Edward Goldsmith

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Edward Goldsmith was the founding editor and publisher of The Ecologist. Known for his outspoken views opposing industrial society and economic development, he expressed a strong sympathy for the ways and values of traditional peoples. He co-authored the influential A Blueprint for Survival with Robert Allen, becoming a founding member of the political party "People" (later renamed the Green Party), itself largely inspired by the Blueprint. Goldsmith's more conservative view of environmentalism put him to some extent at odds with the more socialist currents of thought, which came to dominate within the Green Party.

Green Party (UK)

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The manifesto was inspired by A Blueprint for Survival published by The Ecologist magazine. The editor of The Ecologist, Edward 'Teddy' Goldsmith, merged his 'Movement for Survival' with PEOPLE. Goldsmith became one of the leading members of the new party during the 1970s. With "Steady State" economics featured in the party's philosophical basis, the all-UK party became a persistent and growing presence in general elections and European elections, often fielding enough candidates to qualify for television and radio election broadcasts.

1972 in science

January – A Blueprint for Survival first published as a special edition of The Ecologist magazine in the United Kingdom. James Lovelock first refers to the Gaia hypothesis in print. Daniel Quillen formulates higher algebraic K-theory. Daniel Gorenstein announces a 16-step program for completing the classification of finite simple groups. Richard M. Karp shows that the Hamiltonian cycle problem is NP-complete. January 31 – Immunosuppressive effect of ciclosporin discovered by a team at Sandoz, Basel, under Hartmann F. Stähelin. Tu Youyou and collaborators obtain a pure extract of the antiplasmodial drug artemisinin.


Subsequently recognized as perhaps the world's earliest Green party this had the first edition of the Manifesto for a Sustainable Society as a background statement of policies inspired by A Blueprint for Survival (published by The Ecologist magazine). The editor of The Ecologist, Edward 'Teddy' Goldsmith (elder brother of the financier James Goldsmith), merged his Italian 'Movement for Survival' with PEOPLE. Goldsmith became one of the leading members of the new party during the 1970s. The party stood six candidates in the February 1974 General Election. They received a total of 4,576. The party lost all of its deposits by failing to win 12.5% of the votes cast, namely a total of £900.


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In January 1972, Edward Goldsmith and Robert Prescott-Allen—editors of The Ecologist—published A Blueprint for Survival, which called for a radical programme of decentralisation and deindustrialization to prevent what the authors referred to as "the breakdown of society and the irreversible disruption of the life-support systems on this planet". In 2019, a summary for policymakers of the largest, most comprehensive study to date of biodiversity and ecosystem services was published by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. The report was finalised in Paris. The main conclusions: 1.

1972 in the United Kingdom

A Blueprint for Survival first published as a special edition of The Ecologist magazine (January). 5 January – Philip Davies, politician. 23 January – Gavin Barwell, politician. 27 January – Mark Owen, singer (Take That). 9 February - Darren Ferguson, footballer. 11 February – Steve McManaman, footballer. 19 February – Malky Mackay, footballer. 6 March – Terry Murphy, snooker player. 20 March – Alexander Kapranos, singer and guitarist (Franz Ferdinand). 28 March – Nick Frost, actor. 3 April – Paul Greaves, musician, bass guitarist (Blue Haze, The Bangers). 16 April – John McGuinness, motorcycle racer. 17 April – Vicky Lupton, English racewalker. 22 April – Sarah Patterson, actress. 2 May – Paul

Resurgence & Ecologist

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In September 2012, Resurgence merged with The Ecologist, resulting in the new, jointly named publication. *Schumacher College * Resurgence & Ecologist home page

Zac Goldsmith

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In 1997, Goldsmith was appointed Reviews Editor of The Ecologist by his uncle Edward Goldsmith, the magazine's founding editor, owner and publisher. In 1998, he became Editor-in-Chief and Director of The Ecologist but did not draw a salary. He relaunched The Ecologist on 28 March 2000 in a new format, transforming its academic journal-style into a current affairs-magazine format, thereby broadening its appeal and trebling its circulation. In January 2006, when assuming a post as the reviewer of Conservative environmental policies for David Cameron, who had recently become party leader, it was announced that Goldsmith was to step down as editor.

Satish Kumar

He has been a Jain monk, nuclear disarmament advocate, pacifist, and is the current editor of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine. Now living in England, Kumar is founder and Director of Programmes of the Schumacher College international centre for ecological studies, and of The Small School. His most notable accomplishment is the completion, together with a companion, E. P. Menon, of a peace walk of over 8,000 miles in 1973–4, from New Delhi to Moscow, Paris, London, and Washington, D.C., the capitals of the world's earliest nuclear-armed countries. He insists that reverence for nature should be at the heart of every political and social debate.

Paul Kingsnorth

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He has subsequently worked as commissioning editor for openDemocracy, as a publications editor for Greenpeace and, between 1999 and 2001, as deputy editor of The Ecologist. He was named one of Britain's 'top ten troublemakers' by the New Statesman magazine in 2001. In 2004, he was one of the founders of the Free West Papua Campaign, which campaigns for the secession of the provinces of Papua and West Papua from Indonesia, where Kingsnorth was made an honorary member of the Lani tribe in 2001.

