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As the Government Steps Back, the NUS Steps Up!

Here’s a rather staggering statistic: UK universities produce one world leader in every 50,000 graduates! I have to admit that I wasn’t aware of that improbably impressive contribution to global leadership four years ago, when I was thinking a lot about the role of students in helping to accelerate…

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Living Well Within Planetary Boundaries

By far the biggest boundary we have to transcend today is our compulsion to keep on transcending boundaries! Over the last 40 years, I’ve collected any number of definitions of sustainable development. One of my favourites is this: ‘To live on Planet Earth as if we were planning to live there…

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Modi (‘Solar Champion’) versus Cameron (Solar Dunderhead)

If anyone needed confirmation that this Government’s energy strategy is terminally, irretrievably incoherent, just check out this press release from the Solar Trade Association: 'The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, today will sign £10billion worth of trade deals today including pacts on…

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Community Energy Fortnight: Going on to a War Footing

This is the first full week of Community Energy Fortnight, coordinated by Forum for the Future on behalf of the Community Energy Coalition (for which FFF provides the Secretariat), and supported by Cooperative Energy. This is the third such fortnight, and BY FAR THE MOST IMPORTANT. And that’s…

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Resurgence/The Ecologist: the latest issue

A packed issue of Resurgence/The Ecologist for September/October, including Philip Pullman on William Blake, Vandana Shiva on the impact of industrial farming practices on Indian farmers - and my review of two recent books, by Tony Juniper and Dieter Helm: http://www.resurgence.org/ 

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Unilever and Kodaikanal: Truth and Fiction

I’m an NGO-person through and through, but sometimes I do find conventional NGO tactics deeply aggravating. Take the Kodaikanal story, and the current campaign against Unilever. A brilliant bit of in-your-face exposé on Youtube puts Unilever’s history on the Kodaikanal story front and centre of…

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