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The citizen gardeners re-greening Paris

This summer the authorities in Paris hatched an imaginative new scheme. The city doesn’t have the ‘lungs’ that some other cities have, such as Central Park in New York or the royal parks in London, and its problems with traffic and air pollution are well known. Faced with the challenge of inadequate green space, they […]

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Will capitalism bore itself to death?

As I mentioned on Monday, I’ve recently been reading William Davies’ book The Happiness Industry. There’s a chapter in the book about worker dissatisfaction, pointing out that two thirds of US employees do not feel engaged in their jobs, and one in five is actively undermining their workplace. Engaged workers are those who are interested […]

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You are welcome

Something a little different today. This time two weeks ago, the result of Britain’s EU referendum was announced, and that we would be leaving the union. Within hours there were reports of people being harassed in the street and told to ‘go home’, racist graffiti, and general anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim sentiment. How much of this was […]

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Can you wash clothes without water?

Hanging out the washing again the other day, I found myself wondering what happened to those waterless washing machines I wrote about a couple of years ago. Did they go into production? Did any of them catch on? Is there one I can afford? If you remember, there have been at least three different versions […]

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There is such a thing as too much news

A couple of years ago I logged onto the website of a particular news outlet. There was a press conference happening that afternoon, I forget what for, and I wanted to read about the income. Instead of an article though, I clicked onto the live updates. The press conference had finished, and the journalist running […]

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The 5% of toys kids actually play with

Last week I wrote about how much screen time is healthy for growing minds. Here’s a related question that we find ourselves debating as parents: how many toys should children have? I raise the question because I read recently that the average ten year old has 238 toys. Parents tend to spend £350 pounds a […]

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Take part in 30 days wild

I’ve written a bit about nature deficit disorder on the blog in the past, which Richard Louv describes as “the human costs of alienation from nature, among them: diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, and higher rates of physical and emotional illnesses.” It’s a very modern affliction, but one with potentially big consequences. If […]

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Why nature connection matters

When I left my house yesterday morning, there was a fine young Douglas Fir tree outside my house. Though it sits just across the fence on the neighbour’s side, it grows over our driveway and gives our bit of the terrace a sense of place. For the 35 odd years it has been there it […]

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Escape Everything, by Robert Wringham

This is a book I’ve been looking forward to reading for some time, as I supported it in advance on Unbound. Robert Wringham is a writer, performer, and editor of the New Escapologist. His advocates a free and simpler lifestyle, and his book is all about escaping from work, consumerism, and despair. Why would you […]

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The no-nonsense guide to green parenting, by Kate Blincoe

Becoming a parent can be a bit of a shock for those living a green lifestyle. Worthy attempts to walk or cycle go out the window. Ambitions to eat seasonally and cook fresh wilt in the battle to get kids to eat at all. So many green alternatives just require that little bit of extra […]

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