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George Monbiot: Capitalism is destroying the Earth. We need a new human right for future generations

The young people taking to the streets for the climate strike are right: their future is being stolen. The economy is an environmental pyramid scheme, dumping its liabilities on the young and the unborn. Its current growth depends on intergenerational theft.

March 18, 2019 · 3 Comments

Frida Berrigan: Parenting the Climate-Change Generation

Young people across the world are striking to draw attention to the ravages of climate change. They are demanding — with their bodies and their voices — that the catastrophe each of them will inherit be a priority for the grown-ups around them.

March 15, 2019 · 3 Comments

Matthew D. Moran: Bison are back and that benefits many other species on the Great Plains

Driving north of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, an extraordinary landscape comes into view. Trees disappear and an immense landscape of grass emerges, undulating in the wind like a great, green ocean.  This … Continue reading

February 27, 2019 · 1 Comment

George Monbiot: Why older people must stand in solidarity with the youth climate strikes

Broadly speaking, ours is a society of altruists governed by psychopaths. We have allowed a tiny number of phenomenally rich people, and the destructive politicians they fund, to trash our life support systems.

February 20, 2019 · 1 Comment

George Monbiot: Testeria

Fearful masculinity harms both men and women. There are better ways of growing up. What strikes me most is the fragility. Gillette makes an advertisement calling on men to challenge … Continue reading

January 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: The Gift of Death

Pathological consumption has become so normalised that we scarcely notice it. There’s nothing they need, nothing they don’t own already, nothing they even want. So you buy them a solar-powered … Continue reading

November 26, 2018 · 1 Comment

George Monbiot: Plastic Soup

The problem is not plastic. It is consumerism. Do you believe in miracles? If so, please form an orderly queue. Plenty of people imagine we can carry on as we … Continue reading

September 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: America’s New Revolutionaries Show How the Left Can Win

The little-known history of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory in a New York primary hints at the coming transformation. Even at first sight it is exhilarating. The overthrow of one of the … Continue reading

July 16, 2018 · 2 Comments

George Monbiot: In Memoriam

As our wildlife and ecosystems collapse, remembering is a radical act. It felt as disorientating as forgetting my pin number. I stared at the caterpillar, unable to attach a name … Continue reading

July 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

George Monbiot: Butchery of the Planet

Defending the living world and its people requires a shift from meat to a plant-based diet. Whether human beings survive this century and the next, whether other lifeforms can live … Continue reading

June 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Unprostrated

I have prostate cancer, but I’m happy. Here’s how. It came, as these things often do, like a gunshot on a quiet street: shocking and disorienting. In early December, my … Continue reading

March 19, 2018 · 3 Comments

George Monbiot: Revolt of the Robots

How we can find meaning, purpose and pride when the workplace no longer offers them?  Why bother designing robots when you can reduce human beings to machines? Last week, Amazon … Continue reading

February 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: The Unseen World

To be aware of the wonders of the living planet is to take on an unbearable burden of grief. What you see is not what others see. We inhabit parallel … Continue reading

December 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Accidental Re-Wilding

I stepped out into the sunlight, scarcely able to believe what I had seen or, rather, what I had not. I stared at the hills around me, contrasting them with … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

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