Zero carbon world

A note from the editor

Jess Worth

Can I have some truth with my news please?

It's an honour to have John Pilger back in the pages of the New Internationalist. An unflinching seeker after truth and justice, he has had quite an influence on me over the years.

I remember vividly, as a student, watching his documentary about the brutal Indonesian occupation of East Timor, and the sense of disbelief and outrage at the revelation that my government was providing the Hawk jets responsible for the massacre of thousands.

More than anyone else, it was John Pilger who brought home to me the extent to which the corporate media was presenting me with a distorted picture, and led me to seek out alternative, independent sources of news and analysis. His work is no doubt one of the reasons why I am now at the New Internationalist and not News International...

This month, he releases a new film, taking aim at journalists and the news industry, and the way they support and perpetuate war. We talk to him about it on page 29.

December also sees the Cancún climate summit, for which no-one, it seems, has high hopes. So to counteract the doom and gloom, we tackle the following questions: is a zero carbon world possible? (Answer: yes.) What would it look like? And how can we get there?

Elsewhere in the magazine, we debate the emotive subject of whether there should be any controls at all on immigration, highlight the growing rebellion in West Papua, and take a peek inside the mind of legendary civil rights activist Jesse Jackson.

All this, and (if you’re a subscriber) the magazine now arrives through your letterbox in 100 per cent compostable bags!

Jess Worth for the New Internationalist co-operative.

The big story

20-year-old Meenakshi Diwan does maintenance work on her village’s solar panel. A member of the Orissa Tribal Women’s Barefoot Solar Engineers Association, she is helping local communities in India move away from dependence on fossil fuels.

Powering up to zero

Can we make the transition to a fossil-free future? Jess Worth meets the people who say we can.

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The need for zero – The Facts

The facts and figures of energy emission, consumption and reduction.

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Happy days: George Marshall in the kitchen garden, Forest of Dean, early 1970s.

Back to the future

What will it be like to live in a zero carbon world? George Marshall encourages us to look to the past to find out.

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Good medicine: workers in Jugoremedija, Serbia, have occupied a pharmaceutical factory and run  it themselves.Isabelle Fremeaux and John Jordan

In search of Utopia

Communities across Europe are already living the alternatives, discover Isabelle Fremeaux and John Jordan

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Interview with John Pilger Mikhaela Reid

Interview with John Pilger

Why do so many journalists beat the drums of war and peddle propaganda?

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Rax Interview with Des Kay

Find an unusual way to show you care – something that is fun and has a message that doesn’t overwhelm the spectator. Remember you want them to be on your side.

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Suspected ‘illegal’ immigrants from Somalia in the dock.Noor Khamis / Reuters

Should nation-states open their borders to refugees and migrants?

Two experts debate immigration, then our readers weigh in with their comments

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‘We will be free!’ A Papuan in traditional dress demonstrates against the Indonesian occupation.Achmad Ibrahim/AP/Press Association Image

Indonesia’s Abu Ghraib

West Papuan freedom struggle gathers momentum.

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Okinawans battle to close US bases

Okinawans battle to close US bases

Okinawa currently hosts 75 per cent of US military facilities in Japan

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Jesse Jackson on regrets, rejoicing and racism

Jesse Jackson on regrets, rejoicing and racism

The Baptist minister and US civil rights activist talks to Rowenna Davis about regrets, rejoicing and racism.

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Fatuma, one of JC’s community co-ordinators, at the Nettikulam shop.

Fairer than fair

Just Change India is a tea trade initiative that rights economic wrongs.

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Looking forward in hope. A woman waits in line to cast her vote at a primary school in Nairobi's slum district of Kibera in August 2010.Noor Khamis / Reuters


Thanks to Barack Obama and a piece of mobile technology, Kenya's reputation is now based on more than just safari parks, as Geoffrey Kamadi explains.

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Film, Book & Music Reviews

Where is the real cinema?

Where is the real cinema?

Malcolm Lewis finds quality beyond Disney and exotic settings...

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