The 'nature problem' articles

Apr
12
2020
Dave Darby

Post-corona: ‘getting back to normal’ is not just a bad idea – it’s suicidal

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There’s been a lot of talk about ‘thanking’ coronavirus for giving us the breathing space to re-evaluate, and for giving nature some breathing space too. This isn’t one of those articles. I don’t find it compassionate to thank a virus that’s killing thousands of people, and closing millions of small businesses, allowing Amazon to hoover up almost the entire economy. That’s not the kind of world I want. Read more …

Feb
26
2020
Ruby Harrison

Could you be a recorder for the Nature’s Calendar project with the Woodland Trust?

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The Woodland Trust share the latest findings from their Nature’s Calendar project and invite you to get involved as one of the thousands of volunteers who make it happen each year. Read more …

Feb
15
2020
Matthew Slater

Starting from scratch: Matthew Slater, barefoot economist and Credit Commons co-designer, Part 1

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Donald Trump recently derided Greta Thunberg and everyone pleading with government to heed environmental science as ‘doomsayers’. The more imminent peak oil or environmental collapse appear, the more intransigent our political system seems to be. Whatever the reasons for this, responsible citizens can only accomplish so much while the political and economic winds are blowing against them. Read more …

Jan
29
2020
Ruby Harrison

Could you help save ancient woodlands as a “threat detector” with the Woodland Trust?

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As the number of UK ancient woodlands threatened by built development tops the 1000 mark, we hear from Ruby Harrison at the Woodland Trust about their volunteer “threat detectors” and how you can join them. Read more …

Jan
8
2020
Ruby Harrison

How invasive non-native species threaten our woods and what we can do to help

2

Approximately 2000 non-native plant and animal species have been introduced into the UK, causing irreparable damage and changing landscapes forever. The Woodland Trust looks at how non-native species are invading UK woodlands and what can be done to stop the spread. Read more …

Jan
1
2020
Dave Darby

Is Greta Thunberg right, and if so, what do we do about it?

14

I identify with Greta Thunberg. I’m also aspergic, and I understand why she’s so motivated. I talked with several people over the Christmas period who don’t like her, for various reasons – her voice; her team fly even though she doesn’t; her parents are manipulating her; she’s too angry; she once used a plastic bottle, and so on. Read more …

Nov
3
2019
David Thorne

Debate: to fly or not to fly; or ‘the plane’s going anyway’

30

We’d love to know what you think about this debate, between David, treasurer of Transition Town Tooting, and Dave of Lowimpact.org about whether giving up flying has any effect on climate change. Read more …

Oct
6
2019
Dave Darby

We’re on the Extinction Rebellion main stage in central London on Thursday afternoon

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I’m excited to report that we’ve been given an hour on the main stage at Extinction Rebellion in the Mall on Thursday afternoon from 2pm. When I say ‘we’, it will be me and Oliver Sylvester-Bradley of the Open Co-op – we’ll speak for 10 minutes each, then take questions for 40 minutes. We’ll be talking about an ‘economic rebellion’ – practical steps that people can take to help build a new kind of economy that doesn’t damage nature and doesn’t concentrate wealth. Read more …

Jun
25
2019
Matthew Slater

Joining the dots of the climate crisis with Matthew Slater

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Community currency engineer Matthew Slater shares his latest thoughts, joining the dots on the current climate crisis and what the near future may hold for human civilisation. Read more …

Jun
16
2019
Dave Darby

Reflections on the CTRLshift gathering – an emergency summit for change

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The stated aim of the annual CTRLshift gathering (that took place in Stoke-on-Trent recently) is to bring key people together to talk about practical steps to help shift power away from central government and multinational corporations, to communities and individuals. Well, you had me at ‘decentralisation’, so I went along. Read more …

May
19
2019
Eloise Sentito

Revisioning postcapitalism: 10 questions for Paul Mason’s ‘clear bright future’

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Eloïse Sentito of These Isles pens an open letter to Paul Mason, in which she poses 10 questions arising from his book ‘Postcapitalism: a Guide to our Future’, that she hopes will be addressed in his new book ‘Clear Bright Future’. Read more …

Jan
1
2019
Dave Darby

What do we do about the coming ecological crash?

7

So let’s start the year with a bit of optimism. Our last post was about the fact that there is a general lack of understanding of the implications of biodiversity loss, and the contribution of climate change to it. This post is for people who do understand what’s happening to nature, but can see no way to avoid catastrophe. Read more …

Dec
30
2018
Dave Darby

We should be much more worried about an ecological crash than a financial crash

12

A few years ago, I was having a beer in the bar at King’s Cross narrowboat marina, when someone called Fred asked me what I did. When I said that I worked for an environmental organisation, he came up with a classic line that I’ve quoted many times since. Read more …

Nov
29
2018
Richard Harrington

Record numbers clean up in the Marine Conservation Society’s 25th Great British Beach Clean

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Results show community clean-ups have made a dent in beach litter figures this year but this masks a growing plastic litter trend, according to organisers of the Great British Beach Clean, the Marine Conservation Society. Read more …

Oct
25
2018
Eloise Sentito

Of watermelons and apples: climate breakdown, growth, trade, state and money (an open letter to George Monbiot)

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Dear George,

Congratulations on your contribution to the Moral Maze last week – I switched on the radio just as your volley articulating the ideological differentiation between fiscal and legal rationing fairly seared the waves. Read more …

Oct
23
2018
Dorian Cavé

Is the Western mindset the source of our current ecological and social problems?

20

What was it about European cultural development that led to the Scientific and Industrial Revolutions, capitalism and environmental destruction? Why didn’t it happen in the apparently much more fertile ground of China, India or the Arab world? Read more …

Oct
21
2018
Dave Darby

Are you ‘radical’, and if not, why not?

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I’m using the original definition of the word, not its bastardisation that over the years has come to be used as a kind of insult in some circles. I’ve been called ‘too radical’, and I want to show why that’s an absurdity. Read more …

Oct
14
2018
Dave King

Is technology the problem? Conversation with Dave King of Breaking the Frame and the New Lucas Plan

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This is a conversation between Dave Darby of NonCorporate.org and Dave King of Breaking the Frame and the New Lucas Plan. Dave (K) is opposed to the ‘technocracy’ that he describes as the root cause of environmental destruction and lack of democracy. Read more …

Oct
7
2018
Brian Czech

Gross Domestic Problem on World Animal Day with Brian Czech

1

Thursday 4th October marked World Animal Day 2018. Here, Brian Czech challenges us to face up to the big-picture, systematic erosion of wild animal welfare in the face of a seemingly continual quest for economic growth. Read more …

Sep
2
2018
Prof. Jem Bendell

12 reasons why people refuse to address the idea that we’re headed for near-term societal collapse

31

The starting point for a generative discussion of the deep adaptation agenda is a difficult one. Because to begin to rigorously and imaginatively discuss this topic first requires us to accept the likelihood of near term societal collapse. Read more …

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