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  • World Wide Waste

    World Wide Waste

    The programme ‘Ocean Clean Up’ promises to rid the oceans of ‘plastic soup’. This is a very welcome initiative. But only effective when it is accompanied by a change in the way we deal with plastic, by a change in our sense of self.
  • The reality of climate change

    The reality of climate change

    Many Dutch politicians still consider climate change a long-term issue, but obviously it has become a here and now reality. To become ecologically minded involves putting the environment first and ourselves second – accepting our place in nature.
  • How to stop exploiting and destroying landscapes

    How to stop exploiting and destroying landscapes

    Dutch minister Kamp has again decided in favour of gas exploitation, whilst Europe was hit by unprecedented heavy rainfall, leading to immense destruction. The link between these issues is our ongoing disrespect for the landscape. What can we do?
  • Respecting the Rights of Mother Earth

    Respecting the Rights of Mother Earth

    While various problems threaten us these days, we might forget that the worldwide ecological issue remains. It is only by taking the Rights of Mother Earth seriously that this problem can be structurally solved.
  • Exploiting shale gas: a risky gamble

    Exploiting shale gas: a risky gamble

    The Dutch Minister for Economic Affairs publicly stated in August that he – contrary to many protests – is in favour of this exploitation. His economic short-term thinking seems ignorant of the real scope of the risks involved.