Back to basics

Been a busy few weeks here after doubling-down on our house (land) hunting in Portugal. We’ve now settled on the area of Fundão, nestled in the foothills of the Serra da Gardunha. There’s a strong culture of food and farming, with lots of incoming settlers from around Europe and beyond, bringing permaculture and organic ideals to small-holdings across the area. The trees are broadleaved…

Sometimes, you just need a push…

Marbled newt - found in the woodshed

Call it serendipity, perhaps, but sometimes you just need the push to get on and go for it… I’ve been busy recording a series of videos, with the intention of providing these as free resources, to help (initially) small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) tackle the challenges of sustainability and climate change. As discussed in my last post, there are several factors in the…

2021 – a year of change

Quinta da Vinha, near Oleiros

I’m feeling very lucky writing this, looking over towards the mountains in deepest, darkest Portugal. We are surrounded by nature, which although not natural (all the woodlands are timber plantations) is a sea of calming green as once again, we move into lockdown. Our move has forced me to rethink this micro-business. Whilst I’m living abroad FuturEcoLogic cannot continue as a limited company. I’m…

Appealing to the heart

My latest online article – https://impakter.com/compelled-to-rebel/ – explores the themes of capitalist language and the effect this is having on the environmental movement. As a practitioner, I continue to engage with the need for the correct valuation of ecosystem services. As an artist and activist, it doesn’t, and has never, sat comfortably with me. Beauty and wonder, particularly those received from our living world,…

Refill Worthing and more local action

After lots of hard work and some minor technical hitches – my laptop decided to quietly die the day before – we launched Refill Worthing. By working in collaboration with Adur and Worthing Councils and City to Sea CIC, supported by West Sussex County Council and Southern Water, Worthing Climate Action Network created a buzzy and lively event, with excellent post-event promotion. Our fantastic…

Bringing Refill to Adur and Worthing

I first read about the Refill scheme in June 2017 and thought it was an elegantly simple idea that was replicable across the whole country. As part of Worthing Climate Action Network, we started getting our favourite cafes to sign up, on the app. Our volunteer efforts progressed reasonably steadily, without any significant funding or support. This spring, I was approached by West Sussex…

Starting out with sustainability

Everyday in the news, there is another story about the perils of climate change, environmental degradation and the impact these will have on human health. With the complexity of human society, an ever-globalised system delivering and determining the resources available to particular communities at any on time, sustainability is itself solutions chained within these structural webs. Unpicking the strands and creating change can be…

So, I’ve been thinking about Ecosystem Services…

It’s Sunday night and I’ve been reading the newly published Natural Capital Investment Plan (NCIP) for Surrey, produced by the Surrey Nature Partnership. It outlines ideas to build conservation projects, which can lever in financial investment via new funding mechanisms. The academic world has been grappling with Ecosystem Services and payment for these for some time. In the background, Saving Capitalism is playing on…