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Articles from George Monbiot

Carmageddon Beckons

September 22, 2016 - 21:27 -- Admin

There are plenty of brilliant plans for getting us moving without trashing the planet. So why aren’t they happening?

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 21st September 2016


It was a mistake, a monumental, world-class mistake. Cars for everyone was one of the stupidest promises that politicians ever made.

Disposable Planet

September 15, 2016 - 16:09 -- Admin

Consumerism occupies a sacred and inviolable space, while the wonders of the living world are dispensable.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 14th September 2016

The world’s largest land animal, the biggest fish, the bird with the greatest wingspan, the largest primate: all are sliding towards extinction at astounding speed. If we will not protect such magnificent species, what are we prepared to do?

Here They Come Again

September 7, 2016 - 22:07 -- Admin

Corporate lobbyists and their captive governments try to wear down our resistance with one fake trade treaty after another.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 7th September 2016

Is it over? Can it be true? If so, it’s a victory for a campaign that once looked hopeless, pitched against a fortress of political, corporate and bureaucratic power.

Black Hole

August 18, 2016 - 16:20 -- Admin

The fake grassroots campaign run by grouse shooters is just one instance of the way democracy is being bypassed

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 17th August 2016

This is how, in a democracy, you win when you’re outnumbered: you purchase the results. It’s how politics now works: the very rich throw money at the parties, lobby groups and think tanks that project their demands. If they are clever, they keep their names out of it.

Stock Answer

August 11, 2016 - 17:38 -- Admin

Why I took the plunge at last and converted (almost) to veganism

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 10th August 2016

The world can cope with 7 or even 10 billion people. But only if we stop eating meat. Livestock farming is the most potent means by which we amplify our presence on the planet. It’s the amount of land an animal-based diet needs that makes it so destructive.

The Purse is Mightier Than the Pen

August 4, 2016 - 15:59 -- Admin

The climate crisis is here, now, but a compromised, corrupted media doesn’t want to know.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 3rd August 2016

What is salient is not important. What is important is not salient. The media turns us away from the issues that will determine the course of our lives, and towards topics of brain-melting irrelevance.

Punishment Posting

July 21, 2016 - 19:20 -- Admin

Want to cast someone into the outer darkness? Then give them the environment department, that should be the most important portfolio of all.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 20th July 2016

Soul Traders

July 14, 2016 - 20:29 -- Admin

If we saw it anywhere else, we would recognise our political funding system as utterly corrupt

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 13th July 2016

The Judgement of History

July 7, 2016 - 16:30 -- Admin

The Chilcot report is utterly damning; but it’s still not justice.

By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website, 6th July 2016

Little is more corrosive of democracy than impunity. When politicians do terrible things and suffer no consequences, people lose trust in both politics and justice. They see them, correctly, as instruments deployed by the strong against the weak.