2022 How to Resist

Weeds in the sun

The year 2022 begins. Netflix showcases their new movie, Don’t Look Up, the unfortunate story of desperate scientists trying to alert a distracted and oblivious audience to the plight of planet earth, which is due to be hit by a comet. The film attempts to show how our current climate emergency, like the comet, is pushed below celebrity news and the like, consigning it…

Post-COP thoughts and time with a tree…

Time with a tree

I have mixed feelings about COP26, seeing both the positive and negative from the outcomes. Clearly not enough was committed to, to keep us at or below the 1.5oC the planet needs, however resolve to return annually with progress and more ambition is important. Sadly, key countries returned immediately to their fossil fuel frenzy, seemingly uncomprehending of how their words and deeds are not…

Two weeks until COP26

Autumn leaf in the sunshine

Is everyone ready for the conference of our lifetimes? Do the politicians understand the severity and challenges facing humanity? Can they look past profit and shareholder value to see how our economic systems needs a refresh? Blah, blah, blah (well put Greta!). The vast majority of us won’t be attending COP26 in Glasgow. Even if we did, our voices there might well be drowned…

An hour with Satish Kumar

Truly honoured last night to spend an hour, as part of the Association of Sustainability Practitioners Earth Conversations series, with Satish Kumar. A true gentleman and hero, Satish inspired us with his stories and words, so here are some of the takeaways from my notes during the evening: We are one humanity, one life and one Earth – all coming from the same origin…

Hummingbird

It’s been a reflective month. I’ve been busy with the volunteering (parks are the place to be in summer), family and friends visiting, plus lots of activity in the build up to COP26. The IPCC has just released it’s Climate Change 2021 report, stark reading indeed. We fought (and lost) for a Community Wildflower Verge, mowed six weeks before the ideal time. Tears are…

Finding shared values

Birthday Cake

My kids seventh birthday and her friends came over – all lots of fun, laughs and cake. Our grown-up conversation turned to the environment and it quite quickly became clear that I was going to have a big conversation with someone who was adamant with their ‘climate change is a hoax’ opinion. If you ever have to tackle these conversations, they can be difficult…

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…