I hit myself in the testicles with the handle of a juggling club. Got your attention? First up, this isn't some kink (there ARE people, if you read Dan Savage you'll know this, who get off on this). This was accidental and to the level of that uncomfortable laughter just short of tears. Secret men's... Continue Reading →
It isn’t *just* the media. It really isn’t. Monbiot, #climate catastrophe etc.
Whose fault is the mess we are in? Good question, and it's more of a Murder on the Orient Express type thing that some would have you believe. It's also - and this is ironic given how much certain people bang on about systems, and system collapse - about synergies and mutually-reinforcing loops. Very quickly.... Continue Reading →
Checklist for before and after A Big Conference.
Recently I wrote an article (Hudson, 2022) [See link here - should get you through to it until November 2nd 2022]. Someone kindly got in touch and asked if there were an accompanying checklist. There wasn’t, but there is now. Or rather, there’s my version – take this below and make your own. On checklists... Continue Reading →
Upcoming event: Who unburied CCS in the UK? How?
https://twitter.com/marcsrhudson/status/1572487907440476160 On November 25th 2015, then-Chancellor George Osborne did something environmentalists can only dream of - he properly enraged the carbon capture and storage lobby. How? He killed off a £1bn competition for 2 CCS projects. Was this the end for CCS? It sure looked like it could be. But exactly 3 years later, the... Continue Reading →
How the power plays – of radio stations, compulsory mourning and seeing the water we are swimming in.
2022 09 09 0930 hours mobile from gym to house having listened to Absolute Radio playing maudlin wrist-slasher music and hushed announcements. Now this is a commercial station but clearly they've taken a lead and there is a bunch of "approved music" you can play at times like these. And it's moments like these you... Continue Reading →
Lacking the capacity to sustain themselves – (eco)social movement organisations in decay, in decaying societies
Dashed off thoughts again because busy af. Feeling more-than-usually maudlin because it's obvious to me now (and always was, but I used to want to/was able to pretend to think otherwise) that voluntary groups can't sustain themeselves to keep on keeping on. They decay. They then either die or shamble on, incontinent and incompetent zombie... Continue Reading →
Meso-aggressions: sassy, feisty, “proles can read? well done you” etc.
Very quickly - People like me (white, middle class, cishet male, all the other privileges) usually don't get - long-term - how exhausting it is to be constantly reminded of your place in the "pecking order" (blah blah Aristotle Great Chain of Being etc). The word "sassy" - aimed at young black women. The word... Continue Reading →
Riding the Rocket Ship to Mars – the surprisingly old elite dream of escape from climate change
"The common man (sic) "must not come to see nature as a mine and his future salvation as a rocket ride to Mars..." So came the warning in 1968, in an issue of Nebraska Law Review The Necessity to Change Man's Traditional View of Nature" by Earl Finbar Murphy, 1968 I don't know what particular... Continue Reading →
Dolphins want you to do capitalism better
You read it here first. Or second, if you get the FT Weekend and say the advert in "FT Money" on August 27th. (It may be one they have been running for a while). Got your sickbag ready? No, seriously, this is your first and last trigger warning. I could insert something here about how... Continue Reading →
Doomers, brightsiders, all missing the point: who is this “we” who can fix things/are all going to die.
There's a bunch of people on climate twitter knocking lumps off each other. (What's new). The two lump-knocking I have seen over the last few days amount to this. a) "I am no longer supporting XR because self-identified XR folks keep telling me I am a denialist for believing that optimism is good/valuable and that... Continue Reading →