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Ethical Activist Book Group: Unbowed by Wangari Maathai

This review is part of the Ethical Activist Book Group reading list. Past books include Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behaviour and Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything. Read along with and join the conversation at any time.  What can one person’s story tell us about the problems in the global economy? Actually quite a lot. Especially when that one person has a story like Wangari Maathai. Wangari Maathai was born in the early 20th Century in the

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Finding hope in the dark

My deepest thanks goes to my readers who showed their support to me in this difficult time of burn out that I have been going through. This recent pause to my work here at tortoise & lady grey was such a necessary exercise. It gave me the time distance to reflect on what it is that I do here, and why I am driven to write and create for my

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In the depths of eco activist burn out

I have been quite silent of late and I am sure a few of my dedicated readers will have noticed. This last month I have broken my publishing record. In almost 4 years I have published an article each Monday without fail. It was dedication to the work of eco activism, and my dedication to this community that I made this commitment without fail. Until recently that is. So I

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How Mindfulness Can Support You in Ethical Living

This post is a sponsored collaboration with the Will Williams Meditation Centre in London. The post was written by Holly Ashby, a writer who works with the London meditation centre Will Williams Meditation, a meditation company which can help people achieve present moment awareness through an alternative to mindfulness – reducing their stress and providing a form of self-care. Choosing to live ethically is far from easy. Trying to fight against

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101 Small Ways to Live More Sustainably

We can always do better with our lifestyles. But it can be overwhelming to try to transform everything at once. Instead, try one thing at a time. The following article was written by Kamea Chayne for her lifestyle blog Conscious Whispers, to mark Earth Day. But every day should be Earth Day, so it is just as relevant now, as when it was written.  You care about the welfare of

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The Ethical Activist Book Group: This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

Today’s post is this year’s second book from the Ethical Activist Book Club. You can find the reading list for 2017 here, and you can find the first review in this series here. Read along at your own pace, and add your thoughts to the conversation in the comments on each post at any time of the year.  If there is one thing that we learn from Naomi Klein’s This Changes

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The Ethical Activist Book Club: Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver

Welcome to the first book review in for the Ethical Activist Book Club reading list. We are reading one title every two months, and the book for January and February in 2017 is Barbara Kingsolver’s Orange Prize-winning novel Flight Behaviour. Flight Behaviour primarily tackles the topic of climate change, with story centring on a fictional (but scientifically plausible) ecosystem disruption which causes a migratory butterflies to overwinter in the Appalachian ranges

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Ethical activism, ethical fashion and Nordstrom

It is going to be impossible for this blog to talk about ethical and sustainable fashion without discussing the grave ethical issues that come with the Trump presidency. But you will find that I am not alone. So much of the ethical fashion blogging community is actively engaged in the resistance movement. I stand in solidarity with my US friends and colleagues. On that note, here is a post written

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10 Ethical Fashion & Beauty Brands that Progress Women’s Economic Power

I took my two little sons along to the Canberra sister event in solidarity with the Women’s March in the US. It was inspiring to be a part of the global sisterhood that stood up expressed our anger. (And I very much enjoy being a feminist leader for my little boys) But after the energy that went into the Women’s March across the globe this past weekend  it is important

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2017 Ethical Activist Book Club

As the world teeters towards the brink of ecosystem collapse, politics worldwide is swinging far to the right and undermining social safety nets, and the US is threatening to fall into neo-nazism, it has become abundantly clear that 2017 must be the year that we step up. No longer can we blame our governments for not doing enough. Citizens need to become active and take back our power. Every single

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