I am the TA (teaching assistant) on a rather excellent course called 'Wildlife in the Age of Humans'. It's a delight to be a) engaging with cool ideas b) helping smart students engage with cool ideas. The latest seminar was on 'conviviality'. The lecture had dealt with scorpions coming up through shower grates and what... Continue Reading →
Anthroposcenic Anthropological gits and shiggles. #moraledrain #oldfartclimateadvice
IMO, we need a new word: The Anthroposcene. Defined as: the space (scene) where everyone who uses the word Anthropocene unself-consciously (without finger-wavy ‘air quotes’) gathers to exchange book recommendations, memes, attention, credibility etc. And where everyone who has just woken up – thanks perhaps to the IPCC’s 1.5 degrees report – to the fierce... Continue Reading →
Will #ExtinctionRebellion end up as #chugging for Friends of the Earth?
So, sitting with two very clever friends this morning, spit-balling ideas of where the whole Extinction Rebelliion thing might go, this came up: It's possible that Extinction Rebellion, if it keeps the same set of repertoires (blocking roads, disrupting meetings etc), may end up not moving beyond the students and retired who seem (I have... Continue Reading →
Minor rant: Know your audience, tailor accordingly… #climate #activism
Okay, no names, but for god's sake, people who are giving talks on important subjects, often from a position of knowing a lot and/or having moral high ground: THINK WHO YOU ARE TALKING TO. Do NOT give your bog-standard intro-to-issue-x to a self-selected audience that has come out on a cold wet night/travelled to the... Continue Reading →
Dear ‘new’ #climate activist. Unsolicited advice, #oldfartclimateadvice
Dear ‘new’ climate activist, Thanks for your efforts so far and "welcome" (or of course “welcome back”). You find the “climate movement” in the UK in a pretty dismal state, to be honest. There’s a fierce battle going on about fracking, but elsewhere the Tory government has been able to get away with stripping support... Continue Reading →
Book Proposal – “Anthropocenism, or the Ecological Logic of it’s-later-than-you-think Capitalism”
Went to a reading group. The article under discussion was Jason “Capitalism in the Web of Life” Moore's 2014 article on the End of Cheap Nature.. It got a bit of a kicking from a couple of people (me, I thought it was okay). The convenor of the group introduced the paper and pointed out... Continue Reading →
Is Capitalism unsustainable? The jury’s out-ish. Is ego-fodderfication unsustainable? Sadly not/hell yes.
I don’t know how much rethinking economics is actually going on (I have my suspicions, but no hard data). I do have a good idea of how much rethinking politics/academia/civilsocietying is going on, and it’s not much at all/zero. The latest piece of hard data came tonight, at the University of Manchester. The debate/discussion was... Continue Reading →