Matt Mellen

Matt Mellen

Matt founded Ecohustler Online Magazine in 2009 after world leaders flushed The Kyoto Protocol down the loo at COP 15 (UN climate conference). Appalled at the state of the world and the gross dereliction of duty of those in power he set out to amplify alternative ideas and approaches to environmentalism. Specifically, using ecohustler as a platform for reframing an ecological future as a huge opportunity - not a sacrifice. Professionally, Matt is a communicator and strategist specialising in movement building, public affairs and environmental campaigns. He has worked on flagship programmes led by Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai and HRH Prince Charles, with major corporations and the United Nations and for organisations including: BioRegional, Global Action Plan and Compassion in World Farming. He has a degree in Biology from the University of Bristol and a first class MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London. He is a Global Change Ambassador for Round Table Global and an associate adviser to 38 Degrees.

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How Deep is your Love  update from Kenya - part 2

How Deep is your Love update from Kenya - part 2

Thousands of miles away, people in Kenya face a different reality on the 14th of February. It’s not one of e-cards and chocolates but an effect of globalization – a side effect of so called ‘free-market’ capitalism that many are not aware of.

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Turbo Charge Your Love This Valentine’s Day

Turbo Charge Your Love This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the culturally appointed moment when we affirm our love and appreciation for our partner. En mass we get amorous and consummate our passion. Naturally capitalism feasts on this kind of mass behaviour. In today’s world Valentine’s Day comes with a price tag and the costs are not just financial.

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Merry Apocalypse

Merry Apocalypse

Christmas is a time for family, tradition, good food and coming together to remember what is important in life. Right? Wrong! Christmas has been hijacked by the Dark Side and now is ‘the retail event of the year’ or, put another way, the peak of the annual consumption calendar, or, put another way, exactly what is killing the biosphere.

Technology
Rewinding Life

Rewinding Life

Nations of the world are coming together at COP 10 of the Convention on Biological Diversity, to face up to the fact that our efforts to rein in the current mass extinction crisis have failed. In an attempt to put the issue on the political map, biodiversity is being allocated a monetary value much as the Stern Report’s did with climate change.

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A Critical Mass of dissent - on wheels

A Critical Mass of dissent - on wheels

On the last Friday of every month something strange, spontaneous and spectacular happens on the streets of central London.

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Big Oil is the dirty boot of an out of control sociopath committing ecocide

Big Oil is the dirty boot of an out of control sociopath committing ecocide

It is time to wake up and freak the fuck out. BP and the American government want you to sit tight and imagine that this environmental catastrophe is being fixed by responsible people. Don’t worry. Keep calm and carry on. Do not adjust your television. Go back to sleep.

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Grow a brain -  then the economy

Grow a brain - then the economy

By being the only political party that backs a 3rd runway at Heathrow Labour stands out with a special kind of stupid. The rational for inflicting this fresh monstrous wound on our once green and pleasant land is ‘the economy’.

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This is not a chimney

This is not a chimney

These belching behemoths are cooling towers. In the UK's creaking, outdated power stations coal is burnt to heat water to steam. The steam is sent through turbines at high speed generating electricity. Once through the turbine a huge amount of energy remains in the hot water. For some reason the geniuses who designed these power plants decided that instead of using this heat for something useful like... er... heating they would call it 'waste heat' and fart it into the sky. Some power stations also fart the heat into rivers killing fish. Great move guys!

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Science is Great but God is Green

Science is Great but God is Green

Technology is presented as the solution to environmental problems but wasn't it technology that got us into this mess in the first place?

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Climate sceptic!? You do the maths…

Climate sceptic!? You do the maths…

The atmosphere and oceans are so small in comparison to the overall earth it is comparable to a film of water on a billiard ball. Even all the mighty oceans only make up 1/4000 of the earth's total mass. The scale height of the atmosphere is about 8.5 km.[8] Whereas the radius of the earth is 6,371.0km[3] in other words the earth is more than 1000 times bigger than the atmosphere. The third rock from the sun contains around it a thin layer of water, gases and vapour at a temperature of between 89°C to 57.7 °C (mean = 14°C). Within this exists all of the known life in the universe and all that most of us holds dear.

Nature
The 45 Metre Underground Club

The 45 Metre Underground Club

The mile high club is for irresponsible yuppies. The cool kids are getting down and dirty 45m below sea level.

Technology
How Deep Is Your Love?

How Deep Is Your Love?

What we buy and what we give has far more of an effect then we might think.

Technology
Home is a giant spaceship with a rejuvenating supply of psychedelics onboard for all the crew!

Home is a giant spaceship with a rejuvenating supply of psychedelics onboard for all the crew!

If you have to go journeying through the cold, black void you really couldn't really do better then our 6 star vessel.

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For brands, green = transparent

For brands, green = transparent

Transparency, interdependency and interconnectedness are defining characteristics of both the evolving internet and the coming ecological age.

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Why bikes shouldn’t have to follow the rules of the road

Why bikes shouldn’t have to follow the rules of the road

Cyclists are safer to carefully go ahead of traffic and jump reds because this makes them more visible to cars.

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Oil on the Brain - Review of There Will be Blood

Oil on the Brain - Review of There Will be Blood

Film review of There Will Be Blood: this visceral, poignant, haunting behemoth of a movie takes no prisoners. It is simultaneously an unrelenting portrait of an evil man and the documenting of a period of history in which the world changed forever.

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Find Your Power - Book Review

Find Your Power - Book Review

Review of a self-help book by Dr Chris Johnstone.

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Go Eco

Go Eco