The Art of Sustainable Living Handbook


La Colosa Gold Mine

La Colosa is a proposed open cast gold mining project, by AngloGold Ashanti, in the beautiful mountains of Tolima, Colombia. Located in an area of lush, tropical cloudforest, it has an invaluable ecosystem with rich biodiversity. The mountains in the area also provide meltwater for irrigation for large areas of the country.

Local communities are concerned about the track record of environmental devastation caused by large-scale gold mining elsewhere, an activity which involves the use of dynamite and cyanide. They fear that their rivers will become contaminated, and food security put at risk, so are campaigning to stop this project from going ahead.

To learn more watch these three videos; Part 1 , Part 2 and Part 3

In 2018 the people of Cajamarca, Tolima held a Consulta Popular against the gold mine and AngloGold Ashanti were forced to leave. They have indicated their intention to return. 


Liftshare members enjoy saving money by sharing travel, help protect the planet by cutting CO2 and make new friends on the road. They are part of what's known as the sharing economy, an exciting new sector of sites and services designed to help everyday people save a great deal of money. Learn more.

Local groups who support people

There are a great many groups in Brighton and Hove whose aim is to support groups of people considered to be minorities who are marginalized and not treated equally. Here is a sample;

  • Rise - Freedom of abuse and violence
  • Women's Centrehelp women from all backgrounds, facing all kinds of issues, to live happier lives.
  • Forward Facing - support children and young people with long-term illnesses or life-threatening conditions
  • BMECP Centre (Black & Minority Ethnic Community Partnership) - a sustainable resource centre which champions the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) community in Brighton and Hove and supports BME communities and their families
  • AMAZE - gives information, advice and support to families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities 
  • ASpire - support for adults (18+) with Asperger syndrome, high-functioning autism and similar social issues through group activities 
  • The Clare Project - a self-supporting transgender support and social group based in Brighton and Hove 
  • Navigate Brighton - is a peer support group for Transgender, Non-binary and Intersex people on the Trans-masculine spectrum.
  • LGBT Brighton and Hove Support Network - contact details and phone numbers of Support Services in Brighton & Hove
  • Older and Out - fully inclusive social group for local Older LGBTQUI people
  • Rainbow Families - is an informal social group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) parents and their children in Brighton, Hove, Sussex and surrounding areas.
  • Brighton and Hove Sanctuary On Sea - City of Sanctuary is a national network, a movement of local groups made up by businesses, community organisations and individuals, all with one thing in common; their belief that sanctuary seekers should be welcomed, and that their contribution to society should be celebrated.
  • Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project - provides practical support, education, advice and much more to those in poverty, in poor living conditions, benefit claimants, the unwaged, pensioners, families and those on low incomes and suffering social exclusion and poor wellbeing.


Love that Stuff

Love that Stuff source quality handmade fair trade jewellery, classic and casual clothing, accessories and household goods. They pay a fair, mutually agreed price for all goods from their producer groups in the global South. They aspire to maintain World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) criteria on fair trade. Learn more.

Lupus Brighton and Hove

Lupus Brighton and Hove is a local support group that is run by people with the Lupus condition. They aim to offer peer support to those who diagnosed with Lupus. Learn more.

Lupus UK

Lupus UK is the national registered charity supporting people with Lupus, assisting those approaching a diagnosis and funding research and specialist nurses. Learn more.