Just as night follows day, you can guarantee that whenever someone puts forward the idea of increasing costs for drivers, an army of concerned motorists will suddenly leap to the defence of those on lower incomes. We know that motoring is expensive, but what if you've been left with no choice but to drive? Is... Continue Reading →
I've reached that point in the year where I'm starting to think about what I'm going to focus on next year. I've spent an unseasonably warm December afternoon re-watching the Social Dilemma on Netflix and right now I'm trying to figure out whether the problems we face as humans on this planet are going to... Continue Reading →
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGFR2tYVWBg A very good video this, featuring our local pro mountain biker Manon Carpenter. You'll also no doubt recognise a lot of the locations --the Garth, Graig-y-Allt; Barry Sidings Cafe and many more. It talks about the growth in mountain biking around here, as well as the growing conflict around the informal trails that have... Continue Reading →
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sA2LeHTIUI If we are serious about moving away from cars, we really need to stop building for them. As we talked about in our LDP post, a new way of looking at urban development needs to be found. We need to move away from US-style suburbs that require a car to get around and arguably... Continue Reading →
This started out as a light hearted piece about the fascinating story of Ken Smith, who has lived as a hermit for nearly 40 years. But then, as I was writing it, things got really quite dark. When we think about what living sustainably would look like, we are probably not going to find it... Continue Reading →
We all want to feel safe when out and about, whether we are cycling or walking. We may ask for routes to be created to facilitate that, but we need to be mindful of not just where they are and where they go, but also how they work with the biodiversity of the areas they... Continue Reading →
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrfsTNNCbP0 Another excellent video from youtuber Adam Something.
When we talk about our impact on our world, or our individual "carbon footprint", we might be forgiven for thinking that saving the world was all on our shoulders. However, whilst individual actions can improve the places where we live, the real damage is inflicted by the structures that have been built around us. Whose... Continue Reading →
This is an excellent video that gets to the nub of what I've been hovering around for some time. My delve into minimalism, urbanism and investing have led me to a number of troubling realisations.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk11vI-7czE The whole film is available to watch for free on Youtube at the moment. It's a difficult watch, but it does raise some important questions about what we humans are doing. My biggest takeaway from it is that in searching for greener alternatives we need to be mindful that we’re not just replacing one... Continue Reading →