ISSUE TWO

A proposal for an Ecoside Law

Right now, large-scale and systematic destruction of the natural living world – ecocide – is legally permitted. Current regulations simply do not stop the scale of harm we are witnessing play out across the planet. Climate litigation (suing) may result in compensation, but it cannot prevent dangerous industrial activity from continuing. We believe ecocide…

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UNDERSTANDING ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM

It’s not the only reason I’m a climate activist, but being involved predominantly in human-based issues of injustice, environmental racism is a key reason to devote considerable time to this issue if nothing else. A few years ago, I heard Corey Booker speak about the pig farming industry in North Carolina. I learned that…

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PERE UBU

BUSH HALL, LONDON Pere Ubu, the avant-garage band founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1975 from the ashes of proto-punk group Rocket From The Tombs, launched their latest album ‘The Long Goodbye’ at the beautiful art- deco ‘Bush Hall’ in West London on Friday 13th September. Led by vocalist and sole surviving…

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COLNE VALLEY IS OUR AMAZON RAINFOREST

HS2 is a transport project that will involve destroying acres of British countryside. It’s an express train service to climate and ecological disaster and it’s the first thing the Government should scrap if they are serious about the situation we are in. It will cost over £100 billion of taxpayer’s money, for a project…

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YOUR QUESTIONS AND THOUGHTS

Hi Readers, Thank you for your many letters offering support and suggestions for The Hourglass newspaper. Here’s a selection of some of the comments you’ve sent in. Many thanks for the copy of The Hourglass newspaper. We don’t usually get “radical” communications through our letter boxes in Knowle Solihull, just advertising from care homes…

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A day in the Cotswolds

The Great Western Railway website performs a useful calculation when I book my ticket for a Cotswolds day out. Making this trip by train I’m responsible for 58% less CO2 than if I’d gone by car. As we begin to take the true environmental cost of travel seriously, expect to see much more of this…

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New land management approach can help earthworms thrive

The UK’s earthworm population has the potential to triple and farms and could save on costs, according to the results of an experiment by scientists at Cranfield University. For his PhD research, Dr Tom Storr found that using cover crops to protect soil and introduce organic matter increases earthworm numbers and provides financial savings…

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Exploring the Chilterns

The turbo train roars away and deep peace descends on Great Missenden station. Once the country railway mood music would have been clanking milk churns and cooing racing pigeons in straw baskets. Today the only sound is the unfolding of my map and a sweet rhapsody from a wren. I’m in the heart of…

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THEATRES DROP THE CURTAIN ON OIL GIANTS

Two of the UK’s most prominent theatrical companies have cut their ties with some of the world’s largest oil multinationals following threats from supporters to boycott the institutions. On 2 October, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) confirmed it would end its partnership with BP at the close of 2019. BP’s sponsorship has supported the…

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A VOICE FROM THE CONGO

I am originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the African second largest country after Algeria. The population remains one of the poorest in the world, but with its 5.000 kilometres of Congo River continuously delivering millions of cubic meters of natural water and its rainforest basin, the largest in Africa, Congo is the second…

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