"History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man" ― Percy Bysshe Shelly

Articles - Introduction

Articles are classified by category. Every article is assigned to a Category. On most pages you will see in the right hand column a list of other articles in the same category, and below that a list of all the categories and subcategories. Clicking on the links will take you direct to the article or a list of articles in the category.

Here is a list of all categories with descriptions

Articles: sub-categories

  • General (9)

    General articles describing some aspect of our history.

  • Events and Campaigns (0)

    Articles about specific events or campaigns which crossed organisational boundaries

  • Opinions (3)

    Articles which express a personal view or analysis of some aspect of our history.

  • Organisations (2)

    Articles relating to particular (formal or informal) organisations. Sub-categories are created once an organisation has more than two articles.

    • PEOPLE and Movement for Survival (4)

      Movement for Survival was announced in the January 1972 issue of the Ecologist. Although not formally a political party it was the first organisation in the world to publicly organise for political action on ecological grounds. Overwhelmed by the response to the Blueprint for Survival issue the Ecologist team did not have the capacity to effectively set up the organisation and passed the unsorted responses to the PEOPLE group.

      Formed in December 1972 PEOPLE existed as an organisation until it name changed to Ecology Party in 1975. PEOPLE merged with (in effect took over) Movement for Survival during 1973 and in 1974 stood candidates in both the general elections.

    • Ecology Party (0)

      The Ecology Party, or Eco as it was familiarly known, existed from 1975 when PEOPLE debated a change of name and finally opted to become Ecology Party, through until 1985 when the name was again changed to The Green Party.

    • Green Party (0)

      In 1985 the Ecology Party formally changed its name to the Green Party. At that stage it covered the whole of the UK including Scotland.

    • Oxford Groups (4)

      This category collects together all articles and materials about groups based in Oxford.

      Oxford during the 1970s was a centre of green-eco activity. Oxfam had been founded in Oxford in 1942. In 1970/1 the first Ecology-Action group in the UK was founded in the city. There was an active branch of Friends of the Earth (FoE) with a shop and campaign headquarters in city. As in many university towns there was a thriving 'alternative' scene In 1976 the Political Ecology Research Group (PERG) was created in Oxford. PERG spawned a campaigning arm in the Oxford Ecology Movement (OEM) quite independently of the Ecology Party. OEM was created explicitly to contest the 1979 elections. Some members of OEM then formed an Oxford Ecology Party (OEP) which soon became part of the national Ecology Party. People from OEP then went on to found Green Line magazine which was run as a collective and continued throughout the 1980s.

       

    • Green Collective (5)

      Articles about the Green Collective activities - see also Events category for specific events like individual Gatherings and the Green Collective newsletters in the document archive.

    • Peace Groups (0)

      A wide variety of peace organisations flourished during the cold war period ranging from the anarchist through the christian to the peace establishment (CND) and even "Tories Against Cruise & Trident" (TACT)

      • Green CND (1)

        Formed as a distinct entity within CND during 1982, Green CND was prominent in the anti-Cruise missile and peace movement campaigns during the 1980s

  • People (8)

    Articles about particular individuals - including biographies, obituaries, interviews, and memories of a particular person by the author.

    Please remember that all such items are extremely subjective and always should always be read with awareness of who wrote it and why.

    • Green Pioneers (12)

      Short potted biographies of some key Green activists and thinkers who pre-date 1972. List available in blog layout (with picture and intro text) or table layout (all listed on a single page)

      • For short introductions to those who were active in the UK in the early stages see Green Activists.
      • For general articles about individuals including obituaries and interviews see People.
    • Green Activists (0)

      Short articles on people who were active in getting the green movement going in the UK. Many are still alive.

      Initial articles will include:

      • Edward Goldsmith - founder of te Ecologist and lead author of Blueprint for Survival
      • Robert Allen - author of Blueprint for Survival
      • Peter Allen - Policy lead for PEOPLE, author of Ecology Party first manifesto
      • Michael Benfield - co-founder of PEOPLE and communications and Election strategist
      • Tony & Lesley Whittaker - co-founders of PEOPLE and first Chairman and Treasurer
      • Clive Lord - National Secretary PEOPLE
      • Jonathan Tyler - Chairman of Ecology Party NEC from 1977
      • Jonathon Porritt  Chairman of Ecology Party NEC from 1979
    • Green Thinkers (0)

      Philosophers and writers on Ecology and Green developing green ideas since about 1970

      Initial articles in preparation include:

      • Arne Naas
      • James Lovelock

      Please do suggest others that you think should be covered here.

      See also Green Pioneers (especially Zeno and Schumacher) and Green Movers, some of whom made significant contributions to green thinking

  • Editorial (13)

    Commentary by the editors on the content and purpose of this site.

An article can belong to only one category, so it is not always obvious where it should be filed. 

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You can find a list of all tags here. Towards the bottom of the right hand column a list of up to five articles with closest match of tags may be shown. At the bottom of the right hand column is a cloud of the most frequently used tags - again clicking on the word will take you to a list of articles carrying that tag.

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  • the list of tags assigned to the article
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A similar system of categories and tags is used for the document library.