Environmental Resources

Environment & Sustainable Living

Environmental News Websites

Sustainable Living

Plants, Permaculture, Horticulture

Specific Enviro Issues: Food Production, Toxins/Pollutants.

Global Projects/Initiatives.

Environmental Organisations/News Sites

Keeping up to date with current environmental affairs around the world….

Friends of the Earth https://www.foe.co.uk/

Greenpeace www.greenpeace.org.uk/ needs no introduction! Covers many aspects of conservation.

Environmental Health News http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/

One World http://www.oneworld.net/ Another news based website – current environmental affairs

On Earth www.onearth.org

Eco Watch http://ecowatch.com/ Online Magazine for Current Environmental Issues

Care for the Wild www.careforthewild.com Animal conservation charity. Tips on responsible travel, opportunity to adopt animals for conservation fundraising... General info on lots of current issues/petitions etc.. check their blog.

Sustainable Living Links

Green Guide http://www.greenguide.co.uk/

Permaculture Magazine https://www.permaculture.co.uk/ Amazing permaculture resource. If you subscribe to the magazine (under £15 a year) you get back access to issues from the last 25 yrs.

Low Impact: https://www.lowimpact.org/ Practical, useful resource.

Ethical Consumer www.ethicalconsumer.org Fantatstic info on loads of products including natural supplements in uk

Greenfinder www.greenfinder.co.uk Directory for environmentally friendly products/services in the UK

Planet Ark www.planetark.org has information to help people reduce their impact on the environment. Also current environmental news around the world

Freecycle www.freecycle.co.uk: free items-just type in postcode.

Compbio www.compbio.co.uk Wholesale and retail products, good for items such as decomposable cling film, dog poo bags etc..

Green Shopping https://www.green-shopping.co.uk/  Books on sustainable living, permaculture etc…

Incredible Edible www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk Incredible Edible Todmorden: a local grassroots project- sustainable, local food, herbal medicine etc.. the project runs mainly in the Lancashire town of Todmorden but now many other towns are following and becoming part of the 'Incredible Edible' movement.

Transition Towns https://www.transitionnetwork.org/ Sustainable towns of the Future. What started off as a 'trial' (in 2 towns across the UK: Totnes, England and Kinsale, Ireland) has now spread to over 1100 towns in 43 countries! Projects across the world that you can get

WOOF - World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms www.wwoof.net/ WWOOFing provides opportunities to work on organic farms/permaculture projects around the world and learn more about sustainable living.

Living Off the Grid www.livingoffthegrid.com.au fantastic website

Also see the list of online shopping retailers under ‘General Health’

 

Plants, Permaculture, Horticulture

Soil Association https://www.soilassociation.org/ The body that certifies organic produce in the UK. Site is worth exploring

Kew Botanic Gardens www.kew.org Home of the Milenium seed bank: the largest plant conservation project in the world. Check out the blog, horticulture courses, workshops…. Also a large info directory on medicinal and useful plants.

Garden Organic https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/ Organic gardening and sustainable food production.

Permaculture Magazine https://www.permaculture.co.uk/ Amazing permaculture resource. If you subscribe to the magazine (under £15 a year) you get back access to issues from the last 25 yrs.

Incredible Edible http://www.incredibleediblenetwork.org.uk/ An inspiring story of guerilla food growing – a movement which started in the little Lancashire town of Todmorden & is now spreading across the world (in a good way!)

Designing Edible Gardens http://www.designing-edible-gardens.com/ Has some free online info for designing your own edible garden- practical tips, preparation etc..

Abundance by Grow Sheffield http://growsheffield.com/abundance/  Downloadable e-book.

Urban Organic Gardener http://www.urbanorganicgardener.com/ A great blog with tips on apartment gardening

How to Save Seeds http://howtosaveseeds.com/

Seedball http://www.seedball.co.uk/

Guerilla Gardening http://www.guerrillagardening.org/

Vertical Veg http://www.verticalveg.org.uk/ informative blog about urban gardening

 

Food Specific Projects/Organisations

Sustain https://www.sustainweb.org/ Alliance for better food and farming.

Love Food Hate Waste http://england.lovefoodhatewaste.com/ Reducing Food Waste…

Compassion in World Farming www.ciwf.org.uk this organization's main aim is to end factory farming and improve the standard of welfare for farm animals.

Food Ethics Council http://www.foodethicscouncil.org/

The Centre For Food Safety http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/  sounds more like an OH&S website- but it isn't really! It actually holds all sorts of information on food issues from GM foods to farming issues and seed saving. Though it is focused on the USA it is still a useful resource.

Fairtrade http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/ Ensuring farmers/labourers get a fair price rather than being exploited.

Food Comm www.foodcomm.org.uk Independent watchdog on food issues in Britain.

MCS - Marine Conservation Society http://www.mcsuk.org/ Protecting British shores and oceans.

MSC - Marine Stewardship Council www.msc.org/ Info on sustainable fishing and marine conservation issues.

 

Info on Environmental Toxins/Pollutants

Because toxins are such a huge burden to the environment and human health....

