The above image is a screenshot from my latest newsletter. Tickets are now on sale (and going fast!) for the launch of our film The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation?, with guests Caroline Lucas MP, Kate Raworth and Rob Hopkins joining me and the film's director Peter Armstrong for an event livestreamed globally by Extinction Rebellion. Read the update in full, including the link for tickets, or subscribe to receive future newsletters direct to your inbox. As regular readers will know, I am an admirer of the Dark Mountain Project – fellow adventurers in uncovering and reshaping the cultural stories that define us and guide our behaviour. Their manifesto is well worth a read. So I have accepted this contribution... Last month I attended an Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) meeting called to announce their latest research into personal carbon allowances. Polly Toynbee was invited to chair the meeting, and was clearly impressed with what she heard as she has now written a very positive article about TEQs in her column in the Guardian. In it she reminds us of DEFRA's description of the scheme as "ahead of its time" and derides the Government's delay in moving towards implementation. The IPPR have now joined our challenge to DEFRA's decision to delay a full feasibility study into TEQs, announcing that their research found that the public are far better disposed towards personal carbon allowances than DEFRA claim, and much prefer the idea to carbon taxation or upstream carbon trading (IPPR's research took the time to explain the three schemes rather more thoroughly than DEFRA had, which certainly helped on this score). My mother pointed out to me that on Saturday Colin Challen MP, Chair of the UK Government's All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group, had a letter published in the Guardian. After numerous other eminently sensible suggestions about how the Government should be stepping up its response to climate change he concluded with the following: "And most urgently we need to recognise that early carbon reductions are the most important step, and that will only happen with rapid behavioural change, which means some form of carbon rationing. In this last respect, for any minister or potential minister to say the time for personal carbon allowances has not yet come illustrates either deep cynicism, defeatism or complacency, or perhaps a combination of all three." Hear hear. His last remark is a clear reference to the comments of our Environment Minister, Hilary Benn, on the Today programme just over a month ago, when he described TEQs as "ahead of its time". This interview (also featuring George Monbiot) can be heard here.