Random Musings

A blog about sustainability, society, and whatever else springs to mind

“Natural Capital” – Let’s Dig Deeper

Posted on September 12th, 2012

I am currently attending a conference where the issue of ‘natural capital’ once again comes up. The argument goes that we currently measure wealth as GDP (a measure of income) but we fail to measure our capital – be it natural capital, human capital, etc. It is argued that our measures of wealth are therefore […] ...Read more »

The Political Right and Environmentalism

Posted on August 30th, 2012

The American Right is crushing the environmental movement. Environmentalism is in retreat in American politics. I have previously described climate change as a toxic brand politically. Environmental issues have been beaten down the political agenda and politicians of whichever party have to tread carefully before supporting any kind of environmental agenda. This represents a significant […] ...Read more »

Why nobody cares about climate change

Posted on August 26th, 2012

A recently published poll carried out in March 2012 by researchers at Yale and George Mason University suggests that climate change is an important consideration among 55% of voters – mainly democrats and independents. The researchers conclude that “at the national level and among ten key swing states – taking a pro- climate stand appears […] ...Read more »

Who Owns The Planet?

Posted on August 19th, 2012

A recent opinion piece in The Guardian raised, for me, an interesting question. Who owns the planet? OK, it’s not quite put in that way in the piece, but that is the gist of the argument. The author argues that nobody can own a beautiful sunrise or a fine day. Similarly, he argues, nobody should […] ...Read more »

Las Vegas – Lessons for Environmentalists: Part 2

Posted on August 14th, 2012

In the last post I argued that Las Vegas provided lessons for environmentalists – one of them being the tragedy of not being able to have the full might of American ingenuity behind the necessary environmental transformation. But there are other lessons. Las Vegas is a monument to consumerism. People travel to the city from […] ...Read more »

Las Vegas – Lessons for Environmentalists – Part 1

Posted on August 1st, 2012

I have just spent an entertaining couple of days in Las Vegas. I came away with many different thoughts on environmental issues. “Huh!”, I hear you say. “Is there any place on earth more focused on sheer consumerism and waste, and less environmentally conscious than Las Vegas?” Maybe not. But there are still lessons to […] ...Read more »