A former monk and long-term peace and environment activist, Satish Kumar has been quietly setting the global agenda for change for over 50 years. He was just nine when he left his family home to join the wandering Jains, and 18 when he decided he could achieve more back in the world, campaigning for land reform in India and working to turn Gandhi's vision of a renewed India and a peaceful world into reality.
Inspired in his early 20s by the example of the British peace activist Bertrand Russell, Satish embarked on an 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage. Carrying no money and depending on the kindness and hospitality of strangers, he and a colleague walked from India to America, via Moscow, London and Paris, to deliver a humble packet of 'peace tea' to the leaders of the world's then four nuclear powers.
In 1973 Satish settled in the UK becoming the editor of Resurgence magazine, a position he held until 2016, making him the UK's longest-serving editor of the same magazine. During this time, he has been the guiding spirit behind a number of now internationally respected ecological and educational ventures. He cofounded Schumacher College in South Devon, where he is a Visiting Fellow.
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Patricia Kombo is a youth climate activist in Kenya. She is best known for her tree planting initiatives as part of her nonprofit PaTree Initiative. The initiative has planted over 10,000 trees as of 2020. For this work, Kombo has been named a United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Land Hero.
Kombo is originally from Mbooni, Makueni County. Kombo studied journalism at Moi University.
In January 2021, Patricia started work as social media manager at the Centre for Environmental Justice and Development
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17-year-old young British Bangladeshi Dr Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl from the Chew Valley near Bristol is a prominent birder, naturalist, conservationist, environmentalist, race activist, writer, speaker and broadcaster, writing the Birdgirl Blog since January 2014 when she was 11 years old, which is extremely popular with both adults and children and now has over 4 million views. She has travelled all her life, visiting all seven continents when she was 13 years old, giving her a global perspective on conservation and the needs of indigenous peoples. She writes posts about birding, nature, stopping climate breakdown, conservation and stopping species loss, other environmental issues and racism from around the world.
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Mukti grew up with eco-ideas and when he left education he wanted to put them into practice. To his surprise, he found every lifestyle choice he made to reduce his carbon footprint made him happier and healthier. A few years later he sailed around Britain in an eco-micro yacht as a promotional tour with the message that “reducing your carbon footprint improves your quality of life”.
In 25 years of pioneering work low-carbon expert Mukti Mitchell has shown that cutting your carbon footprint makes you happier, healthier and gives you more joie de vivre. Welcome to his low carbon living resource. Here you will find his guidebook, articles and links to inspire and help you along the way, small happy footstep by small happy footstep!
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Margaret Kelly, Suffragist
Margaret Kelly (1877 – 1974), born in Salcombe, was the eldest daughter of Rev. Maitland Kelly and his wife Agnes Clare. She had three full brothers and sisters. Her mother died in 1885 and Maitland married again, two years later, Elfreda Carey, with whom he had a further four children. The Kelly family moved to Ottery St Mary, where Maitland became vicar. Elfreda, whose stepchildren were very fond of her, died in 1891, shortly after the birth of her son Reginald. Although her father’s sister-in-law Ella came to help look after the family, Margaret gradually took on responsibility for the running of the household. Margaret and her sisters were educated at home by a governess.
In 1899 Maitland Kelly inherited Kelly House at Kelly in West Devon from his brother Reginald. He came to live at Kelly as squire and rector, although the church was also served by a vicar. The family had six indoor servants in 1901, in addition to the governess.
The Launceston branch of the NUWSS was established in 1913, after an abortive attempt to launch one in 1911, and covered parishes and communities in West Devon as well as in Cornwall. Alice Wevill of St Mary’s Vicarage Launceston became the secretary and Miss Kelly of Kelly House the treasurer. There is little recorded about the activity of the branch: Frances Balfour was due to speak at a public meeting there in November 1913, and Common Cause advertised a branch garden-party to be held on June 11 1914.
