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  • Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail

    Hunter S Thompson wrote one of the great American novels: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.  I thought it was funny from the first sentence. He also wrote Fear and Loathing: on the Campaign Trail ’72 (covering the Democratic Party presidential...

  • What should young people be learning about climate change?

    I spend time exploring this question in my talk in Birmingham last week.  It is, after all, the question that young people are asking and demanding action on.  More broadly, the question might sensibly be: What should everyone be learning about...

  • From Rachel Carson to Greta Thunberg

    I gave a talk last Saturday to at the University of Birmingham Education Department's postgraduate research conference which had a climate and sustainability theme.  I traced the attempts to have schools take environmental issues seriously in what they taught students,...

  • Is the ice melting still?

    Did you watch the so-called debate on Channel 4 last Thursday or were you doing something you felt more worthwhile: reading a good book, for example, or doing DIY? If you did, were you impressed by the Dutch auction of...

  • Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene?

    I've been reading Donna Haraway's Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene: Making Kin.  This was published in 2015 in Environmental Humanities, vol. 6,  pp. 159-165 This is how it begins: "There is no question that anthropogenic processes have had planetary effects, in...

  • The kindness of strangers

    As you'll be aware, the UN left Greta Thunberg stranded in Los Angeles and in a bit of a pickle as she noted in a recent tweet: "As #COP25 has officially been moved from Santiago to Madrid I’ll need some...

  • The human right to the wrong sort of education

    I see the Labour Party manifesto (required reading) has backed away from a proposal to ban independent schools, confiscate all their assets, and share their expertise round the system.  The manifesto does say that a Social Justice Commission  would "advise ministers...

  • Let's end the misery of GCSE

    I have long thought that there is little chance of a serious focus in secondary schools on environmental / climate issues that we all know need to be tackled whilst schools are so exam-focused in years 9 to 11.  ...

  • Dieter Helm in Bath

    Net zero - what it really means This is the title of Dieter Helm's I-SEE talk tomorrow: November 21st.   Helm is the Official Fellow in Economics at New College, Oxford and Professor of Economic Policy at the University.  He is...

  • A televised election debate on climate and nature

    I signed this letter yesterday even though I've given up on the idea of keeping global heating down to +1.5 degrees, and I usually find TV debates pretty useless forums for getting anywhere.  They are great for posturing though.  I'm...