Who owns nature; a new wave of colonialism

Extraction of natural resources, some would say, has replaced the colonisation of vulnerable and 'undeveloped' countries by Britain and France in the 1800s. Jacques Diouf, head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, has warned that the world may be slipping into a "neo-colonial" system. 'Resource theft', as environmental campaigners have coined it, involves the land … Continue reading Who owns nature; a new wave of colonialism

The demise of our planet is in your palm

An oil formed by nature and produced for humans...made bad for nature because of humans AND THIS TIME, IT'S NOT MADE FROM FOSSILS “Transparency is the bedrock to a responsible business”-Greenpeace, 2014. Palm Oil; its everywhere, it's destructive like nothing else, but do you know which products in your home contain it? If every time you reached … Continue reading The demise of our planet is in your palm

Should we call ourselves ‘developed’?

Developed. This word is used so interchangeably these days does anyone actually stopped to question its implications. Maybe a 'developed country' is one with educated populations? Admittedly Britain has a good education system. However, the image of children being cultivated into little university-ready figurines by the age of 19 is tarnished when you suddenly remember that the … Continue reading Should we call ourselves ‘developed’?

The psychology of becoming the change you wish to see

  “Empathy and global mindedness are cultural variables. We can strengthen synapses between caring for far away people and situations, the same way we learn new instruments or language.” Susan Greenfield, in The Burning Question (Berners-Lee and Clark) In The Burning Question a great analogy is used that compared the concept of social inertia to what happens in … Continue reading The psychology of becoming the change you wish to see

Sustainability: The new fad?

The amount of people that I've had roll their eyes, especially back in the predominantly conservative county of West Sussex, when I tried to talk about anything remotely environmentally friendly was frustrating. However there is so much more to it than hugging strangers and getting rid of the Tories. d cam Climate change is not something to laugh about, Cameron.