Critical Awareness

  • New E-Book, and a Portfolio Update
    I have a new Kindle ebook out: Breaking Smart Archives: Selected Newsletters, 2015-19 (it may still be in pre-order mode for a few hours after this post goes out). This is a sequenced selection of 32 of the better essays from the Breaking Smart newsletter from the last few years, covering the period between the … Read MoreRead more
  • Untamed by Glennon Doyle
    In her most revealing and powerful memoir yet, the activist, speaker, bestselling author, and “patron saint of female empowerment” (People) explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet others’ expectations and start trusting the voice deep within us.
  • Global Newsletter #39
    Dear rebels, Since its inception, a central goal of our movement has been to bring thousands of people from all walks of life out onto the streets, day after day, to peacefully engage in civil disobedience. This is how we wooed the world’s media, shifted public consciousness, and brought complacent government representatives to the table. … Read MoreRead more
  • XR Unchained 14
    6 MAY | Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece Every night since May 6, rebels and other environmental activists have held a socially distanced vigil outside the Greek parliament building.  They are demanding the withdrawal of a new law, the so-called ‘Modernization of the Environmental Legislation’, which XR Hellas (Greece) says “effectively withdraws environmental regulations so that … Read MoreRead more
  • The story behind Trump’s ‘miracle’ drug hydroxychloroquine
    The Guardian online has produced a very interesting and informative podcast on hydroxychloroquine. The drug has been used to treat a number of diseases in the past half-century but after a French study claimed it was effective against coronavirus it has been hailed by the US president as a cure. But there is scant evidence … Read MoreRead more
  • Extinction Rebellion put thousands of kid’s shoes in Trafalgar Square urging government to remember children during coronavirus recovery
    Email: press@risingup.org.ukPhone: 07561098449Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets #NoGoingBack #ExtinctionRebellion #ActNow At 8am this morning more than 2000 pairs of children’s shoes were placed in London’s Trafalgar Square with people holding a banner saying ‘Covid today > Climate tomorrow > Act Now’ Extinction Rebellion are calling on the government to act on the … Read MoreRead more
  • Extinction Rebellion Podcast Episode 11 – “Less is More”, with Jason Hickel
    Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen on Podomatic We live in a society addicted to growth, yet on a planet with finite resources. Something needs to give. The Extinction Rebellion Podcast talks to a star of the degrowth movement, Jason Hickel. Jason is an academic and the author of The Divide and the upcoming book, Less is … Read MoreRead more
  • Trust, truth and media in the pandemic, Douglas Murray
    In the middle of this ongoing crisis – the question of who to trust, how to find truth, censorship and free speech are coming centre stage
  • 16-17 May: Extinction Rebellion to create pop up bike lanes and say ‘No Going Back’ to busy, polluted streets as lockdown eases
    Email: press@risingup.org.ukPhone: 07561098449Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets #NoGoingBack #ExtinctionRebellion #ActNow Extinction Rebellion groups across the UK plan a weekend of physically distanced action calling for the government to prioritise health and well-being as lockdown begins to ease  On 16 May people will ‘Reclaim the Streets’ by creating pop up bike lanes with … Read MoreRead more
  • Living with bunker builders: doomsday prepping in the age of coronavirus
    Nestled among Kansas cornfields in a landscape devoid of any noticeable natural topography, a verdant mound can be seen from a dirt road. Surrounded by a military-grade chain fence and in the shadow of a large wind turbine, a security guard in camouflage paces the fence line with an assault rifle. If you look closely, … Read MoreRead more
  • Whistler’s Giantess
    In Mr. Turner (2014), Mike Leigh’s lambent portrait of the artist as an old man, the protagonist sits for a daguerreotype. Behind the camera is an American prosopon, whose primordial photographs are advertised to “stand the test of time and climate.” Intentionally or otherwise, the scene establishes a passing of the torch between light-wranglers. It … Read MoreRead more
  • Rewilding: lessons from the medieval Baltic crusades
    Rewilding: lessons from the medieval Baltic crusades The Forest of Białowieża, which straddles the border of Poland and Belarus, is unique in Europe: it is incredibly ancient. Woodland has been continuously present there for some 12,000 years. With the protection of 6059 hectares from human disturbance within the Polish national park, as well as the … Read MoreRead more
  • Will Humans Go Extinct? For All the Existential Threats, We’ll Likely Be Here for a Very Long Time
