Category Archives: balance

An open letter to all billionaires, everywhere

Dear Sir or Madam, In August 2020, Jeff Bezos became the richest man on the planet. Not only that, but he became the first person ever to exceed a personal wealth of US$200 billion (and that during a pandemic, too, … Continue reading

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Our way of life is killing us

It’s all about externalities. The price we pay for things rarely, if ever, reflects its true cost. Forests are vital for our survival – but that’s not stopping greedy supermarkets and fast food companies burning them down for profit. We … Continue reading

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We’re fucked

If we knew an asteroid were to hit the Earth on a certain day and wipe us out, we would mobilize every scientist, bureaucrat, CEO and soldier planet-wide to deal with it. Well, an equivalent disaster is headed our way, … Continue reading

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English landowners have stolen our rights. It is time to reclaim them!

Parliament debated this petition on 19Apr2021 The government maintains that the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill is designed to criminalise the act of trespassing when making an unauthorised encampment, and would not criminalise the act of trespass itself. … Continue reading

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Banks found complicit in rainforest destruction

Since 2009, 19 banks — despite having policies on advancing human rights, sustainability, and climate change — have financed US$10 billion for approximately 155 million barrels of dirty crude destined for refineries in the United States. But they aren’t only … Continue reading

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Japanese town cut waste by 80%, but…

Originally posted on Bobbing Around:
In 2003, the Japanese town, Kamikatsu, resolved to go waste-free by 2020. They did incredibly well, but couldn’t manage it. Why? The packaging industry makes it impossible. Please read this incisive short essay by Olivia…

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How to solve all the world’s problems

We’ve never been here before. As I think the majority of us all aware, our world is facing a series of global crises, which include (but are not limited to): climate change the unremitting attack on the world’s rainforests the … Continue reading

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Why governments need to be bigger

It is, quite simply, a question of numbers. There are more people now. QED. Oh: you want more? More people means more resources required to satisfy the problems that the increased population creates. Each person in government represents a certain … Continue reading

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A special place in the universe

This twenty-five minute video clip has just turned my world upside down. In one of my earliest posts on this blog, way back in 2007, I marvelled at the splendour of the night sky, and concluded that with so very … Continue reading

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The rule of thirds versus the Pareto principle

In response to my post the other day bemoaning the various afflictions under which our global society labours (‘It is what it is‘), msjadeli commented: My mind theoretically would like to believe the change that is needed to save our … Continue reading

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