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Saint David (Welsh: Dewi Sant; Latin: Davidus; c. 500 – c. 589) was a Welsh bishop of Mynyw (now St Davids) during the 6th century. He is the patron saint of Wales. David was a native of Wales, and a relatively large amount of information is known about his life. His birth date, however, is uncertain: suggestions range from 462 to 512. He is traditionally believed to be the son of Saint Non and the grandson of Ceredig ap Cunedda, king of Ceredigion. The Welsh annals placed his death 569 years after the birth of Christ, but Phillimore's dating revised this to 601.
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Wikipedia Jacqueline Myriam McGlade (born May 30, 1955) is a British-born Canadian marine biologist and environmental informatics professor. Her research concerns the spatial and nonlinear dynamics of ecosystems, climate change and scenario development. She is currently professor of resilience and sustainable development at the University College London Institute for Global Prosperity and Faculty of Engineering, UK, and professor at Strathmore University in the Institute for Public Policy and Governance, Kenya.
She was executive director of the European Environment Agency from 2003 to 2013, where she was on leave from her post as professor of environmental informatics at University College London.
Between 2014 and 2017 she was chief scientist and director of the Science Division of the United Nations Environment Programme based in Nairobi. From 2017 to 2019 she was professor and director of the Sekenani Research Centre of the Maasai Mara University, Kenya.
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Taking a radical stance on the way we produce our objects, Alice & Gavin Munro are at the cutting edge of an emerging art form, an art form that highlights an interesting way to be closer to art and nature and to create symbiotic abundance for both.
Challenging the way we create products as well as how we see the items with which we surround ourselves, the Grown Furniture has an immediate tactile, visceral and organic appeal.
The first seed was sown when as a young boy playing in the garden, Gavin noticed an overgrown bonsai tree had the distinct appearance of a chair.
It was an image that stayed in his mind for 25 years.
The second seed had time to germinate when he had lots of time to think about that chair a few years later. Gavin went through several operations to straighten his spine.
“It’s where I learnt patience. There were long periods of staying still, plenty of time to observe what was going on and reflect. It was only after doing this project for a few years a friend pointed out that I must know exactly what it’s like to be shaped and grafted on a similar time scale.” – Gavin Munro
The third and final seed of the project sprouted twenty years later on a beach in San Francisco – after Art College, a Degree in Furniture Design, an apprenticeship to a cabinet-maker and a long stint building with natural materials in Scotland and California – Gavin had a period of making driftwood furniture.
It was a sheer delight to see what new materials each tide would bring, then a matter of stitching the wood back together – each ‘stitch’ fitting into carefully cut-out mortices.
This was the moment Gavin realised that we could grow trees directly into beautiful and useful shapes.
How are these Grown Furniture pieces made?
In essence it’s an incredibly simple art. You start by training and pruning young tree branches as they grow over specially made formers. At certain points we then graft them together so that the object grows in to one solid piece – I’m interested in the way that this is like an organic 3D printing that uses air, soil and sunshine as its source materials. After it’s grown into the shape we want, we continue to care for and nurture the tree, while it thickens and matures, before harvesting it in the Winter and then letting it season and dry. It’s then a matter of planing and finishing to show off the wood and grain inside.
The whole process takes place over seasons and years – between 4 and 8 years to grow a chair – but when you look at how long and how much effort it takes us now to go from having no tree to the final wooden object, then you realise that the craft we’re a part of developing is not just more cooperative with the natural world; it has an elegant efficiency all of it own.
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Eveline Alicia Juliana Herbert (1834 – 1906) was the daughter of Henry Herbert, 3rd Earl of Carnarvon and his wife Henrietta. On 15 Feb 1855 she married Isaac Fellowes (Wallop) who became the 5th Earl of Portsmouth. The family had estates around Lymington in Hampshire but in 1794 had also inherited the Fellowes Estate in Eggesford, Devon. She and Isaac had twelve children including Newton, who succeeded to the title of Earl of Portsmouth on his father’s death in 1891.
Eveline signed one of the early petitions presented by members of the suffrage movement to the Houses of Parliament. To accompany her signature of the petition she sent a letter to Mrs Fawcett dated 7 May 1892, saying that she ‘gladly signs the enclosed.’
For more information see also:
Margherita Rendel, ‘The campaign in Devon for Women’s Suffrage, 1866-1908’, Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 2008, vol. 40, p.111-151.
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