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Seedy Sundays: Get ready to plant something new and exciting in your garden!

We talk to dedicated organiser Sara Cundy about the growing Seed Swap phenomenon, and why swapping seeds preserves biodiversity.

Written by Faye West

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Seed Swap by Gilly Rochester.

I knew you could get yellow tomatoes, but apparently there are purple and yellow carrots too. Agricultural regulations have increasingly stifled the basic trading of seeds that was standard practice in an age gone by, and there is a wide variety of fruit and vegetables available out there that you cannot even buy at your local greengrocers let alone at the big supermarkets. To counteract this local gardeners and enthusiasts have been clubbing together for Seed Swaps over the past decade. These are great places to swap your own seeds and discover little known but fabulously named plants and vegetables.

To find out why this practice is becoming vitally important to the environment I spoke to Sara Cundy, who became fascinated by the interaction between people and the natural environment during her degree in Geography. She has carried out research into consumers' understanding of Fairtrade, and is currently Waste Minimisation Officer at the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust where she works with communities to help reduce the amount of waste generated and sent to… read more

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BTCV Green Gyms

Written by Zofia Walczak

My muscles are aching as I type, my cheeks are glowing more than ever and I have a satisfied grin on my face…why?  I’ve spent half the day clearing woodland and sawing […]

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Carbon Conversations Courses, London

Written by Zofia Walczak

Want to reduce your carbon footprint in 2010, with a group of lovely people, AND reduce your overdraft by saving some money on energy bills?  The Carbon Literacy Forum are co-ordinating free Carbon Conversations courses across several London […]

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Ghost Forest: Trafalgar Square au natural

Angela Palmer‘s ecological art is a wake-up call for those still absent from the Climate Change argument

Written by Valerie Pezeron

Ghost Forest in Trafalgar Square is a well-timed art-installation taking place ahead of the UN conference on Climate Change from December 7 to 18, involving 11,000 delegates from 192 countries. […]


Earth Listings: 9th – 15th November

Written by Adam S

Another week of plenty of chances to listen, learn, get involved or take action around the country. Copenhagen info evening Tuesday 10th November 2009 The prospects for the negotiations are […]


Earth Listings: 2nd – 8th November 2009

Written by Adam S

Check out the range of talks and discussions this week, there is a chance to vent some anger at some cops in a more legitimate manner than normal as well […]


Looking a little closer at The Bigger Picture: Festival of Interdependence

Climate ration packs to bread-making: The top 5 on the day

Written by Adam S

The Bigger Picture: Festival of Interdependence aimed to kick start a transition to a new economy, looking at everybody’s carbon footprint and educating with a range of talks, speakers and […]


Earth Listings 26th October – 1st November 2009

Written by Adam S

This weeks listings; arts, training, films and festivals. Make sure you check out C words at some point, where Platform are putting on 50 events in the run-up to COP […]


Earth Listings: 12 – 18 October

Written by Adam S

The week kicks off with demo against agrofuels and ends with the Great Climate Swoop, we are riding on a wave with the cancellation of Heathrow’s 3rd runway and the […]


Radical Nature – The exhibition challenging our perceptions in a changing planet.

The pick of the bunch...

Written by Adam S

Radical Nature is an exhibition at the Barbican that explores art and architecture for a changing planet, it was held over summer but is now coming to a close with […]


Bloom In Bloomsbury – A student focused day of outreach and action.

The alternative freshers fair...

Written by Adam S

Yesterday Bloom In Bloomsbury was held in Torrington Square in SOAS. The gathering was held to get people involved and engaged with the Climate Change problem. Luckily it was held […]


Earth Listings: 14th-21st September

Written by Adam S

Another load of talks, workshops and activities to get stuck into, don’t forget Co-Mutiny is still on all this week in Bristol, Climate Rush are still on tour, and also […]


Earth First Gathering 2009

Cumbria 18-24 August

Written by Adam S

Earth First Gathering 2009 was held over last weekend. It’s an event we’ve been looking forward to since it appeared in our diary back in July. Check out our Earth […]


Earth Listings 10th – 16th August

Green Events, London

Written by Tom Russell

Monday 10th August UN Climate Change Talks The U.N. Climate Change Talks in Bonn, Germany begin a series of informal intersessional consultations today. These are part of the run-up to […]


Earth Listings 13th – 19th July

Green events this week

Written by Tom Russell

Monday 13th The Sustainability Project – How Much More Can Our Planet Take? For more than thirty years, scientists from various disciplines have warned that the constant increase in world […]


Studying Permaculture at the Maya Mountain Research Farm

South America

Written by Mikey B

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2009 Back To Reality Into the Jungle We are crouched in the dory, a traditional canoe carved from a solid tree trunk, being punted upstream through the […]


Go Green Week With The University Of Arts


Written by Cari Steel

If you are a university student, what do you make of your schools environmental policies? Do they even have green policies to speak of? This week, the students of the […]

Climate Rush gets chained to Parliament

and doesn't get arrested, 28 january 2009

Written by Amelia

As I write this blog our MPs are debating the subject of the third runway in the Commons. Although any decision made will not be binding it is possible that […]


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26th January-1st February

Written by Lucy Jones

Tuesday 27th January Soil not Oil. An evening with Dr Vandana Shiva and Patrick Holden. The director of The Soil Association Patrick Holden joins Dr Vandana Shiva in discussion for […]


Tipping Points

The Wellcome Trust

Written by Lucy Jones

Last week I gave you a dummy’s guide to the Climate Safety Report. Round Two of my wising-up to climate science took place at The Wellcome Trust in Euston. It […]