and Angela King

REFLECTIVE CHANGE

Review of Presence by Peter Senge, Joseph Jaworski, C. Otto Scharmer and Betty Sue Flowers

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN

Review of Confessions of a Radical Traditionalist by John Michell

TREE HOUSE

Review of Diary of an Eco-Builder by Will Anderson

BOOKS IN BRIEF &

Review of Hard Rain by Mark Edwards and Lloyd Timberlake, Manifesto for the Earth by Mikhail Gorbachev, Peace is the Way by Deepak Chopra, What I Heard About Iraq by Eliot Weinberger, Why Birds Sing by David Rothenberg

Web Exclusives

Article - TRUSTEES OF NATURE

Moving beyond heritage conservation to embrace environmental concerns. (Editors' Selection)

Article - LAND AND LIVELIHOODS

Small family farms do more than just produce food. (Editors' Selection)

Review - A TALE OF TWO BOOKS •

Review of Bhutan by David Macaulay

Review - TRANSCENDING THE FALLEN PSYCHE •

Review of The Fall by Steve Taylor

Review - UPON REFLECTION •

Review of The Night Life of Trees by Bhajju Shyam/Ram Singh Urveti/Druga Bai

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