[Sequel to the March 2017 piece titled Don't Just Wait For a Movement.] Regression The final piece in Rebecca Solnit's collection of essays advocating a positive approach to tackling what often feel like overwhelming problems, Hope in the Dark, is quite memorably titled Everything's Coming Together While Everything Falls Apart. In this excellent essay, Solnit … Continue reading Don’t Just Wait for a Movement (part 2)
I recently read J. G. Ballard's book of short stories 'Vermilion Sands'. This 1971 modern classic is set in (what was then) the near future, in an imaginary town after which the book is named. Vermilion Sands is an extravagant resort town in the desert, complete with casinos, not dissimilar to Las Vegas. Additionally, Vermilion … Continue reading Possible near futures
"I REPRESENT PITTSBURGH, NOT PARIS" It came as no surprise when Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, announced earlier this year that he intends to pull his country out of the 2015 Paris agreement, joining just Syria and Nicaragua as countries unhappy with the deal's terms. Since that time, both Syria and Nicaragua … Continue reading Has the Paris agreement been Trumped?
Here I would like to analyse to what extend I may have been unfair in my hasty declaration of an 'independent' UK as a newly unhinged polluter, earning a swift return of the nickname 'the dirty man of Europe'.
Go to any of the world's top news website homepages and look at the sections list at the top. Where does the section on the environment occur? The Guardian? Number 11 out of 13. The Telegraph? Nowhere at all ...