Who owns water?

Water, water everywhere…but who owns water?

All people need clean, fresh water because it is what we are made of. The average human is 60% water by weight. Water has an important role in nearly every […]

A biofuel future?

Can we have a biofuel future?

There are three main issues that opponents to biofuels have:

They are made from food crops or grown on land that would otherwise be used for food crops
Using food crops and land […]

Nature Deficit Disorder

Most people spend about 95 percent of their time inside: in houses, cars, shops, cafes and offices. We are becoming an indoor species increasingly shut off from sky, land, waterways, plants and animals. Nature is […]

8 good reasons to take your kids camping

There are many good reasons why you should get your kids out camping. It might be easier to stay at home where everything is convenient, where there are wall-sockets, appliances and gadgets, but then you and […]

The uncomfortable truth about climate change

With the Global Climate March happening around the world this weekend and the Climate Change meetings in Paris next week it is worth knowing the uncomfortable truth about climate change and why and how everyone should […]

Wabi-sabi

Wabi-sabi is the Japanese way of finding beauty in imperfection, richness in natural things and reverence of the simple and authentic. It is an acceptance of the transience of nature and the natural cycle of […]

Small is beautiful

E.F. (Fritz) Schumacher (1911-1977) was a German-born British economist, writer and social commentator. He is best known for his critique of Western economies and his proposals for human-scale technologies, decentralisation of production, cooperative ownership and […]

Microadventures

As Art Buchwald said, “The best things in life are not things”. The best things in life are intangibles like relationships, life events and experiences. Good experiences last a lifetime, at least as memories, and they can […]

Halving cars

When we recently moved towns we went from a two-car family to a one-car family. We barely noticed the difference.

Of course there was a time when no families had cars and so it now seems […]

Have your meat and eat it too

The following tips will help you enjoy meat on a regular basis but still allow you to reduce your ecological footprint.

People in affluent countries eat too much meat. Too much meat is not good for […]