The Anti-Nature Narrative in UK Politics is Hard to Fathom

An absence of positive political debate about the natural world is even more troubling than the decline in the UK wildlife revealed by State of Nature report.

More than half the wildlife species found in our islands are declining, under an assault of development, air pollution and chemical attack. Bumblebees, wildflowers, songbirds and butterflies are among the more obvious casualties.

World Forum on Natural Capital

One of the most dangerous misconceptions of the modern age is the widely held view that there is somehow a choice between the advancement of economic development on the one hand and the protection of nature on the other. Fortunately, however, this false choice is being rapidly dismissed.

Letter to Michael Gove, The Sunday Times, 14th April 2013.

I have joined with David Attenborough and many others in writing a letter urging Michael Gove to abandon his mad plans to downgrade teaching on the natural environment and climate change in the national curriculum. It is published in The Sunday Times, and reproduced here. Thanks to Elisabeth Whitbread and Matt Williams for organising this.

Opportunities for UK Business that Protect and/or Value Nature

I helped to write the technical report that was used by the Ecosystems Markets Task Force in making their proposals to Ministers on how to combine the sustainable use of ecosystems with commercial aims. There is a some good material in here that should be of interest to quite a few people active in working out how business can contribute to environmentally sustainable outcomes.

Counting the Consequences

I don’t believe I am alone in feeling that campaigners for a sustainable world have in recent years lost the impact they once enjoyed. There are a number of reasons for this. Economic crisis is one. So is the tendency for the media and the public to become fatigued with issues, especially ones that appear to have no quick fix. Plus much of the ongoing debate has been horribly confused by various ‘sceptics’.