Category Archives: Ecological Modernisation

Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains

This must surely be a contender for the most well-known opening line of a personal treatise on political theory. Written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) in, possibly his most famous work, The Social Contract (first published in 1762). Is it not … Continue reading

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There is no New World Order conspiracy

This post was therefore not published yesterday (i.e. International Workers’ Day). Since publishing my book, I have been contacted by a number of academics in a variety of countries who are doing – or have done – research into climate … Continue reading

Posted in Cognitive Dissonance, Ecological Modernisation, Economics, Environment, James Delingpole, Limits to Growth, Merchants of Doubt, Modernity, Politics, Sustainable development | Tagged , , , , | 34 Comments

A cornucopia of Prometheanism

This post has been prompted by an exchange of comments I have been having with Patrice Ayme – on my previous post (i.e. here) – that I feel deserves wider exposure and/or appreciation. However, if you have not the faintest … Continue reading

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Who wants cleaner cars in the EU then?

With apologies for the delay, here is the latest email received from Greenpeace: ————— Hi Rick, Right now, we have a huge chance to help save the Arctic. To tackle the threats posed by the disappearing ice and the invasion … Continue reading

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Nature is not your enemy (but it may bite you if provoked)

Over the last two days, I have explained why I am not a Socialist (despite dabbling with it in the past); and why I have lost my faith in Capitalism (despite being unavoidably enmeshed in it to this day)… So, … Continue reading

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A very unsustainable Energy Bill

Here in the UK, the Coalition government has published a draft Energy Bill for consultation. Crucially, this does not contain any commitment to phase-out the use of fossil fuels by 2030 – or any other date (i.e. as per an … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon Capture and Storage, Climate Science, Consumerism, Ecological Modernisation, Energy Crisis, Environment, Fossil Fuels, Greenpeace, Politics, Sustainable development, UNFCCC | Tagged | 15 Comments

It doesn’t have to be like this

In 1974, the former World Bank economist Herman E Daly published an article on ‘The Economics of the Steady State’, beginning with a quote from the famous scientist Sir Arthur Eddington: “But if your theory is found to be against … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with a consumer society?

On the BBC’s breakfast-time TV here in the UK on Monday, there was a brief discussion about the pros and cons of electronic books compared to conventional ones. Two invited studio guests, both published authors, debated all the usual points; … Continue reading

Posted in Capitalism, Consumerism, Ecological Modernisation, Economics, Environment, Ethics, Growthmania, Intergenerational Injustice, Limits to Growth, Modernity, Sustainable development | 21 Comments

Living on the edge of an Environmental breakdown!

I have just finished reading Derek Wall’s No Nonsense Guide to Green Politics, which was a very enlightening skip through the history of Green politics as well as some of its more esoteric recent developments. Amongst the most interesting facets … Continue reading

Posted in Anthropocene, Capitalism, Civil Disorder, Civilisation, Climate Science, Collapse, Ecological Modernisation, Environment, Ethics, Fossil Fuels, Growthmania, Limits to Growth, Politics, Renewable Energy, Sustainable development | Tagged , | 5 Comments

Green philosophy in a nutloaf

Although it is a bit more complicated than embracing vegetarianism and hugging trees (hence nutloaf instead of nutshell), it’s not really that complicated. So, from someone who had not really thought that hard about it until this time last year, … Continue reading

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