"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." ― George  Santayana


More or less authoritative articles written for and published by this site

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Articles - Introduction Thu 09 Feb 2017
Index of Articles Sat 09 Dec 2017

Subcategories of Articles

  • General - with 33 articles

    General articles describing some aspect of our history.

    • Russell - with 24 articles

      From Big Bang Comics issue No1 in 1983 comes "Russell - the saga of a peaceful man".  A new page will appear here each day during July. You can get the full print versions on Pete Loveday's site http://www.russellsaga.com/market.html

  • Events and Campaigns

    Articles about specific events or campaigns which crossed organisational boundaries

    • Gatherings - with 7 articles

      Gatherings - locally organised and main gatherings organised by the Green Collective from 1981 to 1984.

    • GreenFields at Glastonbury - with 3 articles

      The GreenFields area at Glastonbury Festival

    • Peace Camps & Demos - with 4 articles

      Peace demos and camps. See also Peace Groups under Organisations for more general articles

  • Opinions - with 3 articles

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

  • Organisations - with 16 articles

    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 - with 4 articles

      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

      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

      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 - with 4 articles

      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 - with 5 articles

      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

      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 - with 1 articles

        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 - with 20 articles

    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 - with 12 articles

      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

      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

      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 - with 13 articles

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

    • Admin Notes

      This category for articles dealing with site admin only visible to authors and above.