What we learned this week

There’s a lot going on at the moment, which means there wasn’t much coverage of the beginnings of a global plastics treaty. But the ball is rolling on that, as of this week, in what could in time be a very significant intervention on plastic pollution.

The Green Stories Competition are running a video competition around calling out fictional characters who over-consume. It’s a bit of an experiment in changing the social acceptability of consumerism and you’ll find the details here.

Rashmee Roshan Lall reflects on when corporate activism works and when it doesn’t over at Democracy Now.

Inspiring stories nicely presented in this BBC article on community gardening, urban farming and edible cities.

I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it before, but I was looking at Nick Brandt’s photography project This Empty World this week. Extraordinary images of how humanity crowds out nature, and serious dedication to a particular image, if you read how it was done.

Quieter week on the blog as I’ve been launching my children’s book, and as invitations to visit schools and libraries arrive, discovering that I have accidentally created a potential full time job for myself as a children’s author. I’m going to have to work out how to assimilate that within the roles I already have. In the meantime, the blog posts from this week:

Book review: What Climate Justice Means, by Elizabeth Cripps

“We have then, a snapshot of injustice” writes Elizabeth Cripps. “Those races, cultures and communities least to blame for climate change suffer most, and are kept out of decision making.” This much is well covered in other places. See Anne Kampf on the gender dimension, Vanessa Nakate’s book describes the marginalisation of Africa, my own…

The Giant Plastic Tap at UNEP

It’s kind of got buried in the news, but as I mentioned last week, UNEP are meeting in Nairobi at the moment. Among other things, they will be beginning discussions on a global plastics treaty. And to get them thinking, arriving delegates have been greeted by this striking work of art: a giant plastic tap.…

What will it take to Just Stop Oil?

“The scientific evidence is unequivocal” said the IPCC co-chair Hans-Otto Pörtner yesterday. “Climate change is a threat to human wellbeing and the health of the planet. Any further delay in concerted global action will miss a brief and rapidly closing window to secure a liveable future.” We know by now what concerted global action means:…

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