Setting targets for reducing carbon emissions

Tomorrow morning at the crack of dawn (by my standards) I am off to the Green Party conference, so as to get there in time for a meeting of the Climate Change Policy working group. We are both united and divided. At five o'clock on Sunday a plenary session of the conference will choose between … Continue reading Setting targets for reducing carbon emissions

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“Don’t worry, it’s only history.”

The co-counselling workshop in the Gambia is over. Eighteen participants have made their dusty ways to their various homes. They are pleased, they want to participate further and use the tool for their activism. They kept their focus over a packed, intense programme. They were funny, lively, committed, co-operative, friendly, intelligent.  Now just five of … Continue reading “Don’t worry, it’s only history.”

‘Sustaining All Life’ in the Gambia

Back in December 2015 I met S, a young Gambian activist, at a workshop in Paris art COP21. The workshop was a speak-out, or Forum, run by my organisation 'Sustaining All Life'. Several young African activists from Activista spoke about the devastating effect climate change has had on their families. S told us about the effects … Continue reading ‘Sustaining All Life’ in the Gambia

Whatever happened at COP22?

A great weight fell out of the sky. A cartoon figure, a frightening caricature of a human with unlikely hair. It landed smack in the middle of the careful preparation and hopeful prospects of COP22 and caused a certain disruption. Displaced fragments of plans and strategies flew all over the place, and some of them haven't yet … Continue reading Whatever happened at COP22?

Women to Kilimanjaro

Another world is possible. In fact, another world already exists; one in which previously colonised peoples are fighting for justice. Most of us in the economic North have never heard of the struggle of African women for land rights. We tend to be ignorant about the countries our nations ruled and stole from, as if the harm we … Continue reading Women to Kilimanjaro

Standing Rock Camp and the Dakota Access Pipeline

The threat from climate change to human existence and wellbeing is even more urgent than we thought, argues an article in New Republic. Data from a Norwegian energy consultant, Rystad (and they'll sell you the details for a mere $54,000) shows that to have even a two thirds chance of staying below the catastrophic increase of … Continue reading Standing Rock Camp and the Dakota Access Pipeline

An unusual meeting

At the end of June, I went to the middle-class conference in Toronto which I referred to in my last post. And since I’d decided to emit all that carbon, on the way home I spent two weeks with old friends in Newfoundland, where I once worked. It was hard to follow the news in … Continue reading An unusual meeting

Going backwards on Climate Change

Crazy idea. A backwards march? For someone like me with extensive arthritis, the idea is horrific. We were called upon to do a local march to coincide with the London one on Sunday May 8th, but I decided straight away that if anyone walked backwards it would be for a short time - or a … Continue reading Going backwards on Climate Change

UK junior doctors’ strike – and climate change.

The junior doctors were on strike yesterday - April 6th 2016 - and again today. I've just come back from the picket line. ('Junior' doctors in the UK are qualified and not necessarily young. They may have been working in the NHS for 15 years and heading up teams, but they are not yet consultants, and are continuing … Continue reading UK junior doctors’ strike – and climate change.

Organising

At a co-counselling workshop for middle-class people last weekend, the leader was urging us to organise to change the world. He emphasised that middle-agent roles in society are designed to make things run smoothly, to make a bad system work (for those who benefit from it). As individual middle-class people, as teachers, nurses, managers, administrators, … Continue reading Organising