Talks and Presentations

  • The wider benefits of food growing

    This is the talk I gave last Friday at the launch of Food Growing Schools: London, a Big Lottery-funded initiative by Garden Organic, supported by the Mayor.  I was asked to talk for 10 minutes about the wider benefits of...

  • Is leadership for sustainability possible in a market economy?

    This was the title of a debate at the University of Worcester last Friday.  I was on the panel.  I made notes beforehand but forgot to take them with me.  The panel was eclectic: a consultant oncologist; a social entrepreneur...

  • Systems Thinking, Education and the Circular Economy

    Here's a recent talk by Ken Webster at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.  There is much in it about the real world, and about sustainability and learning – though not about ESD.  A stimulating way to start the day.

  • Two policy-related seminars on ESD

    At the initiative of the UK National Commission for UNESCO, two ESD policy-related seminars will be organized on 3 July and 27 August 2014.  Their outcomes will serve to support the assessments and perspectives that the UK will present at...

  • New environmentalism and the circular economy

    The other day I watched EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik give a presentation on TEDx.  He was supposed to be talking about “New environmentalism and the circular economy” – but he didn’t.  The talk was full of scary data, mostly around...

  • So, who's afraid of shale gas?

    I listened to Andrew Quarles, Technical Director of Cuadrilla, at the university last night, as he gave an I-SEE talk on his company's exploration for gas from the Bowland shales in Lancashire.  For those wanting technical detail, and clarification around...

  • Challenges of the 21st century: what is happening to the world?

    This was the title of the talk by Professor Sir John Beddington, the government's chief scientific adviser, at Bath's Institute for Public Policy Research [IPPR] last month.  His abstract was: Change in the 21st century is both fast and dramatic.  Yet...

  • A cool look at global warming

    Reserve your seats now.  The Lord Lawson of Blaby is coming to Bath to bad mouth the idea of climate change.  Here is his "cool" Abstract: The long-known scientific fact that there is a greenhouse effect and that carbon dioxide...

  • What’s a badger worth?

    This was the question posed on Tuesday at a University of Bath I-SEE seminar by Gordon McGlone, an ecologist who spent his career working with the Wildlife Trusts and now runs a consultancy ‘Thinking Naturally’.  Gordon was CEO of Gloucestershire...

  • Hefce off-line

    The Hefce consultation meeting is over.  As for, my question ... In 2009, Hefce said this: “It remains our view that the greatest contribution that universities and colleges can make to sustainable development is through the values, skills and knowledge...