C O N T E N T S No.257 November/December 2009
12 RESILIENCE THINKING
Rob Hopkins Why ‘resilience thinking’ is a crucial missing piece of the climate-change jigsaw.
18 THE THREE 'Rs'
Jonathon Porritt The three fundamental principles that should underpin any approach to food security.
26 TIME FOR ACTION
Tony Juniper The kind of leadership that was shown in bailing-out the banks should now be demonstrated to protect the tropical rainforests.
30 TREES ARE THE
ANSWER Interview with Wangari Maathai Let us continue the work started by Wangari Maathai and reforest the entire world, creating right livelihood for all.
Front cover: White snake's head fritillary Photograph: David Hall/WWT
FRONTLINE 6 KEEPING OIL IN THE
GROUND 7 CLIENTEARTH 8 CULTURAL RESISTANCE 9 POSITIVE MEDIA 10 BIG BANG LAB 11 VANCOUVER - GREEN CITY
KEYNOTES 16 CAN WE COPE?
Crispin Tickell Can we overcome ‘conceptual sclerosis’? 21 POEM
BIOCULTURAL DIVERSITY 22 AMAZON IMPERATIVE
Peter Bunyard We must implement global protection of tropical rainforests. 29 POEM
Lao Tzu 32 CLIMATE JUSTICE
Vandana Shiva The polluters continue to pollute with impunity, whilst people thousands of miles away bear the brunt of their actions.
UNDERCURRENTS 34 CLIMATE-FRIENDLY
FARMING Mukti Mitchell Rich-soil farming could help us turn back the carbon clock. 36 POSITIVE TIPPING POINT
Hazel Henderson The Copenhagen climate conference could be the tipping point for global eco-awareness.
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IN OUR TIME
Soldier Questions the Legality of the Afghan War Lance Corporal Joe Glenton faces a court martial after refusing to fight in Afghanistan. Glenton, who wrote to Gordon Brown recently explaining why he will not fight, plans to deny the charge of desertion because he believes the conflict is unlawful. In his letter to the PM he states, “The war in Afghanistan is not reducing the terrorist risk – far from improving Afghan lives it is bringing death and devastation to their country… I implore you, sir, to bring our troops home.”photo
Lance Corporal Joe Glenton awaiting court martial
: Mat Cardy
38 CHANGING DIRECTION
Kate Rawles The climate crisis can't be solved using existing paradigms. 42 A LEARNING SOCIETY
Kate Davies Can we learn to live sustainably on the Earth? 44 THE POWER OF TRUST
Rachel Fleming An interview with Fiona Reynolds, Director General of the National Trust.
THE ARTS 46 ART FOR EARTH'S SAKE
Satish Kumar From 'ego-art' to 'eco-art'. 50 BANKSY
Andy Christian Has the commodification of Banksy's art taken the edge off his work? 52 POETRY
Peter Abbs The epic power of Nature and the poignancy of love: the poetry of Robyn Bolam.
Ros Badger & Elspeth Thompson Two gorgeous things to make with love.
REGULARS 3 WELCOME
Satish Kumar 56 LONESOME PINES
Brigitte Norland 58 NATURE WRITING
John Moat 60 SENSIBLE SOLUTIONS
Oliver Tickell 62 PIONEERS
Amanda Pissani 64 LETTERS TO THE EDITORS
Your views and comments. 72 MEMBERS' PAGE
REVIEWS 66 WHAT ON EARTH
EVOLVED? Christopher Lloyd introduces his new book.
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67 ANCIENT LIGHT
Sean Borodale reviews A Sleepwalk on the Severn. 68 SONG AT THE
HAZARDOUS EDGE Jeremy Hooker reviews Voyaging Out. 69 MEANINGFUL WORK
Jordi Pigem reviews A Life at Work. 70 JEWELS OF EVOLUTION
Lorna Howarth reviews Consider the Birds. 71 WRUNG FROM DARK
Natasha Rivett-Carnac reviews Wild.
73 CLASSIFIED ADVERTS 75 DISPLAY ADVERTS
ILLUSTRATORS Hugh Dunford Wood is an ar tist and designer. Tudor Humphries is a watercolour painter. Rachel Marsh is a graphic designer.
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