Having launched the Ecologist 37 years ago, Teddy Goldsmith was instrumental in everything from the setting up of the world's first political green party to being the first to expose many of the problems associated with global development, such as giant dams and nuclear power. Following his death on 21st August 2009, we reprint this interview with Teddy from the Ecologist March 2007 edition
A year ago, my brother, who is probably a better gardener than me (even though he does insist on giving half his land over to mangel-wurzels, whatever they are) gave me a book called "Gardening and Planting by the Moon"
Another of the reasons included in the Channel 4 documentary, ‘The Great Global Warming Swindle’, to explain the current interest in climate change was that disaffected radicals and political activists had latched on to the concept of a warming climate to foreground their anti-capitalists and anti-progress views. Paul Kingsnorth dissects these claims…
Unnoticed by most of the media, New Labour has embarked on a roadbuilding scheme just as large as the one the Tories bragged was ‘the biggest since the Romans’. All over the UK, however, ordinary people have noticed, and everyone – from doctors and teachers, to old-style road protestors – are once again saying: enough is enough. Paul Kingsnorth reports
My Lords and Members of the House of Commons:
My government considers climate change to be the single biggest challenge facing the United Kingdom. My government is finally convinced, in fact, that it dwarfs all other challenges by an order of magnitude.
‘OK then,’ I say to Fergus, with a challenge in my voice, ‘what about badger?’ ‘Badger?’ says Fergus, his eyes on the road as he drives me into the Kent countryside. ‘Many times. There’s no rhyme or reason to badger. Sometimes it tastes really gamey and uriney, even if it’s fresh. It can be excellent though.’ I look at him as he drives. He’s definitely serious.