The 'nature problem' articles

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

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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

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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 …

May
29
2018
Dave Darby

Jordan Peterson talks some sense, but he’s wrong about two very important things

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Jordan Peterson is provocative, interesting and a formidable opponent in debates and interviews. He doesn’t interrupt, he thinks carefully about people’s points, he doesn’t run away from difficult arguments (or difficult people) and he’s helped a lot of people to rescue their damaged lives. Read more …

Apr
8
2018
Dave Darby

Public debate featuring yours truly: is capitalism the best system for a sustainable future?

3

If you’re in London on April 18th, there’s a public debate you might be interested in, upstairs in a pub in Tooting. I’ve been asked to put the case against capitalism. There will be initial presentations, rebuttals, questions from the audience, and then a summing up. Read more …

Feb
26
2018
Dave Darby

The next great transition will be to the Solidarity Economy with a mutual credit exchange system

34

I’ve been working in the environmental field for over 20 years, and I believe, like the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, that we’re headed for ‘biological annihilation’, and like the good folk at the Dark Mountain Project, that a crash is coming that we may or may not recover from Read more …

Jan
23
2018
Andrew Rollinson

Joy in enough: awakening to a new economics

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On 18th November last year there was a one-day workshop in Sheffield called “Joy in Enough – Awakening to a New Economics”. It was delivered by Green Christian who are a multi-denominational charity that have been operating for over thirty years. Read more …

Dec
3
2017
Dave Darby

Does the sustainability of meat production depend on the size of a holding and the number of animals kept on it?

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I want to investigate at what size meat production becomes unsustainable (in terms of acreage, number of animals etc.) – i.e. whether it can be sustainable at all, and if so, whether there’s an upper limit, above which it can’t be sustainable Read more …

Nov
29
2017
Dave King

GM is about corporate control of our food, not ‘feeding the world’: learn more at an event this saturday

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Are you eating GM food? The fact that you are mostly* not is down to 20 years of inspiring direct action and pressure by anti-GM activists. Read more …

Nov
19
2017
Sophie Paterson

Join our new online community Living Low Impact

20

We’re excited to introduce our new Facebook group Living Low Impact – and you’re invited! Read more …

Nov
14
2017
Emma Olliff

What’s the best thing to do with the uplands, in terms of sustainability?

19

This is a question asked in an interesting debate on Facebook along the lines of uplands and their appropriate maintenance with regards to grazing. There are several fascinating projects and opinion pieces that were linked to Read more …

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