land, farm, food, tree, nature, ‘social nuance’ – in circa 60 secs
Here’s an intro vlog (Sept 21) . An unaffiliated space to express unfashionable nuance, different ways to think, question thinking, tolerate alternative thinking, apologise for overthinking – on a range of environmental subjects.
A place for pushback and feedback by brokering dialogue, rather than reinforcing ideologue.
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.“
Here’s an early warm up….circa 60secs on my reaction to an IPCC report (Aug 21 update).
Top vlogs to date
- an enviro ‘stakeholder’ suggestion
- no mow may exceptions
- dawn chorus hope
- wood creating in tougher places
- The Archers public info series part II
- citizen science woodcock data
- hunting as a tool – space required to adapt
- mind your head, mental
Adaptive hybrid thinking on managing wildlife. Do simple ‘nature-friendly’ soundbites stifle diversity? Even as hedgerow wildlife is ‘hungrily‘ evolving. Are policy proposals such as the Sustainable Farming Incentive being mis-framed. Explaining different narratives around farm, food, enviro standards. Mixed farming requires more people to move livestock. Grant options for ‘primary industry’ slurry, while harnessing livestock as ecosystem engineers. Thinking differently around agroecology and science.
War-triggered responses to soils and fertilisers. Giving space to ‘adaptive farmers’ without having to be a label. Two books and one tough paper – wider thinking on land and food. ELMs, public value and The Treasury. On a brace of Oxford farming confs.
There’s space for trees in all their forms. Media blossom orchard trees without fruit farmers, though no need to fear sound of chainsaws. A mention of trees, especially conifers, stirs a reaction (13k views). Calmer, though pointy, a 30 sec reflection on 10 years of my woodland (blog on wood here). But hedges are everyone’s favs (lest we forget how to manage them).
Birds, curlew, harrier, science
No clear and simple solutions to curlews as in this vlog or do we even dare talk about hen harriers. Adaptive informed thinking around uncertain evidence. On live beaver action and more harriers on grouse moors. Hunting stag antlers, rabbits as pests – a long one.
Land use diversity
Think interdisciplinary on Agric and Enviro Acts. Perceptions of farming or forest are often old ones. Tighter water regs are coming. But planning regs must leave room for creative innovative land use. How to get scientists to connect with land practitioners (16k views). Wet habitat is required for carbon and curlew.
Mea culpa in daring to take on a national park. A cool v hot burn wildfire – too hot to handle! Wild nature and honeypots for public access. Room for more land use diversity over dogmatic idealism. As well as public access to ordinary countryside. Landscape recovery is for all – not just rewilders – and read the land so it ‘expresses‘ itself and encourage rough and rocky access in national parks. Silent Hunter-naturalists Spring Royalty. Out of COP27 land thoughts (views from, on location, at COP26 re supermarkets here and here). Hydro issues on a wild Welsh stream. Unreported COP15 stuff.
Food, farmed, wild
Food is the lens (as we “breakfast before we go look for butterflies” via a food plan thread) Veg mayhem!! Room to harvest more wild meat. But not fresh skylark meat in London markets – in 1890! While this rotten-tomato vlog reflects Spike’s thoughts above. On mental health in rural areas (and again, beware social media). Working out how to factor in ideology around sustainable agriculture is a tough nut. An Italian butcher on fast food burgers. Three Compartment Model land use (out of the Food Plan). Nature and food – a farmland dilemma.
Investing in knowledge for land managers.
Media and dialogue
Beware overplaying enviro-doom tropes. A blast at BBC sloppy journalism. Frontline Enviro – a new way to debate environmental issues. Keeping humans, part of nature, managing various ecosystems. Will we hear all the voices unfiltered, unaffiliated at COP26? (my outtake on COP). Semantics for difference ‘cute’ audiences in rural policy, matter. Listening to communities with big beasts. On the Death of Eco-nuance. Be more nature-honest, less spikey online. Allow for competing narratives and oh, check your mirror for local passengers (re COP15). Gamekeepers for nature (Dec 22). A suggestion on stakeholder to ‘interested party‘ (Jan 23)
Social nuance © RY
We also require polarised views to disrupt groupthink. To listen to ‘quiet’ local communities and let’s not lose our face-to-face skills, as we go online. Let alone just shout out to ban something! The big one – dietary change. Who says the enviro stuff, matters – on 10% figure.
Here’s a vlog on seeking nuance within tribalism, Here’s to bipartisan hybrid partnerships! Beware social media dopamine hits. Why face-to-face agric and shows (and a Welsh Game Fairs) are key during big change. Red teaming of green issues before going ‘live’ and on co-design being inclusive – and meshing local knowledge with evidence-based research.
see this blog for intro to these vlogs, and my first ever vlog back in May 2017, one from a rock ledge on cultural adaptive journey (with subtitles, 2017), one from The Hague on wading birds (with subtitles, 2017) Oh, and some on YouTube
….and that apology vlog for daring to utter the phrase ‘wicked problem’!