The Ecologist

The Ecologist is the world’s leading environmental affairs platform. Our aim is to educate and inform as many people as possible about the wonders of nature, the crisis we face and the best solutions and methods in managing that crisis.

Only the lonely

By Ross Crates, Dejan Stojanovic, Naomi Langmore and Rob Heinsohn Just as humans learn languages, animals learn behaviours crucial for survival and reproduction from older, experienced individuals of the same species. In this way, important “cultures” such as bird songs…

Waste not, want not

Brendan Montague The Food Waste Index Report 2021 looks at food waste that occurs in retail outlets, restaurants and homes. A staggering 931 million tonnes of food – 17 percent of total food available to consumers in 2019 – went into the waste bins…

Vale’s crime in Brumadinho

Saul Jones Brazilian activists continue to campaign for justice two years on from the Brumadinho mining disaster in Brazil. For two years now, the people of Brumadinho, Brazil have endured tireless searches and rescue attempts, looking for missing loved ones…

Sustainability starts in the classroom

Emily Folk Education is the best start to a sustainable life. Sustainability and caring about the planet are worthwhile causes that need consistent attention and care from our communities. While sustainability starts at home and on a personal level, education…

Blowing up pipelines

Walter Benjamin famously described revolution as humanity’s attempt to “activate the emergency brake” in the locomotive of history. His words, written amid the turmoil of World War II, still ring true in times of climate crisis and runaway ecological breakdown.…

XR promises wave of action for COP26

Extinction Rebellion (XR) announces strategy to put pressure on the government in the run-up to next November’s UN climate talks. Online disruption, financial civil disobedience and one-person road-blocks are some of the action XR is urging its followers to take…

Why we created the Mock Cop26 treaty

Young people across the world are tired of empty climate promises – that’s why we created the Mock COP26 treaty. “If you won’t include us in the conversation properly, we’ll start the conversation ourselves.” It is evident, from the postponement…

Black Friday and the climate emergency

Black Friday could easily refer to today’s carbon footprint driven by the spree of overconsumption, fuelled by advertising. Black Friday is hyped as the most frenzied day in the year for rampant consumerism. The term began in Philadelphia in the…

Polluting investments not in our name

Daniel Willis Parliamentarians and NGOs across Europe have signed joint statements calling for public development banks to respect human rights and stop funding fossil fuels. Last week saw the first ever international meeting of public finance institutions, dubbed the Finance…

Nobel Prize for a gene bomb

Silvia Ribeiro CRISPR and new forms of gene manipulation must not be allowed anywhere near our food systems or into the wider environment. Alfred Nobel himself might see the irony. The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry – named after the…

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