The End of the World has Already Happened

Listen to this excellent three-part podcast from Timothy Morton in which he rethinks our psychological relationship with the climate crisis and our place in the biosphere. ‘This is foetal-position time,’ he says, ‘but it’s on us: dolphins don’t have fingers to turn off the oil pipes.’ Feeling guilty and powerless is not the answer: ‘How come we conned ourselves into thinking that being ecological means we can’t have any fun anymore?’

Actions not words

A load of hot air?
A load of hot air?

The UK Government today announced that a ban on petrol and diesel cars would be brought forward to 2035. While this might sound like good news, we should greet such announcements cautiously. Is this any more than an attempt to control the narrative? Throwing a few crumbs down the road for us to run after? Future commitments are easily made and easily broken. We should look instead at what the government is actually doing now. It has just approved Europe’s biggest gas power station, for example, and is planning a cut in air passenger duty on domestic flights. We need to judge the UK government by its actions, not by its words.

Thanks and welcome

Thank you if you came along to the session on environmental responsibility at English UK ELT Conference this weekend – and welcome to! It was great to meet so many like-minded people over the two days of the conference. There was lots of goodwill, good intentions and the sharing of good practice that I am sure will help us towards our goal of making UK ELT carbon neutral as soon as possible.