In the story of environmental degradation, islands have a very special place. Through the eighteenth and nineteenth century, remote islands were significant in early theories of the relationship between the local climate, forests and soil degradation. Islands were important bases in the spread of colonial patterns of environmental exploitation, offering safe harbours, supplies of water … Continue reading Islands of Green
Book review: Through a combination of very sophisticated analysis and a visceral feel for its key constituency UKIP has found the hollowed out heart of British politics and lodged itself there.
I deliberately follow a number of people on Twitter with whom I profoundly disagree. Over the last couple of years I have been reading the literature on social media & researching how people use it - so I now follow people with whom I don’t agree. At the CCRI we have trialled some of the … Continue reading Beyond the Echo-Chamber
I’m a new to the study of the commons, so the conference in Bologna that I’m currently taking part in has been a plunge into the deep end - fortunately the pool is very inviting. You can see my slides here. What strikes me from today (6/11/2015) is that there have been a lot of … Continue reading #urbancommons questions
There’s nothing new or modish about organics – until the 1950s, all the food we ate was organically produced. I have a lot of time for Joanna Blythman, as well as owning several of her books, and in this recent quote she is echoing an idea I’ve heard many times. But I believe that in … Continue reading Only certified organic food is organic.