Library of Things

Borrowing makes sense: save the investment in money and the CO2 emissions simultaneously at a London Library of Things. Our local LoTs: There was a LoT in Islington on Seven Sisters Road but alas no more. You can “vote” for a LoT in Haringey: https://www.libraryofthings.co.uk/heatmap/harringay Find out more about the “circular economy” and what it…

June 4th Fresk Workshop

This time the workshop was disrupted by the fire alarms in the Angel Central shopping mall going off, which meant we had to evacuate half-way through and ended up doing the discussion phase in the pub around the corner, with cigarettes, alcohol, falling temperatures, the threat of rain and fire alarms in the background. The…

Exciting Ecological Economics

The dismal science no more! With an election coming up here in the UK, we should bear in mind how many voices are saying that mainstream economic theory is horrendously flawed. The major political parties in the UK base their economic policies on mainstream economics. It might seem iconoclastic to say it, but a good…

Palm Oil

Analysis paralysis in the palm oil industry. Palm oil is grown in the Tropics on land cleared from the rainforests. It is contained in 50% of all products consumed in the industrialised world, including everything from soap to jet fuel. Most efforts to contain the expansion of the industry and save rainforests have failed. The…

Some of the Better Headlines

Negative news headlines have dominated over the last few weeks and the usual doses of “stubborn optimism” and “reasons to be cheerful” didn’t exactly hit the spot last week, so here’s an EcoCounts version:

Pot Plants for Insects

Honeybees, mining bees, bumblebees, hoverflies, butterflies and moths all need our help. Grow these pollen and nectar-rich herbs: Try these flowering pot plants: but forget about verbena, pelargoniums and fuchsias as far as the insects are concerned.

Organic and Cheap?

Organic food is produced without agrochemicals but generally costs more. Perversely, some marketing for organic food leads us to believe it’s only for the wealthy, presumably because the marketing is based on its high cost or because they believe it must taste better, and usually it doesn’t. It’s just better for nature, the farms and…

Earth Day Workshop Report 2024

We launched a new collaborative game-based workshop tentatively titled “Crisis Origins” that uses the same format as the Climate Fresk. By all accounts it went down well although there are still some rough edges. The game demands players to lay out the causes of the crisis by order of importance, according to the players’ opinions.…