April 27, 2017

Edward Goldsmith

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Allez l’ecologie!

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Edward Goldsmith finds the French municipal elections very encouraging From Good Earth magazine The ecological breakthrough we have all been waiting for has occurred in France. Almost a thousand Ecology candidates presented themselves at the municipal elections on 13th March and they did unexpectedly well, obtaining between 8% and 14% of the votes, which is […]

Rethinking our future

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Manifesto: The Cornwall Ecology Party, 1977 Our society is beset by increasing unemployment, inflation, crime, delinquency, and a deteriorating environment. Unless we completely rethink the problems facing us, it is only a question of time before we are confronted with economic and social collapse. We cannot understand our problems by looking at them one by […]

Breakthrough for the European ecological movement

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An early piece published in 1977 reviewing the emergence of “green” parties into European politics. It is followed by a declaration of ecological policy. It has been clear for some time that the Ecological Movement would soon become a major political force. It was a question of waiting for the breakthrough. But when and where […]

Planning for starvation

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The Second Land Utilisation Survey of 1976 presents an unsettling picture of land use trends – which, if pursued, will undermine Britain’s ability to feed itself, while also removing the last of our wild spaces. Editorial article, published in The Ecologist Vol. 7 No. 2, March 1977. Republished in The Doomsday Funbook (Jon Carpenter Books, […]

Mediocrity and the study of history

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The English Disease, which we hear so much about, is mediocrity, and in the last thirty years it has spread like a cancer throughout the fabric of our society. What makes the disease particularly serious is that we have grown to like it, so much so that we have come to regard anything that is […]

De-industrialising society

The Great U-turn

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Five years after A Blueprint for Survival, Edward Goldsmith updates and reaffirms the original message, that we must create “an economically and politically de-centralised post-industrial society”. The article was originally published in The Ecologist Vol. 7 No. 4, May 1977. This slightly revised version was published as Chapter 7 of The Great U-Turn, published by […]

The future of an affluent society – the case of Canada (Part One)

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This article examines in depth how even Canada, a vast country blessed with abundant resources and with a relatively small population, is far from immune to the problems arising from industrialism and its associated social and economic disruption. It was published in The Ecologist vol. 7 no. 5, June 1977. See also Part Two and […]

The future of an affluent society – the case of Canada (Part Two)

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This article examines in depth how even Canada, a vast country blessed with abundant resources and with a relatively small population, is far from immune to the problems arising from industrialism and its associated social and economic disruption. It was published in The Ecologist vol. 7 no. 5, June 1977. See also Part One and […]

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