A future much worse than the present

[‘Klaus Emmerich in Brown Coal Blues’ (2016) Photo: Vice] Brown Coal Blues (2016) is a documentary produced by VICE INTL that concerns mining in the Rhineland region, in which reporter Filipa Von Stackelberg interviews employees of energy corporation RWE who operate the Garzweiler lignite mine, alongside locals and mining opponents. Early in the program Von… Continue reading A future much worse than the present

Ende Gelände: Here and no further

[‘Ende Gelände’ All photos: 350.org] Ende Gelände — stop the diggers — protect the climate. ‘Because I am not an activist. This isn’t what I do. I’m a relatively normal, middle aged chap who does clicktivism when he can find the time. Direct action is not my thing. I’m not cut out to be here, running… Continue reading Ende Gelände: Here and no further

Fossil Free Culture

In December 2015 I was involved in an intervention undertaken by a group of artists and activists at the Louvre museum in Paris during the COP21 conference on climate change and also in the context of Climate Games. The event, ‘Big Oil Out of Culture’, was well publicised in the days before with the following… Continue reading Fossil Free Culture

The Paris Agreement

Prior to COP21 in Paris, December 2015, policy makers agreed that a suitable target for the UN summit was to keep global temperature rises caused by greenhouse gas emissions below 2 ˚C, a figure commensurate with a pre-industrial era (for a critique of this figure and the use of surface temperature as a catch-all indicator… Continue reading The Paris Agreement

The Shadow of the Future

The crisis of anthropogenic global warming presents an urgent problem requiring a rapid response and a re-prioritising of values. Planetary climate change is often discussed, notably by Naomi Klein, as an irreconcilable conflict between ‘extractivist’ capitalism and Earth systems that support life. Klein and a range of climate justice social movements are advocating that communities… Continue reading The Shadow of the Future