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Babies born in high-intensity oil and gas areas are 70% more likely to develop congenital heart defects

This study provides further evidence of a positive association between maternal proximity to oil and gas well site activities and several types of CHDs. As if we needed more evidence that oil and gas drilling is bad news: mothers living near intense oil and gas development are 40-70% more likely to have babies with congenital heart defects (CHDs). Published in […]

A New Story for the Earth

“The deepest crises experienced by any society are those moments of change when the story becomes inadequate for meeting the survival demands of a present situation.” – Thomas Berry   We live in a time of multiple, interconnected crises- from climate change and ecological breakdown to the rise of the far right and gross global inequality. Thomas Berry, ‘geologian’, cultural […]

Rooting rebellion in nature

Reflections on the legacy of philosopher and ‘geologian’ Thomas Berry, ten years after his death. I first met Thomas Berry at a talk in 1996 and immediately recognised him as an elder with a rare far-sightedness about our past, present and future. He pulled no punches during his talk: “The industrial process is now in its terminal phase. This is the […]

The Banyabutumbi and Other Indigenous Communities Living in the Lake Edward Ecosystems

There are four main ethnic groupings that live around Lake Edward and these are: the Banyabutumbi, abahoro, abakingwe and abakonjo. The Banyabutumbi live around Lake Edward; the abahoro live around Lake Katwe; the abakingwe live around Lake Katwe and Lake Edward [Rwenshama] and the Bakonzo live around Lake Katwe, Lake Edward and Kazinga channel. The Banyabutumbi communities constitute the majority […]