Category Archives: Environment

May 20

Shock Report: Your Taxes Will Subsidize Dirty Oil Corporations By $5.3 TRILLION This Year

A recent paper released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) should shock all of us who believe in a green future based on renewable energy. Despite stark warnings from scientists, fossil fuel subsidies continue to grow: this year alone, it is estimated that dirty coal and energy corporations will receive a staggering $5.3 trillion from governments […]

If You Were Waiting For A Planetary Wake Up Call, This Is It

Why climate change deniers need to get real… In case you missed the biggest news story of the decade last week, we´re all doomed. A long-awaited paper on global warming and its effects was published on Monday by the UN´s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and it makes for very grim reading. The message […]

Incredible Edible Free Food Project Replicated Worldwide

  In the small town of Todmorden in the north of England, fresh organic produce is growing everywhere. There are sweet-smelling herbs at the railway station, vegetables sprouting in the public car park, and an apothecary garden next to the local Health Centre. This is the Incredible Edible movement, a grassroots campaign to provide healthy […]

Romanian Farmers Tell Chevron To ‘Frack off’

In the sleepy rural village of Pungesti, Romania, life has changed very little in generations. There is not a car in sight: birdsong is broken only by the clip-clop of horses’ hooves and the trundle of cart wheels, as farmers with weather-beaten faces drive their animals over rolling green pastures. Old women in headscarves and […]

Organic Urban Gardening For Beginners

Being self sufficient in a small space is much easier (and enjoyable) than you might think! A few years ago, I knew nothing about gardening. It seemed like a useful but time-consuming hobby: too much hard work and too much information to take in. Then I moved to a small farming community in the mountains […]

Monsanto wins World Food Prize

If only, if only it were a joke…….. If you thought the world couldn´t get any crazier, news this week that a Monsanto executive is to receive the World Food Prize for Agriculture might make you think again. Robert T Fraley, Executive Vice President of Monsanto, along with Mary Dell Chilton, founder of biotech giant […]

“La Matanza”, Spain: is killing our own food the only way to eat ethically?

Just 40 kilometres inland from the hotels and souvenir shops of the Costa del Sol lies the Genal Valley, where tiny white villages forgotten by the march of time cling to pine-fringed mountains. These picturesque pueblos blancos, their crumbling houses brightened by red geraniums, are a quaint reminder of a rustic bygone age. Here, self-sufficiency […]

Rio+20 summit: Ecocidal, shameful and downright criminal

In the years to come- assuming our species survives the inevitable fallout- the epic failure of last week’s crucial Rio+20 summit may well go down in history as the worst crime against the natural world mankind has ever committed. The UN conference on sustainable development, held in Rio de Janeiro, had the catchy slogan ‘The […]

Change-a-lujah people! Joining Rev Billy on his Shopocalypse Tour

It’s a perfectly ordinary day in a Liverpool city centre branch of Tesco. Customers clutching lunchtime snacks queue patiently in silence. Bored-looking cashiers scan sandwiches and salads on autopilot, daydreaming of clocking off and enjoying the sunshine outside. Suddenly, the store fills up with men and women wearing long green robes, making low humming noises […]

Consumed by doubt: why don´t we buy fair trade?

You’d have to be living under a rock to have never heard of Starbucks, McDonalds, Gap or Nestle, but it’s less common to hear about how and where their products are made. To mark World Fair Trade Day, Sophie McAdam looks at the effects of globalisation on workers in developing countries, and asks ultimately: Does […]

Coca-Cola: Know the facts

Coca Cola is facing legal action after a Nigerian lawyer plans to file a lawsuit to fight the corporation’s poor environmental record. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, claiming to act on behalf of 4000 local people, is accusing the world’s biggest soft drinks company of pumping untreated waste into a lagoon in the port area of Apapa. Although […]

The Shopocalypse is coming!!! Introducing Reverend Billy

He was brought up by religious conservatives before running away in his teens and going on to set up the anti-corporate Church of Stop Shopping. He is hated by America’s biggest multinationals, and Starbucks had him jailed after he ‘exorcised’ one too many of their cash registers. Sophie McAdam finds out what drives the man […]