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Welcome

I Am An Optimist

Optimism empowers whilst pessimism disempowers

Frontline

Action From the Grass Roots •

Grass roots initiatives around the globe

Food, Glorious Food

Relationships, not money, hold the key to ecological food production

Art for Oceans

Living sculptures redress coral reef decimation

Ecologist

The World We Made •

We still have time to build a sustainable future

Selling Out on Our Ecosystems •

How best to cost up the true value of Nature?

Physics and The Rainforest •

A new scientific theory links rainforest destruction to climate change

Protecting the Countryside

A rally cry to all who care about the countryside

My Green Life

An interview with Deborah Meaden

Quotes

Alternatives •

The fight against consumerism

Unity in Diversity •

Seeing truth in a hundred thousand ways

Ethical Living

Good for Nothing •

Unfair competition puts small ecobusinesses at a huge disadvantage

Jakob von Uexkull •

The founder of the Right Livelihood Award in profile

Trees in Schools

We can restore the Earth one tree at a time

The Original Free School •

How the Small School has survived the test of time

Spiced Juniper Berry

A spicy mulling syrup from the berries of the juniper tree

The Cult of Money •

A timely message calling for the return of ethics to the world of big finance

A Clean Slate •

After forty year of aspiring to a perfect lawn, John Moat calls a truce with his nemesis

Keynotes

A New Politics •

Why we need collaboration between the Greens and Labour

Undercurrents

Work as Craft •

Craft as labour

Natural Farming

Yoshikazu Kawaguchi is seen by many as a leader in the natural farming movement in Japan

Speaking the Unspeakable •

The legend of the origin of the Tao Te Ching

Beauty: A Way of Life •

Satish Kumar on the trinity of truth, goodness and beauty

Nature's Artists •

Finding a link between beauty and biology

Regulars

Letters to the Editors

A selection of letters from our readers

Crossword

A brain-teaser full of ecological clues

Poetry - The Poetry of Meditation •

Introducing Buddhist poet Maitreyabandhu

The Arts

New Landscapes

Exploring the work of the Chinese environmental artist Yao Lu

Urban Zoology •

Commended essay from the Resurgence & Ecologist Nature Writing Competition

The Spirit of the Land •

A personal story of inspiration from the Aboriginal outback

Reviews

Limitless Beauty

Review of The Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Notes for a Contemplative Ecology

Poetry with Purpose

Review of The Mara Crossing

Loss of the Childscape

Review of Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape

A Hero for Our Time

Review of The Black Pimpernel

Living Thinking

Review of Thinking Like A Plant: A Living Science for Life

An Economic Prophylactic

Review of Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics

The Dynamic Way of Seeing

Review of Taking Appearances Seriously: The Dynamic Way of Seeing in Goethe and European Thought

Food in Our Cities

Review of Farming the City: Food as a Tool for Today's Urbanisation

Web Exclusives

Article - Beauty Comes First

Celebrating the work of pioneering nature photographer Ansel Adams

Article - Art for Regrowth

Reflection on underwater reef sculptures

Article - Inspired Learning

A journey through higher education initiatives

Review - Do Animals Think and Feel?

Review of The Wisdom of Animals and Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of our Fellow Creatures

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