EWG - Environmental Working Group www.ewg.org A wealth of information for the general public for all matters relating to the environment. Conducts research and rates products/ingredients in foods/cosmetics etc according to safety.

Beyond Pesticides www.beyondpesticides.org all about environmental toxins.

Pesticide Action Network UK http://www.pan-uk.org/

Toxins in Packaging www.toxinsinpackaging.org

NTN - National Toxins Network www.ntn.org.au

Less Radiation www.lessradiation.co.uk Reviews on the lowest EMR products on the market.

Bioinitiative Report http://www.bioinitiative.org/Led by a team of scientists, the Bioinitiative Report is a collection of evidence related to EMR.

SSM - Stop Smart Meters  www.stopsmartmeters.org.uk Website for evidence against use of smart meters by energy companies.

The National Vaccine Information Centre http://www.nvic.org A public resource for information on vaccines- it is not 'for or against' it's aim is to assist people in making an informed decision.

 

International Projects and Initiatives for Global Health (Herbal Medicine & Food Security)

United Plant Savers http://www.unitedplantsavers.org/ Quest to protect our medicinal plants- info about latest 'At Risk' Herbs.

NCCPG National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens www.nccpg.com Plant heritage and protection- anyone can join- conservation effort to save rare/endangered species in the British Isles.

Plantlife http://www.plantlife.org.uk/ a charity to save and preserve our wild plants in the UK- supported by London Dry Gin. Apart from conservation of Native Juniper (for our favourite Gin Production!), Plantlife supports conservation of all wildflowers. I love the 'No Mow' campain to encourage more wildflowers on roadsides and public spaces as opposed to lifeless manicured lawns.

People and Plant Initiative  www.peopleandplants.org Working with WWF and Unesco to explore creative and sustainable use of plants.

BGCI - Botanic Gardens Conservation International http://www.bgci.org/ Details of botanic gardens across the world, restorations and volunteer opportunites. Also check out the Medicinal Plant Research Center: BGCI- Plants for People. They support development of medicinal plant gardens-affordable healthcare in developing countries.

BGCI - Plants for Life E Book: Medicinal Plant Conservation and Botanic Gardens http://www.bgci.org/ourwork/medplants/  A PDF book all about Medicinal Herbs and how we should go about preserving knowledge and protecting these plants

BGCI Botanic Gardens: Using Biodiversity to Improve Human Wellness E Book https://www.bgci.org/files/Worldwide/Wellbeing/Presspack/wellbeing.pdf  Fabulous Book all about the Role of Plants in Human Wellness. Lists Various Projects from Ghana to Paraguay.

Medcins aux Pieds Nus http://www.docteurwillem.fr/ Developed by Jean Pierre Willem in France 1977, MPN are a wonderful not for profit charity which helps to improve health in populations in need- usually developing nations. They have projects running all over the world from Haiti to Portugal to South East Asia and rely primarily on volunteers. The aim is not simply to administer medicine, but to help communities to become more self sufficient- providing them with skills for self care and helping them to develop their own natural resources/traditional medicine systems where herb gardens usually feature.

WHO (World Health Organization) Traditional Medicine Project http://www.who.int/medicines/publications/traditional/trm_strategy14_23/en/ Here the aim is to encourage the practice of traditional medicine in developing countries - especially regions without access to medical care. However, as I have previously mentioned WHO is a double edged sword because of it’s increasingly strong links to the biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Nevertheless, this particular project is a good concept.

People and Plant Initiative www.peopleandplants.org Working with WWF and Unesco to explore creative and sustainable use of plants to enrich the health of people all across the World.

Herbalists Without Borders http://herbalistswithoutborders.weebly.com/home.html A collective of Herbalists, Researchers, Environmentalists/Conservationists who are coming together on a number of exciting projects around the world. If you have relevant skills you can get involved & help them in their quest to improve global access to herbal medicines and sustainable food.

CWIS - Centre for World Indiginous Studies http://cwis.org/ As I have said many a time before – we owe so much respect to indiginous cultures around the world and it is important that we recognize and preserve traditional knowledge and traditions before it is lost alltogether. With the 'Westernization' of so many countries- younger generations are no longer as interested in ancient teachings – and as the older generations leave us we are at risk of losing this information forever (sometimes thousands of years worth of knowledge and wisdom) so initiatives like this at CWIS are imperative.

The Nutrition Security Institute http://www.nutritionsecurity.org/  Not for Profit Organization focusesd on the Restoration of the World's Soils. Have Various intersting articles to download.

Native Seeds http://www.nativeseeds.org/ Supporting Indiginous growing of Native Crops for food and health, which are more suitable for that Climate and the Land (rather than growing inappropriate crops with modern farming methods). It also has a Seed Saving Project which encourages local people to collect seeds from local plants- for preservation of biodiversity and food security- helping to ensure self sustainability.

Global Diversity Foundation http://www.global-diversity.org/  This Foundation works with communities all around the world. Their goal is to protect biocultural diversity and enhance socio-ecological wellbeing. Great website- interesting work. Check out their News Section & Resources