As many of you will probably be aware the 26th Conference of the Parties summit (COP26) comprising members of the United Nations framework convention on climate change, was recently held in Glasgow. During it, the Glasgow Climate pact was formed and agreed to by all the 196 countries present. The conference's aim of keeping the… Continue reading COP26: the value of nature based solutions.
Both my The qwerty keyboard is mightier than the nuclear bomb blog posts were largely inspired by a students' option week I participated in. The theme picked was social media and the COVID19 pandemic. In order for it to cover all subject areas, a main theme was picked for each department; social media and the… Continue reading The qwerty keyboard is mightier than the nuclear bomb Pt 2: Digital activism during the COVID19 pandemic.
Three siblings exist, made of stardust. The first sibling, known as Mars, is a cold character, barren and thin. The second, Venus, is bright, hotheaded and votile, emanating an oppressive presence that all would find too difficult to handle. Yet the third, Gaia, was of an equalable disposition, neither too hot, nor too cold. Image… Continue reading Conceptualising Gaia
I've nearly finished reading the book, Permaculture: a beginner's guide by Graham Burnett. This is a 64 pages, introductory graphic guide which has only taken me around seven months to read! Permaculture is basically an acronym meaning 'permanent culture' It's caused me to start thinking about what permanent culture, as someone with a chronic health… Continue reading Use minimum effort for maximum effect.
On the 4th of September 2020, protesters across the U.K. the U.S.A, and Australia blockaded the printing works of major news corporations, preventing the lorries from delivering the Sunday papers. The newspaper corporations that were blockaded are owned by just five individual people, all billionaires, principally the billionaire Rupert Murdoch. The court case which is… Continue reading Illusions and truths; Reflections on our media age
Most people are familiar with the street protestor: an image springs to mind of a stridently chanting group beneath a large, slogan bearing banner. Possibly less familiar is another form of activist: the digital activist. Digital activists also bear slogans but, instead, they post them as graphics on social media along with a plethora of… Continue reading The qwerty keyboard is mightier than the nuclear bomb PT I Confessions of a digital activist
I've recently been doing something unusual for me: watching television. The television series I've been watching is called Kangaroo Dundee. You might already have heard of it as it was fairly popular when it was broadcast, although the first time it was broadcast was some time ago. It follows Brolga, a kangaroo joey fosterer. He… Continue reading Ten fascinating kangaroo facts from Downunder
"To bring about positive change, we must first be able to imagine it."Starhawk For the past year I've been taking part in a series of magical activism workshops, hosted by the American Witch Starhawk. The workshops have a ritual style framework and consist of part talk, part exercises. These exercises include chanting, grounding, visualisations, spell… Continue reading Starhawk’s magical activism series 2021
When I meet people online I frequently don't tell them I'm disabled, where it's easy to hide. I have kept the fact I'm disabled secret on forums, Facebook groups, even the other members of my OU tutor group still don't know I have a disability. So, why I am so loathe to tell others that… Continue reading Ableism