Random Musings

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

Modern Europe is no place for humiliation based on arrogance

Posted on June 6th, 2012

On a casual visit to Spain, it’s easy to believe that there is no crisis. But the economic crisis is real and hits real people. It is difficult to come across anyone who is not personally affected, or who does not have a friend or family member who has lost – or is at high […] ...Read more »

I Disagree With Everything You Say

Posted on June 4th, 2012

“I disagree with more-or-less everything you’ve said.” There is almost always one person, sometimes two, who take this position whenever I give a talk about my evolving ideas on how environmentalism can become more successful (short version here, slightly longer version here). And so it was this week in the UK where I was speaking […] ...Read more »

Can the Occupy movement become useful?

Posted on May 29th, 2012

I recently came across this statement: “The peculiar blight that overtook Spain in the sixteenth century was but the result of an anti-bourgeois cultural fashion: everybody wanted to wear a sword and act like a hero of romance, too proud to either work or trade.” * It put me in mind of the Occupy Movement. […] ...Read more »

An Inspirational Highlands Development – The European Nature Trust (TENT)

Posted on May 16th, 2012

Sometimes it’s inspiring to imagine the future. One such occasion was my recent visit to Alladale as Paul Lister’s guest. In this patch of Scottish Highland I could imagine Paul’s vision and that of his team at The European Nature Trust; a vision of how the future of this remote area could be developed. As […] ...Read more »

When the Royal Society walked on the quicksand of Planet, People and Politics

Posted on May 15th, 2012

Last week British Prime Minister David Cameron visited the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge (from which have emerged 29 Nobel Prize winners in physics and chemistry). He explained to the accumulated scientists that his cabinet office had just completed a study that focused on the key technical and scientific issues that faced the scientists investigating the […] ...Read more »

Carbon Neutral Meetings – or not?

Posted on May 10th, 2012

As we work up to another mega conference in Rio, today’s blog is a reproduction of an email conversation that happened on the Environmental Anthropology email list. The email and response below are reproduced with kind permission of the authors. Original Email: Hi all I just got back from the International Polar Year (IPY) conference […] ...Read more »