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There are hundreds of good organizations and campaigns to support. There are others that offer a model for you to adapt in your own communities.  Sign up here and I will introduce you to some of the most cutting edge campaigns.

They need our help. But the most important contribution we can all make – no matter what we do, or where we come from – is to lobby our politicians. Elected representatives fear losing their jobs. If our MPs and Councillors aren’t already on board – you can pile on the pressure, and particularly in the run up to an election.

Write to them, ask them about their green priorities, test their knowledge and commitment. And if the response is disappointing, mobilize people locally to send them a strong message.

Irrespective of their Party, politicians need to know that they will be rewarded for doing the right things, and sacked if they don’t!


Good Organisations:

  1. OCEANA: Protecting the World’s Oceans, www.oceana.org
  2. Oil Change International, Exec Director Stephen Kretzmann: www.priceofoil.org
  3. Sustainable Development Commission, www.sd-commission.org.uk
  4. The Soil Association. www.soilassociation.org
  5. School Food Matters, www.schoolfoodmatter.com
  6. The Carbon Trust: www.carbontrust.co.uk
  7. The Energy Saving Trust: www.energysavingtrust.org.uk
  8. World Alliance of Decentralised Energy: www.localpower.org
  9. ClientEarth: www.clientearth.org
  10. The Green Alliance: www.green-alliance.org.uk
  11. HACAN ClearSkies: www.hacan.org.uk
  12. Rainforest Action Network: www.ran.org
  13. GM Watch: www.GMwatch.org
  14. RainforestSOS: http://www.rainforestsos.org/content/home/
  15. Compassion in World Farming: http://www.ciwf.org.uk/
  16. Survival International: http://www.survivalinternational.org/

Useful Books, Articles and Resources:

  1. Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh, Helena Norberg-Hodge, 1992
  2. Corporate Europe Observatory: www.corporateeurope.org
  3. The Stern Review, 30th October 2006
  4. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): www.ipcc.ch
  5. The Congress for the New Urbanism: www.cnu.org
  6. Carbon Down, Profits Up, The Climate Group, 2007: www.theclimategroup.org
  7. Economics in a Full World, Herman E. Daly, Scientific American, Sep 2005, Vol.293, Issue 3
  8. The Insurers Perspective in Relation to Climate Change: www.munichre.com
  9. Affluenza, Oliver James, 2007
  10. Sustainable Development Commission, www.sd-commission.org.uk
  11. The Hadley Centre: www.metoffice.gov.uk
  12. Ecological Economics and Sustainable Development: Selected essays of Herman E. Daly, published by Edward Elgar Publishing, 2007
  13. The Ecologist Magazine: www.theecologist.org
  14. Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, By Paul Hawken, Amory B. Loveins and L. Hunter, 1999
  15. What are Rainforests worth? And why it makes sense to keep them standing, The Global Canopy Programme: Forest Foresight Report 4, March 2008, www.globalcanopy.org
  16. Power to the People: The Report of Power, An Independent inquiry into Britain’s democracy, Isobel White, (London: Parliament and Constitution Centre, 2006)
  17. Happiness: Lessons from a New Science, by Richard Layard, Published 2005
  18. Citizen Renaissance, by Jules Peck and Robert Phillips, www.citizenreinaisance.com
  19. The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience, by Rob Hopkins, Published by Green Books, 2008
  20. Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, By Jeffrey M.Smith, Published by,Yes! Books, 2007
  21. An Assessment of the total costs of UK Agriculture, Agricultural Systems, By J.N. Pretty, C. Brett, D. Gee, R E Hein, C. F. Mason, J.I.L Morrison, H Raven, M. D. Rayment, G. Van der Bijl, 2000
  22. Ghost Town Britain, New Economics Foundation, 2002
  23. Shopped: The Shocking Power of British Supermarkets, Joanna Blythman.  London: Fourth Estate, 2004
  24. Not on the Label: What Really Goes into the Food on your Plate, by Felicity Lawrence, Penguin, May 2004
  25. The Killing of the Countryside, Graham Harvey, March 1998
  26. Human health threatened as farm use of lifesaving antibiotics increases again, Richard Young, The Soil Association, August 2008
  27. The End of the Line: How Over fishing is changing the World and What we Eat, By Charles Clover.  Published by NewPress, Nov 2006
  28. The Low Carbon Economy, The Conservative Party, Policy Green Paper No.8, January 2009
  29. No More School Run: Proposal for a National Yellow Bus Scheme in the UK, Policy Exchange, 2005
  30. The Case Against the Global Economy, and for a turn towards the local, edited by Jerry Mander and Edward Goldsmith, Sierra Club Books, 1996



Goldsmith builds a compelling case that the solutions to the environmental crisis exist, and all that requires is the political will to implement them.

Caroline Lucas, The Guardian

In short, this book is an environmentalist's wet dream

Roger Cox, The Scotsman

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