Can we be happy?

What makes us unhappy? Are we even capable of being happy? These fundamental questions take second fiddle in an economy that seems to intrinsically know the ‘right’ answer. Happiness, apparently, is not even a metric. If all happiness comes from … Continue reading

The Barbarians are at the Gates

In 2006 I started a web site called “the-coming-war” to document my concern that a succession of increasingly Right-wing US Presidents would only lead to one conclusion: a world war. The phrase “the coming war” was lifted from a book written … Continue reading

Sex is carbon-neutral yet Climate Change is boring

In an early genesis of post-carbon living in 2008 we were influenced by a project called the “Yellow House“. It was a run-down, former council-house, in Oxford that had under-gone a drastic make-over to make it a (self-styled) “environmental dream … Continue reading

Changing Everything Changes Nothing

ISBN 978-1846145056. “This Changes Everything – Capitalism vs Climate” by Naomi Klein was published by Allen Lane in 2014. Klein has dazzled us with two of the most significant books every written about world affairs in the last two decades: … Continue reading

Future Perfect

It is said that the future is already here! It just isn’t distributed evenly. Forecasting is a mug’s game. I admit it, I once delivered my own vision of the future in a talk called “The History of High Wycombe 2000 to 2100″. It … Continue reading

“Educating for Hope in Troubled Times” by David Hickman

ISBN 978-1-85856-553-8. “Educating for Hope in Troubled Times – Climate change and the transition to a post-carbon future” was written by David Hicks and published by the Institute for Education Press in 2014. This represents the first time we have … Continue reading