Writings from 2021

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize should’ve gone to Greta Thunberg – what’s more important than climate action?

There were many worthy candidates for this year’s prize, including the winners, but unless we prize climate truth, climate justice and climate action sufficiently, everything else, including all other worthy causes, will be swept away.

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.

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