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Miracle battery? – positive sparks at last!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2022

Batteries vs environment – good news For the last three decades, the race has been on to create batteries that don’t cost us the Earth, quite literally, through the massive destruction of fragile ecosystems caused in their creation. Lithium-ion batteries are currently favoured by phone and car companies, but the environmental and humanitarian cost of […]

Roads as batteries

Sunday, January 9th, 2022

Why not put salt water batteries under roads, so that cars and trucks can be lighter (and therefore require less energy to move). The energy could be stored mostly in or alongside the road, rather than mostly in the car. A switch to salt batteries would do enormous good for the environment, particularly towards the […]

Solstice. Our hearts are the place where the turnaround starts.

Tuesday, December 21st, 2021

Today is Solstice. Birth place of 2022. The turnaround point for a new direction, for the planet and all of us on it. What to turn around? Perhaps our own apathy? Moving from apathy to courage. Toward action, safeguarding the wellbeing of other species. Let’s insist on a turnaround by companies who threaten breeding whales […]

Storing carbon in your basement (or garden)

Sunday, December 19th, 2021

Recently a friend chucked out most of her beloved books and went digital. But what to do with the real gems and treasures you no longer have room for? I took some of them on, including the Quran and a Year the Rumi, because I couldn’t bear to see them turned into “pulp fiction” and, […]

One Sun, one World, One Grid – hurray!

Saturday, November 13th, 2021

Possibly one of the most promising commitments to come out of COP26,  the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference, is the idea of an international grid of clean energy. Beautifully explained here by William Ury, author of Getting to Yes and several other books. This interview with Ury thanks to the pocketproject.org What happens if […]

Ending the climate crisis in one generation

Monday, November 8th, 2021

Highly recommended reading! Paul Hawken’s book Regeneration, Ending the climate crisis in one generation is an empowering, hopeful and beautiful book offering us sane advice in a world that’s seemingly spinning in the opposite direction. “It’s not game over. It’s game on,” says Paul and his solution is simple: “Stop. Turn around. Go the other […]

Why we need to say no to ocean mining

Sunday, March 14th, 2021

I’m really concerned about the possibility and consequences of allowing deep sea mining of cobalt rich nodules on the ocean floor that are home to numerous species, many that we haven’t even discovered yet. Scroll down towards end of this interactive guide by the Guardian news. We don’t know enough about this sensitive habitat and […]

What can we do to support life on our planet?

Sunday, March 14th, 2021

Recently I listened to this fascinating discussion between Dr Sylvia Earle of Mission Blue and the makers of the Octopus Teacher documentary, Craig Foster and Pippa Erlich, co-creators of Sea Change Project, mediated by Will Travis of the Elevation Barn A Discussion with Dr. Sylvia Earle and Craig Foster from My Octopus Teacher 6 minutes […]

Helping through entanglement

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

The other day someone shared a powerful exercise in our small sangha that is really so simple but a complete game changer. This is about feeling gratitude on behalf of someone else even if their good fortune doesn’t apply to you and your current circumstances. For example, they get to do a course you wanted […]

storing carbon in the sky – as skyscrapers

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Wooden skyscrapers. I love this idea! Even back in 2013 Michael Green was motivating it Now Tokyo’s bid to build the world’s tallest wood building – but only complete it in 2041! Hopefully other cities are faster! What can we do? – Lobby your local government – Dream up ways to extract and store carbon […]

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