This section considers how we can build a world that works both for the planet and for its people. We draw attention to the perils of deep sea mining and continued coal extraction while considering solutions to the environmental crisis through interview pieces and critical analysis of current, technological solutions.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/12/07/big-story-biodiversity-case-nature

    The case for nature

    As the alarm sounds on the sixth mass extinction, Dinyar Godrej squares up to what we need to do to avert it.

  • New Internationalist image for /immersive/2021/01/06/sheltering-fjf-forest

    How ancient forest gardens keep hunger at bay

    Tesfa-Alem Tekle showcases the unique agroforestry system that sustains communities in Ethiopia’s southern highlands.

  • New Internationalist image for /immersive/2021/01/06/planet-fjf-farm

    Planet farm

    Rob Wallace connects industrialized farming to the emergence of ever more deadly pathogens.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/12/07/what-if-we-got-real-about-sustainability

    What if…we got real about sustainability?

    It might reverse the UN’s order of holiness, Vanessa Baird finds.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2021/01/06/return-fjf-wild

    Back to the wild

    Natalia Torres Garzon on the return to wild food sources in Mexico.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/10/06/what-if-exporting-waste-were-banned

    What if…exporting waste were banned?

    Time to face our own rubbish, Vanessa Baird suggests.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/11/19/enforcing-ecological-catastrophe-all-costs

    Enforcing ecological catastrophe at all costs

    After an activist is hospitalized in Germany following police action, Andrea Brock reflects on the criminalization of, and violence against, environmental defenders in Europe by state and private actors.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/11/17/9-inspiring-food-aid-projects

    9 inspiring food-aid projects

    Emergency relief can be done in ways that go beyond sticking-plaster solutions. Frideswide O’Neill and Hazel Healy profile nine groups doing things differently…

  • New Internationalist image for /immersive/2020/11/10/how-foodbanks-went-global

    How foodbanks went global

    The rise of food charity in some of the most affluent countries is surely a sign that something has gone badly wrong. So why is this broken model being exported to the rest of the world? Charlie Spring investigates.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/10/06/witness-hunger-food-poverty

    ‘People can't afford to eat'

    Penny Walters bears witness to food poverty in the UK and suggests a way out of it. As told to Hazel Healy.

  • New Internationalist image for /immersive/2020/09/29/death-covid-19-or-hunger

    Death by Covid-19 – or hunger?

    The pandemic has left millions of people on the brink of starvation. Hazel Healy asks why our food system is failing the poorest so badly – and offers a glimpse of a more equitable path. With extra reporting by Mohamed Camara.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/09/30/how-bend-curve-biodiversity-loss

    How to bend the curve of biodiversity loss

    As the UN convenes the Biodiversity Summit in New York, Joji Cariño, Andy Whitmore, Milka Chepkorir and Claire Bracegirdle argue the case for centering the knowledge of indigenous people and local communities in the fight against biodiversity loss.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/09/29/introducing-food-justice-files

    Introducing… the Food Justice files

    New Internationalist launches a one-year series dedicated to unpicking why hunger persists.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/09/23/organic-food-human-right-says-leading-food-scientist

    Organic food is a ‘human right’, says leading food scientist

    To stamp out pesticides from our fragile food systems is to protect those most prone to ill health, Friends of the Earth’s senior staff scientist, Kendra Klein explains to Yasmin Dahnoun.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/08/03/battle-heavyweights

    Battle of the heavyweights

    Jan Goodey reports on the legal bid to save the Amazon fringe that could set a worldwide precedent for forest protection.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/06/11/agony-uncle

    In an uncertain global future, is it ethical to have children?

