climate question

awareness acknowledgement acceptance action

rewild my street

Rewild my Street activities read
Urban species you could attract to your area activities read
Vital wildlife habitats you could create in your street home garden community activities read

We do not own the world and its riches are not ours to dispose of at will. Show a loving consideration for all creatures and seek to maintain the beauty and variety of the world. Work to ensure that our increasing power over nature is used responsibly with reverence for life. Rejoice in the splendour of God’s continuing creation.

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reclaim our streets

Let’s reimagine our cities
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Low traffic neighbourhoods
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Does neighbourhood design effect human health? video 19.20 mins
What is a parklet? How can we create one in our community?
video 1.05 mins

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.

How to reuse a demolished building
Is it possible to construct a new building, just by reusing materials from homes and offices that have been knocked down? That’s the dream of a pioneering Swiss architect Barbara Buser, who trains specialist treasure hunters to track down everything from window frames to steel beams for her buildings.
World service people fixing the world
audio 23.30 mins

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

What if we don’t buy products and we buy service?
video 1.46 mins
Food health and and the circular economy
video 9.59 mins

participatory city…yes it’s in Barking and Dagenham

“The time has passed when a few influential people could gather in a room to decide what a city will be. Instead, a city’s future is determined by hundreds of actions taken daily by thousands of people based on what they believe about a city’s future and their role in it.”

CAROL COLETTA THE KRESGE FOUNDATION

“Our governance model is broken. We live in a ‘systemocracy’, a world of massive inter-dependency, yet we are holding on to 19th century versions of governance. This creates the illusion of sovereignty and supremacy, acting as a denial of the complexity we must confront.”

INDY JOHAR
From governance to accounting, regulation to radically redesigning policy fit for the 21st century, much of the heavy lifting of innovation in this era will be about the dark matter – the boring revolution of reinventing our institutional infrastructure, fit for the 21st century.
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Mexico city slashes car use witness history audio 9 mins
Green ground map London’s green spaces as one connected network read
Are foxes vermin video 2.43 mins
Action for insects what you can do booklet read
Encourage bees what you can do booklet read
Encourage butterflies what you can do booklet read
Encourage worms what you can do booklet read
Create a pond any size even tiny how you can do booklet read
Bring back our beetles how you can help
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Make the most of your lawn
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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!
How to make a beetle bucket
video 2.15 mins
‘Why I matter’ Wasp

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

change the goal animation 1.25 mins
tell a new story animation 1.57 mins
nurture human nature animation 1.31 mins
design to distribute animation 1.37 mins
create to regenerate animation 1.33 mins
be agnostic about growth animation 1.40 mins

and now it is time for planetary economics animation 1.41 mins

Money is like water. It can be a conduit for commitment, a currency of love. Money moving in the direction of our highest commitments nourishes our world and ourselves.

Lynne Twist Soul of money
Tax justice animation 2.19 mins
Quaker principles for a new economy booklet read
99 % organisation ending mass impoverishment using peaceful means video 7.29 mins
Can we run the world in a way that gives everyone what they need? Donught economics BBC World Service People fixing the world
audio 23.38 mins
Philanthropy do we need a radical rethink and rediscover philanthropy’s traditions of reciprocity and mutual respect? BBC 4 The spark
audio 41.34 mins
The barefoot architect ‘responses to disaster should rely less on relief and aid imposition and be led by preparedness and follow forms based on age old wisdom
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‘It’s the banks stupid’
video 3.15 mins
What is money?
video 2.35 mins
Why are the rich getting richer? video 2.58 mins
House prices why are they so high?video 2.20 mins
Could these 3 simple changes to banking fix the economy?
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How to waste £445 billion pounds video 6.13 mins
Tackling the root of the problem A presentation by Dr. Gail Bradbrook This talk focuses on how the political and economic system is hard wired to destroy life on earth and what we can do about it.
video presentation 42 mins
India’s huge farmer’s protest explained
For months, tens of thousands of farmers have been protesting about new agricultural laws, which they say will leave them in financial peril.
video 8 mins
Vandana Shiva Ecofeminism and the decolonisation of women nature and the future
video 53.24 mins
The Water man of Rajasthan using age old wisdom from unheard voices, reviving a tradition that had fallen out of use to access water in the dessert villages
WS witness history
audio 9 mins

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

Indian farmers in for the long haul video 6.17 mins

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.

No Farmers No Food Indian Farmers Protest
One of the worlds largest current ongoing peaceful protest The Indian farmers protest why what happens, matters to all of us One commune podcast episode
audio 55 mins
Where is the magic money tree located?
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Who really creates wealth in our world?
and how do we decide the value of what they do? At the heart of today’s financial and economic crisis is a problem hiding in plain sight. In modern capitalism, value-extraction is rewarded more highly than value-creation: if we are to reform capitalism – radically to transform an increasingly sick system rather than continue feeding it – we urgently need to rethink where wealth comes from. Which activities create it, which extract it, which destroy it? 
Mariana Mazzucato The value of everything
video 18mins

Build back Better campaign
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The New Deal
When Franklin D Roosevelt became President in 1933 he promised to spend his first 100 days rescuing the USA from the Great Depression with one of the biggest public spending projects in history the New Deal World service witness history
audio 9 mins
What is the Green New Deal?read

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

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

co operatives

Co-operatives UK
is a network of thousands of co-operatives. Owned and controlled by members who are member owned organisations. 

