What we learned this week

Blackrock is the world’s largest asset manager and controls a frankly ridiculous $7 trillion in investments. So when they say they are going to redirect investment to reduce climate risk, people take notice.

The BBC have announced a year long focus on climate change. This is the kind of thing you want from a national broadcaster, though of course a promise to cover it comprehensively from here on it might be better, given the crisis isn’t going anywhere in 2021.

The Millennium Institute have turned the Sustainable Development Goals into a board game.

Rupert Read and Frank Scavelli consider what Extinction Rebellion do with their 2025 zero carbon goal as it becomes increasingly unattainable. We need to honest about “what can now still be hoped for – and what we have to let go of”.

As a more upbeat counterpoint to that article, here’s Eric Holthaus of The Correspondent with a speculative article about how the threat of climate change could be eliminated by 2030.


  1. 10 years ago you were keen on alternative currencies. The last decade hasn’t been kind. It looks like the Bristol pound is going down.

    BBC News – Bristol Pound scheme needs £100,000 or will fold

    Those you blogged about are gone too. The Brixton pound is long dead and the Stroud pound is now a snoring cure (I kid you not).

    Always good to revisit old ideas to see what worked and what didn’t

    1. Yes, I might revisit this at some point. I am still keen on a wider ecosystem of money, and we haven’t got very far into the possibilities of that, either with local currency or crypto-currency. I’m fairly sure we will, sooner or later.

      I’m not surprised at the closure of the smaller schemes. I was sceptical of small market towns with their own local notes – not real money, and hardly a useful innovation when the trend has been towards cashless transations. An interesting experiment that might have led to more useful things at the regional level, which is where they have been successful in other countries for a very long time.

      It’s a shame that Bristol Pound is struggling though – that was the only one I thought was big enough in scope to make a difference. I was on a bus in Bristol last year and noticed that you could pay with Bristol Pounds. Perhaps not for much longer.

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