In the last few weeks I have maybe painted a dark grey picture of the world, with not so glossy climate scenarios. Add in the news of climate tipping points and it can be easy to think that the only thing left to do is to turn off the alarm in the morning and enjoy the warm bed because ‘does it really matter anymore’?
So I decided to look at the positives today. Blame the Christmas atmosphere and the crispy fresh air that moves some happy warmth inside me if you like ... so take this as my early Christmas present to you all, to calm some of that eco anxiety that might be (knowingly or not) loom at the back of your heads...
Climate change is here, is now, and it’s not that shy. If floodings all over paired with temperature above 20 degrees with less than a month to go before Christmas are not big enough signals (let’s not forget summer fires and last year’s storms that destroyed many forests), then I don’t know what it will be.
Scientists have been saying for a long time that the trends are exponential, logarithmic. This means the curve rises faster and faster as time goes on. Sounds scary, but are we scared enough ?
It’s time to discuss the recent events in Venice. I am writing this post with some delay, but I wanted to try and have a ‘cold mind’ about it (it’s colder than it was, but maybe I am still a little fresh out of it so please bear with me).
In recent days there is an increasing talk of mental health. Now, while this ‘increase’ could easily be down to the fact that is easier to talk about it now than it was before (while before you might have been locked up in a hospital , now it is more acceptable and easier to find a therapist), it could also be down to our increasingly urbanised way of life.
Environmental psychologists are amongst those studying how the environment around us affects us. You can find a great podcast about this here
I am convinced that nature , in all of its shapes and forms, plays a huge role in human minds
Who says maps are boring? How an artist reinterpreted maps to show sustainability issues in a different manner
The topic of art and science keeps on coming up. Maybe something to do with my moving into a city where art is at the forefront, maybe something to do with the need of passing scientific messages through to people that don’t speak ‘scientist’ (and trust me, I know we are a difficult bunch to understand...). Whatever the reason, it seems to be something recurrent, and I am attending many events that are trying to showcase this.
Today's post is a wonderfully written piece from my lovely friend, Anna van der Kaaden - who travelled 22 hours just to see me in Venice! And best of all, she travelled with Wilson - which is something much better than a football, and the best present one could ever want before Autumn...
Last week I was at a screening of the movie ‘artifishal’. This film is a Patagonia production, and it's great to see such company involved in sustainability... I will try not to give you too many spoilers and truly recommend that you go and watch it because it portrays some issues that are rarely considered. The film made me really think about all of the things that we do in name of sustainability.. are they really sustainable ?
Paper is one of those controversial materials which are often considered as ‘just paper’ or ‘oh but is paper is okay’ when it comes to disposing or considering single use items ..
Of course , paper is probably better than plastic BUT paper is not that environmentally friendly either. Have you ever noticed those footings on emails saying ‘consider the environment/ don’t print this email’?
Today’s theme might seem a bit off-topic with the rest of the blog
What has anarchism got to do with sustainability, you might ask?
well.. wait and you may see that it has everything to do with it!
‘The oceans are not going to keep up with climate change’ - these were the sort of headlines you might have encountered last week (on September 25th to be exact) on many newspapers. From the guardian, the bbc, the time, the New York Times ...
Did they all just suddenly wake up ?
Well, if you are wondering why now, it was not a random choice but rather it came down to the coming out of the IPCC report for the ocean and cryosphere (don’t worry, I also had to search for this last term .. which actually refers to the ice cover , as you might have guessed from the ‘ cryo’ part).
The ocean space in Venice also dedicated to it a whole day of conference on a Saturday with a great mix of scientists and artists (amongst them ALEXANDER TARAKHOVSKY and SKYE MORÉT)
But.. what are the main points coming out of this report ?
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