08 Jun
2017

This Civilisation is Finished…

We need to start seeding the next civilisation, because this one is finished

Summary: This civilisation (meaning: the vast majority now of human life on Earth) will be transformed:

It will either collapse utterly.

Or it (we) will manage to seed a future successor-civilisation, as this one collapses.

Or this civilisation will somehow manage to transform itself radically and rapidly, in an unprecedented manner, in time to avert collapse.

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07 Jun
2017

Reading the Past

One of the great unexpected pleasures of working with David Taylor on the Green History project (www.green-history.uk) is the discovery and re-discovery of many books published between 1970 and 1990 covering various aspects of “green-ness”. Also of course there is lots of older key source material to be found as well as post 1989 attempts to round up or summarise the experience of the 70’s and 80’s.

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07 Jun
2017

Getting back to important matters

Many friends over the past month have been either involved in, or distracted by, the election which concludes tomorrow.

Partly because of this I haven’t bothered to write anything here (or elsewhere) for the last month. But now, whatever the outcome tomorrow (and personally I think it makes very little difference to the really important issues about how we should be), the time is right to restart lots of discussions.

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10 May
2017

Boxing the Green Compass

Boxing the compass is a sailor’s exercise where all 32 points of the mariner’s compass are named in clockwise order starting from North. On board ship it is essential for everyone to be using the same technical language without pause for thought in order to communicate essential information.

As Greens we occupy a unique position philosophically, socially and politically. The green movement itself can be a broad church encompassing different, and sometimes conflicting, points of view. Over time the movement has altered direction in response to changing emphasis on different aspects of the underlying philosophies.

We too need ways to describe our individual and collective position and direction of travel.

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01 May
2017

Those who fail to learn from history repeat it

So here’s the scenario – a conservative prime minister faced with problems over Europe, continuing and growing economic difficulties, opposed by Labour in disarray and Liberals reduced to a taxicab-full  calls a snap election. The commentariate and the opinion polls predict an easy conservative win.

Sounds familiar ? – the year is 1974.

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15 Mar
2017

The Race is On

On the one hand we have this, an eco-technic future on the other side of some major disruptions/discontinuities resulting from technology synergies. Headline: all road transport replaced by electric vehicles and no electric grid by 2030.

On the other hand this, human extinction by 2030 as a result of major eco-system collapse coupled with a global temperature rise in the range 6 to 10 degrees.

So two very different views of the future – can we reconcile them. Read More