Risk management

Here’s an interesting and informative video about what choices we make regarding the possibility of global catastrophes within our lifetime.

Got ten minutes? Watch it.
Not got ten minutes? What the hell are you doing reading my blog? The only possible reason you don’t have ten minutes to inform yourself about the most important choice you ever make in your life is because you have already made that choice and you have chosen to take action.

Still reading this? Go watch the video.

Ugali and cabbage revisited

Ugali and cabbage
My photo of home-cooked maize meal with cabbage and carrots which now appears on the Ugali page in Wikipedia

A while back I posted an entry here about home-cooked Kenyan maize dish called Ugali and how this had given me a sense of connection with my time in Kenya. Well today I’m celebrating the fact that this photo (which I published on Flickr under a Creative Commons licence that allows it to be reused as long as I am credited as author) has found its way onto the Wikipedia entry for Ugali!

In case you want to know more about this stuff, including how to make it, I once blogged the recipe as a flowchart.

Opening the debate

The campaign for the Prime Minsiter to make a televised address to the nation on Climate Change
The campaign for the Prime Minsiter to make a televised address to the nation on Climate Change

I think it’s a great idea to use a web site, influding a Facebook page, to petition the Prime Minister to make an address to the nation on Climate Change. Whether or not you believe that politicans are able and wiling to make a difference, I believe it will bring the debate to the attention of many people who currently allow themselves to think it is not important precisely because the government is not treating it as such.


The Camp For Climate Action

Climate Camp
Camp for Climate Action

Returning to the subject of my recent visit to Climate Camp, I want to try and sort out some of my thoughts on the question of activism.

Climate camp is “The Camp For Climate Action”

a place for anyone who wants to take action on climate change; for anyone who’s fed up with empty government rhetoric and corporate spin; for anyone who’s worried that the small steps they’re taking aren’t enough to match the scale of the problem; and for anyone who’s worried about our future and wants to do something about it. — Climate Camp website

A couple of weeks ago I was talking about my own challenge to take action for precisely these reasons: I am worried that the small steps I’m taking aren’t enough to match the scale of the problem. Continue reading