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rewild my street
reclaim our streets
Parklets are what happens when parking spaces are transformed into a community space – eg with benches, seats, planters.
They challenge the idea that kerbside space is only for car storage A residential parklet can be used both as a resting point for people, and a play area for children. Download the toolkit here.
This May 2021 London goes to the polls to select its next Mayor – and it will be a big moment for walking and our streets.
We have put together a Manifesto for Walking which explains why London needs to ensure as many as people as possible can choose walking.
Our Manifesto has four clear calls
Cut air pollution and reduce carbon emissions
Transform streets for all ages and all abilities
Make walking the natural choice for short journey
End pedestrian deaths and injuries on roads
participatory city…yes it’s in Barking and Dagenham
|Make the most of your lawn|
|Take a break from the mowing regime allow lawn flowers to bloom and develop a more wildlife-friendly habitat. Letting grass grow longer will encourage a wide variety of garden visitors, including pollinators and other invertebrates which, in turn, help to feed birds. With a little planning, attractive wildflowers can be added to the mix too. All-in-all, there’s less mowing for more wildlife rewards!|
I matter to you because I am one of nature’s most important pest controllers. I am a hunter. I hunt the spiders that terrify you in the rainforests of Northern Australia. In the endless savannahs of Africa, I feast on the flies that carry your diseases. In the peppered meadows of England, I hunt the bugs that suck the phloem from the flowers you so admire. I matter because without me, wherever you are in the world, you may be beset with plagues of flies, armies of spiders, teaming masses of locusts, caterpillars, grasshoppers, flies, flies, flies. And for you, the suburban dweller, I am your backyard’s housekeeper:
I pluck the aphids as they siphon the life from your tomato plant; I hunt the caterpillars as they devour your garden crops.You may not know this yet: I am your route to sustainable agriculture. I can help. I do help when you turn away and don’t notice me. Let me do my work: let me pluck those juicy worms from your crops. Let me feed my babies so you can feed yours. I help when I am incognito; living alongside you, among you, undiscovered. If you find me, you kill me. I understand why. Next time: don’t! Let my kind live: we’re on your side. Work with us, not against us. Use us. It’s a win-win.
seven ways to think like a 21st century economist
The Three Bills
Farmers produce and trade commerce bill
Farmers agreement on price assurance and farm service bill
Essential commodities bill
‘We’ve organised thousands of small tents for people to be able to sleep in and find some shelter during the winter. Now with the heat, things like mosquito nets, water purifiers, in order to keep people’s wellbeing in tact and physical health.’ Jagdev Singh Virdee
The Indian Government says the new bills are a benefit, giving farmers the freedom to sell to anyone at any price and will help to modernise the agriculture industry.
But many farmers are concerned that it could drive them into poverty, as they may not be able to compete with the big corporations, ultimately leading to a power land grab.
Through creative actions and stellar press work, together we have pushed green jobs up the political agenda. And our pressure is working! Right now, dozens of cross-party MPs are signing an Early Day Motion* demanding that the government invest in good green jobs across the country.
‘Where we see crisis, we also see
opportunity to remake society as a
communion of people living sustainably
as part of the natural world. By leading
the simpler lives of a low-carbon society,
we draw nearer to the abundance of
peace, freedom and true community.’
Meeting for Sufferings 2009
Listen to elder elder and storyteller Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq He is warm, full of heart and wisdom. He is a shaman traditional healer storyteller and carrier of the Qilaut (winddrum) whose family belongs to the traditional healers of the Far North from Kalaallit Nunaat, Greenland. His name means ‘The Man Who Looks Like His Uncle’. Since he was a child he was trained by his family especially by his Grandmother Aanakasaa for becoming a shaman. The spiritual task given by his mother is ‘Melting the Ice in the Heart of Man’
Becoming nature podcast 50 mins
Rise: from one Island to another
Two indigenous poets – one from the Marshall Islands and another from Greenland – meet at the source of our rising seas to share a moment of solidarity
Don’t hold back on reversing a mistake: A zero-carbon emission society can be achieved without nuclear power plants
When it comes to the nuclear power plant issue, there is no ruling party or opposition party. Nuclear power plants expose many people’s lives to danger, bring financial ruin, and cause impossible-to-solve nuclear waste problems. We have no choice but to abolish them. read more
How indigenous people preserve nature
Indigenous people from every corner of the globe recognize that other species are part of nature and as human beings we are also part of nature. We do not see other species as separate.
My community in Chad, the Mbororo people, when we leave one place to go to another, we give way for the ecosystem to get regenerated. We know that we can learn from the birds, the insects, the cattle, the trees and flowers, because we observe them. They give us the information we need for our food, for our medicine. All the species for us are important and they are equal; we respect each of them. read more…
The water crisis is a women’s issue
Resilient entrepreneurial creative Those are just a few of the words we could use to describe the incredible women we’ve met over the years. These are women who raise families, start businesses, and perfect their crafts. Women who are capable of so much—especially when they’re relieved of their 40-pound (about 20 kilos) Jerry Cans and their long, dangerous walks for water.
But the reality is, women and girls are disproportionately responsible for collecting water in nearly every developing region.
Because while water is a human issue, it’s first and foremost, a women’s issue.
For women collecting water steals time
We’ve met young girls who walk in the 115ºF (46ºC) heat of the Sahel Desert to collect water from 1,000-year-old holes. We’ve met women in Ethiopia who walk to the river before sunrise and don’t get back until after lunch.
