August 19, 2017

Environment

Chile’s large dam projects

Patagonia

International Rivers explains the problems associated with a series of large dams planned on Chile’s Pascua and Baker Rivers. Chile recently approved the building of a series of large dam complexes on the Pascua and Baker Rivers amidst one of the last remaining pristine wildernesses on Earth. Further permission for a 1900 kilometer transmission line […]

Community Supported Rewilding

Ecological restoration

*UPDATE* 18th April 2013. Kiwi release in Northland Last weekend 14 kiwi were released in an attempt to restore the endangered bird to the New Zealand mainland in Marunui. Read more here. The Marunui Conservation project in Auckland, New Zealand, is a successful example of a private initiative in conservation, and a model program for […]

Ethiopia’s large dam projects

Kara boy in the Omo valley (photo by Daniel Sullivan)

If completed, the Gilgel Gibe series of dams on Ethiopia’s Omo River will be Africa’s largest hydroelectric installation. Planned to comprise a series of 5 cascading hydro-dams, the World Bank has provoked controversy by providing the credit to build a thousand kilometer transmission line from the dams to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. This latest decision […]

The Prince of Wales’s message for Rio+20

RIO+20

The Prince of Wales addresses the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this week. In his address, The Prince of Wales argues for an integrated multidisciplinary approach towards our understanding of the current global crises and in our implementation of possible solutions for them (click the […]

Seeds of Freedom (2012)

Seeds of Freedom

Seeds of Freedom charts the story of seeds from their root at the heart of traditional, diversity-rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity used to monopolise the global food system. The film highlights the extent to which the industrial agricultural system, and genetically modified seeds (GMO) in particular, has […]

The Post Industrial Age

"An Epoch of Rest" plate from the Kelmscott Press edition of "News From Nowhere" by William Morris

In the early years of its publication, The Ecologist came with the subtitle “Journal of the Post Industrial Age”. Its message—that society needed to begin voluntarily de-industrialising if it was to avoid global catastrophe in the century ahead, a disaster that would mean de-industrial­isation by default—with all the suffering that would entail. The seminal Blueprint […]

Indigenous peoples declaration on climate change

COP17

At the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Durban, South Africa in December, the representatives of Indigenous Peoples from around the world made their own Declaration (full text in English below—sourced from Forest Peoples). See also the Proposal for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth made at the World People’s […]

Belo Monte – announcement of war (2012)

Belo Monte (2012)

The construction of the Belo Monte dam is one of the most controversial developments ever seen in Brazilian history. The issues raised by its construction go beyond environmental, cultural and social impacts. The approval of a gigantic development in the heart of the Amazon forest, among indigenous lands, has raised alarming concerns. The independent film […]

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