October 23, 2017


“Uncontacted Tribes” Could Be Wiped Out by Drug Traffickers and Oil Companies

Uncontacted tribe (www.uncontactedtribes.org)

Oil companies, loggers and organised crime. What’s the difference? Gregor MacLennan reports for amazonwatch.org. More at uncontactedtribes.org. “Uncontacted Tribes” Could Be Wiped Out by Drug Traffickers and Oil Companies In Peru, less than 150 miles to the south, oil company Pluspetrol in consortium with Spanish Repsol and US company Hunt Oil is pushing ahead with […]

Progress? Whose progress?

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Survival International asks the great taboo question of our time—is the industrial development model really progressive? And who does it really benefit? Find out more with SI’s special report “Progress Can Kill”. Read Edward Goldsmith’s related article Development as colonialism. And watch Wade Davis’s powerful video presentation below examining the rapid extinction of our planet’s […]

The Story of Stuff (2007)


Annie Leonard lays bare the destructive processes behind global consumerism. More stuff on Annie’s website.

Does development create or mitigate poverty?

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Does economic development reduce or increase poverty? Does it benefit the countries of the Third World or the corporations of the West? Is it irreconcilable with finite natural resources? Or would its opponents simply condemn billions to lives that are nasty, brutal and short? Clare Short and Teddy Goldsmith discuss. Teddy Goldsmith is the founder […]

Conservation is not enough


In this previously unpublished piece from 2004, Edward Goldsmith explains the stark choice between further economic development on the one hand, and saving the last vestiges of the natural world for future generations on the other. Why should we have to devote so much time and energy to conserving the natural world with its forests, […]

Spanner in the works

Percy Schmeiser (27 January 2003, Porto Alegre, Brazil - photo by unknown)

Edward Goldsmith interviews Percy Schmeiser, the Canadian farmer who risked everything to challenge GM giant Monsanto. Interview conducted on 1 May 2004. Background: For 40 years Percy Schmeiser grew oilseed rape on his farm in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Usually, he would sow each year’s crop with seeds saved from the previous harvest. In […]

Globalization and climate change

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From Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World Is Possible, eds John Cavanagh and Jerry Mander, 2004. Climate change may be the most daunting problem that humankind has ever encountered, and economic globalization is accelerating it. The Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) now predicts a temperature change of up to 5.8 degrees centigrade during […]

Rewriting economics

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This is one of a series of six talks by Edward Goldsmith, broadcast on the World Business Report programme of the BBC World Service, 15-19 December 2003. See Related Articles on the right for others in the series. At Oxford I studied economics, but found what I was taught somewhat unconvincing. Economists identify their discipline […]

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