April 2018

  • Composting is its own reward

    Jonathon Porritt tried hard to prioritise questions from young people at his seminar last week, but age muscled in, with some self-declaring as young and others saying they'd brought a young person with them and so it was o for...

  • Hard Rain

    xxx Please consider the environment before reading this email.   Welcome - A Citizen's Guide to the Goals   Governments around the world have agreed to dramatic, radical Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as ending hunger and poverty by 2030....

  • Carbon sinning

    I'd just finished yet another Skype meeting when I noticed the article in the Huff Post on academic airmiles: The Climate Change Hypocrisy Of Jet-Setting Academics.  There wasn't much new in this about the problem of academics (and others) jet-setting around...

  • Reading Kate Marvel

    As if Facebook weren't enough, Jonathon Poritt's seminar last week was gloom leavened with a little bit of hope.  He asked us, in relation to averting the coming climate apocalypse, where we were on a 0 totally pessimistic to 10 wholly...

  • Porritt and Facebook – a night to remember

    Last Tuesday evening, I spend three hours watching drama.  First, there was Jonathon Porritt's I-SEE seminar in Bath, and then there was Mark Zuckerberg's appearance before a sprawling Senate mega-committee at the US Capitol. They were, of course, differently dramatic....

  • It's the gas, stupid

    I often refer to being Quartered Safely in Wiltshire, partly this is in homage to George MacDonald Fraser; partly it is because it feels a safe place to be despite sheep rustling, quad bike thefts, traveller slave gangs, and the...

  • UNESCO helps me remember the 1990s

    More from UNESCO's Issues and trends in Education for Sustainable Development  [A. Leicht, J. Heiss and W. J. Byun (eds)].  As I omitted to say when I last commented on this book, this is not a 'keep-you-awake-at-night' stuff.  But there are things...

  • UNESCO downgrades geoscience

    I've now had time to read UNESCO's Issues and trends in Education for Sustainable Development  [A. Leicht, J. Heiss and W. J. Byun (eds)].   Chapter 10, Monitoring ESD: lessons learned and ways forward by Ashley Stepney Lockhart (pps. 215 – 232) stood out for me, particularly...

  • Jonathon Porritt at Bath

    Jonothon Porritt will be giving an I-SEE seminar at Bath on ‘Exploring the Psychodrama of Accelerating Climate Change’ on April 10th – tomorrow.  Details here. Here's his Abstract: The evidence about climate change keeps on getting worse – confirmed both by ever...

  • Re-wilder dreams take a knock

    The Prince of Wales' website has a feature on HRH's March 26th trip to unveil a plaque on the shore of Derwentwater marking the [newish] UNESCO cultural world heritage site – the Lake District.  Details here. It includes this: "There...