Lockdown and Liberty

The pandemic has thrown into sharp relief the massive inequalities on which the “old normal” world was built on, and given us privileged people a taste of what has long been the reality for far too many people all over the world. We cannot scream about our rights to move and consume when that lifestyle is based on so many others being denied those same rights.

Pandemic Party

News From Where We Are

Furtherfield, my favourite online community, has started a new podcast, “News from where we are”,iInspired by reports from members of the Netbehaviour email list located around the world. I’m delighted to be included in the first episode, which was published on Friday 10 April.

How the 2019 UK general election results would look under MMP (from the Electoral Reform Society twitter account)

what the UK needs is electoral reform

If the UK had a proportional electoral system instead of the undemocratic “first past the post” system, Thursday’s general election could have delivered very different – and more representative – results.

This computer illustration depicts the density of space junk around Earth in low-Earth orbit. (Image: © ESA)

should we be worried about 5G?

5G is being rolled out literally across the world – with thousands of satellites launched into the ionosphere to blanket the planet with millimetre microwaves. What are the environmental and public health impacts of this technology? Who is regulating it, and who stands to benefit? Do we really need 5G?

The Glasgow Effect by Ellie Harrison

my unsustainable life

I’ve just finished reading Ellie Harrison’s inspirational book, The Glasgow Effect, which has the byline “a tale of class, capitalism and carbon footprint”. It tells the story of Ellie’s one-year project to “not travel beyond Glasgow’s city limits, or use any vehicles except my bike, for a whole calendar year.”