    Will Humans Go Extinct? For All the Existential Threats, We’ll Likely Be Here for a Very Long Time Will our species go extinct? The short answer is yes. The fossil record shows everything goes extinct, eventually. Almost all species that ever lived, over 99.9 percent, are extinct. Some left descendants. Most—plesiosaurs, trilobites, Brontosaurus—didn’t. That’s also … Read MoreRead more
  • Leaking into the Future
    Liminality is hard to navigate, and one can be forgiven for flailing gracelessly when attempting to do so. What makes me impatient though, is people not even recognizing liminality when it is all around them. People continuing to march into non-existent futures, like non-playable characters (NPCs) in video games making walking motions with noses pressed … Read MoreRead more
  • BREAKING: Extinction Rebellion spray fake oil onto Barclays HQ calling on them to act responsibly and divest from fossil fuels
    BREAKING: Extinction Rebellion spray fake oil onto Barclays HQ calling on them to act responsibly and divest from fossil fuels Email: press@risingup.org.ukPhone: +44(0)7561 098449Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets #ExtinctionRebellion #ActNow Extinction Rebellion spray fake oil onto Barclays HQ in Canary Wharf on morning of their AGM They are demanding the bank work … Read MoreRead more
  • Will humans go extinct? For all the existential threats, we’ll likely be here for a very long time
    Will humans go extinct? For all the existential threats, we’ll likely be here for a very long time RomanRaD/Shutterstock Will our species go extinct? The short answer is yes. The fossil record shows everything goes extinct, eventually. Almost all species that ever lived, over 99.9%, are extinct. Some left descendants. Most – plesiosaurs, trilobites, Brontosaurus … Read MoreRead more
  • Conservation in crisis: why Covid-19 could push mountain gorillas back to the brink
    Conservation in crisis: why Covid-19 could push mountain gorillas back to the brink Once a step away from extinction, their survival was a rare success story. But groundbreaking gorilla conservation is now in perilEcotourism collapse threatens communities and wildlifeAs he clambers down the forested ravine, soil slipping beneath his boots, Dr Fred Nizeyimana knows they … Read MoreRead more
  • Extinction Rebellion Podcast Episode 10 – 2050 is Too Late, with Kevin Anderson
    Extinction Rebellion Podcast Episode 10 – 2050 is Too Late, with Kevin Anderson Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen on Podomatic We need to act now if we want to avoid overwhelming climate and ecological breakdown. So why does the government tell us we’ve got until 2050? In this episode we’re exploring the government’s 2050 net … Read MoreRead more
  • Michael Moore in a live discussion with Extinction Rebellion co-founder Clare Farrell
    Michael Moore in a live discussion with Extinction Rebellion co-founder Clare Farrell Filmmakers Michael Moore, Jeff Gibbs and Ozzie Zehner discuss the film and Extinction Rebellion live with XR co-founder Clare Farrell. (5 May 2020) The post Michael Moore in a live discussion with Extinction Rebellion co-founder Clare Farrell appeared first on Extinction Rebellion.
  • Scientists Say: Jurassic
    Jurassic (adjective, “jur-RASS-sik”) This word describes a time in Earth’s history. The Jurassic Period lasted from about 200 million to 145 million years ago. A mass extinction marks the start of the Jurassic. The event wiped out around three-quarters of species on Earth at that time. But during the Jurassic, life bounced back. Explainer: Understanding geologic time … Read MoreRead more
  • Stop blaming each other for the climate crisis – coronavirus shows what we can achieve together
    Stop blaming each other for the climate crisis – coronavirus shows what we can achieve together A climate action march in London, February 2020, before the onset of lockdown. JessicaGirvan1/Shutterstock How can I reduce my carbon footprint? As sustainability researchers, we regularly field this question, from friends and family but also journalists. The answer is … Read MoreRead more
  • Stop blaming each other for the climate crisis – coronavirus shows what we can achieve together
    Stop blaming each other for the climate crisis – coronavirus shows what we can achieve together A climate action march in London, February 2020, before the onset of lockdown. JessicaGirvan1/Shutterstock How can I reduce my carbon footprint? As sustainability researchers, we regularly field this question, from friends and family but also journalists. The answer is … Read MoreRead more
  • We Are Writing The Climate Future of The Next Decade Now | David Wallace-Wells
    We Are Writing The Climate Future of The Next Decade Now | David Wallace-Wells The post We Are Writing The Climate Future of The Next Decade Now | David Wallace-Wells appeared first on Extinction Rebellion.
  • How bison, moose and caribou stepped in to do the cleaning work of extinct mammoths
    How bison, moose and caribou stepped in to do the cleaning work of extinct mammoths Unlike mammoths, bison survived in Alaska at the end of the last ice age. Hans Veth/Unsplash, CC BY-SA The extinction of one species can create ripples that transform an ecosystem. That’s particularly true for so-called “ecosystem engineer” species. Beavers are … Read MoreRead more