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Welcome

Welcome

It is 'cool' to be an optimist.

Frontline

Low-Carbon Lifestyles • &

Reduce your carbon footprint by living in an ecovillage.

A Frugal Philosophy •

The philosophy of freegans who buy nothing and simply utilise the waste from our excessive consumerism.

Pass It On •

How Freecycle can help us to save the world from landfill by giving away things we don't need.

Buy a Bale •

Bristol's Knowle West Media Centre is building a £3 million straw-bale community headquarters.

Hope under Fire •

Rasha Zidan founded the Knowledge for Iraqi Women Society to raise awareness of the suffering of women under occupation.

Worlds Converging •

The Converging World is forging partnerships to create social justice whilst developing renewable energy projects.

Keynotes

Evolution of Wisdom

God is a field of consciousness that pervades the universe.

Freedom from Fear •

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

The Human Impact •

Humans are more than mere producers or consumers.

Rainforest Renaissance •

Re-establishing the rainforests of the Amazon: how Gaviotas moved from a pilot to a mega-project.

Undercurrents

Field Schools

Local wisdom networks of farmers provide an improved understanding of ecology.

Kanyini

A member of the Yankunytjatjarea people describes the four dimensions of aboriginal life.

Life is Art •

Celebrating the culture and lives of the Adivasis, the original people of India.

The Coal Pushers •

The plight of Adivasis in Jharkhand State, India who have been driven out of their homes by coal mining.

The Arts

The Longitudinal Installation •

A stark and moving installation in Antarctica, representing those affected by climate change.

Divine Beauty •

The art of Welsh painter and poet David Jones.

Paradise Discovered

The rich, visionary, figurative drawings and woodcuts of Paul Bloomer.

Art in Action •

Thirty years on, the annual Art in Action festival at Reperry Manor, Oxfordshire, England, continues to nourish the soul.

Breathing In and Out

Andy Goldsworthy's 2007-08 residency at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park includes seminal works such as Clay Rooms and Rainshadows.

The Threshold

Seeing the good in the gloom. A short story.

The Crochet Reef •

Margaret and Christine Wetheim use the art of crochet to manifest hyperbolic space.

Regulars

Voice From The South - DEMOCRATIC & DIVERSE •

Manifesto on the Future of Food: good food is a citizens' right.

Slow Travel - TRAVEL TO BE TRANSFORMED

A nostalgic return to the overland trail to India, where the journey was valued as much as the destination.

Gardening - ON PRUNING •

A careful look at the art of pruning.

Deep Spirit - THE BURNE-JONES EFFECT •

The Burne-Jones Effect: how a small piece of art can trump a mammoth machine.

Visionaries - LAURENS VAN DER POST •

Laurens van der Post was a master storyteller who championed the survival of the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert.

Poetry - MEREDITH ANDREA •

Meredith Andrea's poems speak with a heartfelt directness of our interdependence with all beings.

Letters to the Editors

Reviews

Planting Ideas

Review of Unbowed by Wangari Maathai. The persistence and seriousness of one woman's vision.

A PHILOSOPHICAL GIANT

Review of Of Myself: Atmaparichay by Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore's quiet genius.

A QUEST FOR TRUTH

Review of The Science of Oneness by Malcolm Hollick. Science must extend beyond one particular way of knowing.

SURVIVAL STRATEGIES

Review of After Eden by Kirkpatrick Sale. A controversial take on the origins of modern human behaviour.

A JOURNEY WORTH MAKING

Review of The Poem and the Journey: And Sixty Poems to Read Along the Way by Ruth Padel. Discovering the delights of poetry.

THE PERFUMES OF POETRY

Review of Falling out of the Skin into the Soul: A Divan for Scheherazade by Noel Cobb. Celebrating the importance of 'soul', which so much in our culture seems intent on denying.

The Power of Metaphors

Review of At Five in the Afternoon directed by Samira Makhmalbaf and Stray Dogs directed by Marziyeh Meshkini. Two Iranian films portraying the impact of war on women.

TRAUMA BY PROXY

Review of Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace by Maxine Hong Kingston. A lie does not become the truth when it is wrapped in a national flag.

Building a Future

Review of A View to the Future: JT Group - A Radical Approach to Building and Development by Roland Adburgham. An extraordinary building company.

REPLACING LIGHT BULBS

Review of Make Poverty Business: Increase Profits and Reduce Risks by Engaging with the Poor by Craig Wilson and Peter Wilson. How businesses can play their part in making better decisions in the fight against poverty.

BOOKS IN BRIEF

Review of The End of the Wild by Stephen M. Meyer, Not Buying It by Judith Levine, Market Schmarket by Molly Scott Cato, Land Art by Ben Tufnell, Extreme Weather by Peter Bunyard.

Web Exclusives

Article - ALL ROADS LEAD TO ERMO!

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Review - LOVE'S GOLD •

Review of The Crucible of Love by Jay Ramsay

Review - MAKING POVERTY'S HISTORY •

Review of How Rich Countries Got Rich… and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor by Erik S. Reinert

Review - PURSUIT OF PEACE •

Review of Battle for Peace by Krishna Kumar

Review - WHOLE PLANET •

Review of Earthy Realism by Mary Midgley

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