Talking. Thinking. This is an experiment. An adaptive blog page linked to my 60 sec vlogs.
Fear not, this won’t be posted with every vlog (here as an intro). But it is a space to explain thinking, refer to evidence, apologise for mistakes, link to articles, a place for pushback, feedback comments – brokering towards a compendium of diverse dialogues not ideologues.
Tribalism is on the rise. It’s safer, warmer to be with a tribe. Even if a trade-off is groupthink all looking in the same direction. No one risking to ask self-critically curious questions. Farmers have to use pesticides – even organic ones – while also husbanding pollinators. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a mouthful which means applying pesticides only when required. Rachel Carson even got that in Silent Spring.
IPCC – thinking diversely
Climate is a huge issue. But it’s not the only issue in the room. How to handle competing narratives within the same space is not our forte. Here’s my vlog on the latest IPCC report. Or more importantly, on how just to start thinking now, not later.
Others will tell you what to think, as Spike Lee said “people going to make up their own mind. My approach is put the information in the movie and let people decide for themselves. I respect the intelligence of the audience.“
The curlew is a melting pot of enviro issues. Linking an urbanising population (since 1861) to bucolic memories of hay meadows, farm labourers and ‘inefficient’ farming. Today, we find it hard to articulate clear and simple solutions to the curlew as touched on in this vlog.
Competing narratives some time prevent us from employing skilled local knowledge from gamekeepers for selective predator management, to public funding of efficient farmers to cut silage crops later and hiring in expert input from ecologists. It time to blend them together.
Common ground – not middle ground
I’m intrigued by public opinion, but interested in public benefit. I’ve been at this for 30 years (see my college project, letters). And having defined my role – to make people think in a different way, to provoke, stimulate informed robust dialogue – I’m not going away. So here’s…
Onwards to veg mayhem…and beyond
How easy can it be to grow vegetables? This vlog might explain one way of thinking about it. Anyway, if Instagram is going all TikTok ‘simples’, there’s more 60 second environmental complexity to come from me.
This BBC series on Age of Denial has overtones with enviro/climate issues.
WARNING – this is an adaptive blog, with no timeline, due for updates, revision anytime, at risk of nuance. Do leave a comment, feedback of any form!