Category: environment and the natural world

The Unseen World

To be aware of the wonders of the living planet is to take on an unbearable burden of grief

Everything Must Go

Economic growth will destroy everything. There’s no way of greening it – we need a new system.

Rooting Out Democracy

The Sheffield tree massacre is one result of the monstrous, impenetrable officialdom that neoliberalism creates

Insectageddon

The scale and speed of environmental collapse is beyond imagination.

The Smog Chancellor

Who is the world’s leading environmental vandal? The answer may surprise you.

Urge, Splurge, Purge

The demand for perpetual economic growth, and the collective madness it provokes, leads inexorably to environmental collapse

Natural Language

If we want people to engage with the living world, we should stop using such constipated terms to describe our relationship to it.

The Lie of the Land

The Lake District’s world heritage status reveals a widespread betrayal of the living world, by both conservation groups and the UN

Black Box

Unesco’s tragicomic aversion to public engagement.

A Plant in Government

Another deadly tree disease threatens these islands, but the government will do nothing to keep it out.

 Space Savers

We have enough physical and ecological space for public luxury for all. But not enough for private luxury for all.

Fell Purpose

The attempt to turn the Lake District into a World Heritage site would be a disaster

The Destructive Party

Those who claim to be “conservatives” would shred the very fabric of the nation.

Circle of Life

By reframing the economy, Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics changes our view of who we are and where we stand.

Primal Thrill

Kayaking with basking sharks provides a glimpse of the wonders we could experience if our seas are rewilded.

Disposable Planet

Consumerism occupies a sacred and inviolable space, while the wonders of the living world are dispensable.

Punishment Posting

Want to cast someone into the outer darkness? Then give them the environment department, that should be the most important portfolio of all.

Bonfire of the Verities

Academic standards go up in smoke in a wildly biased paper on burning in the British uplands.

Rare Specimen

My interview, in his 90th year, with Sir David Attenborough