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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 gifts to inspire, play and learn

This thoughtful gift guide was compiled by Leah Wise and original appeared on her ethical fashion and lifestyle blog Stylewise.  Clothes are great, but it’s safe to say I’ve accumulated more than enough. I’m fortunate to get nearly two weeks off of work around Christmas time, so I’m always looking for games, books, and other activities to enjoy as I savor long stretches of free time. In light of that,

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What I am doing to respond to Trump and the rise of the extreme right

The world will never be the same. But perhaps the election of Trump is a good thing. Only that is so f##king scary that it may well be the shock we all need to get out there and fight with all our might. There are so many thing that we need to do to fight this world. But we can’t let the globe to succumb the twin threats of climate

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Sustainable food for the holiday season (and gifts for sustainable foodies)

Some holiday inspiration, which originally appeared on Elizabeth Stilwell’s beautiful blog The Note Passer.  This holiday season is gonna be awkward. Let’s focus on the food, shall we? Almost all of our holidays revolve around food and a meal together — that’s kind of the point. They grew out of harvest festivals and celebrations during times when people didn’t have as much access to food as we do now (or

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What does the Trump Presidency mean for ethical citizens around the world?

Like most of my liberal peers around the world I am in a state of shock. I never expected to be living in a world in which the US was led by a President Trump. Even some of the right wing government ministers in Australia openly said that they hoped Clinton would win the race. Yet here we are. I haven’t had a lot of time to come to terms

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Empowering Tibetan women through social enterprise: The Maya Mountain story

Today I’d like to introduce you to a very meaningful Tibetan social enterprise. Many of you will know that I am a community development practitioner,and I am passionate about the potential of social enterprise to contribute to meaningful change and sustainable economic opportunities. I particularly love sharing projects that empower women who are living their traditional lifestyles, to allow them to develop in ways that honour their valuable cultural traditions and way of

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6 things you can do to create our sustainable future

I am in middle of reading The Great Disruption and feeling somewhat overwhelmed by the state of the climate crisis, and the degree of transformation we will need to we in order to survive it. This Changes Everything inspires much the same nervousness. It is very clear that a global economy founded on consumer capitalism cannot survive if we want to survive. We have to choose- survival of the human race or business-as-usual. It

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Guide to hosting a sustainable children’s party

My oldest son is turning 4 this week. At times I feel as though I’ve been a mother forever, whilst at the same time I can’t quite believe that my little boy is already turning 4! This week we are also hosting a lovely party for him, and we will do our best to keep it a sustainable one. To connect in with this, I am pleased to introduce Julia

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