Down, but not out

Unfortunately, the funding bid was unsuccessful. It was disappointing, yet I’ve still been busy, building links with the Cooperative movement in Portugal and supporting them to get funding for a forthcoming conference in June. Down, but not out. The plan, although stalled, is still a plan, defined and written, ready for the wider world. Instead of a quick bolt out of the blocks, it…

Deadlines and networks

Fungus on the forest floor

There’s nothing like a looming deadline to spur action and refine thought. After a year of learning and talking to people who share our dreams of building a sustainable lifestyle based around regenerative agriculture, I found the idea. The idea fulfils a need, filling a gap by exploring twin themes, the intersection between permaculture and technology. An opportunity to bid for start-up funding presented…

The space between…

As an environmentalist looking at the climate and biodiversity crisis, I could easily fall into the vision of the future where technology has diminished and humanity has reconnected with nature. It’s a beautiful vision and one that calls many environmental types. It is also highly unrealistic. Technology, for good or ill, is a manifestation of human innovation and therefore, is unlikely to be suppressed…

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…