Archive | activism RSS feed for this archive
mangrove

Community mangrove restoration in Madagascar

Mangrove swamps are the single most efficient form of forest when it comes to carbon sequestration. I’ve detailed exactly why in previous posts. They also stabilise coastlines, forming a buffer against storms and floods. They serve as nurseries to small fish. Like many environments in the ‘riparian zone’ between land and water, they are very […]

Leave a Comment Continue Reading →
how-change-happens

Book review: How Change Happens, by Duncan Green

There are so many different people out to change the world – activists and campaigners, politicians, academics, business people, community groups. All of them have their own understanding of change, although the chances are that many will never have given it much thought. How Change Happens seems like a pretty important topic then, and Duncan […]

Leave a Comment Continue Reading →
Syria-Drought-Hit

Is stopping climate change even possible?

Often when I talk to people about climate change, I get asked if I think it’s even possible to stop it. If you’re involved in climate change action in any way, I imagine you’ve had the same question. It’s an understandable concern, but not a helpful one. I don’t think ‘is is possible?’ is the […]

8 Comments Continue Reading →
czfk_xwwqaqg7az-jpg-large

The divestment movement is advancing

For decades, climate change action has focused on carbon emissions, looking at how we could reduce or mitigate the impact of burning fossil fuels. About four or five years ago, emerging out of a post-Copenhagen silence, campaigners began talking about the other end of the supply chain. Rather than reducing emissions, let’s cut to the […]

3 Comments Continue Reading →
fossil-fuels-and-carbon-budgets

It’s time to stop digging

“One of the most powerful climate policy levers is also the simplest: stop digging for more fossil fuels.” That’s the conclusion of a new report from Oil Change International and a coalition of partners. It’s taken the best available figures of known fossil fuel reserves, and compared them to the carbon budgets. The result is […]

Leave a Comment Continue Reading →

Look up! Mapping Britain’s solar rooftop capacity

There was a rather strange day in July where I popped out to get some milk from the corner shop, and found people blundering round in the street giggling in their pjyamas. Even in Luton, this was odd. If nothing else, it was the girls from the student household a couple of doors down, who […]

1 Comment Continue Reading →
effective altruism

The world’s least glamourous charitable cause?

One of the lessons of Effective Altruism is that we can make a bigger difference by directing our donations towards overlooked causes. When a natural disaster hits the news, an appeal may often raise hundreds of millions of dollars. Other causes might get celebrity backing or be able to afford prime time TV or radio […]

6 Comments Continue Reading →
1125coral

A world without wildlife?

Of all the things I’ve written about on the blog, this statistic stands out as one of the most stark: since 1970, the world’s wildlife populations have halved. That’s an extraordinary thought. The figure is from the WWF’s Living Planet Index, and it is derived by monitoring the numbers of over 10,000 different populations. Some […]

3 Comments Continue Reading →
news

The rise of solutions journalism

Why is the news so negative? It’s the very definition of a truism to point out that bad news always dominates the headlines, but why is this? Some might say it’s because the media is cynical and they know that bad news sells papers. But that cuts out the customer. It’s a matter of supply […]

3 Comments Continue Reading →
welcome-badges

You are welcome

Something a little different today. This time two weeks ago, the result of Britain’s EU referendum was announced, and that we would be leaving the union. Within hours there were reports of people being harassed in the street and told to ‘go home’, racist graffiti, and general anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim sentiment. How much of this was […]

Leave a Comment Continue Reading →