Issue 234 • January/February 2006
Earth, Wealth and Wellbeing
Industrial agriculture removes people from the land and disconnects them from the very source of food upon which we all depend.
The Common Agricultural Policy should be seen as a way forward for a total revisioning of our food production and distribution.
GREEN CARE • Jules Pretty
Working on the land is good for your health.
EARTH, WEALTH AND WELLBEING • Jonathon Porritt
Are capitalism and sustainability mutually exclusive? An edited extract from Capitalism as if the World Matters.
THE MARRIAGE OF LOVE AND REASON • Michael Edwards
How to develop a civil society where we can meet as strangers and not draw the knife.
Can China's ancient Dao philosophy help its current ecological crisis?
PRISONERS OF ADDICTION • Horatio Morpurgo
The reality of climate change makes no difference to our unabated oil exploration.
Is there another way of helping the survivors of the Asian tsunami?
Feel more grounded without shoes.
WALKING TESTIMONIES • Penny Priest
Walking together in Nature can be profoundly healing.
KILLING OUR PLANET • Robert Macfarlane
Four-wheel-drive vehicles damage and diminish our sense of place in the landscape.
MAKE VIOLENCE HISTORY • Diana Basterfield
Let us establish a Ministry for Peace, dedicated to reducing violence in all its forms.
Quantum physics, the greatest intellectual triumph of the 20th century, has made the spiritual worldview completely believable.
RETURN TO THE LAND • Rebecca Hossack
The story of what happened to the Spinifex People, who live deep in the Australian desert, when nuclear testing came to their land.
LEARNING BY MAKING • Hilary Weir
At the Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre, in Egypt, villagers create woven tapestries of astonishing beauty.
LUMINOUS VISION • John Lane
A tribute to the visionary painter Samuel Palmer.
JOINED-UP ECO-TOURISM • David Kelf
The Sustainable Axe Valley Enterprises (SAVE) Trail connects small-scale enterprises in East Devon, UK.
VISIONARY ACADEMY • Peter Abbs
The Center for the Fine Arts, on the Greek island of Paros, offers courses that focus on the whole person. An interview with the director, John Pack.
A Sense of Place - CHILDHOOD DREAMS • Jane Goodall
Delighting in the colours, sights and scents of Africa. An extract from Plantworlds.
Poetry - CONTEMPORARY BUDDHIST POETRY • Peter Abbs
Poems by Grevel Lindop, Padmakara, Linda France and Rachael Boast from The Heart as Origami.
Visionaries - MOTHER JONES • Anita Roddick
The story of Mary Harris, once considered "the most dangerous woman in America".
Letter from America - WHAT KATRINA DID • Kirkpatrick Sale
The hurricane that devastated New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2005 exposed the true state of US politics.
Letter from America - A SLEEPING GIANT • Nicols Fox
Looking back on the year that woke America. The legacy of Hurricane Katrina.
Notes From The Underground - EPISODES OF FRENZY • David Nicholson-Lord
Bouts of cultural mass hysteria are engineered by an all-subsuming corporate agenda.
Malaria, Coca-Cola, shopping, corruption, chemicals, the tsunami, tourism, waste, energy-efficient light bulbs, water.
Letters to the Editors
In My Own Words - THE ENEMY OF NATURE • Joel Kovel
The Enemy of Nature by Joel Kovel
GENIUS OF DIVERSITY • William Dalrymple
Review of The Argumentative Indian by Amartya Sen
REACHING OUT • Rukmini Sekhar
Review of Dharma and Development (ed.) Markarand Paranjape
TRANSFORMING CONSCIOUSNESS • Jordi Pigem
Review of The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle
A PAEAN TO PLEASURE • Piers Moore Ede
Review of In Praise of Slow by Carl Honoré
THE LAND AND ITS LOVERS • Kim Taplin
Review of Landscape into Literature (ed.) Kay Dunbar
HOPE AND OPTIMISM • Mary Tasker
Review of Ecological Literacy (eds) Michael K. Stone and Zenobia Barlow and Informal Education by Tony Jeffs and Mark K. Smith
NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER • Marian Van Eyk McCain
Review of Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
CELEBRATING CREATION • David Ehrenfeld
Review of The Splendor of Creation by Ellen Bernstein
BOOKS IN BRIEF • Lorna Howarth & Sophie Poklewski Koziell
Review of The Sustainability Revolution by Andres R. Edwards, The Distracted Centipede by Mina Semyon, Passionate Medicine (ed.) Robin Shohet, Crimes against Nature by Robert F. Kennedy Jr,, Writing the World (eds) David Rothenberg and Wandee J. Pryor
An ecovillager visits BedZed - a model and demonstration centre for eco-construction and green lifestyles
Review - A CENTURY IN THE GARDEN • Ruth Gendler
Review of The Wild Braid by Stanley Kunitz
Review - A MYTH OF PROGRESS • Jules Pretty
Review of Outgrowing the Earth by Lester Brown
Review - AMBITIOUS ABODES • Nicholas Falk
Review of Designing Your Natural Home by David Pearson
Review - ANSWERING THE UNANSWERABLE • Felicity Warner
Review of What Happens When We Die by Dr Sam Parnia
Review - BEEN A BOY AGAIN • Philip Vann
Review of Pigs must eat on Sundays by Ben Hartley
Review - THE LABOURERS' CHAMPION • Philip Conford
Review of The Life and Adventures of William Cobbett by Richard Ingrams