Our vision is to build a better world through co-operation.
Our mission is to grow the co-operative economy in the UK
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The Rochdale Pioneers
How co operatives began
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CO OP values and principles
10 easy plants for driveways
There are lots of really good reasons to green up your front garden – and there are lots of small, trouble-free plants that will do the job admirably. Not only will they bring in bees and butterflies, having planting helps prevent flooding an
d looks pretty too
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Which bush can you plant to clean air from car pollution?
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The Ripple Effect by Eco Action Families
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#DecolonizeConservation

Why Jakarta is sinking
video 11 mins
Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq
‘The Man Who Looks Like His Uncle’
Ice Wisdom
video 2 mins
Becoming nature podcast 50 mins

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

Greenland nuclear bomb crash
In 1968 a US B52 plane with nuclear bombs on board crashed in Greenland. The bombs did not detonate but, nearly 50 years later, questions remain over whether all were recovered. Jens Zinglersen was the first to the crash site World service witness history
audio 9 mins
Radioactivity in the Marshall Islands
The Marshall Islands have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but their past as a former US nuclear weapons test site conducting 67 nuclear blasts means that hardly anyone lives there. World service Science in action
audio 2 mins
The indigenous fight to stop nuclear waste disposal
In 1995 a group of senior, indigenous Australian women started a campaign to halt the construction of a nuclear waste facility in a remote part of South Australia.
World service witness history
audio 9 mins
The Soloman Islands and Australia
Ade Adepitan travels to places on the frontline of climate change to see how life is being affected right now. But he’ll also scour the globe for solutions to climate change the natural and technological fixes that can help us slow climate change and adapt to the changes already taking place. Climate Change Ade on the frontline BBC I player
TV 59 mins
The Big green lie
Protected Areas will not save our planet. On the contrary, they will increase human suffering and so accelerate the destruction of the spaces they claim to protect because local opposition to them will grow. They have no effect on climate change at all, and have been shown to be generally poor at preventing wildlife loss. Survival International
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5 ex Japan PM’s call for country to end nuclear power use on Fukushima 10th anniversary
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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…

Indigenous people respect all species
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is an environmental activist and member of Chad’s pastoralist Mbororo community who believes in twinning traditional knowledge with science to tackle ecosystem challenges. The founder of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad,

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

read more…

How Quakers do business
video 4.10 mins
Quakers and Business statement of principles read
What is XR extinction rebellion? read
Amitav Ghosh’s book Jungle Nama Amitav Ghosh’s book Jungle Nama conveys an ecological message adapted from ancient Bengal folklore Bon Bibi. Set in Sundarban a forest a living being where we witness how creating a balance between the needs of humans and the needs of other beings are being played out.

Video 1.34 mins

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.’

Food waste is the world’s dumbest problem
video 9 mins
Fareshare read
Hate throwing away good food, use the food sharing app by olio
video 28 seconds
Seaspiracy
examines the global fishing industry challenging notions of sustainable fishing and showing how human actions cause widespread environmental destruction
netflix documentary trailer
2.19 mins

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

Compassion in world farming video 2.59 mins
What if we banned the intensive farming of animals?
Rethink fish video 2.25 mins

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 healthcompassion in world farming

Eat sit suffer repeat video 7.13 mins
Gather trailer 2 mins
Watch the full film via this portal here

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.’

Welcome to the international council of thirteen indigenous grandmothers
listen to their song read and explore

Australia’s Aboriginal referendum
In May 1967 campaigning began across Australia to consolidate Aboriginal rights in the country. It took a referendum to change the constitution before they were regarded as legally equal citizens. World service witness history
audio 9 mins
The book that warned that 2020 would bring disaster
The Limits to Growth was published in 1972 and warned of global decline from 2020. World service witness history audio 9 mins
Under the canopy forest science and knowledge
the wood wide web
Radical new ways of recognising forests as communities of mutually supportive trees world service the compass
audio 27.37 mins

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

The mass Trespass on Kinder Scout
In April 1932, hundreds of walkers organised a mass trespass on a mountain in the English Peak District called Kinder Scout. The trespass was a major step in the fight for access to the British countryside. At the time, much wild land was privately owned and controlled by game-keepers. listen to one of the last survivors of the Trespass. World service witness history
audio 9 mins

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, 2007learn more

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Why is 92% of England Off Limits to the General Public? video 4.16 mins

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 Linkread more

The urban growing revolution Planting and growing food has had a massive boost during the pandemic – and that hasn’t been limited to those with gardens.Right across the country, people have been making the most of balconies, rooftops, even window boxes to get their green-fingered fix. 83 % live in urban areas and there is more demand more community gardens BBC Sounds R4 The food programme
audio 30 mins
London Green Grid landscape plan video 8.02
London – A more Natural Capital video 4 mins
Mayoral environment debate video 1.3 hours debate 30 mins questions

free the press

free the press
video 1.38 mins

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

Toxic fashion music video 3.39 mins
Dare to repair 3 episodes BBC Sounds Radio 4
audio 28 mins

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.

Community repaint scheme
video 2.30 mins
Love your clothes
lots of tips and guidelines on how to:
care and repair
buying new clothes
refashion upcycle
unwanted clothes
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