MICHAEL MCCARTHY applauds a deeply felt and incisive analysis of the threat to our wildlife and countryside in his review of Our Place: Can We Save Britain’s Wildlife Before It Is Too Late? by Mark Cocker
The idea of a world without war may seem far-fetched and utopian but CLIVE BARRETT is inspired by Scilla Elworthy's blueprint to counter conflict in her latest book, Business Plan for Peace: Building a World Without War
What shapes our ideas of home and homelessness? Where do we find solace in the face of despair? ELIZABETH WAINWRIGHT speaks to Raynor Winn, author of the recently published and bestselling book The Salt Path about walking, belonging, and the rural hidden homeless.
The death of more than 1,000 garment workers in Bangladesh five years ago forced consumers to consider the true costs of 'fast fashion'. Yet many garment workers remain poorly paid and badly treated. CATHERINE HARTE reports on a new film that hopes to make us stop and think about the people who make our clothes
Christopher Preston, the environmental philosopher, has observed how human beings have transformed every aspect of the environment, leading to a new era in natural history. His book The Synthetic Age suggests we human beings make conscious decisions about how we influence this impending future. JP O'MALLEY interviews Preston for The Ecologist
The huldufolk have disappeared from the Faroe Islands, and with them an ancient understanding of nature. They vanished when in the 1950s when the roads and the lights appeared. Now, the local community are coming to terms with further extinctions - and a threat to their own lives from coal pollution. BRENDAN MONTAGUE reviews The Islands and the Whales, out tomorrow.
The Word for Woman is Wilderness by Abi Andrews is a journey of individual and collective rewilding, says ELIZABETH WAINWRIGHT. It is a fictional, hopeful and challenging account of a young woman in uncharted territory.
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas published The Hidden Life of Dogs in 2000 and enjoyed more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list. Now she is publishing the Hidden Life of Life: a Walk through the Reaches of Time. Here she takes on the scientific assumption that animals do not have consciousness and memory. CURTIS ABRAHAM interviewed her for The Ecologist
Elinor Ostrom provides invaluable insights into economics and ownership - and the profound impact this has on our natural environment. Unfortunately, her work is not well known or widely understood. Derek Wall hopes to change that with his book, Elinor Ostrom’s Rules for Radicals. AARON VANSINTJAN met the author and asked why we should read her works today
The future of the planet - as protected by the Paris Agreement - appears to have been victim to a vicious power struggle within the White House, according to Michael Wolff’s new insider account of the Trump White House. But, argues ALEX RANDELL suggests there is far more in play
Film directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk spent months with Al Gore observing his climate advocacy behind the scenes and at close hand. BRENDAN MONTAGUE asks about Gore, Trump, the impact of watching the melting glaciers and meeting many of the millions of activists worldwide determined to make a difference.
Our bond with the natural world is ever changing. To look at how books capture this shifting relationship, new research project ‘Land Lines’ is looking for the nation’s favourite nature book. And The Ecologist will be launching a new series of book reviews to celebrate and learn from nature writing, writes ELIZABETH WAINWRIGHT. Interested? -- You can get involved in both.
Dr Seuss’s The Lorax is showing at the Old Vic theatre in London until Sunday. HARRIET GRIFFEY, cultural editor of The Ecologist describes it as a 'entertaining and heart-warming children’s musical' that speaks to current environmental issues.
The Shock of the Anthropocene has been translated from French into English and published by Verso. NATALIE BENNETT, the former Green Party leader, explains how it is an important, informative and interesting book which all ecologists should read.