Humanity - not just a virus with shoes As awareness spreads of the ecocidal consequences of our civilisation, I increasingly hear opinions to the effect that humanity is nothing but a plague, a parasite. A virus with shoes... It can even lead to the opinion (frequently expressed by those in favour of burying our heads in the sand) that people concerned about humanity's impacts should do the world a favour and kill themselves. Indeed, as this hypothesis continues to... Continue Reading FEATURED Realists of a larger reality   In 2014 Ursula K. Le Guin accepted the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters with a deliciously powerful speech. Aware that her time was nearing its end, she declared that her “beautiful reward” was accepted on behalf of, and shared with... . . . Writers of the imagination who, for the last fifty years, watched the beautiful rewards go to the so-called realists.   I think hard times are coming, when we will... Continue Reading FEATURED Why I'm Rebelling against Extinction (wait, should that really need explaining..?) I got arrested for the first time in my life this week. And I'm proud of it. As long-time followers of this blog know, over the past 13 years I've tried everything I know to get our society to change its omnicidal course. I've written books, co-founded organisations, taught courses, worked in my community, lobbied governments, given talks, participated in grassroots discussion and action... I've failed. We've all failed. As a global... Continue Reading FEATURED The secret truth behind environmentalists' favourite argument When environmentalists argue amongst themselves, whether at some formal debate or late at night over a few drinks, I confidently predict that the argument will go like this. One will say (in one form or another): "There's no time to wait for radical change or revolution; the crisis is overwhelmingly urgent, we simply have to act within the frameworks we have now". The other will argue (in one form or another): "But there's no... Continue Reading FEATURED A Better Future for a Troubled World


‘Surviving the Future: Conversations for Our Time’ is back!  Enrolments now open

‘Surviving the Future: Conversations for Our Time’ is back! Enrolments now open

(March '21 update: With the powerful Jan/Feb ’21 run of the course discussed below now complete, we are preparing for a new 'Deeper Dive' version of the course in the winter of 2021 – details here)   (Dec '20 update: All 100 places are now taken, with our guest teachers this time confirmed as David Abram, Eve Annecke, Kali Akuno, Nate Hagens, Rob Hopkins, Lucy Neal, Richard Heinberg and Chris Smaje.  If you want to sign up to be notified about the next run of this unique course, you can...

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What To Do In Times Like These?  (and announcing Nov 29th)

What To Do In Times Like These? (and announcing Nov 29th)

It is all too easy to get caught up in current events today, with the U.S. president scheming to discredit his own country's election results, COVID-19 resurgent in many countries, social upheaval and natural disasters continuing to worsen with each passing year, to name but a few issues screaming for immediate attention. But there is danger in letting our eyes be drawn too often, for every one of these current events is the product of underlying trends, and it is these that are more likely to...

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