We need to display the integrity our politicians lack

So another round of climate talks come to an end, with another round of protests, and another set of deeply insufficient promises and targets in place. Once again, political integrity is called into question. Worldwide, people like me are frustrated that they are not taking action. They aren’t doing anything – our political representatives. And […]

A Tale of Two Fridays

Friday 29th December: Black Friday sends the global marketplace into a worldwide buying spree. The Guardian reports on ‘outstanding’ figures. – Friday 6th December: The United Nations climate change convention is in full swing. Greta Thunberg arrives, saying “I hope world leaders grasp the urgency of the climate crisis”. All week, The Guardian has been […]

Switching off the ‘property porn’

We’ve got programmes about buying a house. Programmes about buying a second one. A home abroad. A home by the beach. A house in the country. About renovating a house. Extending a house. And about building one from scratch. About decorating it. Finding antiques to fill it. Putting your personality on it. About the perfect […]

The dangerous narrative of sustainable consumption

Take two people. ‘Person A’ has a car. A yearly supply of new clothes. Imported food. Consumer goods. Plastic bottles of drink, wrappers, straws. Computers. An iPhone. A fully decorated and furnished house. They take a few flights a year. ‘Person B’ has a space to sleep on the dirt floor of a family home […]