Work Smarter, Not Harder, for the Environment

Three passages leaped out at me from this recent article published in the UK’s Guardian newspaper. 1. Save the Humans Only £5.7m or 0.6% of the total spend by the groups went towards air, noise and water pollution, even though the evidence suggests this is costing Britain more than £10bn a year in healthcare costs, and together receive more complaints than anything else. Most of … Continued

Environmental Fatigue

I am suffering from Environmental Fatigue. It was absolutely wonderful last week to get such a chorus of congratulations and approval for my blog post about my trip to the Palace to get my MBE, and I realized I’d been missing that feedback while I’ve been blogging about earnest subjects like the environment. Although I always try to put a positive spin on anything I … Continued

Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody

This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended … Continued

What Does Sustainability Mean?

The word “sustainability” gets bandied around a lot these days, and like many words that are used too often, its meaning is getting watered down. I was appalled to hear that “literally” has now been redefined by the Oxford English Dictionary to mean its own opposite, i.e. metaphorically. (Yes, I’m a pedant, and I’m proud.) Is “sustainable” in danger of going the same way? This … Continued

Your World Needs You

“We are constantly hearing these terms, people wanting to change the world. But for me the world doesn’t need changing – the world is lovely – I just struggle with the choices that people make in it.” (Dave Cornthwaite, interviewed recently on my Adventure Podcast) Although Dave Cornthwaite‘s adventures might appear to be about getting out and engaging with life in a fun and energetic way, … Continued

Does The Environment Matter?

Passionate though I am about environmental issues, I recognise that this feeling is not universal. If it was, our world would be a very different place. It strikes me that most people are not interested in the environment because they’re just trying to get by, keep their job if they’re lucky enough to have one, pay the mortgage/rent, feed the family, be happy – or … Continued

The Environment – Why Should I Care?

Most people are not interested in the environment. They’re just trying to get by, keep their job if they’re lucky enough to have one, pay the mortgage/rent, feed the family, be happy – or at least, content. How can we wake them up and engage them? I appreciate the inherent arrogance in this question. Just because I think the environment is important, why should other … Continued

What Can One Person Do To Help Save The World From Environmental Disaster?

I have been obsessed with this question for the last 9 years, ever since I had my environmental epiphany in a small cottage in Sligo in 2004. It was the motivation behind my ocean ocean rowing voyages – the idea was that I could reach new audiences by using adventure as my medium, rather than more conventional methods of environmental outreach. I did my best … Continued

In 1967…

In 1967…. I am born. Massive demonstrations against the war in Vietnam take place in San Francisco, New York City and Washington DC. Muhammed Ali is stripped of his boxing title and sent to prison for refusing to enter the US army. 83 people die in race riots in the US. Aretha Franklin releases “Respect”. The Rolling Stones appear on the Ed Sullivan Show – … Continued

You Can’t Get There From Here

I’m reading some interesting books at the moment (yes, I currently seem to be unable to get to the end of one before I start another! does this happen to you?) and they are sparking off some interesting trains of thought that I’d like to discuss with you. The No-Growth Imperative: Creating Sustainable Communities under Ecological Limits to Growth, by Gabor Zovanyi, is a deliberately … Continued