Starting 5 minutes in, some brutal truths and incisive critique of the crazy world we are living in; Christopher hedges talking about his latest book, Empire of Illusion. Accusing an era of US politics and economics to be the product of illusion and self delusion, a generation of permanent children who would rather live in a world of fantasy than confront reality. The rest is well worth viewing as well, but the first 10 minutes or so is incendiary.
Trying to make sense of living in a crazy time
Dear Mr Davies,
There is no logic or sense what so ever In the Government’s current energy policy, a matter I have raised with you on several previous occasions. Is that you have simply given up on facing up to the climate chaos that is now enveloping the World? The Next IPCC report will tell us how we are all completely unprepared for what is coming.. with severe weather events across the World increasing.. while your government is suggesting tax breaks for shale gas extraction. There is already 80% more carbon reserves declared by oil and gas companies than we will be able to safely extract and stay within 2 degrees of change – there is no excuse to trying to extract even more.
Encouraging investment in fossil fuel extraction at this time is insanity, when we know for sure that this causing havoc around the world. Your ministers, such as Osbourne and Patterson who seem to fail to understand the science of global warming are arrogant and wrong to claim they somehow have a better perspective on this than the IPCC.. and Lord Lawson has made a laughing stock of himself with his out and out denial. These people are not qualified to talk on this subject, they are not scientists and provide no evidence to support their statements.
Please speak out on this subject.. it is fallacy to think shale gas will be cheap energy, it won’t and it is a fallacy to think that politicians are better informed on climate than the actual climate scientists.
Like a great many of your constituents I am deeply concerned about climate chaos, driven by fossil fuel use and feel strongly that we should be advocating carbon tax to divert investment into clean forms of fuels as well as energy saving measures.
Meanwhile here is an important and brave presentation from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Time to wake up to the Climate Change denial Beast
For the last two years Sector39 have been involved with a project in Stockbridge Liverpool with Squash Nutrition. The aim is to turn an urban green desert into something abundant and beautiful – bringing permaculture to the city. Here are a few resources that give a flavour of this excellent project.
This is jsut a trailer for the Real Food Festival. Screening food related videos, movies and documentaries in interesting locations all over Liverpool.
This is a slideshow of my photos from the project, and they give a really good idea of what we have been up to.
This is a short radio interview from BBC Merseyside we did in Feb 2014, talking about the project
Excellent footage and comment on the floods and how land management strategies have made it much worse. George makes the links to Climate change an asks what can we do to protect ourselves from the worst of this.
My first post for the Tanat Valley Chronicle, our local newsletter.
i am thrilled to be offered a regular slot in this much loved and widely read local paper. Not sure how it will be received but I have risen to teh challenge and goe with what I wanted to say, and will look forward for a reaction.
I am keen to get a conversation started along the lines of community responses to the environmental changes that we can see going on around us. As food and energy prices climb ever higher and unsettled weather challenges us, it does beg the question of what, if anything should we be doing at a local level to insulate ourselves from these changes?
So what to do? Llanrhaeadr has just been host to its first permaculture design course, which culminated in an open public meeting in the village hall last weekend. Permaculture is a design system based on ecologic al principles to build sustainable and robust alternatives to the fragile energy hungry systems we have evolved during the age of climate naivety and energy abundance.
Permaculture uses an understanding of ecology to mimic nature in a way that captures is bounty and resilience. Nature is much more local and interconnected than the globalised systems of delivery we have built over past decades and we might benefit from a more localised system to at least compliment the other. Features of a more sustainable and resilient systems would include a re-energised local economy with much more production and resource use at the local level. Renewable energy schemes could add to the energy mix and provide excellent investment opportunities for local savings, more localised food production and localised distributions networks could energise farming and retail and car clubs and car share schemes might help reduce exorbitant transport costs that are also serving to strangle rural communities
All around the country communities are beginning to grapple with these problems, and in my work or Cwm Harry I get to visit and see examples of these schemes nationally. More locally there is a ‘Green Hub’ project emerging in in Llanfyllin, connecting the dots between various community actions and local food growing initiatives, and I know that more and more people are looking to get more active locally in responses to these challenges and opportunities.
I look forward to profiling and promoting community action in coming months and I hope to hear from anyone involved or interested in such schemes.
Steven Jones, is a community gardener, founding director of Sector39 permaculture design practice and a project manager for Cwm Harry: specialists in waste reduction, local food and energy from waste.
McKibben on Moyers: Say no to big oil to avert climate crisis, excellent and informed debate, watch and share!
Author turned activist Bill McKibben articulates the case for climate action as well as anyone out there, and is this illuminating interview he outlines the progress in the fight to avert climate calamity. He urges all those concerned by the overwhelming evidence for human induced climate change to divest in oil.
Raised bed growing system.. designed and built by Cultivate for Cwm Harry. We are a social enterprise keen to promote food security, local growing and community gardening and this product range is being developed to support our wider aims and also to support growers.
Each day the Tar sands operations emit as much CO2 as all the cars in Canada
Neil Young has made ample reference to the ugliness and the Hiroshima-like destruction he says permeates the landscape in the oilsands region of northern Alberta.
Now, a condensed version of a film, which helped spark Young’s fight against the Alberta oilsands – and that is being shown to audiences at his current concerts – is online.
A 15-minute version of Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands, originally a 43-minute, 2009 documentary shot for Greenpeace Canada, has been posted to Vimeo.
Although the video’s producers have been accused of being selective in the footage chosen, the film showcases well the seedier underbelly of the industry in the Athabasca region.