    Ethical and political dilemmas abound these days. Seems like we’re all in need of a New Internationalist perspective. Enter stage: Agony Uncle.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/07/27/criminalizing-hunger

    Criminalizing hunger

    In Chile, state security forces are increasingly detaining, beating and harassing the volunteers of community-led soup kitchens. Carole Concha Bell speaks to the organizers resisting this intimidation.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/07/06/global-fight-clean-air

    The global fight for clean air

    What’s in store for the future when it comes to stopping air pollution? Watch experts and campaigners discuss the fight for clean air at a New Internationalist live event.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/04/07/how-stop-progress

    How to stop progress

    Dana Drugmand explains how the powerful car industry has continually blocked change to keep us hooked.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/07/01/i-dont-want-live-like-this

    ‘I don’t want to live like this’

    Community journalists from the northeast of England on the impact of air pollution on their lives.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/04/07/top-class

    Top of the class

    Dirty air is not an impossible problem. Beth Gardiner assesses some places cleaning up their act.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/04/07/fed-fumes

    Fed up with the fumes

    Dirty air in Nigeria takes a huge toll on lives and livelihoods. But civil society is not short of ideas for change, as Michael Simire finds out.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/04/07/long-read-hitting-population-brakes

    Hitting the population brakes

    Popular wisdom has it that everything is speeding up, including population growth. Danny Dorling shows just how wrong that is – and argues that we are actually in a time of slowdown. A tour of future population prospects for key hotspots

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/04/07/hidden-polluters

    The hidden polluters

    Agricultural air pollution seems to be a tough nut to crack. Amy Hall explores the air-pollution problem down on the farm.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/04/07/unfit-habitation

    Unfit for habitation

    India’s air pollution crisis affects millions, and not just in Delhi. Aruna Chandrasekhar meets people forced to live, and resist, at Mumbai’s toxic perimeter.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/06/02/water-weapon-war

    Water as a weapon of war

    Turkey is restricting access to a vital life source for thousands of people in northeast Syria. A new crowdfunder is raising money for water infrastructure in the region, writes Jo Taylor from the campaign.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/04/07/big-story-air-pollution-protect-life

    To protect life

    Covid-19 has shown us that swift action on global health is possible, even if it still falls short. What could we achieve, asks Amy Hall, if we took an urgent approach to air pollution, another widespread killer?

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/04/27/covid-19-cannot-be-excuse-more-toxic-air

    Covid-19 cannot be an excuse for more toxic air

    Air pollution kills millions of people each year. In the post-virus rush to return to ‘business as usual’, we could end up with worse air quality than ever before unless we make radical changes. Amy Hall writes.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/04/27/plight-spain-migrant-workers

    The plight of Spain’s migrant workers

    Many in Southern Spain's migrant workforce have long been alleging systematic exploitation from employers. Clare Carlile explains the repercussions for workers demanding more during this crisis. 

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/03/03/violence-conservation

    The violence of ‘conservation’

    Fiore Longo of Survival International argues for an end to big conservation projects that abuse and destroy the very peoples who know how to protect the land.​

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2020/02/11/inside-trojan-horse

    Inside the Trojan horse

    BP or not BP activist Phil Ball on the love, sweat, and ingenuity of the unprecedented 51-hour creative takeover of the British Museum.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2019/10/16/debate-concern-about-population-growth-exaggerated-yes-no

    Is concern about population growth exaggerated?

    Does obsession with population size miss the point? Mohan Rao and Sara Parkin weigh in on the debate.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2019/08/14/big-story-oceans-who-owns-sea

    Who owns the sea?

    Vanessa Baird examines the free-for-all consensus when it comes to the world’s oceans, and its implications for our future.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2019/10/01/deep-sea-dilemma

    Deep-sea dilemma

    Sea-bed mining promises many riches, but at great risk. Should we pause for thought? asks marine biologist Diva Amon.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2019/09/27/marine-gene-rush

    Marine gene rush

    The race is on to patent all marine life – and some have got a head start. Marine scientist Robert Blasiak explains to Vanessa Baird what it means.

  • New Internationalist image for /features/2019/04/09/life-after-coal

    Life after coal

    Can we move away from fossil fuels without destroying the communities that rely on them? Sam Adler Bell looks to the devastated US coalfields of Appalachia.