Globalisation

Q&A: Helena Norberg-Hodge

Jemima Roberts
| 2nd March 2011
Filmmaker, campaigner and environmental pioneer Helena Norberg-Hodge talks to Jemima Roberts about her latest film - The Economics of Happiness - the damage globalisation is doing, and what can be done to counter it

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The Economics of Happiness

The Ecologist
| 12th January 2011
A sneak preview of Helena Norberg-Hodge's epic documentary which examines how 'going local' is a powerful strategy to help repair our fractured world - ecosystems, societies and individuals

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Struggling for Éire

Molly Scott Cato
| 11th May 2009
If it is not to be choked by debt and taxes, Ireland must return to the self-sufficient, localised vision of one of its founding fathers

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Farmers unite!

Ed Hamer
| 1st April 2009
The uniting of 800 million rural workers against the loss of their traditional way of life gives lie to globalisation’s claims to beneficence. Resistance is far from futile, says Ed Hamer

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Outfitting Africa

Joe Turner
| 19th March 2009
Dressing poorer countries in our designer cast-offs while we invest in shabby sweatshop chic? Invest in their infrastructure, not vetements, argues Joe Turner

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The North-South divide

Helena Norberg-Hodge
| 22nd June 2008
Rich industrialised countries have a responsibility to help others stick to their green responsibilities, argues Helena Norberg-Hodge, not collude in helping shirk them

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Hell for leather

Jim Wickens
| 1st June 2008
Must-have handbags? shoes to die for? From cheap trinkets to luxury car interiors, Jim Wickens discovers the startling facts behind what we buy into when we buy leather goods.

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Grow your own

Tim Lang
| 1st April 2008
The World Bank’s 2008 World Development Report makes a grim prediction of what is to come:

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How to be free: The last untapped resource

Tom Hodgkinson
| 1st April 2008
Sometimes it’s good to take a peep at what the enemy is up to. I spent last weekend reading the New York Herald Tribune, and I’ll sometimes look at The Economist. Both these publications are excellent in their way – the Tribune is far superior in writing and information to The Times, for example – but essentially feed the greed of a business-minded readership anxious to figure out what is going on in the world, the better to profit from it.

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A steady-state economy

Herman Daly
| 1st April 2008
Economist Herman E Daly argues that our future depends on a new economic model, one that needs to be defined by the dynamic balance – the steady state – of the natural world upon which it depends.

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Spinning Wheels

Dan McDougall
| 13th March 2008
‘This is the Indian dream!’ shouts Mohit, clutching a tattered plastic bag as he joins the impatient throng gathering at Hall A of the Auto Expo in New Delhi. Around us more than 100,000 Indians are aggressively jostling for space and a precious glimpse of the £1,200 Tata Nano, the world’s cheapest car. It is a vehicle that, put simply, costs less than the optional DVD player on the new Lexus LX470 SUV.

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When bad news is good news

Isabel Hilton
| 15th February 2008
There were deaths, pollution and substandard goods, but last year’s slew of negative
publicity may have encouraged China to face up to its responsibilities, says Isabel Hilton

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A climate of inequity

Mara Hvistendahl
| 11th October 2007
While governments argue over responsibility for global warming, development experts are thinking about the humanitarian consequences for the world’s poor. Mara Hvistendahl reports from the United Nations.

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Taking account of China’s growth

Pan Yue
| 29th March 2007
China boasts the fastest growing economy in the world. But how to calculate this development’s impact on natural resources, on public health and the environment? Pan Yue sets out the case for green GDP accounting

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