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A brief word of explanation about the lack of progress in here since February. Nothing has been done for the past month, and not much is likely to get done until after Easter.

The reason is simply that {gallery rows=1 maxcount=3 alignment="after-clear"}myfolder{/gallery} more pressing concerns about the Ecological Collapse and Climate Chaos that has clearly now started have taken priority in my life. I have become somewhat involved in the Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement, which does seem to be a movement whose time has finally come. After 40 years of frankly pissing around with trivial (in the grand scheme) changes without tackling the underlying problem of an unsustainable civilisation, a section of the green movement is finally waking up and preparing to take direct action in support of changes needed to attempt to stabilise the climate and the eco-systems of which we are a part somewhere short of mass extinction of virtually all mammalian life and hopefully (but less likely) before the collapse of our civilisation.

Thus my focus is elsewhere, certainly until the April events are under way. 

In addition my other project to build a resilient lifestyle for myself that is in no way dependent on industrial civilisation is of necessity ramping up.

Green-History.uk remains, I believe, a very important project and one I certainly hope to return to before too long. Already the understand gained from this study have informed other parts of my life. It is notable that XR itself - particularly under the guidance of Roger Hallam has very much been making use of insights from studying earlier resistance movements. This is one of the reasons I have some hope that we might be able to succeed - it is far from certain, but it seems like our best chance.

I would urge all readers to join together with the Rebellion movement - whether actively taking direct action in London from April 15th, or by expressing your support to your friends and family and colleagues. There will be no truth told about this in the mainstream media - it is up to you to protect and conserve your living history by finding and telling the real stories as they emerge.

Been doing more tinkering this week with the vexed question of how best to organise and catalogue the growing amount of material. I'd like to get things improved before the next big tranche of documents gets uploaded as I feel that we haven't got it right yet.

The first issue is that there are three distinct types of material on here. There are articles which appear in this main area on the page with menus and other information above and to the right. Then there are images - photos and graphics - which generally appear embedded in articles, but may also form pages of image galleries on particular themes or events (or they will when I get around to it...). And thirdly there are the source documents which are available for download as pdf files from the Document Library. 

There is, and has been from the beginning, much confusion about the difference between ‘environmentalism’ and ‘ecology’, as can be seen in statements put out by PEOPLE’s founders all the way through to the national Green Party in 2018.

Although they often used the word ‘environment’ to describe their politics PEOPLE (the first name of the Green Party) was really an ecological party, from the beginning. The name PEOPLE (always spelt in capitals), however, caused some confusion. Because of it many observers believed the party was primarily concerned with social justice. To correct this impression the party decided, in 1975, to change its name to the Ecology Party. It wanted to firmly root its approach in the new thinking being promulgated by The Ecologist magazine and others. 

Where has Green-History been?

If you are reading this it means that the server problems that have caused everything to become invisible for a couple of days have been resolved.

Apparently there was a technical issue involving a conflict between different parts of the internet as to on which server green-history.uk was actually located. Various "name-servers" (the computers that tell other computers like the one you are reading this on where to find a particular website) got messed up during a server upgrade.