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Disagreeing with David

Posted by Natalie in Environment - 25 March 2011 - (0 Comments)
Disagreeing with David

As a passionate naturalist, Sir David Attenborough has been an inspiration to me for as long as I can remember. He’s probably one of the main reasons I’m an environmentalist at all. Is his address to the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)  Attenborough alludes to population growth as the … Read more

That Sinking Feeling

Posted by Natalie in Environment - 24 March 2011 - (0 Comments)
That Sinking Feeling

When a rogue website reported that a small Pacific state had legalised cocaine the country’s denial was resolute, but the truth reveals a more disturbing story. Yesterday I momentarily fell for what now seems like a ridiculously implausible hoax. A website called CBS published a story about how the Marshall Islands had legalised all substances … Read more

Berlin in Bloom

Posted by Natalie in Photography - 21 March 2011 - (1 Comments)

Piston Embarrassing

Posted by Natalie in Society - 16 March 2011 - (1 Comments)
Piston Embarrassing

Trainspotting is the epitome of uncool, but what’s wrong with a healthy appreciation for mundanity? Crossing Warschauer Bridge last night I was struck by a captivating sight – a shiny ICE train backing into its parking space. What’s more, it was being reversed by an old shunter!  The juxtaposition of that chic, modern machine among … Read more

Berlin: a Monument to Optimism

Posted by Natalie in Places - 11 March 2011 - (0 Comments)
Berlin: a Monument to Optimism

In Berlin, former symbols of oppression and paranoia have been transformed into communal green spaces for everyone to enjoy. To have faced up to a recent history as troubled and elaborate as Berlin’s is testament to the resilience of its people. To approach the issue with understanding and even optimism is characteristic of its soul, … Read more

International Women’s Day

Posted by Natalie in Society - 8 March 2011 - (0 Comments)
International Women’s Day

Unnatural Woman The notion of Mother Nature lulls us into a false sense of security,  where we can behave less responsibly than in other areas of our lives. The idea of a link between women and nature goes back a long way, and probably predates that sneaky biblical implication of fruit-robbing feminine guilt. These days, … Read more

Off the Hook

Posted by Natalie in Environment - 7 March 2011 - (2 Comments)
Off the Hook

More and more people are beginning to come round to the idea that we need to undergo an oil detox.  Whether for economic or environmental reasons, it seems to be the only sensible path towards a sustainable future.  But what does it actually mean and how might it look? A few weeks ago I wrote … Read more

Choo-Choose Life

Cheap and easy rail travel has arrived Taking a plane is sometimes cheaper and often quicker than any other mode of transport, but it’s a myth that the train is always more expensive.  If you have time (and more than 100ml of fluid) you’re probably better off taking the train. Convincing people that taking the … Read more

Transition Network

Posted by Natalie in Projects - 6 March 2011 - (0 Comments)

The Transition Network is a web of organised, interconnected communities from across the world, all working on varied, localised projects with one underlying objective: to work towards a life free of oil dependency. There are so many of these Transition Towns now, that if you are interested in finding out more, there is probably one … Read more

Towards Oil Independence

Posted by Natalie in Environment - 28 February 2011 - (0 Comments)
Towards Oil Independence

Black is the new brown Oil permeates every conceivable part of our lives. It has shaped our values, informed our decisions and improved our lifestyles beyond the point of no return. Even in the face of increasing destruction and the promise of ruin, the force of black gold has become too powerful and valuable to … Read more