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THE REPORT THEY DIDN’T WANT YOU TO READ

‘It is clear that the earth is on an unsustainable trajectory. Something will have to change at some point if the human race is going to survive.’ Who do you think wrote those two terrifying sentences? Who is responsible for this latest exercise in radical truth-telling?: Extinction Rebellion? Caroline Lucas? The University of East Anglia? The correct answer is: the world’s largest funder of fossil fuels, JP Morgan. In a detailed report written by two of their leading economists – a report that, when I Tweeted about it recently and the BBC contacted them about it, they then tried to…

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YOUR VIEWS

Email us at hourglass@rebellion.earth STAR LETTER On HS2 They talk about HS2 serving the North, but it seems apparent that the North stops at Manchester or, stretching it, to Leeds. What happened to Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and of course our Scottish friends? We have been missed out of the equation. Why would we want to sacrifice all that land to get to London from the North East about 15 minutes earlier? We are not in that big a hurry. Why don’t they use their clever technology to produce first class trains and first class services on our existing tracks? Just…

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Investing with your morals

There is now evidence in favour of sustainable investment as a sound financial strategy. While many traditional investment funds have traditionally been heavily invested in fossil fuels, this is now changing. Large institutional pension investors as far-ranging as New York City and the National Trust have committed to divest from fossil fuels. Last year, 300 UK MPs also backed a campaign to divest their pension fund from fossil fuels. Any continued success of oil (read: a rising price) will only serve to accelerate its own decline. Even at its lowest ebb, oil is becoming increasingly uncompetitive as the price of…

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March against racism

‘We must all work harder to repair the fissures and polarization that are so prevalent in our societies today. We must nurture mutual understanding and invest in making diversity a success. And we must counter and reject political figures who exploit differences for electoral gain.’ UN Secretary-General António Guterres The 21st of March is the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is an important date on the calendar for those of us who understand that increased racism will be one outcome of climate breakdown. Everywhere, the climate and ecological crisis will disproportionately affect communities of…

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FIGHTING FOR CHANGE FOR HEDGEHOGS

When Change.org asked if I would like to launch a petition on their website I was a little sceptical, but then they pointed out that I could make a call for something that would help return hedgehogs back to their former glory. My idea was simple: ‘This petition calls on the dismantling of industrial capitalism and the replacing of it with something kinder,’ but they said no. We worked on it for a while until we came to a compromise. It was almost embarrassingly small – I launched a petition calling on all new housing developments to come with a…

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Planting trees must not distract from reducing emissions

It is difficult to get away from talk of tree planting these days. Everyone is proposing it, which is important progress, because even if we manage to reach zero emissions within years as the science demands, we will still need to suck some of the carbon dioxide we’ve already emitted out of the air. Planting new forests, or preferably letting them regenerate naturally,is one of the quickest and cheapest ways to address the climate and ecological crisis. However, ecosystems alone cannot absorb all our carbon emissions, as there simply isn’t enough land. So tree planting mustbe done in addition to…

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Book Reviews

Available in bookstores now Animalkind by Ingrid Newkirk and Gene Stone Published by Simon and Schuster Animals have never had it so good. In Animalkind, Ingrid Newkirk (founder of PETA) and Gene Stone (How Not to Die) are keen to emphasise this. The 20th century saw rapid escalation of the animal rights movement and the changes in recent decades have been vast, partly due to the research constantly revealing the unique complexity and intelligence of different species. In Animalkind the authors present these findings to us, depicting highly sophisticated, organised societies, full of distinct, characterful individuals, many with loves and…

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TIME IN NATURE BENEFITS CREATIVITY AND MEMORY

Taking time out to connect with nature can help to get your creative juices flowing. Research from the U.S. found that a four-day nature hike improved creative problem- solving by as much as fifty percent. Sadly most of us don’t have the option of taking a long hike in the wilderness, but a twenty-five minute walk in a local park can also boost your creativity. Some studies suggest that even just having a house plant in the room can help you to be more creative! A Danish study found that nature helped creative professionals in their work, making them ‘more…

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The Missing Link for a Good Life

The 2019 report by The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) on the critical decline in wildlife states that to save nature we need to re-evaluate what we mean by a ‘good life’. In Western culture, a good life tends to focus on having more money and more things. However, a recent research study has shown that nature connectedness, i.e. having a close relationship with nature, is nearly four times more important for a good life than buying things. The benefits of spending time in nature are increasingly accepted, but many of these studies haven’t considered a…

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In praise of pauses

I have noticed something about people who do amazing work on behalf of our planet – they are not always good at taking breaks. I am terrible at building gaps in my life, and when I don’t, it leads to trouble. I understand why it’s hard for me to take breaks. Some of the reasons are internal. Part of me relies on regular affirmation in order to feel accepted. Part of me uses work as a distraction from difficult emotions. Part of mefeels that I’m only worthy if I keep producing and achieving. There is also intense pressure from outside…

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