Pat Thomas (journalist)

Pat Thomas
In 2004 she began writing the "Behind the Label" column, which exposed risky chemicals in everyday products, for the Ecologist magazine. In 2005 she became the Ecologist’s Health Editor and authored some of the magazine's most widely read feature investigations. By 2007 Thomas had been appointed editor of the Ecologist magazine, a position she held until June 2009 when the print magazine switched to a online format. As editor, she spearheaded the magazine's campaigns, acted as its public face in the media and helped established the Ecologist Film Unit with film partners the international investigations agency Ecostorm. She was also responsible for a major redesign of the magazine.

Mark Lynas

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He is a contributor to New Statesman, The Ecologist, Granta and Geographical magazines, and The Guardian and The Observer newspapers in the UK; he also worked on the film The Age of Stupid. He was born in Fiji, grew up in Peru and the United Kingdom and holds a degree in history and politics from the University of Edinburgh. He lives in Oxford, England. He has published several books including Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet (2007) and The God Species: Saving the Planet in the Age of Humans (2011). He has stated "I think there is a 50–50 chance we can avoid a devastating rise in global temperature."

Helena Norberg-Hodge

The Ecologist magazine. The Right Livelihood Award website. The International Forum on Globalizatioon (IFG). Helena Norberg-Hodge, on the portal RAI Economy.

Local Futures

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Local Futures' directors also form the editorial board of The Ecologist magazine. Local Futures/ISEC homepage. The Ecologist.

Oliver Tickell

Upon his appointment in October 2013 as editor of The Ecologist, Oliver Tickell said: :"I am very excited to being taking on this role. The Resurgence Trust is a fantastic place for The Ecologist to be. I have been reading The Ecologist since the 1980s and am ever-mindful of its values and principles. My aim is to manifest those values in a different media landscape and I particularly want to make the website more interactive so it becomes a focus for ideas and debate serving the green movement."

Global issue

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Solutions to global issues generally require cooperation among nations.

Rachel Carson

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Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.

Julian Huxley

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Sir Julian Sorell Huxley (22 June 1887 – 14 February 1975) was a British evolutionary biologist, eugenicist, and internationalist. He was a proponent of natural selection, and a leading figure in the mid-twentieth century modern synthesis. He was secretary of the Zoological Society of London (1935–1942), the first Director of UNESCO, a founding member of the World Wildlife Fund and the first President of the British Humanist Association.

United Nations Conference on the Human Environment

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The United Nations Conference on the Human Environment was held in Stockholm, Sweden from June 5–16 in 1972.


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Weyler, Rex (2004), Greenpeace: How a Group of Ecologists, Journalists and Visionaries Changed the World, Rodale ISBN: 1594861064. Mulvaney, Kieran; Warford, Mark (1996): Witness: Twenty-Five Years on the Environmental Front Line, Andre Deutsch. Zelko, Frank (2013): Make it a Green Peace. The Rise of Countercultural Environmentalism (Oxford University Press, 2013) ISBN: 978-0-19-994708-9, book review: Jan-Henrik Meyer (2016): Where did Environmentalism come from. Zelko, Frank (2017): Scaling Greenpeace: From Local Activism to Global Governance, in: Historical Social Research 42 (2), 318-342. Zelko, Frank (2013): Make it a Green Peace.

Friends of the Earth

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Article of Friends of the Earth France "Multinationals : Ecologists See Red". Friends of the Earth International YouTube channel.

Frank Fraser Darling

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Sir Frank Fraser Darling FRSE (23 June 1903 – 22 October 1979) was an English ecologist, ornithologist, farmer, conservationist and author, who is strongly associated with the highlands and islands of Scotland. He gives his name to the Fraser Darling effect. Fraser Darling was born in Soresby Street in Chesterfield in northern England, the illegitimate son of Harriet Cowley Ellse Darling and Cpt. Frank Moss. His mother was the daughter of a prosperous family from Sheffield. Her family wanted the child to be fostered and forgotten about. However, she would not cooperate and refused to part with Frank.

The Guardian

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The Guardian is a British daily newspaper. It was founded in 1821 as The Manchester Guardian, and changed its name in 1959. Along with its sister papers The Observer and The Guardian Weekly, the Guardian is part of the Guardian Media Group, owned by the Scott Trust. The trust was created in 1936 to "secure the financial and editorial independence of the Guardian in perpetuity and to safeguard the journalistic freedom and liberal values of the Guardian free from commercial or political interference".

Peter Medawar

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Sir Peter Brian Medawar (28 February 1915 – 2 October 1987) was a Brazilian-born British biologist, whose work on graft rejection and the discovery of acquired immune tolerance was fundamental to the practice of tissue and organ transplants. For his works in immunology he is regarded as the "father of transplantation". He is remembered for his wit both in person and in popular writings. Famous zoologists such as Richard Dawkins referred to him as "the wittiest of all scientific writers", and Stephen Jay Gould as "the cleverest man I have ever known".

Global warming

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Global warming is the long-term rise in the average temperature of the Earth's climate system. It is a major aspect of climate change, and has been demonstrated by direct temperature measurements and by measurements of various effects of the warming. The terms global warming and climate change are often used interchangeably. However, speaking more accurately, global warming denotes the mainly human-caused increase in global surface temperatures and its projected continuation, but climate change includes both global warming and its effects, such as changes in precipitation.