That time adds up. Worldwide, women and girls spend an estimated 200 million hours every single day collecting water.2
This burden robs women and girls of time to learn, time to be a kid, time to earn an income, time to rest, and time spent with family. For hundreds of millions of people, being born female means life revolves around water collection. Everything else comes second.
For women, collecting water limits opportunities
Amitav Ghosh says ‘amongst indigenous and forest people around the Earth they share stories about giving back to the Earth, stories about finding the balance between the Earth and ourselves. These stories are shared with families and children through song and chant. But these stories are very rare in English, in fact it is hard to think of any and they are rare. Stories in English are about fulfilling personal ambitions, self fulfilment, as an individual, the messages are always about limitlessness,
just do it anything is possible, these messages are drummed into people today from earliest childhood. I as a writer feel that it is my responsibility to tell a different kind of story, stories that are not about taking, stories about limits and how we find limits in our own personal lives. Jungle Nama is exactly this kind of story of finding a balance with Earth.’
Seaspiracy shows why we must treat fish not as seafood, but as wildlife. At last people have started to wake up to the astonishing fact that when you drag vast nets over the seabed, or relentlessly pursue declining species, you might just, well, you know, have some effect on ocean life. Vast fishing ships from powerful nations threaten to deprive local people of their subsistence...read the full article
The grey blocks rising out of Yaji mountain in southern China look more like offices than farms. Pigs will spend their lives inside buildings up to nine-storeys high, confined in pens under strip-lights, stacked 1,270 to a floor. Piglets are shuttled up and down in lifts, corpses disposed of by chute.
These ‘hog hotels’ are just one example of industrial-livestock operations, which produce some 50 billion animals every year. Ever since its invention in the US and Western Europe some 100 years ago, the industry has been hell-bent on producing meat with grim efficiency – faster, fatter, and at ever-lower unit cost...read more
‘As COVID-19 has shown all too clearly, diseases can jump to humans from other animals. In fact, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three out of every four new or emerging infectious diseases in people come from animals.1
So, how we treat wild and farmed animals isn’t just critically important to their wellbeing. It is crucial to human health‘ compassion in world farming
Gather is an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide. Gather follows Nephi Craig, a chef from the White Mountain Apache Nation (Arizona), opening an indigenous café as a nutritional recovery clinic; Elsie Dubray, a young scientist from the Cheyenne River Sioux Nation (South Dakota), conducting landmark studies on bison; and the Ancestral Guard, a group of environmental activists from the Yurok Nation (Northern California), trying to save the Klamath river.
‘We the international council of thirteen indigenous grandmothers represent a global alliance of prayer education and healing for our Mother Earth all of her inhabitants all the children and for the next seven generations to come. We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth and the destruction of indigenous ways of life.
We believe the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through uncertain future. We look to further our vision through the realisation of projects that protect our diverse cultures, lands medicines, language and ceremonial ways of prayer and through projects that educate and nurture children.’
I did not park my citizenship at the door when I became a scientist
I firmly believe in the importance of speaking science to power, particularly on issues that are of critical importance to the health of our society and our planet. Climate change is such an issue. As I see it, there is little point in being a scientist if you are unwilling to defend hard-won scientific understanding. read more
the right to roam
Kinder mass trespass
In April 1932 over 400 people participated in a mass trespass onto Kinder Scout, a bleak moorland plateau, the highest terrain in the Peak District
The event was organised by the Manchester branch of th e British Workers Sports Federation. They chose to notify the local press in advance, and as a result, Derbyshire Constabulary turned out in force. A smaller group of ramblers from Sheffield set off from Edale and met up with the main party on the Kinder edge path.
Five men from Manchester, including the leader, Benny Rothman, were subsequently jailed.
75 years later the trespass was described as the most successful direct action in British history by Lord Roy Hattersley, 2007…learn more
Mayoral elections 2021
Ramblers urge London Mayor candidates to back A More Natural Capital
Ahead of May’s London mayoral election, the Ramblers have joined environmental and sustainable travel groups in calling for the next Mayor to back A More Natural Capital …read more
London ramblers launch Greenways map in bid for six new green walking routes
Forgotten Rivers Great Eastern Parks Counter’s Creek Romford Greenway Southern Rivers Five Boroughs Link…read more
free the press
‘Why do we need to free the press?
Four billionaires control the majority of our national newspapers.These papers set the agenda for the rest of the news media – what we see on TV news is shaped by these billionaires.These four non-dom oligarchs (meaning they don’t pay tax in this country) consistently scapegoat minorities, obscure the truth on the climate crisis and lie to sell papers and clicks. Whilst we become even more divided and disillusioned, they grow in power and wealth.’
Why does this matter?
Rupert Murdoch or his employees met with members of the government a staggering 206 times in the last 2 years alone, and in a 7 week period in Autumn 2020, Murdoch & co met with five senior ministers 7 times.
The grossly undemocratic relationships between previous Prime Ministers, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair has been well documented. Boris Johnson, Michael Gove & George Osborne have all had long standing employment at these papers, both before and during being in office.
dare to repair
We love our electronic gadgets, gizmos and appliances. But when it comes to repairing and caring for them, UK citizens are second only to Norway when it comes to producing electronic waste. We have a culture of buying single-use, throwaway, cheaper-the-better, irreparable electronic goods. But the Age of Consumerism is over. If the kettles, toasters, phones and fridges we buy aren’t made to be repairable, and aren’t repaired, we are going to run out of things to buy, stuff to make them from and money to buy them with. Dare to Repair explores how we got to this unsustainable state, explores the fightback, whether it’s through global legislation or individual groups, and empowers listeners to prolong the life of their electronics and mechanical goods by fixing them.