I see in my life all these things. Stuff. Accessories. Equipment. Technology. Computers, phones, clothes for every occasion and mood. Gadgets with widgets that I would never use or use only once. Bags with zips I don’t need, magazines I don't read, soft furnishings that clog up my overworked attention. Stuff that piles up, gathers, … Continue reading Rant and Rave
When grasses whither, trees shed their leaves to become dead limbs, flowers do not bloom - when the skeletons of livestock litter the parched lands - when there is no birdsong because there are no birds - we will know the time has come. We pushed too hard, too fast, believing nature to be perennial … Continue reading Ecosystem collapse
I am never certain exactly why resources are allowed to be squandered for the fleeting enrichment of a few and to the ultimate detriment of all. I know there is job creation, tax revenue, short-term political cycles reinforcing the two, but I am not sure why there is not more social opposition - especially given … Continue reading Can corporations really ever own resources?
In response to the need to feed more people in the future - feeding more people, without any incentive to reduce birth rates, leads to population increases. This in turn leads to unsustainable resource use rates.Are they doing something like this already? Do they quantify how much of a burden in food and environmental terms … Continue reading How might we start to incentivise lower birth rates?
Perhaps our excessive reliance on biotechnology and GM crops stems from not fully understanding nature and how to work with nature to good effect. In the developed world we rely on industrial agriculture models which incorporate biotech, models that rely on carbon-intensive off-farm inputs and produce water pollution, negated ecosystem and human health, and biological … Continue reading Agroecology vs Industrial agriculture
International trade rules, reflected in the WTO and its products such as GATS, TRIPS and others, have a huge effect on our local ecosystem functioning. It is surprising to me that more environmental campaigners do not lobby their governments to challenge these rules, which are deemed greater priority than many social or environmental safeguards are. … Continue reading trade and environment
The public can get invoked about an environmental issue on principles alone, but often struggles to know the extent or the details of the problem. Perhaps one of the challenges is finding translation from science as to the extent of the problem. Perhaps similair to doing internet research on our own medical problems, we become … Continue reading Museums concerning the environment