Ecosystem Health and Insurance (2002)

Taking LIFE Insurance Seriously:A revolutionary role for the global insuranceindustry in achieving sustainability Albrecht G, Rapport DJ. 2002. Taking LIFE insurance seriously: a revolutionary role for the global insurance industry in achieving sustainability. In Healthy Ecosystems Healthy People [conference], Washington, DC. International Society for Ecosystem Health in association with the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science … Continue reading Ecosystem Health and Insurance (2002)

Beware the Oikos

Beware the Oikos "Prior to the development of the formal concept of rights in the seventeenth century, ancient Greek society provided a model of how rules of entitlement and ownership were regulated within the context of the household and the family. In Ancient Greece, property ownership was subject to a set of rules that clearly … Continue reading Beware the Oikos

Covid Grief – Climate Grief?

Human Grief During the Covid-19 pandemic, humans have had to confront one of the most profound circumstances of human grief. The grave sickness, then lonely death of many of our elderly in locked-down nursing homes or in isolation in intensive care units in hospitals has meant that many of the relatives and friends have not … Continue reading Covid Grief – Climate Grief?

Emergent Sumbioregional Identity

  Extract from Earth Emotions: From what I have outlined above, human identity for all; males, females and LBGI+, has become a place of dangerous contradictions, with globalization destroying the planet while locking people into psychic instability, toxic jobs, structural unemployment, under-employment, addictive consumption and deep inequality. Control and influence over our emotions in such … Continue reading Emergent Sumbioregional Identity

Murujuga (The Burrup Peninsula)

The Burrup Peninsula* of the Pilbara region of North West WA has the Aboriginal name of Murujuga (hip bone sticking out). The human and environmental history of Murujuga perfectly illustrates what happens when a value system dominated by instrumental (use) values trumps one based on intrinsic (inherent) value. The original people of Murujuga, the Yaburara, … Continue reading Murujuga (The Burrup Peninsula)

Ethics, Anarchy and Sustainable Development

[Image of me visiting Murray Bookchin at Vermont in 2001] First published in Anarchist Studies, Autumn 1994. This draft version is reproduced here because I believe it to be relevant to the issues we face in 2020. I also acknowledge my debt to Murray Bookchin in the evolution of my own thinking from social ecology … Continue reading Ethics, Anarchy and Sustainable Development

Every Emission Counts: Avoiding the Erasure of Identity

There are many important issues on Earth right now. Movements such as "Me too" and now, "Black Lives Matter" are hugely important in addressing systematic injustice. Today, I carefully examined a graph (above) that shows that there is one huge issue over-riding all others ... climate warming. As Siberia melts 80 years ahead of sober … Continue reading Every Emission Counts: Avoiding the Erasure of Identity

The Importance of Language: “the expansion of my language means the expansion of my world”.

If “the limits of my language … mean the limits of my world”, as the early Wittgenstein once argued, then our current language has impoverished both humans and the nature it supposedly describes. I am a scientific realist, yet I acknowledge the power of language and narratives in creating the zeitgeist, through which humans interpret … Continue reading The Importance of Language: “the expansion of my language means the expansion of my world”.

Imminania

Imminania: a powerful feeling of sorrow for what is about to happen, deep sorrow for the future. (im-in-an-ya) From imminent; 'about to occur' (Latin imminēns: to overhang) and the Greek ania (a form of algia, Greek; algea) that is characterised by the emotion of sorrow or sadness). From the Greek, Ania (Ἀνία – “sorrow”). We … Continue reading Imminania