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A Lesson in Humility – from 22,000 Years Ago

A Lesson in Humility – from 22,000 Years Ago

When an ecosystem is fully functioning, all the members are present at the assembly ... Human beings come out of that wholeness, and to consider the possibility of reactivating membership in the Assembly of All Beings is in no way regressive Gary Snyder, 'The Practice...

Money Versus Real Currency: The Deeper Economics of the Badger Cull

Money Versus Real Currency: The Deeper Economics of the Badger Cull

I ... cannot understand how the 'badger lobby' seem not to mind at all about the slaughter of thousands of expensive cattle, and yet object to a managed cull of an overpopulation of badgersPrince Charles It's really not like me to quote the royal family, however I'll...

Why I Became a Conscientious Defector

Why I Became a Conscientious Defector

Blog for the Huffington Post, September 2017 Have you ever done anything that’s difficult but absolutely necessary because your conscience requires it? Last week I did just that. As a serving councillor, I switched from The Green Party to Animal Welfare Party,...

Planners Disregard Ancient Toad Crossing in Favour of Human Housing

Planners Disregard Ancient Toad Crossing in Favour of Human Housing

Earlier this year, having spent time and effort campaigning for toad crossing signs to be reinstated at a much-used toad crossing on a country lane a couple of miles from our village, I was delighted when Cheshire East Council agreed to put the toad crossing signs...

Badgers: Ice Age Survivors, and Now Political Scapegoats

Badgers: Ice Age Survivors, and Now Political Scapegoats

Next Thursday I'll be addressing a full meeting of our borough council (Cheshire East) to voice my opposition to the government's planned extension of the badger cull. The cull will come within a few miles of my home, and perilously near some of the setts I've been...