On climate change, the younger generations must shout even louder

What a difference a crisis makes. It wasn’t all that long ago a Tory prime minister wanted to “get rid of all the green crap”. This week, however, Boris Johnson committed to power all homes in the UK with wind by 2030, investing £160m as part of a wider drive to “build back greener” by making Britain a worldContinue reading “On climate change, the younger generations must shout even louder”

Politics in a time of consequences

Fighting the environmental emergency is about power and politics, not just clean technologies and regulation. This presents a problem for political systems. When considering the record of our democracy in handling problems that arrest all parts of society, such as Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic, the prospects look poor for responding to the environmental emergencyContinue reading “Politics in a time of consequences”

Our leaders weren’t prepared for coronavirus. If they make the same mistake again, the environmental crisis will destroy society

The coronavirus pandemic has brutally reminded us of some home truths about risk. Catastrophic things can happen – and they can occur very quickly – overwhelming societies, particularly if they’re not well prepared. It is in this way that the Covid-19 crisis gives us a window into the future – a future in which societiesContinue reading “Our leaders weren’t prepared for coronavirus. If they make the same mistake again, the environmental crisis will destroy society”

Without a Future Generations Act, we will pass a toxic inheritance to our kids

We’re all aware of the fact that millennials and younger generations can no longer expect to be ‘better off’ than their parents. But the situation is far worse.  As a result of the environmental crisis, these generations can expect to live in a world in which nature is critically impaired, threatening the stability of societies. Continue reading “Without a Future Generations Act, we will pass a toxic inheritance to our kids”

The G7 was a joke. Three degrees warming isn’t

The spirit of international cooperation is an advanced state of decay — and last week’s G7 Summit offered the latest illustration. President Trump — preening, bullish — dismissed the environmental crisis as a ‘dream,’ and dismissed any notion of joint action on climate in the process. The remaining ‘advanced economies’ of the G7 offered to send $20Continue reading “The G7 was a joke. Three degrees warming isn’t”

Why land is the next frontier in environmental breakdown

There’s no better place to look for certainty of environmental breakdown than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC’s warnings of climate catastrophe have become a kind of gospel for the end times, presenting the latest evidence as a guide to everything that has gone wrong with anthropogenic climate breakdown. Their most recent report about climateContinue reading “Why land is the next frontier in environmental breakdown”

Our biggest political crisis isn’t Boris Johnson: it’s a warming planet

There was a time when it seemed more likely that hell would freeze over than Boris Johnson would become prime minister. But as the furore over his new government transfixes Westminster, a far greater political crisis rages on. The planet is warming – so much so that London is forecast to reach 39C today. Further north,Continue reading “Our biggest political crisis isn’t Boris Johnson: it’s a warming planet”

Could working less save the planet?

There’s a growing consensus that many of the problems fuelling climate change should be tackled simultaneously, improving people’s lives while rapidly reducing environmental impact. Yet increasing wellbeing often leads to more environmental destruction; more food, for example, results in the unsustainable use of soil, while access to high quality healthcare means deploying more diesel ambulances. AContinue reading “Could working less save the planet?”