Tag: climate emergency

Sometimes I think it needs to get really bad before people will care about energy

In the bakery where I often go to write in the mornings they are having heating fitted. The cafe is in a warehouse and it gets cold in…

The Boy Who Cried Climate Emergency

We all know the story of the boy who cried wolf. He didn’t really mean it. In the end, everyone stopped believing him. Wolf didn’t mean anything. But…

Act, advise, advocate in the climate crisis

On the surface I feel like it is business as usual in the construction and engineering industry. Like a polluting ferryboat travelling full speed ahead towards the storm…

What the fuel crisis reveals about the government’s approach to climate breakdown

I’m sharing today my notes on the fuel crisis and what it reveals about how the government is acting in the wider context of climate breakdown. Defending fossil…

Book notes: What if we stopped pretending

I originally wrote this post for the ‘Training on what to do After Declaring a Climate Emergency‘ alumni network, and I’m sharing it here too. For some start-the-week…

Universal Cycle Flyover

The daily traffic jam on my local high street has inspired me to think about a way to turn a traffic jam into an opportunity to a way…

Planting parking spaces is a dismal affair

Planting parking spaces is a dismal affair. When you water them, the water just drains away. The rich soil underneath is capped. Parking spaces don’t flower; don’t make…

Will you always own a car?

By asking this question I make a choice about where the centre ground is. By framing the question I put the position ‘I will always own a car’…

Rethinking our relationship with our ecosystem

Yesterday I was writing about what to do after declaring a biodiversity emergency. My conclusions was that the process starts with rethinking our relationship to our ecosystem. Not…

Inspiration from balance : when the day = night

This week day equalled night. I see the seasons as sine and cosine waves. Peaks and troughs for different phenomena offset from one another. At the summer solstice,…

What’s the least effective thing I can do to tackle the climate crisis?

I am grateful to the participant in this morning’s climate coaching call who reminded me of the power of asking the opposite question to the one you are…

Culture of climate emergency

If you are interested in understanding how your organisation should perform in the climate emergency then you should be interested in organisational culture. An emergency is a state…

Training with audio in the age of Zoom.

In March 2020 we were all sent home and we discovered we could meet using video conferencing instead. Suddenly our wide-angled world was sliced to a quarter of…

Three ideas for bearing witness to the climate emergency

A year on from declarations of climate emergency in the construction industry I am looking for ways to carry on emphasising the scale of the problem and the…

#17 Tabitha Pope – Participatory Architecture – Show notes

Tabitha Pope is an architect and lecturer, with a specialism temporary structures and participatory architecture and a passion for work that sits at the boundary of art and…

#16 Bengt Cousins-Jenvey – How to save a million tonnes of carbon – shownotes

Bengt is a consultant and ‘re-designer’, working in sustainability and circular design in the built environment. This year we are working together to create training in response to…

Keynote: How problem-based learning can save the world and make you happy too.

In November 2019 I was booked to deliver the keynote address for the University of Edinburgh Engineering Faculty’s away day. It was an opportunity to explore how the…