It’s not surprising George Monbiot has written this book. His regular column on the environment in The Guardian is always a great read – cutting, well researched, eloquent – but in total, well, a tad depressing. Or should I say challenging?
Challenging as with each article you think: we (humans) are in deep shit. Monbiot articulates the many, major things going wrong on the environmental front. And to make matters worse, there are solutions staring us in the face.
The underlying snag, as Monbiot so often points out, is our dumb politics getting in the way.
No wonder then Monbiot started thinking about changing politics itself. You know, so it might help make life on the planet better, rather than worse.
Here in one place you’ll find the best environmental books. It’s a comprehensive list of the most important, influential, interesting and thought-provoking books on the environment and sustainability.
We’ve put these in categories for you – so you can seek out books in a specialty area you might be interested in. You’ll also see here the range of issues around the environment – everything from the big issues of addressing climate change and new economic thinking to matters closer to home – like food and cities.
Bob Brown at the Sustainable Living Festival (Pic: SLF)
If you have an interest in the environment and sustainability, it makes sense to get along to, or get involved in, an environmental event. Events are a great way to get ideas, be inspired, meet like-minded people, and maybe even make a small difference.
Home base for us is Down Under. We’ve compiled a list of the best environmental events and awareness days in Australia.
Up until now, it’s been hard to track down the best environmental movies. Sure, there’s the odd ‘top 10’ list here and there. Those lists tend to be short and pick off a few of the obvious films (like An Inconvenient Truth.) But in fact there are many great green films out there.
In this list, you’ll find a comprehensive round-up of the best environmental movies – new and old – here in one place. We’re up to 100 environmental films and counting as we keep adding the best of the new releases.
To make sense of this big list we’ve grouped them by topic or genre. These categories begin to give you a feel for the range and depth of green films. The first films here are fictional feature films, however, if you keep going you’ll find this list is predominantly documentaries.
This dramatic video shows the beginnings of Queensland’s “inland tsunami”. This body of water, along with other tributaries, flowed into the Lockyer Valley and killed 14 people last week. From there it went on to inundate Brisbane, the city I grew up in. The worst floods there since 1974.
When I was a kid, they told us the ’74 flood was a once in 100 year event. That was 37 years ago.
Did climate change cause the recent floods here in Australia?
Last year I heard a speech by Professor Jeff Sachs which crystalised a lot of things for me. (Sachs is a Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.)
I’m giving a speech myself soon at The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. It’s for Design Week and it’s about ‘the importance of creativity for sustainability’. In preparing I’ve found myself coming back to Sachs’s talk at Sydney Uni.
Reason being Sachs puts the whole damn thing in context. He describes how we got to where we are now, how special our time is, and how we are at a watershed moment in human history where we’re going to have to make a fundamental shift to a sustainable economy.
In this post I’ve included a synopsis of the Sach’s speech and links to a podcast of it. I’ve also posted some notes from my proposition that creativity is going to be key in re-thinking and changing how we live.
With all this gloom and doom around, here’s something positive you can do. It’ll not only be good for your weekly budget, but all also make you happier. And surprise, in a very small way, also be good for the planet.
Grab a shovel, go out to the verge in front of your house, and dig it up. That’s right, turn that earth, plant some vegies in there, and watch food grow before your very eyes.
I did exactly that and you wouldn’t believe the results. Vegies are just some of them.
Just at the time Australia is launching into an emissions trading scheme, the EU one appears to be faltering. Eek. In this post we’ve collected links to articles and videos on the European scheme and the political stoush that’s happening here in Oz. (We predict it’s only a matter of time before the Opposition here cotton on to the European failings.) And of course there’s the question of – what the hell is an emssions trading scheme anyway? Plenty of people wouldn’t have the foggiest. We explain here at the end. Click on.