Activism

  • Saul Alinsky

    Rethinking community organising

    The Symbiosis Research Collective
    | 10th July 2018
    Building a just, sustainable future will require transcending traditional community organising models. Working through existing institutions within the current system is not good enough. The latest from the SYMBIOSIS RESEARCH COLLECTIVE

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  • A bird

    How can environmental activists use social media? Part 3

    Alessio Perrone
    | 20th June 2018
    Has Twitter jumped the shark? Is Facebook now MySpace? Should environmental activists bother with social media - and does the Cambridge Analytica scandal mean we should boycott? ALESSIO PERRONE gives social media one last shot - in Part 3 of our guide for environmental activists

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  • Weeks of disruption planned for fracking site

    Catherine Harte
    | 7th June 2018
    Anti-fracking movement 'Reclaim the Power' has announced its plans for a summer of disruption against a fracking site in Lancashire. This came days after Greg Clark said shale wells in England will be considered permitted development. CATHERINE HARTE reports

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  • Ada Colau

    What's it like for a social movement to take control of a city?

    The Symbiosis Research Collective
    Aaron Vansintjan
    | 11th May 2018
    Ada Colau surprised many when she won the election to become mayor of Barcelona. The housing rights activist was part of a deep social movement aiming for participatory democracy. But this latest article from the SYMBIOSIS RESEARCH COLLECTIVE examines how winning the election was just the first step

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  • Protest at the district headquarters in Mandla on 12 December 2017

    Nuking Narmada: uprooting lives and compounding climate crisis impacts

    Kumar Sundaram
    | 18th December 2017
    The building of the proposed Chutka nuclear plant in the tribal-dominated Mandla district in central India will mean the local population will be displaced - for the second time. It will also contribute to global greenhouse gas emissions. Faced with injustice and threats to their safety and livelihoods, villagers have started a two-month long campaign. KUMAR SUNDARAM reports.

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  • The view across an opencast mine

    From the valleys to the beaches - new coal mines bring fear not hope

    Mat Hope
    | 4th December 2017
    The opencast coal mine at Ffos-y-Fran near Merthyr Tydfil in Wales is the UK’s largest - and has produced eight million tonnes of coal. Now Miller Argent, the owner and operator, wants to extend the mine. Banks Mining has applied for planning permission to begin a new mine at Highthorn, in Northumberland. The application will go before Sajid Javid, the Communities Secretary, today. MAT HOPE of DeSmog UK spoke to the people most affected.

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  • Exposing babarism in the name of ‘Fashion'

    Laura Briggs
    | 4th August 2017
    In 2016 the UK imported £26 million worth of fur, showing that the industry has gone global. Only by exposing the level of cruelty and showing people what lies behind the fashion will change ever come about writes LAURA BRIGGS

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  • Display from a BG smart meter. Just too bad about all the electromagnetic smog it generates. Photo: athriftymrs.com via Flickr (CC BY-SA).

    Smart meter radiation and health - why are we neglecting non-toxic alternatives?

    Lynne Wycherley
    | 6th June 2017
    With growing evidence of harm to physical and mental health caused by continuous pulsed em radiation from 'smart' electricity meters, Lynne Wycherley asks: have we underestimated risks to heart function and the nervous system? And of interference with embedded medical devices, such as cardiac pacemakers? It's time to switch to over-wire or fibre communications to bring the 'smart green grid' of the future to electrosmog-free reality.

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  • Liberian Coast Guard prepares to board the Star Shrimper XXV. Photo: Alejandra Gimeno / Sea Shepherd Global.

    Sea Shepherd helps arrest 'sustainable' shrimp trawler for illegal fishing in Liberian waters

    Peter Hammarstedt
    Sea Shepherd
    | 26th May 2017
    A 'Friend of the Sea' Dutch-owned trawler certified to supply 'sustainably caught' shrimp to the US and EU was arrested in Liberia after operating in an an area reserved for artisanal fishers, writes Peter Hammarstedt. The vessel, which had no licence and lacked the turtle excluders required by law, was discovered by the crew of Sea Shepherd's 'Bob Barker' in a joint mission with the Liberian Coast Guard to clamp down on rampant illegal fishing.

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  • Guarani tribal leader and activist Ladio Veron speaking outside the Brazilian Embassy in London, in an action replicated across the globe. Photo: still from Survival video.

    Only global protest can secure land rights and justice for Brazil's Guarani people

    Lewis Evans
    | 24th May 2017
    On the one side, the Guarani people and the entire panoply of international and Brazilian law asserting the rights of indigenous peoples to their lives, lands, and way of life. Against them, the entrenched economic and political power of farmers, ranchers, loggers and others exploiting the wealth of the Guarani's soils, forests and waters. Right now the power of money is winning every time. Only with international pressure can the Guarani emerge victorious.

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