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Issue14ANewPath

a new path

Exploring the spiritual and emotional aspects of sustainability. Amelia Lake suggests that in order to be effective in our advance towards a greener planet, first we must focus on our inner actions. Drawing upon Buddhist concepts, focused steps can be made to realise a more stable future for our planet.

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apple appeal

October’s annual Apple Day champions the diversity of the humble British apple. Steph Codsi reports on what the day is about and how these unique nationwide events, open doorways into a whole world of apples defined by sweet tastes and eccentric names.

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the green life

Rebecca Day interviews eco-pioneers Nigel Clarke and Em Magenta about the green life and living off-grid. They discuss the benefits of embracing a sustainable, affordable lifestyle through the use of eco-friendly generators like solar panels and wood burners. These eco-lovers share the joys of living a fulfilled and comfortable off-grid life.

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growing wild

Sharon Henshall talks about nature, and how her nan’s green fingers inspired her to look into planting a garden full of wild plants, bees and butterflies in the inner city. Sharon also highlights the gardening expertise of Sarah Raven, Janice Gardiner and Brigit Strawbridge.

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sustainable living

James Macfarlane explores which eco-workshops are offered nationwide for sustainable life-styles. James relates the effects our lifestyles have on the environment, and examines new ways of eco-friendly living, from beekeeping and using bio-diesel oil to making your own furniture.

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off-grid sundays

Leaving modern life behind, Brigit Strawbridge adopts the refreshing routine of off-grid Sundays, with no electricity, mains water or technology. Brigit disconnects from the national grid and uses what the environment has to offer, lowers her utility bills and recharges her own battery by taking up photography, knitting and guitar playing.

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it’s a good (zero-carbon) life!

James Macfarlane reports on an eco-couple who has created a zero-carbon home using an off-the-shelf timber kit in the Shetlands. With an insulated structure that complements the environment and a wind turbine that generates electricity from 100 mph coastal winds, they live a fully self-sustainable life.

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the heat is on

It’s time to layer up and dig out the woolly jumpers. The dream of eco-friendly heating with solar panels and ground source heat pumps may be out of reach, but you can find out how more basic methods like aluminium foil heat-reflectors and draught excluders reduce the home’s carbon dioxide output and your heating bills.

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off-grid living

Luke Bell discovers what life is like off-grid from those who have adopted an eco-lifestyle and become self-sufficient. This means no hot running water, flushing toilet or electricity. One young couple lives off the sun and wind in a solar panelled yacht, and Ludwig Appeltans talks about how he lives in harmony with the land.

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from cosy pubs to african huts…

Jonathan Rouse explains how wood can provide relatively clean, renewable energy, and yet, how open fires can represent similar health hazards to smoking and contribute to global greenhouse emissions. He discusses ways in which energy can be harnessed cleanly from wood, such as rocket stoves and efficient cooking stoves.

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travel clean, choose green

Luke Bell reports on climbing petrol prices, carbon emissions, and the fact that 27 million out of 33 million vehicles on UK roads are cars. He discusses the use of bio-diesel for public transport, eco-friendly electric cars, cycling and car sharing. The article also explains the reasons why bio-ethanol is a promising new alternative fuel for cars.

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bee amazing

Brigit Strawbridge talks bees and their rapid decline due to pesticides and the loss of grasslands. Bees pollinate a third of all the food we eat and half of wild flowers. Brigit explains how planting more nectar and pollen rich flowers, building bee hotels and allowing your garden to go wild could help the bee population.

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drip, drip...dry.

Luke Bell explains that the world is drying up…well, sort of. There is pressure to reduce consumption, improve water management and conservation. While the average European consumes 200 litres of water a day, a person in the developing world uses only 10 litres. Luke discusses the latest water saving methods.

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models of sustainable living

Jo Middleton tells us about four communities that are setting the bar for sustainable living with eco-villages, workshops and eco-friendly education– the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland, BedZED in Surrey, Damanhur in Italy and La Borie Noble in France.

environmental articles

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