Trying to make sense of living in a crazy time
Final 2 parts of the 2009 series. Genuinely funny, informative, entertaining and award-winning TV series following the trials and tribulations of the Davies family’s ‘deep green’ immersion in Mid Wales.
In 2009 in the build up to the Copenhagen COP summit there seemed to be a genuine interest in the TV world to explore some of the themes and implications of the reality of facing up to climate change. We all know what happened at the summit of course… the oil industry unveiled its denial machine as they attacked the climate scientists themselves, accusing them of academic dishonesty and more. Astro-turfing on an unprecedented scale was born as notice boards, blogs and discussion areas were bombarded by a torrent of lies, mis-information deeply flawed analysis of scientific data.
Of course they have since been vindicated but some of that mud stuck and few more years of delay and distraction have followed since.
It was a genuine experience for all of us concerned.. we put our hearts into trying to get our points across, in among the crazy schedules and ideas imposed by the TV format and the Davies family them selves were in fact really open to new ideas and were fantastic sports. They actually returned to Llanfyllin a year later to visit us all and to reconnect with some of the energy they had experienced when staying here.
Short, powerful and to the point. A must watch video. Full screen plug in the sound, pay full attention.
Longer, more in depth analysis of climate change impacts and the implication s of this on the economic system.
While we are at it.. this is a brilliant piece of writing, if not a little stark.
From the Club Orlov bog: the sixth stage of collapse
Three must watch videos that reference the discussions we had on the 3/6 PDC Weekend in Llanrhaeadr
Returning astronaut often experience a profoud shift in conciousness as a result of lloking back at planet earth from outside, it has been called the overview effect
This is the biochar video, and documents the story of the lost civilization of the Amazonas and how they made the poor forest soils fertile.
I should add that at 49.20 a second, sort documentary starts.. on the subject of biochar. This is well worth watching also, as it explores the potential implications and possibilities of using biochar.
What are we waiting for?
Brilliant video illustrating the potentials of decentralised energy generation, co-generation and integrated energy grids. This is essential watching in getting a basic understating of localised energy and its potentials.
Had some lovely feedback about this, lots of people enjoying re-watching the 2009 BBC Wales TV series the sector39 team were closely involved with making when we were still based in Llanfyllin at the Workhouse.
“Stop This Madness”: Filipino Climate Chief Yeb Saño Begins Hunger Fast to Protest Global Inaction
This is an heroic and momentous speech. This is up there with Dr King, Churchill.. whatever.. superlatives aside.. this really is something of massive importance that I hope this man’s words will resonate across the World. “We can stop this! I still believe we can.” Yeb Saño
These words make the impact of climate change so real.. and even mroe the fear of living in the shadow of such uncertainly.. made only worse my the seeming indifference of the political classes to actually do anything meaningful about it.
Maybe forlornly, but I still cling onto the belief of democracy. So I write regularly to my MP imploring him to act meaningfully on energy and climate issues, as I see no such action from the current government. I try to write every week, but maybe it is more like once a month.. but either way I feel an urgent need to make my small voice heard… occasionally I get a reply but it is always lightweight and dismissive.
Dear Mr Davies.
I don’t understand your party’s energy policy one bit. We have a clear message that staying under 2 degrees of climate change is looking increasingly unlikely, yet you push ahead with gas power stations, fracking and like when a full on drive for renewables is obviously the only thing that makes sense. Investing a single penny into the furtherance of carbon based fossil fuels is surely an insanity that the next generation will not forgive us for.
We live in a era dominated by science and technology, yet when those same scientists ring the alarm bell over our fossil fuel use we ignore it. I don’t get it, I really don’t. Climate change is not an opinion, to be accepted or not.. it is a huge body of evidence, the weight of research is simply astounding, yet people try to dismiss it as a minor annoyance. You the Government, your party is not even engaged on the issue, you don’t talk about it meaningfully.. the IPCC report is terrifying and what is worse, it is a best case scenario.. truth is it is probably worse and more urgent than we can know. Surely no other issue comes close in its importance.. please speak up, and if you don’t understand it fully then please speak to those that do.. read the IPCC report, speak to the climate scientists.. this is no time for evasion.. there will be no future worth having on the path you are following.
There are so many things we could be doing, aside from changing energy policy, we can manage landscapes to sequestrate carbon, we can insulate homes, we can re localise our food supply, all things that create jobs and meaningful livelihoods and give us food security. We have food banks in our towns, in Newtown, in Machynlleth.. food banks! People are hungry.. and we could do so so much more. I work full time developing responses to these problems, yet you don’t come and talk to us. Please do, please come and find out what can be done to work for a secure future, because right now I don’t see meaningful action or even an understanding of the issues.
Yours, with deep concern