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New Year New Philosophy

We must go beyond self-interest and embrace the idea of mutual interest


Action From the Grass Roots •

Grass roots initiatives around the globe

Farming Freedom •

A simple agricultural technique could release farmers from the grip of agrochemical corporations

The Future of Agriculture

Closed-loop agriculture uses farm waste to power farm production


Renewable vs Fossil Fuels •

Where should we put our energy and efforts?

The Story of Energy

The story of energy is the story of real transformation

GMO Mumbo-Jumbo •

Making the link between the use of GMO in cotton and the suicide of farmers in India

The Challenges Ahead •

It's time to get to grips with the challenges of climate change and food security

The Bottled Water Con •

Why bottled water is such a bad choice for your pocket, for the environment and for your health

My Green Life •

Stephen Grosz, psychotherapist and author of The Examined Life, shares his thoughts on green issues


Exit Interview •

An extract from This Poem

A Little Duck •

Ethical Living

Changing Paradigms •

The unique leadership style of Uruguay's president José Mujica

Bob Brown

A profile of the former senator still fighting to protect the Tarkine wilderness of North West Tasmania

Last Plant Standing

Cooking up a winter botanical feast

The Nature of Wine •

Winemaking is almost a spiritual endeavour

Slow Lane to Nonviolence •

Reflections on a unique way to resolve conflict


Benevolent Universe

Creating a green movement that places its trust in benevolence


Banking for the Planet •

Revisioning a system of banking that respects Nature's balance sheet

Future Proof

Sustainable education prepares students for real-life challenges

A Call to Pragmatism •

Philosopher and author John Gray on environmentalism, Nature and the global ecosystem

Rooted in the World •

The wellbeing benefits of "thinking like a plant"

To fit together •

Ruth Padel talks about beauty, harmony and conceptual art


Letters to the Editors

A selection of letters from our readers


A brain teaser full of ecological clues

Poetry - A Sensuous Intelligence

A tribute to the late Seamus Heaney

Poetry - Poetry and Animism •

Exploring the aliveness of the world through poetry

Poetry - Transhuman Magnificence •

Celebrating the radical American poet Robinson Jeffers

The Arts

The Dance of Clay •

Reflecting on the relationship between a ceramicist's spiritual and physical endeavours


Saved By Technology?

Review of The World We Made: Alex McKay's Story from 2050

Long Live Trees

Review of Under the Green Wood

Beauty Can Save the Planet

Review of The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology and Design

Economic Democracy

Review of The Trouble with Billionaires: How the Super-Rich Hijacked the World (and How We Can Take It Back)

A Poet's Pilgrim

Review of Cycling After Thomas and the English

A Bleak Picture

Review of Out of This Earth: East India Adivasis and the Aluminium Cartel

Decentralised Democracy

Review of A Complexity Approach to Sustainability: Theory and Application

Healthy Soil

Review of Soil Lives!: A Biography of the Uncelebrated Earth Beneath Our Feet

Landscape and the Human Heart

Review of The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot

Music as Activism

Review of A tribute to Pete Seeger's album God Bless the Grass

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