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Monthly Archives: December 2012

How did nature fare in 2012?

This is bound to be a platitude, but 2012 has been an important year for the environment and conservation – there were things we expected and a few surprises. It’s also been an important year for me personally – having started a policy role at a conservation organisation I now witness up close the hard work which environmental NGOs do trying to influence Government decisions and get the best outcomes to protect nature. I’m not going to try to cover […]

“once we see that markets and commerce change the character of the goods they touch, we have to ask where markets belong – and where they don’t. And we can’t answer this question without deliberating about the meaning and purpose of goods, and the values that should govern them… “…The era of market triumphalism has coincided with a time when public discourse has been largely empty of moral and spiritual substance. Our only hope of keeping markets in their place […]

Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune–without the words, And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird That kept so many warm. I’ve heard it in the chillest land, And on the strangest sea; Yet, never, in extremity, It asked a crumb of me.

Peer-to-peer networks and the climate

Wen Stephenson and Steven Johnson discuss whether peer-to-peer networks could be the key to solving climate change

Links, 14 December

A great piece by Findlay Wilde, ten years old, on why he cares about nature and his concerns for the future We’re more creative when we spend time in nature and put down our electronic devices Ill Doctrine on why men need to call out other men being sexist Lucy McRobert regularly blogs on young people who do amazing things for nature. Here she showcases the work of artist and illustrator Nicola Boulton  My friend Camilla Born reflects on the outcomes […]

A tale of two cities

(The full text of an article I wrote recently for The Ecologist website) Why young people’s futures hang in the balance in Doha and London “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it […]

Links, 2 Dec 2012

Munir Virani on why critically endangered vultures are amazing and important Danielle Brigida, the net naturalist, on how non-profits can best use social media Qatar’s first ever climate change march What if money didn’t matter? I’m in friend-love with you