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?”

Britain has a historic responsibility to tackle climate change – and time is running out

We have just over ten years to have a shooting chance at avoiding catastrophic climate breakdown. The scientific community has been unequivocal about this. Harmful greenhouse gas emissions – from vehicles, through power plants, to cows – must be nearly halved by 2030 to stop temperatures from rising by 1.5C since the 19th century, when industrial capitalism hitContinue reading “Britain has a historic responsibility to tackle climate change – and time is running out”

Theresa May must act on climate breakdown – or step aside for those who will

Greta Thunberg is one of the only public figures who is being honest about environmental breakdown. Her speech in the UK Parliament contained a litany of truths that are almost entirely absent from the political debate. The scientific community has unequivocally warned that we have to roughly halve global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 to have a shooting chanceContinue reading “Theresa May must act on climate breakdown – or step aside for those who will”

Extinction Rebellion should be celebrated, not sneered at

Extinction Rebellion is meeting its first objective: to gain attention. Since its launch late last year, thousands of people have been arrested around the world as Extinction Rebellion groups have emerged in country after country, deploying direct action tactics to raise the profile of environmental breakdown. In this way, much of what Extinction Rebellion is doingContinue reading “Extinction Rebellion should be celebrated, not sneered at”