Writings from 2021

Post-Brexit Environmental Principles: Government and risky business

 

The UK Government recently carried out a consultation on its Statement of Environmental Principles. The Statement will have legal status through being referred to in the Environment Bill, still slowly making its way through Parliament and now in the House of Lords. This Bill is supposed to repair the damage done by Brexit pulling the UK out of the shared EU arrangements for environmental protection.

The Politics of Paradox

"Imagine electoral politics not just affected by the agenda-shifting caused by the radical flank, but materially-altered by the presence inside it of a growing ‘moderate’ flank." Rupert Read and Laura Baldwin explore the need for a ‘moderate flank’ in climate activism, as exemplified by the Greens Climate Activist Network (GreensCAN). 

Deep Crisis: Deep Adaptation

Whereas there was a period at the start of the year where some ‘climate experts’ were criticising some of us for discussing how to prepare for or soften potential societal breakdown due to environmental strains, the return of rapid rises in carbon emissions after last year’s Covid stutter means that more scientists are beginning to consider the implications of a failure to meet climate targets. That painful reflection is still mostly done in private. With this book we are helping them explore what it could mean to prepare for failure.

The Permanent Pandemic - Is a post-Covid world possible?

For more than a generation of economic globalisation, to turn the old adage on its head, it seemed to many that “wealth is health”. In the bargain, as everything, including health, came seemingly to rest on the willing shoulders of money, huge fortunes were not only made but universally sought, in what has come to be called an “aspirational world”.

Why We All Need To Become Crusading Scholars

“…there’s a very real possibility that the latter part of the lives of most of you in this room will be grim or non-existent.”

It wasn’t exactly the Baz Luhrmann-style address many of the first year students starting their incredible adventure of a university education in 2016 were expecting.

Some laughed, nervously. Others looked confused. Some looked worried, as well they should.

OPINION: G7 leaders must rise to challenge of climate change

The G7 group of rich countries’ leaders is meeting in Cornwall.

Why care what’s happening with some bigwigs at the other end of this country?

It’s true that, just as East Anglia is as far east as you can get in England, Cornwall is the furthest point west. But I figure it’s worth travelling all the way. Because this is the world come to England. Because this is the first time the G7 has been held here for 16 years. And because this is a year like no other…

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