Archived articles from 2002

 

Historic Victory for Brazilian Amazon

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

Massive email and fax protests to Congress and the President from all over the world, and broad national media coverage killed the measure before it could come to the House floor. At one point, government officials blocked the massive flux of protest emails ñ but backed down when the move was derided as censorship in the press.

 

Peace and Nuclear Disarmament – A US Congressman's Call to Action

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

We have reached a moment in our country's history where it is urgent that people everywhere speak out as president of his or her own life, to protect the peace of the nation and world within and without.
We should speak out and caution leaders who generate fear through talk of the endless war or the final conflict. We...

 

Peoples Earth Summit

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

The idea of the People-Earth-Summit grew out of the collapse of the Climate talks in The Hague in November 2000 and the announce-ment that the Earth Summit would be hosted by South Africa.
People from South Africa, Africa and other continents met to reflect on how to respond to the deadlock. In particular, they wanted to find a way...

 

Regreening Vietnam and other stories in brief

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

Vo Quy, a world-renowned conserv-ationist and architect of the National Conservation Strategy to reforest his homeland, Vietnam, after the cata-clysmic destruction during the war against the USA, told how Vietnamese

 

A Call for Common Sense

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

Let us exchange our ideas. Let us plan together, act together and create peace together. This is a call for common sense, for peaceful, non-violent citizen action to protect our precious world from widening war and from stumbling into a nuclear catastrophe.'

 

Project Launches – In Brief

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

The Wildlands Project: David Johns of the Wildlands Project in North America launched the Northern Forest Wildlands Initiative.The aim of the project is to protect and restore tens of thousands of hectares of land in the four north-eastern American states of Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and New York State to be used as a protected conservation area. David explained...

 

Action Not More Talk

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

Action, not more talk is what's required at the World Summit on Sustainable Development. That's the message of the preparatory meetings, which have been going on for the past year. To bring greater clarity to the proceedings, UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, says there are five key areas where concrete results can and must be obtained. These five areas,...

 

Earth Democracy

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

Vandana Shiva explained at the Restore the Earth Conference. 'Democracy is about bringing back the world that we live in, the world we inherited. We are part of the Earth family, all beings in the human community.

 

The Battle for Buttermere is won!

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

News spread like wildfire via the village pub that the new water supply would come from the fluoridated supply at Ennerdale. The villagers contacted the water company and the health authority. 'What?' they asked. 'It will come from where?'

 

Organic Action Plan

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

The first meeting of the newly formed Organic Action Plan Stakeholder Forum took place in April chaired by farming minister, Elliot Morley.

 

Changing Our Ways

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

'Building the House of Europe' was a symbolic act ñ a seed for a sustain-able future,' said Agnieszka Komoch, President of Global Ecovillage Network Europe. The theme of this year's Green Week Our Future, Our Choice ñ Changing our Ways' relates to Europe's Sixth Environment Action Programme. It is an ambitious agenda that the Commission has proposed to the...

 

Stroud's Biobuses

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

Four buses are running around the Cotswolds powered by old chip fat turned into biodiesel.

 

Green Plan for London

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

The London Plan will require the use of renewable energy in big developments; a big increase in the provision of solar energy technology where technically feasible and wider use of green roofs planted on top of buildings.

 

Solar Grants for All

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

Anyone can apply for a grant so long as they have a roof space or yard that will accommodate a solar system. The ideal is a south facing roof but it's not imperative.

 

People's Credit for People's Purposes

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

Austin Mitchell is one of the first MPs to recognise the absurdity of the current situation where banks can create money to lend but the government has to borrow it at commercial rates of interest. In the past the government benefited from issuing debt free money in the form of notes and coins, but nowadays only about three per...

 

A Short Primer on Money

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

When there is plenty, the economy booms. When there is a shortage, there is a slump. In the Great Depression, people wanted to work, they wanted goods and services, all the raw materials for industry were available, yet national economies collapsed because there was far too little money in existence.

 

Global Monetary Reform

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

FEASTA, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability in Dublin, Ireland, has drawn up Proposals for Global Monetary Reform which it would like discussed at the coming World Summit in Johannesburg.

 

First Neighbourhood Think Tank in Gorbals

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

The New Economics Foundation is pioneering Neighbourhood Think Tanks with the Gorbals Initiative, a local development company in Glasgow. 'We all need to get away from the idea of top-down approaches for generating good ideas on social and economic policy,' says Perry Walker, the Foundation's Director of the Centre for Participation. 'Too often think tanks in the UK work...

 

Community Land Trusts – An Idea Whose Time has Come?

 
 

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30 Jun 2002

 

The Schumacher Society in America is promoting the idea of Community Land Trusts which provide a solution to the problem of increasing land values which force people out of their own communities.