Environment


The battle of Hambacher Forest

20 September 2018 Activists have occupied Hambacher Forest for six years to prevent the area being destroyed and mined for coal. State violence, police brutality and coorporate power are combining to try and oust them for good, writes Andrea Brock

Time for politicians to get real about the anthropocene

2 July 2018 Mathew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton argue that we can’t afford to keep investing in a high-carbon economy when the world is on the brink of disaster

No jobs on a dead planet

26 June 2018 The expansion of Heathrow won't bring us economic security. Chris Saltmarsh argues the case for investing in renewable energy infrastructure.

Slow Death in Siberia

17 May 2018 Anne Harris reports on how the UK's coal dependency is devastating the lives of indigenous Shor people.

Why we need a fossil free London

23 April 2018 Fossil fuels underpin a breadth of injustices in London, writes Finnian Murtagh. They also offer an opportunity to unite our struggles.

Don’t believe the hype: Biomass is an environmental disaster

17 April 2018 As the biomass industry scales up, Frances Howe warns of the dangers of relying on a volatile, destructive industry to solve our energy problems.

Where’s the “eco” in ecomodernism?

4 April 2018 A techno-green future of limitless abundance sounds great, writes Aaron Vansintjan, but it's totally unsustainable.

Exposing the economic lies behind the fracking hype

21 March 2018 Fracking isn't just bad for the environment - it's a Ponzi scheme poised for economic disaster, writes Anna Baum

When ‘Good Living’ goes wrong

12 March 2018 Ecuador blazed a trail in sustainability by giving constitutional recognition to the rights of nature in 2008, but the revolutionary concept of Sumak Kawsay, or Good Living, that drove this initiative proved more fragile than hoped when left in the hands of national government, write Joan Pedro-Caranana and Jose Maria Tortosa.

How climate change skepticism was fuelled by big oil companies

14 December 2017 We've known about the devastating implications of climate change for decades now. Louis Mendee investigates the history of corporations in denying these urgent political realities.

Meet the frontline activists facing down the global mining industry

11 December 2017 Activists are defending land, life and water from the global mining industry. Tatiana Garavito, Sebastian Ordoñez and Hannibal Rhoades investigate.

Climate change in the global south drives people to suicide

17 November 2017 Louis Mendee explains the real human costs of climate change for the global south.

We’re risking prison to stop air pollution killing Londoners

31 October 2017 We need drastic action on air pollution now, writes Roger Hallam

Mum’s Colombian mine protest comes to London

9 January 2017 Anne Harris reports on one woman’s fight against a multinational coal giant

The centre-left’s narrative on climate change has convinced no one

23 November 2016 Trump's victory is another sign of the failure of the centre-left's narrative on climate change. A new message is needed, and new politicians to deliver it, writes Alex Randall

Return to Drax

16 October 2016 Frances Howe challenges the validity of 'renewable energy' subsidies for biomass and introduces a new wave of action against Drax power station

The pesticide in our parks, gardens, food, clothes and cosmetic products

9 September 2016 Aisha Dodwell reports on the global battle to ban the chemical glyphosate

Housing and land activists to join forces

30 August 2016 In the run up to a November event Robin Grey makes the case for urban and rural communities to work together to tackle land rights, ownership and usage

Land, life and justice

25 October 2015 Platform’s Suzanne Dhaliwal challenges UK activists to learn from the people living on the frontlines of global environmental struggles

The fight against tar sands is about more than the environment

25 October 2015 Indigenous rights defender Eriel Deranger explains how the struggle against tar sands mining is about protecting her people’s rights and culture

How the next generation is challenging big oil

20 September 2015 Lindsay Alderton explains why a group of children staged a protest intervention against BP

Change or be changed

16 September 2014 Kim Bryan reviews Naomi Klein's latest book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate

Cracking fracking

1 August 2014 Charlotte Johnson describes key developments in the UK anti-fracking struggle

Summer event: the Spark

15 May 2014 A week of workshops, films, discussions, poetry, music, art and more, looking at the fight for social justice in the UK and around the world to take place in June

Exposing the biomass industry – take part in the Biomess Awards

13 March 2014 As the big players in Europe's biomass energy industry get ready for an exclusive industry conference in London, Biofuelwatch plan to host an alternative awards ceremony – the Biomess Awards – and everyone's invited

UN climate talks: pit-stops on the road to nowhere?

21 November 2013 Corporate interests undermined this month's climate change talks in Poland , writes Niccolo Sarno

Young Writers’ Competition

5 August 2013 Win £100 and your writing published in Red Pepper

Can’t see the wood for the desert

16 January 2013 Isaac Rojas looks at the spread of ‘green deserts’ swallowing up vast tracts of the global South

Occupy Kinder Scout: remembering the mass trespass

9 August 2012 Rights of access in the UK owe much to a mass trespass onto Kinder Scout 80 years ago, Dave Toft writes

Interview: can changing the law save the planet?

21 April 2012 Ahead of the launch of her new book, Earth is Our Business, Polly Higgins speaks to Michael Pooler about her mission to have ‘ecocide’ recognised as an international crime

Audio: May elections – Jenny Jones interview

10 April 2012 Jenny Jones, the Green Party candidate for London mayor, speaks to Red Pepper's Tim Hunt and Michael Calderbank

Fueling an oily future

24 November 2011 Art activists Platform look at BP's sponsorship of the Olympics

Natural solidarity

25 July 2010 The Deepwater Horizon oil disaster was as much a disaster for workers as for the planet, writes David Whyte. Reconnecting life and work to the environment must be part of our response

Reduce, reuse, recycle

1 May 2007 How far do you follow the three 'R's of a zero-waste lifestyle philosophy? Tamanna Kalhar suggests some key strategies to help you earn extra eco-friendly brownie points

Drinking the world dry

1 May 2006 Despite its claim 'to benefit and refresh everyone it touches', Coca-Cola has been increasingly accused of destroying communities and the environment around the world

The Last Drop

1 May 2006 Water privatisation has long been promoted as the only way to develop clean water supplies in the global South. But with several high profile failures and revolts, multinationals are pulling out.

Revealed: snooker link to illegal logging

1 September 2003 Snooker and pool cues used in thousands of Britain's pubs and clubs are made from illegally logged timber linked to violence, corruption and human rights abuses in some of the world's most ecologically important tropical forest regions, Red Pepper can reveal.